The Industrial and Manufacturing sector covers a diverse grouping of businesses including oil/gas, semiconductors, consumer electronics, logistics, automotive, transportation, construction and chemicals.

This sector is arguably the most rewarding environment for an HR practitioner to grow his or her career. A key reason for this is because HR deals with personnel issues in both factory and corporate locations, there is a diverse range of people to work with. The sector produces tangible products rather than difficult to define services, so it tends to be easier for the HR function to grasp the business imperatives and to add value fast. Due to the long investment cycle for factories and heavy equipment; business and HR planning processes are complex and long-range. For this reason, HR professionals who are more strategically oriented tend to relate well to the Industrial and Manufacturing sector.

Because many companies in this sector are unionised, HR Generalist work in the field can include a large element of Industrial Relations.

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