Associate HR Manager in Gastonia, NC at Advance Auto Parts

Date Posted: 11/7/2021

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Job Description

Advance Auto Parts (AAP) has an opportunity for an Associate Human Resources Manager that will support 2 Distribution Centers.

This team member will be located in the Gastonia, NC DC.

1900 Jenkins Dairy Rd, Gastonia, NC 28052

At AAP, we strive to provide our Associate HR Managers with a challenging and rewarding experience where you can make a difference in a transformational environment.

Responsibilities include:

Leading the Human Resources function in four Distribution Centers located in Gastonia & Ashville, NC. This AHRM will be establishing solid business partnerships and driving functional excellence. Direct responsibility for approximately 486 employees. Developing, implementing and validating Human Resources programs, policies and initiatives aligned with short and long-term business plans. Fostering a culture in the organization that promotes employee involvement and engagement and a passion for customer excellence.

Essential Functions include:

  • As strategic business partner, work with local Leadership team to set direction, priorities and culture expectations while championing and embodying AAP’s Cultural Beliefs.
  • Leading cycles of improvement, ensuring alignment of key programs and initiatives and driving change management plans to maximize employee ownership and engagement.
  • Driving HR functional excellence through AAP’s programs, ensuring quality of process and content and alignment to achieve goals and objectives. Develop, optimize, document and standardize sustainable processes, sharing best practices across the function.
  • Building organizational capability through ownership of talent management processes including talent assessment, performance management, and employee development. Managing and developing employee compensation/reward and recognition programs, driving high performance culture aligned with business objectives. Fostering a culture of manager ownership and accountability of the employee life cycle.
  • Driving positive employee relations to provide an optimal work environment for all employees within area of responsibility. Effectively deploying communication plans and utilizing assessment tools (e.g. the employee survey) to determine organizational issues and action plans. Exemplifying and leading AAP’s cultural beliefs.
  • Providing leadership guidance and coaching. Developing and implementing solutions to organizational challenges by leading/coaching others through change.
  • Facilitating the design and implementation of impactful change initiatives that ensure the best possible solution for all key stakeholders.
  • Establishing diversity initiatives and maintaining governmental compliance through EEO practices
  • Collaborate with HR CoEs to oversee HR processes locally, including staffing, payroll, disability and leave administration.


  • Ability to lead as well as champion change
  • High level of business/financial acumen
  • Strong skills in the following areas:
    • Verbal and written communication
    • Talent management & development
    • Direct and indirect influence
    • Cross-functional collaboration
    • Leading and championing change management
    • Conflict management
  • Ability to travel as necessary
  • Proficiency in Spanish desired, but not required
  • Proficiency in Workday desired, but not required


  • Bachelor’s degree from four-year college or university; and 3-5 years related experience and/or training; or Equivalent combination of education and experience.  
  • Experience supporting front-line employees preferred