Barr project work offers challenges as well as opportunities for learning and growth
working at Barr

contact information for our corporate headquarters:

Barr Engineering Company
4300 MarketPointe Drive, Suite 200
Minneapolis, MN 55435

Phone: 952-832-2600

Fax: 952-832-2601
Toll free: 800-632-BARR (2277)
back to careers

open positions

Minneapolis, MN

position location
apply online

Description of Company

Barr is an engineering consulting company that integrates engineering and environmental expertise to help clients develop, manage, and restore natural resources across the nation and the world. Today, we have nearly 800 staff across the U.S and Canada who work with clients in the mining, power, refining, and manufacturing industries and all levels of government. We have been employee owned since 1966 and trace our origins to the early 1900s.

Why Choose Barr?

At Barr, we strive to be the premier firm in our market. If you are looking for an employee-owned company that fosters a collaborative environment where you are surrounded by intelligent colleagues with an emphasis on client service, the ability to work on challenging projects, and a place where our employee's safety is a top priority, Barr is the place for you. We offer both mentor and coaching programs that give our employees the ability to help further develop and grow their careers, along with the opportunity for volunteering and community involvement. We also offer our employees a highly competitive benefits package.


This position is part of our corporate human resources team embedded within our largest business unit. This person serves as a liaison between business unit and corporate HR functions and will be responsible for developing and sharing HR best practices with other liaisons and business units, providing business insight regarding corporate HR functions, and offering strategic, operational, and tactical HR advice to support business and company goals and mitigate risks, while creating and maintaining a consistent and positive experience for candidates and staff. The HR generalist will participate in ongoing processes and initiatives that support the business and HR strategies.

The HR generalist operates in a consulting role to the business unit staffing coordinator, and carries out HR functions as part of a team of engineers, scientists, and other HR professionals. The position is focused on recruiting, engaging new technical staff, and supporting existing staff in a fast-paced, high-growth environment. Responsibilities include:

  • Recruiting and staffing – Partnering with business leaders and technical staff to identify staffing needs; coordinating workload management plans; evaluating and recommending methods of sourcing and recruiting candidates; developing job postings; screening resumes; coordinating interviews and interviewing, evaluating, and selecting candidates as part of a team; delivering offers; and assisting with new employee integration.
  • Staff development and rewards - Supporting talent management processes including our coaching program. Developing content and delivering occasional training on HR-related topics. Participating in salary setting and employee education activities.
  • Employee relations and compliance – Investigating and addressing issues; interpreting HR policies and advising leaders and staff; assisting in the development of performance improvement plans and/or disciplinary actions.
  • Corporate HR initiatives and projects – Additional responsibilities include participating in or leading HR initiatives and projects in areas such as performance management/annual feedback, HR compliance, training and development, benchmarking and analyzing industry and competitive practices, talent management, diversity & inclusion, or other efforts.

  • Minimum Qualifications

    • Bachelor’s degree in human resources, business administration, or related area
    • One year of experience related to job responsibilities described above
    • Problem-solving and analytical skills; ability to apply judgment and initiative in HR-related activities
    • Diplomatic, with excellent oral and written communication skills
    • Strong client-service focus with willingness to adjust approach and persevere to gain buy-in from key stakeholders and deliver results
    • Strong organizational skills including ability to prioritize and negotiate deadlines with multiple stakeholders
    • Agility to shift priorities and focus as business needs dictate
    • Knowledge of employment law
    • Experience in using HRIS and applicant tracking systems
    • Strong computer skills with special expertise with Microsoft Office software, especially Word and Excel
    • Legal authorization to work in the United States without the need for sponsorship
    • Acceptable driving record
    • Acceptable criminal background check result

    Preferred Qualifications

    • Three or more years of related experience
    • Strong interest and aptitude for gathering, analyzing, reporting, and portraying data in a concise format
    • Experience with engineering, professional service, or consulting firms with an emphasis on technical recruiting (engineering, scientist, technician roles)
    • Demonstrated ability to collaborate within a team and build and maintain relationships at multiple levels and across geographic office locations
    • Exposure to using behavioral and competency-based interview guides
    • PHR/SPHR professional certification or equivalent

    Barr Engineering Co. reserves the right to consider other legitimate, non-discriminatory factors that are not specifically listed.

    We require proof of eligibility to work in the United States. 
    Barr strives to make accessible to any and all users.  If you would like to contact us regarding the accessibility of our website or need assistance with completing the application process, please call 952-832-2600, or toll free at 800-632-2277.
    Barr is proud to be an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to sex, race, color, religion, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, or any other lawfully protected status. 

    apply online

    Minneapolis, MN link print