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Senior Human Resource Specialist

Permanent, Full Time + Cambridge, ON (hybrid)

Dare Foods Limited is a private, family owned business established in 1892. The Dare “Made Better” promise guides everything we do and comes to life through our portfolio of consumer-loved brands including Bear Paws, Breton, Boulangerie Grissol, Whippet, and Realfruit, (to name a few).


Senior Human Resource Specialist

The ideal candidate will be responsible for providing support to the Corporate Human Resources team while partnering with Operations Managers and Supervisors specifically in relation to employee and labour relations, ensuring that the company policies, procedures and Collective Agreements are being followed.  Integrity, attention to detail, strong customer service and interpersonal skills are all crucial for this role.



  • Acts as a strategic partner in providing employee relations advice, support and guidance with respect to the HR policies, Collective Agreements including the interpretation and compliance with legislation to assist in achieving their operational goals;
  • Meet regularly with Operations Managers and Supervisors to provide and address performance and employee relations concerns (attendance, corrective actions), coach managers/supervisors related to grievances.
  • Provide support and review recruitment and selection processes, staffing and planning as it relates to the operations
  • Oversee and ensure that the day to day administration and documentation of company pay structures are correct, including the maintenance of data (pay, benefits etc.) in the HRIS system ensuring timely and accurate entries and updates.
  • Review Human Resources policies, procedures, legal updates, standards and regulations and develop and update training and communication.
  • Assist in investigations into allegations of misconduct, performance deficiencies and/or workplace harassment and present findings
  • Support various programs including pension, benefits, attendance management, discipline/ performance management
  • Prepares for and attends arbitrations and mediations with union leaders and managers
  • Develop and provide reporting metrics
  • Prepare and deliver training for when necessary.


Qualifications-Must Haves:

  • Successful completion of a post secondary degree or diploma in Human Resources, Industrial Relations, Business Administration or equivalent combination of related education and experience.
  • Minimum five (5) – seven (7) years of progressive HR Generalist experience with a minimum of 3 years’ experience in a unionized environment with frontline and management employees.
  • Experience in the following functional areas: employee/labour relations, attendance management, recruitment, performance management, disciplinary action, grievance management, benefits and pension
  • Extensive knowledge of relevant legislation (including but not limited to Ontario's Employment Standards Act, Labour Relations Act, Pay Equity Act, OHSA, Collective Agreements) and demonstrated ability to draw valid conclusions, recommendations and develop corrective actions.
  • Proven ability to investigate and research information, analyze data with the ability to prioritize workload, adapt to frequent interruptions and process changes, work well under pressure and meet tight deadlines.
  • Proficiency in HRIS systems and MS Office Suite
  • Ability to handle confidential and sensitive information with discretion
  • Strong problem-solving and decision-making abilities



  • Bi-lingual in French and English
  • Previously worked in a unionized, manufacturing environment and experience with grievance settlements, arbitration hearings and contract negotiations.
  • You have a Certified Human Resources Professional (CHRP) and hold a commitment to maintaining and pursuing continuing education, or designation currently in progress.


We offer a competitive salary and comprehensive benefits package.

If you are interested in being considered for this position, please apply in writing by May 5, 2024 quoting the appropriate position title to: hrresumes@darefoods.com (.txt, .doc or .pdf formats).

Thank you for your interest in Dare Foods Ltd. and the opportunity to review your resume, only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

No follow up inquiries or agencies at this time please.

Guided by our Purpose, Mission and Values Dare Foods Limited is committed to fostering a diverse, equitable, inclusive and accessible work environment, where all employees feel valued, respected, supported and proud to work here. 

Dare Foods Ltd. will provide accommodation for applicants with disabilities as part of its recruitment process. If you are contacted to arrange for an interview or testing, please advise us if you require an accommodation.