HR Business Partner

Island Energy Services (IES) exists to make life better for everyone in Hawai‛i. We are proud to be a local company and a leader in the logistics and distribution of energy products through our network of terminals. IES safely and reliably operates a large distribution system across four islands consisting of six terminals. At the heart of IES, are our four core values:  Kīnāʻole, Aloha, Lōkahi, Hoʻohana.  These core values are embedded into how we work, live and achieve operational and financial  excellence.

IES is currently seeking an HR Business Partner to join our team.  Under the  supervision of the HR Manager, the Human Resources Business Partner (HRBP) is responsible for aligning business objectives with employees and management through day-to-day interaction.  The position formulates partnerships across the Island Energy Services Downstream business unit while delivering value-added service to management and employees.


Education and Experience

  1. Minimum of 5 years of experience resolving complex employee relations issues. Working knowledge of multiple human resource disciplines, including compensation practices, employee relations, diversity, performance management, and federal and state respective employment laws.
  2. Bachelor’s Degree in Human Resources or related field.
  3. Desire to grow professionally and proven ability to work in a very fast paced environment.


  1. Ability to think broadly with emphasis on HR strategy.
  2. Ability to uphold to strict ethical standards: integrity, objectivity, and confidentiality.
  3. Proficient Microsoft Office Suite skills, including editing and proofreading.
  4. Ability to maintain automated and manual record keeping systems.
  5. Strong sense of team spirit and ability to transfer it to others.
  6. Ability to work independently.
  7. Ability to evaluate information and exercise good judgment in making decisions. Strong analytical and problem-solving skills.
  8. Ability to maintain high level of confidentiality. Problem solving—the individual identifies and resolves problems in a timely manner and gathers and analyzes information as appropriate.
  9. Interpersonal Skills—the individual maintains confidentiality, remains open to others’ ideas and exhibits willingness to try new things.
  10. Oral communication—the individual speaks clearly and persuasively in positive or negative situations and demonstrates group presentation skills. Ability to provide excellent customer service and customer relations.
  11. Written Communication—the individual edits work for spelling and grammar, presents numerical data effectively and can read and interpret written information.
  12. Planning/organizing—the individual prioritizes and plans work activities, uses time efficiently and develops realistic action plans.
  13. Quality control—the individual demonstrates accuracy and thoroughness and monitors own work to ensure quality.
  14. Adaptability—the individual adapts to changes in the work environment, manages competing demands and can deal with frequent change, delays or unexpected events.
  15. Dependability—the individual is consistently at work and on time, follows instructions, responds to management direction and solicits feedback to improve performance.
  16. Safety and security—the individual actively promotes and personally observes safety and security procedures and uses equipment and materials properly. 

Desirable Skills

  1. Determination and fortitude to learn and grow.
  2. Microsoft Suite software.
  3. Ceridian Dayforce HRIS software.
  4. SHRM Certified Professional (SHRM-CP) or SHRM Certified Senior Professional (SHRM-SCP) credential or ability to obtain certification within three years of employment (ten plus years of experience may substitute for certification).

Other Requirements

  1. Willingness to commit to The Island Way (IES core values of): Kīnāʻole, Aloha, Lōkahi and Hoʻohana.
  2. Pass background check including periodic job-related physical abilities testing as required.
  3. Must be able to obtain a Transportation Worker Identification Card (TWIC) within sixty days of hire.
  4. This is a safety sensitive position and random drug testing is required.
  5. Valid driver’s license with clean abstract.
  6. Willingness to devote the time as needed to meet project and task deadlines.
  7. Willingness to maintain or increase skills.
  8. This is not a remote or hybrid position.  Position requires in-person attendance.


Major Responsibilities include but not limited to:

  1. Talent acquisition and employee onboarding. Manages recruitment cycle of new Downstream employees (including advertising, selection and interview of candidates, employment offers, pre-employment appointments and onboarding coordination).    Participate and attend career fairs and manages pre/post recruitment planning.  Ensures new hire documents are completed including COBRA notifications.
  2. Manages leave of absence program and disability claims (FMLA, HFLL, TDI, STD and LTD). Regularly communicates with employees, and assists employees with the return to work processes.  Responsible for timesheet entries while employee is on medical leave status.  Keeps HR Team appraised of payroll and return to work status.
  3. Provides day to day performance management guidance to line management (e.g. coaching, counseling, career development, disciplinary action. Works closely with management employees to improve work relationships, build morale and increase productivity and retention. Provides HR policy guidance and interpretation.
  4. Supports and manages professional development requests and identifies training needs for workforce planning and succession planning. Participates in evaluation and monitoring of training programs to ensure success.
  5. Assists with Administrator responsibilities for IES’ Alcohol and Drug Program Manages monthly random drug testing, post-accident/incident and pre-employment drug testing.  Assists with Supervisor training and compliance.
  6. Assists with the coordination of Employee Open Enrollment, Training and Development and other company HR activities.
  7. Analyzes trends and metrics for HR reporting as needed. Provides policy guidance to stakeholders as requested.
  8. Teamwork – Works effectively with coworkers and others by sharing ideas in a constructive, positive manner, listening to and objectively considering ideas and suggestions from others; keeping commitments; keeping others informed of work progress and issues; addressing problems and issues constructively to find mutually acceptable and practical solutions; and respecting the diversity of the IES workforce in actions, words and deeds.
  9. Safety – Maintains commitment to a high standard of safety, comply with all safety laws and IES safety policies/rules, and reports actual and potential safety violations to appropriate supervisory or management personnel.

Other Duties:

  1. As needed performs tasks to serve as backup for other staff in their absence.
  2. Performs other duties consistent with the scope of the position.

Physical Demands:

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.  While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to sit.  The employee frequently is required to use hands, hands to finger, handle, or feel objects, tools or controls to talk or hear.  The employee is occasionally required to stand; walk; reach with hands and arms; and stoop, kneel, crouch or crawl.  The employee must frequently lift and/or move up to 20 pounds and occasionally lift and /or move up to 30 pounds.  Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, color vision, depth perception and the ability to adjust focus.


Desired competencies include accuracy, attention to detail, and a proven ability to interact with all levels of the organization with a high degree of professionalism.  The ideal candidate must be able to establish priorities under tight deadlines and have a proven track record as a motivated, self-starter who can work on multiple projects and priorities within a fast-paced environment.  Incumbent is expected to have sound knowledge of Human Resources Information Systems, Learning Management Systems, and Microsoft Office Suite programs. Prior relevant experience in energy, manufacturing or retail  industries are  highly desirable.


Island Energy Services offers a competitive salary that commensurate with qualifications and experience. The hiring annualized salary range for this position is $80,000 to $105,000. IES offers a comprehensive health and welfare package to include up to full family medical, dental and vision from day one of employment, paid vacation, paid sick leave, holidays, 401k plus generous employer matching, group life and AD&D, supplemental voluntary insurance options, flexible spending, and much more!

IES is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or status as a protected veteran.

Position open to US residents and resident aliens with a valid green card only.