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Vice President of Human Resources 

About the Organization Brownells, A 2nd Adventure Group Company
At Brownells, we Empower the Spirit of Independence and Adventure. Our passion is connecting gunsmiths, firearm enthusiasts, collectors, hunters, competitors, and protectors with products that outfit and enhance their spirit of independence and adventure.

Brownells is the preeminent all-things-firearms company in the world. Founded in 1939 in Montezuma, IA, Brownells' storied history of connecting firearm and firearm accessory manufacturers with freedom-loving customers is unrivaled.

We believe the spirit of independence and adventure is a mindset - in the office, on the range, in the field or with your family. It is the foundation - and reason - for everything we do.

Our values:
• R.I.C.H. (Respect, Integrity, Courage, Honesty)
• Power of the Platform (collectively leveraging our unique brands)
• Purpose Driven Performance
• Relentless Creativity & Innovation
By joining Brownells, you will help us inspire, educate, and outfit adventure-minded, freedom-lovers across the world with products that outfit their passion.

Why Adventure With Us
Put simply, our adventure is fun! If working in a fast-paced, hobby-based business where growth and exploring new frontiers every day excites you, then WE WANT YOU!

Our team is diverse, inclusive, and obsessed with new ideas. We put our customers and employees and their families at the forefront. As a third-generation, family-owned business, we understand the need for a great benefits package, professional develop opportunities, adventure incentives and most importantly, flexibility in schedules to allow for the most time possible with your loved ones.
Division Brownells  
Full-Time/Part-Time Full-Time  

Job Summary:

2nd Adventure Group is committed to creating a culture where every team member can have the opportunity to connect with their passions. The newly created Vice President (VP) of Human Resources is a senior leadership position critical to this aspired vision and the future direction of 2nd Adventure Group. The VP of Human Resources will live, work, and lead in alignment with the organization's values, vision, mission, and strategy to serve as a model for all others to follow. The VP of Human Resources will create and lead an environment for all 2nd Adventure Group team members to maximize their own extraordinary potential and performance in a way which fundamentally changes how 2nd Adventure Group's team members live and work, for the better. The VP of Human Resources is responsible for developing and delivering the 'People Strategy' which will drive leadership development, organizational culture, workforce planning, talent management, succession planning, and performance management. The VP of Human Resources will provide counsel, guidance, and direction to the executive leadership team and the board of directors. As a high-growth organization centered on a shared services model, the VP of Human Resources will build scalable systems and processes to support the future growth of our business and our people.

Key Responsibilities:

The VP of Human Resources will lead 2nd Adventure Group in creating a human resources environment that further connects team members to organizational purpose. Demonstrable experience is preferred in at least three of the areas of key responsibility:

  • Leadership Development: Establish a leadership development framework, program, and culture for the organization with a focus on evolving leaders from being transactional to transformational. This will include driving the creation of leadership development plans, strategies, and programming. This will result in highly effective transformational leaders who can successfully develop organizational strategies and direct execution through development and empowerment of their teams.
  • Organizational Culture: Be the driving voice in effectively cultivating and communicating organizational culture in alignment with the company's vision and purpose. Connection to our purpose, our team members, and our customers are key outcomes required for developing the high-engagement, high-performance culture at our organization. Successfully integrating new organizations into the broader organizational culture is key.
  • Coaching and Mentoring: Provide values-based leadership coaching and mentoring to ensure our team members are moving towards their personal and professional goals.
  • Strategy Development: Ensure continued evolution of organization structure, leadership development, and organizational culture during regular strategy development. Key outcomes include actively participating in key strategic discussions and leading communication across the organization. Identifying talent gaps and areas for additional talent investment for both current performance and future growth are key.
  • Workforce Planning: Direct strategic workforce planning to ensure optimal staffing for both present day performance and for aggressive future growth. Functions as a leading voice in establishing workforce plans for each department or key area and lead the development of a strategic workforce plan for the organization.
  • Talent Management: Provide overall leadership and guidance to the organization by overseeing talent acquisition, career development, and training across key geographies. Develop comprehensive strategic recruiting and retention plans to meet the human resources needs of each department or key area.
  • Succession Planning: Work with the company's executive leadership team to establish a sound plan of management succession that corresponds to the strategy and objectives of the company.
  • Performance Management: Ensure team members have clarity in how the value of their work aligns with the purpose and future direction of the organization. Develop and direct comprehensive compensation and benefits plans that are competitive and cost-effective.
  • Industrial Relations: Serve as a leading representative for the organization with key external stakeholders. Provide high-level strategic advice through identifying key industrial relations issues, challenges, risks, and opportunities. Oversee the handling of complaints and grievance procedures and direct the investigation and resolution of critical industrial relations issues in a timely and effective manner.
Position Requirements

