Human Resources Program Manager

Job Posted 8/23/2023
Foster Farms
Livingston, CA 95334
United States
Category Farming Jobs
Job Description

Company Description

Foster Farms has been serving families since 1939. Since the founding days, Foster Farms has always been committed to providing consumers with the highest-quality, best-tasting poultry products available. Our commitment to excellence, honesty, quality, service, and our valued TEAM Members will shine through in everything we do.

Foster Farms is always looking for talented individuals to join the Foster Farms TEAM. We offer the experience of a large organization, however, we operate like a family business. More than half of our job openings are filled by internal promotion, and we encourage TEAM Members to gain a variety of experiences across different functional groups.

Job Description

Pay Range: $170,000 to $220,000 per year

Purpose of Position:

The Human Resources (HR) Systems Program Manager (PM) will be responsible for ensuring the successful implementation of comprehensive HRMS solutions, as well as, establishing and maintaining HR Systems roadmaps. The PM will drive the Workday implementation to include several functional areas; HCM, Pay, Time, Absence, Benefits, Talent, Compensation, Documents, multiple down/upstream related system connections/integrations, and complex reporting.

This technical-focused role, concentrated on leading and managing cross-functional requirement gathering for HR Systems projects, will serve as a functional liaison to internal HRMS and project governance teams, to define technical processes and document procedures. The TEAM member will deliver business results by championing a culture of accountability and consistent project management practices. The HR Systems PM is responsible for supporting and deploying core processes and driving initiatives across HR.

Essential Job Functions:

  • Oversight of all systems, projects, and overall project portfolio in HR. Manages scope, schedule, budget, and resources (including external vendors). Also responsible for pre-project activities and consulting with HR, Finance and Technology leaders on issues such as project costing, systems selection, etc. Provides analysis of project, including business case, ROI and post-project review.
  • Facilitates leadership decision-making for program priorities, support structures and resource allocation. Administers the execution, maintenance, projects' implementation, change management, and cross-functional alignment of workstreams; ensures program and compliance with relevant industry, state and federal regulations.
  • Partners with core team members and provide project management support to develop, coordinate, align and facilitate short-term and long-term/multi-year plans. Ensures projects are properly planned and staffed.
  • Initiates projects aligned with how HR Systems prioritizes work and be the catalyst for winning support and driving them through the execution phase with suitable monitoring and reporting.
  • Synthesizes and simplifies complex problems, operations, and systems with broad scope; organize information regarding multiple functions, projects and tasks while navigating ambiguity; and parse and organize conflicting requirements and priorities across teams.
  • Assesses current-state process gaps, make recommendations for improved workflows and collaborates with working groups to document to-be processes.
  • Provides leadership to develop new or improved processes, methodologies, systems, tools, and/or services to enhance our operating environment based on practical experience, optimal outcomes, and best practices. Drives innovation, best practices and achievement of strategic objectives.
  • Controls and evaluates changes to the project scope, project schedule, and project costs using appropriate change control protocols to ensure appropriate approvals.
  • Uses excellent communication skills and proactive behavior to inform, escalate, influence, build consensus and drive change management across stakeholders.
  • Be an expert in Workday's Implementation Methodology and use it on all engagements. Demonstrates competency in the Workday product suite.
  • Participates in the sales cycle when requested to gather requirements, formulate delivery approach and develop a proposal/SOW.
  • Ensures milestones are successfully met through oversight of projects and coordination of resources.
  • Collaborates with multiple departments who will ultimately become Workday end-users.
  • Leads communication with stakeholders and team members through completion of the project.
  • Directs and clearly communicates project timelines and budget.
  • Works cross-functionally with IT, HR Business Partners, key stakeholders, and subject matter experts to implement technologies and solutions and/or drive business transformations in the HR area.
  • Management of all aspects of delivery across the software development life cycle including a Global HRIS/HCM Implementation.
  • Ensures projects are effectively executed and that teams are kept focused, energized, and on track to meet the objectives of business initiatives.
  • Works with leadership to develop Post-Go-Live Support plans and ensure continuity to internal and third-party teams for support, maintenance, and next-phase development.
  • Provides day-to-day leadership, management and coordination of activities pertaining to project management including developing and refining project charters; building project plans; developing change and communications plans; updating team on key decisions and status, including executives; defining roles and responsibilities; managing budget; identifying measures of success and ensuring timely execution of deliverables. Monitors projects through all phases of project to ensure that projects are delivered on time, on budget, and within scope, and holding the vendor accountable to SLA.
  • Requirements analysis, management, and revisiting to fine-tune end users’ system needs and expectations to achieve alignment between business expectations and system capabilities. Defines and maintains process documentation and data definitions. As needed, collects, validates and maintains business requirements.
  • Creates key partnerships to influence the direction of the team and foster an environment of continuous learning, sharing, improvement and evolution across the team.
  • Ability to diagnose, make decisions, resolve issues and solve problems required, including a detailed understanding of how to interpret business needs and translate them into operational requirements.
  • Provides leadership to develop new or improved processes, methodologies, systems, tools, and/or services to enhance our operating environment based on practical experience, optimal outcomes and best practices.
  • Works across functional and technical teams to ensure collaboration, communication, visibility, and successful delivery of complex projects. Collaborates with HRMS teams to develop project management timelines and deliverables and managing functional team participation in technical initiatives.
  • Conducts analysis to determine regression impact of proposed technical solutions on functional process and downstream applications.
  • Establishes project goals, milestones, and procedures, define roles and responsibilities, acquire project resources, and coordinate projects throughout company. Develops and implements project plans, governance, communication cadence, project tools, and project structure to effectively deliver programs/projects.
  • Maintains a high degree of integrity in handling confidential information.


  • 7+ years of Project Management experience, successfully leading major HR change initiatives. Prior execution of multiple enterprise-wide projects to successful completion, on budget and on time.
  • Significant Workday implementation experience with an understanding of both HCM and Time/Pay/Benefits functional areas is a must. Familiarity with Workday and custom integrations. Strong understanding of key Workday functional process streams.
  • Relevant HCM project management skills for large, complex organizations, and the ability to define and execute multiple detailed activity plans simultaneously, in a way that makes sense to both technical and non-technical team members.
  • Excellent time and budget management.
  • Demonstrated analytical, planning, prioritization, and organizational skills in a fast-paced, collaborative environment.
  • PMP, Agile, or equivalent Project Management certifications preferred.
  • Lead major change initiatives and secure stakeholder support by integrating business, executive, and HR leadership input into the decision-making process.
  • Organized self-starter, capable of breaking down complex problems into traceable tasks. Solves complex problems; takes a new perspective using existing solutions.
  • Experience leading and supporting team members with whom no formal hierarchical relationships exist.
  • Experience working with/leading vendors.
  • Excellent communication—ability to effectively communicate with internal and external teams. Comfortable working with leaders from a variety of levels, on a global scale.
  • Inspired visionary who can foster/generate excitement, buy-in, and understanding with the TEAM.
  • Ability to develop, plan, and implement short and long-range goals, establish priorities, and organize resources.
  • Demonstrated knowledge and application of organizational change management strategies, process improvement, and strategic process optimization.

Additional Information

All your information will be kept confidential according to EEO guidelines.

Foster Farms is an Equal Opportunity Employer – Minorities, Females, Veterans and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

Foster Farms participates in E-Verify during the hire process at all locations for all new employees.


United States