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Schmidt Consulting Group

Chief Culture Officer

Schmidt Consulting Group
St. Louis, Missouri, United States

Date Posted: 10/26/2015
Categories: Human Resources
Job Type: Full-Time

Job Description:

Company Name: Wiese USA

Position Title: Chief Culture Officer


Corporate Background


Headquartered in suburban St. Louis, Wiese USA (Wiese) is one of the largest material handling companies in the United States.  The company has 900+ team members who provide services through 34 locations in Kansas, Missouri, Illinois, Indiana, Arkansas, Tennessee, and Mississippi. 


Wiese sells, rents, and provides superior service for forklifts, lifts, cranes, and related material handling products. The company is best recognized as the largest Caterpillar forklift distributor in the United States. Wiese also services equipment for railroad applications, distribution centers, and terminal tractors.  Their rental division offers both large rental fleet services as well as renting other products sold in its product line. Wiese has their own truck fleet to provide maintenance, deliver rental equipment, and pick up customer’s equipment needing repair. The company employs more than 500 factory-trained technicians that service and support the needs of their customer’s vehicles and equipment. Wiese also has a System Group specializing in the integration of complex systems that optimize operations and increase overall facility effectiveness.


Led by Chip Wiese, the Owner and CEO, and TJ Dodson, the COO, the company is financially sound and known for being the premier employer in the industry.  Team member turnover has consistently been low, as Wiese has a long track record of strong team member relations. Wiese has received the prestigious Dealer of the Year award from their two leading suppliers, Mitsubishi and Caterpillar Forklift America for the last 20 years, a reflection of their team member’s dedication to customer service.  In 2014 the company won Premier Dealer status with MCFA, Trackmobile, Kalmar, Ottawa, and Columbia PARCAR.


Position Description: Chief Culture Officer


Wiese USA is a company where “People Matter”.  Making a positive impact on the lives of team members, customers, and communities is not just a means to an end – it is the purpose in having the business.  Wiese believes that their culture and values are core to everything that they do.


The Chief Culture Officer is responsible for developing and maintaining a systematic approach of processes, communications, events, and training opportunities to help reinforce and further develop our culture and our team member’s professional skills. This person will also have direct responsibilities for the traditional HR functions and is expected to ensure the company has concern for the individual with a personal touch.


Primary Responsibilities


  • Lead culture efforts through personal example and integrity.
  • Lead the talent management function; keep people growing and learning.
  • Coach and mentor people at all levels and job functions in the company.
  • Drive effective internal communications that are encouraging, informative, and fun.
  • Champion      and lead our strategy for consistently building, reinforcing, and      safeguarding our culture.
  • Ensure our      recruiting function actively searches and finds “servant-minded”      candidates who will fit our culture.
  • Create a      consistent set of tools and practices for our managers to use to be highly      effective people leaders.


Current Reporting Relationships


  • Reports to      the COO, TJ Dodson.  Mr. Dodson      reports to the Owner, Chip Wiese.       Also reporting to Mr. Dodson are three Regional General Managers,      Chief Financial Officer, Head of Marketing and Sales, Head of MMCI      Business Unit, and the Head of Dock and Door.
  • Reporting      to this position are the Director of Recruiting, Director of Training and      Development, the Safety Manager, an HR business partner, and Payroll.


Essential Qualifications


  • Demonstrated      ability to make a difference and build a business culture that is exciting      and innovative.
  • Ability to      develop and maintain scalable core HR functions including compensation,      benefits, and performance management.
  • 10+ years      of management experience in midsized corporate or non-profit settings.
  • Ability to      lead complex projects across multiple departments through influence.
  • A      servant’s heart and humility.


Secondary Qualifications


  • Proven ability to execute and use project management techniques.
  • Line management experience outside of Human Resource or other staff functions.
  • Union experience would be helpful.
  • Undergraduate      degree.
  • Master’s      in Business, Organizational Development, Human Resources or related      helpful
  • 5-10 years      human resource leadership experience



St. Louis Overview


Wiese USA’s corporate headquarter is located in suburban St. Louis.  The area offers real quality of life, especially for families.  In this job you could expect to live 10-15 minutes from work, 15 minutes to the airport, and 20 minutes to major sports venues, museums, parks, and endless entertainment and dining options.




St. Louis is the world headquarters of 19 Fortune 1000 companies, including Anheuser-Busch Companies, Inc., Emerson Electric, May Department Stores, Graybar Electric, and Monsanto Company.  Greater St. Louis ranks thirteenth in the United States as a headquarters location for Fortune 500 companies.  St. Louis supports a strong manufacturing sector; the three major American automakers – General Motors, Chrysler, and Ford – operate assembly plants in the area.  St. Louis is also the base for the Eighth Federal Reserve District Bank and several national insurance and brokerage firms.