Required Skills/Abilities/Expectations for Success:

  • Ability to take on a challenge, create and embrace change and inspire others.
  • Commitment to making an impact in a highly successful company positioned within a growth market.
  • Exceptional strategic thinking and planning skills are a must.
  • Exemplary verbal and written communication skills.
  • Excellent interpersonal and conflict resolution skills.
  • Possesses organizational skills and attention to detail.
  • Strong analytical and problem-solving resourcefulness.
  • Robust leadership and influencing skills.
  • Skilled in workforce, team dynamics, and talent management strategies.
  • Knowledge of leadership development and change management programs.

Education and Experience:

  • Minimum of 15 years of experience in human resources development, with at least five years at the executive level.
  • Leading executive management through development and coaching curricula.
  • Integrating key emotional intelligence and coaching capabilities across an organization.
  • Implementing company initiatives around culture and talent development.
  • Driving organization development efforts in a fast-growing environment.
  • Leading human resources activities through mergers and acquisitions is preferred.
  • BS/BA degree from an accredited college/university; MBA or MA/MS in human resources, executive leadership, or related field preferred.
  • SHRM Senior Certified Professional (SHRM-SCP) or SHRM Certified Professional (SHRM-CP) certification preferred.

Physical Demands

Light work. Light work involves lifting no more than 20 pounds at a time with frequent lifting or carrying of objects weighing up to 10 pounds. Even though the weight lifted may be very little, a job is in this category when it requires a good deal of walking or standing, or when it involves sitting most of the time with some pushing and pulling of arm or leg controls. To be considered capable of performing a full or wide range of light work, you must have the ability to do substantially all of these activities.

Physical Hazards – Health and Safety Concerns

  • General office environments
  • Ergonomics

Where You’ll Be Located

Grinnell, Iowa

Live Your Adventure!

Brownells is a subsidiary of 2nd Adventure Group. At 2nd Adventure Group, our mission is to provide a platform to connect people with their passions. Our brands are aligned to empower people to be inspired, educated, and outfitted for a lifetime of enjoying and sharing the spirit of adventure. Our sister companies include: Crow Shooting Supply, Sinclair International,, W.L. Baumler Co. and Big Springs Range Complex.

DISCLAIMER: The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by people assigned to this classification. They are not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties and skills required of personnel so classified. In addition, the employer may consider whether the individual applying for or holding the position is qualified. There are two steps involved in this determination. The first concerns whether the applicant or current employee satisfies the prerequisites for the position. The second step involves whether or not the person can perform the essential functions with or without reasonable accommodation.

EOE Statement Brownells, Inc. is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, race, creed, color, religion, national origin, physical or mental disability, protected veteran status, age, genetic information, marital status, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity or any other characteristic or status protected by law.

If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the employment process, please contact us by email at and let us know the nature of your request and your contact information. Requests for accommodation will be considered on a case-by-case basis. Please note that only inquiries concerning a request for reasonable accommodation will be responded to from this e-mail address.

For more information, view the EEO is the Law Poster and Pay Transparency Statement.  

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