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Human Resources Generalist

Los Angeles, California
At Guayakí Yerba Mate, we're about much more than just yerba mate: we believe yerba mate culture is an invitation to life. Our mantra, "COME TO LIFE," is an invitation to personal, social, ecological and cultural regeneration. The regeneration of the planet is at the heart of our business model. Every purchase of Guayakí drives positive global impact. We call it Market Driven Regeneration™, and it's the driving force behind everything we do.

Yerba mate. We love it, we drink it, but what, exactly, is it? Yerba mate is brewed from the nourishing leaves of the yerba mate species of holly tree (Ilex paraguariensis), which is native to the South American Atlantic rainforest. Of the six commonly used stimulants in the world: coffee, tea, kola, cocoa, and guarana, yerba mate triumphs as a balanced, naturally caffeinated option. Guayakí offers bagged loose leaf yerba mate as well as ready-to-drink yerba mate beverages in bottles and cans.


The Human Resources Generalist has thorough knowledge of HR principles, regulations, and procedures. In collaboration with the Director of HR, the HR Generalist works closely in-person with employees and managers to support the business in areas of employee relations, workforce planning and recruitment, employee development and training, leave administration, compensation, performance management, compliance and more. This role requires familiarity with Human Resources planning, talent development, and internal client group support and must have a passion for understanding the business and being a business partner that will enable leaders to reach the business strategic goals for growth.

Please note the Generalist is expected to be on-site 5 days a week with daily rotation throughout our facilities in the SoCal area: Riverside, Chatsworth, Costa Mesa, Santa Fe Springs.

  • Act as a first point of contact for HR questions and inquiries from managers and employees across the full employee lifecycle.
  • Provide HR policy guidance and interpretation.
  • Support employees with payroll and benefits needs, working alongside the Payroll and Benefits Manager.
  • Regularly meet with key members of the management team to identify workforce planning concerns, business objectives, performance issues, etc. Provide recommendations for solutions in collaboration with Director of HR.
  • Work closely with management and employees to improve work relationships, build morale, and increase productivity, engagement, and retention.
  • Will partner with the Talent Acquisition team to drive recruiting efforts, as well as supporting the candidate through the onboarding process.
  • With support from the Director of HR as needed, provide recommendations to management on compensation changes, promotions, job titles, etc. Prepare the necessary change requests and documentation for HR processing.
  • Assist employees and managers with leave requests, provide required documentation to employees, and submit change requests for processing. Track employee leaves and follow up as appropriate to confirm return to work, request recertifications, etc.
  • Manage and resolve routine employee relations and labor relations issues. Escalate high-risk issues to Director of HR. Address complaints and conduct investigations to ensure compliance with company policy and all federal, state, and local employment laws.
  • Maintain current knowledge and application of all relevant laws and regulations at the local, state and national level relating to employment and ensure regional compliance. This includes educating and advising managers and leaders on HR-related legal and regulatory matters.
  • Ensure that employee files and records are properly and securely maintained in the HRIS.
  • Respond to workplace injuries and ensure incident reporting is completed.
  • Other duties as may be assigned.

  • Bachelor's degree in Human Resources, Business Administration, or similar, or equivalent experience.
  • Minimum 3-5 years Human Resources experience for a multi-site organization, as a HR Generalist or HR Business Partner
  • A thorough understanding of applicable laws, regulations, and policies
  • Ability to coach managers through difficult conversations
  • Excellent interpersonal communications skills, both written and verbal
  • The talent to manage multiple priorities simultaneously and demonstrate a high degree of organizational skills and attention to detail. Deliver to deadlines with strong follow-up skills, problem resolution and strategic thinking
  • Self-starter with creative mind and a track record of putting ideas into practice and assessing results
  • Strong analytical and problem-solving skills.
  • Must be proficient in Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, with familiarity of HR Information Systems


• 30% travel to locations in assigned region


The physical demands described represent those needed to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
  • Must be able to remain in a stationary position for extended periods of time.
  • The position requires the ability to see clearly (with or without the aid of glasses or contact lenses) during responsibilities on and off a computer.
  • Must be able to communicate effectively by listening and in both written and verbal forms.

The salary range is only an estimated range and may change based on experience and other factors. Additional compensation may be available depending on the position.

Salary Range

$85,000 - $95,000 USD

As our team grows, we are looking for people to join us that are passionate and committed to protecting the planet. Our company culture is driven by a collaborative team that supports each other and grows together. We believe that learning from different perspectives and facing challenges is an opportunity to grow. Our people come from different cultures and backgrounds that are welcomed in open and mutually beneficial ways. We question the status quo and seek innovative solutions to evolve the business. We invite individuals who want to work as a collective and use business as a force for good to join our team.

Guayakí Yerba Mate is an Equal Opportunity Employer, and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, creed, religion, sex, gender, genetic information, national origin, disability, uniform service, veteran status, age, or any other classification protected by federal, state, or local law.