St. Louis is among the largest hubs in the United States for both agricultural and healthcare biotechnology.  World-class research and development in plant and life sciences is conducted by industry giants such as Pfizer and Centocor.  St. Louis is becoming known as the heart of the bio-belt for progress in this arena.  Four major health systems are also headquartered in St. Louis to include, Ascension, the largest Catholic health system in the US, BJC/Washington University, SSM, and Mercy. The city also has a high concentration of information technology jobs.  With an already-strong manufacturing base, St. Louis is a center for advanced manufacturing; the area boasts of 190,000 jobs and 4,000 establishments applying advanced technology innovations.


Items and goods produced include: meat, bread, beer, flour, granary products, malt, liquors, chemicals, drugs, paints and varnish, machinery, refrigerators, clothing, iron and steel, street and railroad cars, shoes, paper products, hardware, millinery, trucks, automotive parts, petroleum and coal, non-ferrous metals, stone, clay and glass, furniture, aircraft, and aerospace equipment




St. Louis Children’s Hospital has provided specialized care for children for more than 130 years.  Both US News & World Report and Parents magazine rank St. Louis Children’s among the best pediatric hospitals in the nation.  In 2010 the hospital received the Magnet re-designation from the American Nurses Credentialing Center, the nation’s highest honor for nursing excellence.  St. Louis Children’s Hospital is affiliated with Washington University School of Medicine, one of the leading medical research, teaching and patient care institutions in the nation. 



For 22 years straight, Barnes-Jewish Hospital and Washington University School of Medicine have ranked among the best hospitals in America by U.S. News & World Report, including a top ranking in the 2014 Best Hospitals issue.  Recognized in 13 of a possible 16 medical specialties in the 2014 U.S. News rankings, Barnes-Jewish ranked in the top 20 for 8 specialties, including diabetes & endocrinology; ear, nose & throat; gynecology, cardiology & heart surgery, neurology & neurosurgery, pulmonology, ophthalmology, urology, and nephrology (kidney disease).




Arts - View a collection of art ranging across centuries and cultures from sculpture and oil paintings to charcoal drawings and photography at the St. Louis Art Museum. Enjoy the works of newly established artists both locally and internationally at the Contemporary Art Museum of St. Louis. In addition to innovative exhibitions, the Pulitzer Foundation for the Arts features concerts by the Saint Louis Symphony, panel discussions and educational programs.


Botanical Garden - Explore 79 acres of lush gardens, landscape architecture, greenhouses and conservatories at the oldest Botanical Garden in the United States. Wander through collections of botanical and horticultural plants among beautiful fountains and statuary. Visit the Climatron for a real rainforest experience featuring magnificent waterfalls, tropical birds and exotic plants like bananas, cacao, coffee trees and orchids. Other points of interest include the serene Japanese garden and the interactive and educational Children’s Garden.


Breweries - Take a tour of the historic Anheuser-Busch Brewery, where you can visit the Budweiser Clydesdales and sample a variety of premium brands.  For more local flavor, stop by Schlafly Bottleworks for a free brewery tour and to try a few of the 50 different styles of beer. Enjoy live music and dining at both the Bottleworks and the Schlafly Tap Room.


City Museum - Explore the City Museum’s unique all-ages playground filled with caves, slides and climbing apparatus made from recycled and found objects. Visitors can interact with over 10,000 sea creatures in the World Aquarium, venture through the Museum of Mirth, Mystery and Mayhem and wander through the Elmslie and Sullivan architectural exhibit.


Forest Park - Once home to the 1904 World’s Fair, Forest Park is one of the largest urban parks in the United States. It attracts 12 million visitors a year with world-class attractions and scenic walking and biking trails. Other points of interest include the Jewel Box, a beautiful greenhouse filled with magnificent floral displays, the golf courses and the World’s Fair Pavilion.  Balloonists compete in the Great Forest Park Balloon Race scheduled in September; the balloon race is one of the largest sporting events in Missouri with 70 balloons and 130,000 spectators. 


The Gateway Arch - Take a 630-foot ride to the top of this world-famous stainless steel monument for the finest view in the Gateway City. Then stop by the Jefferson National Expansion Memorial to get a glimpse of where Lewis and Clark set out on their historic expedition.


Grant’s Farm - Go on a private expedition through Grant’s Farm for an up-close and personal feeding experience with buffalo and goats. Stop by and visit the majestic Budweiser Clydesdales and take a ride on the Grant’s Farm carousel. 


Laumeier Sculpture Park - with over 70 outdoor sculptures, a music amphitheater for special events and a traveling series of exhibitions.


Live Music - Get your live music fix at The Pageant, ranked one of the top five concert venues in the world by Pollstar. For larger multi-band tours and festivals, travel to the outdoor Verizon Wireless Amphitheater or the concert club at Scottrade Center. Visit Blueberry Hill, the landmark restaurant and music club for touring acts as well as St. Louis’ top bands including regular performances by rock ‘n’ roll legend Chuck Berry.


Magic House - Visit the region’s first interactive children’s museum, built in a sprawling Victorian mansion in suburban St. Louis. Kids will enjoy all sorts of fun and educational activities at the Magic House, including sitting at the president’s desk in a spot-on recreation of the Oval Office and performing patriotic karaoke. In a miniature town, kids can play grownup for a day as they change the tire on a wooden car, stock shelves in a model grocery store or serve pizza in a pretend kitchen. Visitors can even climb a three-story beanstalk, spin a giant kaleidoscope or perform a puppet show.


