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About Us

Foremost Farms USA, headquartered in Madison, Wisconsin, is a world-class supplier of cheese, dairy products, and ingredients to national and international markets. As a dairy cooperative, we are owned by the 1,100 dairy farmers who supply our high-quality milk. Our flexible, diverse plant network allows us to manufacture products and ingredients that are most in-demand – and provide a strong, secure market for our member-owners’ milk.

We’re looking for employees who challenge the status quo, innovate and aim for excellence. Because we’re working to be the world’s best – to Be Foremost – we’ll bring out the best in you.


About This Opportunity

JOB TITLE: Human Resources Generalist



Job Description Summary

This position serves as a manufacturing plant-based human capital resource who is responsible for managing the core human resources business functions. Reporting to the Human Resources Director-Field and partnering with regional Human Resources Business Partners will be responsible to foster and promote a highly positive culture and best-in-class employee experience, to positively impact how team members experience organizational change, and to be a strategic partner in driving division results, in accordance with company policies and procedures.

Essential Duties

  • Assisting with the administration and interpretation of collective bargaining agreements as appropriate
  • Collaborating cross-functionality to steer appropriate HR initiatives for the company in a timely and professional manner.
  • Responding to employee concerns and provide employee relations guidance to managers.
  • Participating in the development and execution of department goals, objectives and systems that directly impact HR initiatives and overall business plans for the company.
  • Driving employee engagement through action planning, communication, and talent development.
  • Serving as a point of contact for manufacturing plant staff to assist them with daily HR related duties and questions including but not limited to: FMLA, leave of absence, short-term disability benefits, etc.
  • Partnering as the link between operations and talent acquisition.
  • Supporting department programs such as employee wellness, employee onboarding and training, employee referral program, affirmative action plans, and more.
  • Coaching, training and supporting employee development
  • Performing back-up duties within HR department to cover vacations and other absences as needed.
  • Regular and punctual attendance and physical presence in the workplace.
  • Timely and accurate completion of duties.
  • Occasional travel to corporate office in Madison, WI, and visits to plants across greater Wisconsin, up to 33% of the time.
  • Other related duties as assigned.

This position requires an associate degree in human resources or related field of study, knowledge related to the job and three to five years of job-related experience, preferably in a manufacturing environment. A bachelor’s degree is preferred.

Work Conditions
The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • Physical Demands – Employee is continuously (more than 67 to 100%% of time) required to: use hands to finger, handle, or touch objects, tools, or controls, sit; to verbally communicate; and to hear. The employee is occasionally (up to 33% of the time) required to walk and stand. The employee must occasionally (up to 33% of the time) lift and/or move up to 50 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision and the ability to adjust focus.
  • Work Environment – The employee is occasionally exposed to risk of electrical shock, wet and/or humid conditions, fumes or airborne particles. The noise level is usually moderate.
  • Protective Equipment – This position may need personal protective equipment that is appropriate for the job being performed, such as hearing protection, food safety clothing and other.


Because you and your family matter, Foremost Farms offers some of the best benefits in the area! Our comprehensive medical plan includes health, vision, dental, and prescription insurance. You can choose to enroll in a single or family plan with low monthly premiums and low annual deductibles ($250/$500). Other benefits include:

  • 401(k) with a generous company contribution (100% match on up to 8% deferral)
  • Paid time off, starting at 200 hours (25 days)
  • 10 Paid holidays
  • Paid parental leave (6 weeks paid at 100%)
  • Flexible spending accounts – for medical and dependent care (childcare) expenses
  • Life and disability insurance
  • Employee Assistance Program
  • Referral program
  • Advancement opportunities!



Equal Opportunity Employer
Minorities/Females/Veterans/Disabled are encouraged to apply.

At Foremost Farms USA, we believe that employee diversity brings strength to our organization. We are committed to providing equal employment opportunity to all individuals regardless of their race, creed, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, disabilities, veteran status, marital status, sexual orientation, military status, genetic information, or any other characteristic protected by state or federal law.

Successful completion of pre-employment screening is required, which could include a drug test, background check, and other verifications or assessments to be sure you will be able to succeed in your position.