Human Resources Business Partner (HRBP) 

LOCATION: Watertown / New York (US-NY), United States | BRAND: New York Air Brake | REQUISITION ID: 5938 | JOB GRADE: 16  | ON-SITE/REMOTE: On-site 


Since 1890, New York Air Brake has been an innovative leader in the heavy-haul railroad industry. As a member company of Knorr-Bremse –the world’s leading manufacturer of braking systems for rail and commercial vehicles--New York Air Brake is recognized worldwide as a Center of Competence for heavy-haul freight railroad control systems. From multiple locations, we serve customers across the United States, Canada, and Mexico—reaching clear across the globe to South America, Africa, the Middle East, China, and Australia. Our talented, diverse, and dedicated teams develop innovative solutions to the challenges facing our customers. Join us in our next steps.



The Human Resources Business Partner (HRBP) position is responsible for aligning business objectives with employees and management in designated business units.  The position serves as an advisor and consultant to management on human resource-related topics including talent management, performance management, employee relations, career counseling, training program development and compensation.  The HRBP partners with management to set priorities, drive values, and deliver business results.  The HRBP acts as an employee champion and change agent, demonstrating exceptional interpersonal skills, using thoughtful judgement and diplomacy in interfacing with a wide variety of individuals. The role assesses and anticipates HR-related needs, communicating proactively with our HR department and business management, the HRBP seeks to develop integrated solutions, while cultivating a positive and collaborative environment.  


Essential Functions

Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • Recommends innovative approaches to continuously improve efficiency of department and services performed.
  • Partner with senior leadership team on compensation, performance evaluations, succession planning and overall human resources program rollouts. Support performance improvement plans when applicable.
  • Partner with managers and supervisors to ensure accurate interpretation and fair application of company policies and procedures.
  • Implements personnel policies and procedures. 
  • Facilitates and participates in investigations related to employee relations issues, violations of company policies, and inappropriate workplace behaviors. conducts thorough investigations and administers corrective action meetings to effectively resolve concerns/issues. Ensures negative employment actions are handled in a respectful, fair and legal manner. 
  • Benefit Administration:  Assist with benefits enrollment for new hires and annual open enrollment process. Supports leave of absences and return to work in conjunction with third party leave administrator, HR team, and operations. 
  • Wellness programs:  Assist with Wellness program and events as needed.
  • Training/Development:  Partner with leadership to develop skills gap analysis based on current workforce and the skills needed now and in the future.  Assist in the development, training and implementation of employee development programs.
  • Works closely with management and employees to improve work relationships, build morale, and increase productivity and retention.
  • Analyzes trends and metrics in partnership with the HR group to develop solutions, programs and policies.
  • Partners with Shared Services to transition and build administrative processes. Must understand and support all Quality, Product Safety, and Health/Safety/Environmental/Energy policies.
  • Must understand and adhere to all relevant statutory or regulatory compliance obligations.
  • Must understand, support and adhere to the Integrated Management System policies, procedures and instructions.
  • Must understand and support relevant key performance indicators (KPIs), as defined in the goal tree.



Skills and Competencies


  • Technical Capacity
    • Comprehensive understanding of HR principles, techniques and procedures
    • Experience in using HR strategies to assess and resolve HR issues.
      • Must have a strong knowledge of laws and regulations relating to human resources.
    • Must have general knowledge of benefits administration.
  • Must have excellent interpersonal skills, facilitation and presentation skills.
  • Must be comfortable performing multifaceted projects in conjunction with day-to-day activities.
  • HRIS experience required, SAP preferred.
  • Must be able to analyze data and problem solve.
  • Must have good to excellent interpersonal skills.
  • Teamwork and influencing skills
  • Analytical thinking
  • Managing, Improving Processes
  • Communication skills


Work Environment

  • The employee will be required to perform duties on a computer terminal. The employee may be exposed to shop floor conditions, i.e., noise, heat, cold, dust/dirt etc. 


Physical Demands

  • The physical demands are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of an office work environment position.



Required Education and Experience

Bachelor’s Degree

  • 3+ years of Human Resources Generalist experience



Preferred Education and Experience

  • PHR or SHRM-CP preferred.
  • Previous experience with CBA/ negotiations


Base Pay Range


The base pay range for this role is $86,320-$129,480 USD. The company reasonably expects to pay within that range, however, New York Air Brake considers several factors when extending an offer, including but not limited to, the role and associated responsibilities, a candidate’s work experience, location, education/training, and key skills.




From Engineering to Test Laboratory; Manufacturing & Skilled Machine Operation to Sales and Marketing; Field Service to Customer Service; Quality to HR to Finance to Software Development, our team-based approach is built on inclusion, opportunity, development, social responsibility and rewards. You are afforded the chance to grow personally and professionally through challenging assignments, commitment to continuing education, exposure to a variety of projects, and international travel. Our benefits are cutting edge as we offer student loan repayment assistance, lucrative 401k program, company assisted stock purchase plan, tuition reimbursement, wellness program, onsite workout facilities & classes along with competitive salary and incentive compensation, generous paid time off programs and a full array of medical, dental and vision options. We’ve got the right stuff, do you? Let’s find out together.


Then join us! We look forward to receiving your online application!


New York Air Brake LLC is an Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) employer. It is the policy of the Company to provide equal employment opportunities to all qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, protected veteran or disabled status, or genetic information.

Nearest Major Market: Watertown