Saint Louis Zoo - Get up close and personal with the furry, the flying, and the fishy creatures of the Saint Louis Zoo.  One of the city’s many free attractions, the Saint Louis Zoo has been recognized as one of the nation’s leading zoological parks.


Six Flags St. Louis – Visit this exciting Midwest theme park that’s fun for the whole family! Visitors can loop the loop on Batman the Ride, soar at speeds of up to 62 mph on the Screaming Eagle wooden coaster, and get soaked on the whitewater rapids adventure of Thunder River.


Sports - During the spring and summer seasons, you can cheer on our 11-time World champions the St. Louis Cardinals at Busch Stadium.  In the fall or winter, you can catch the St. Louis Blues heating up the ice at the Scottrade Center, and watch the St. Louis Rams take to the field at the Edward Jones Dome.


St. Louis Symphony Orchestra  - The award-winning St. Louis Symphony Orchestra, winner of six Grammies and 36 nominations, presents a season of classical music concerts with internationally known guest artists at Powell Symphony Hall.


The Muny in Forest Park is a 12,000-seat outdoor amphitheater that stages Broadway musical theater during the summer. 


The Opera Theatre of St. Louis performs its four dramatic productions of classical and new opera in English during a month-long season beginning in late May.


The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis - performs a season of plays on two stages, including modern drama, musicals, and comedies at the recently expanded Loretto Hilton Center. 


St. Louis Science Center - Find out what it’s like to venture out into the wild, journey under the sea or fly high up in the air at the four-story Omnimax Theater, a film experience unlike any other. See a thrilling space show at the Planetarium, one of nation’s leading space education facilities.




Home to the beautiful Cathedral Basilica and many exciting year-round festivals, the Central West End is the perfect place to view stunning architecture, stop for a bite at a corner cafe or browse for hidden treasures at an eclectic street fair.


Chesterfield offers a 'slice of life' community with beautiful homes, excellent schools and prospering businesses.


Clayton is an eloquent neighborhood filled with specialty boutiques and beautiful galleries. It's the perfect spot for high end shopping and fine dining. Visit one of the many fairs and festivals that Clayton hosts featuring local art, farmers markets and cocktail gatherings.


Kirkwood is a great neighborhood for families. This historic suburban landscape is littered with parks, restaurants, and kid-friendly entertainment, with lots of outdoor amenities perfect for those traveling with pets!


Lafayette Square boasts an impressive collection of beautiful Victorian homes and could be described as 'urban chic.' Its trendy real estate, luscious gardens, fine dining, and city backdrop.


Maplewood is one of the city's newest up and comers, Maplewood has blossomed into a hip and trendy district that's retained its small town charm. Tour the historic Schlafly Brewery, bowl a game at the vintage Saratoga Lanes and stop for coffee and watch the foot traffic.


The Hill is home to some of the best Italian eateries in St. Louis. The neighborhood has maintained its heritage and character, offering a mom-and-pop atmosphere of family and delicious home cooking while staying current with retail, small business and real estate.


Webster Groves is full of creative spirit, between the diverse architecture, quaint restaurants and unique live theater venues. There is plenty to see and do in this serene, elegant neighborhood, with fun fashion boutiques, historical attractions and beautiful homes.




Elementary Schools - Six public elementary schools in Missouri have been honored as 2014 Blue Ribbon Schools per the U.S. Department of Education.  The national award recognizes schools whose students achieve at very high levels or who have made significant progress to close gaps in achievement, especially among disadvantaged and minority students.  St. Louis Blue Ribbon Schools are Concord Elementary, Lindbergh School District; Festus Elementary; Henry Elementary, Parkway School District; Long Elementary School, Lindbergh School District; Mason Ridge Elementary School, Parkway School District and North Glendale Elementary School, Kirkwood School District.


High Schools - In the top five US News Top Ranked Missouri High Schools located in St. Louis are Clayton High School, Kirkwood High School, and Marquette High School.


Colleges and Universities - St. Louis is home to 12 universities, 8 professional schools, 9 graduate schools, 8 two-year colleges, and 89 vocational schools.  Washington University, a private independent institution, offers 90 programs and 1,500 courses in such fields as business, architecture, engineering, social work, and teacher education; the university also operates schools of medicine, dentistry, and law.  More than 6,500 undergraduates and 5,000 graduates attend this research university.  Saint Louis University, established in 1818 and affiliated with the Roman Catholic Church, also operates schools of medicine and law and offers 50 graduate and 86 undergraduate programs in its 13 colleges/schools.  Sixteen NCAA Division I athletics teams – including baseball, basketball, swimming, and cross country – compete for the University.  Webster University, located in suburban Webster Groves, awards baccalaureate and master’s degrees in 13 bachelors and 9 graduate programs.  The University of Missouri at Saint Louis is both a graduate and undergraduate institution and part of the state university system.  More than 16,000 students attend classes on the 300-acre campus; The University of Missouri at St. Louis is the third-largest university in Missouri.   In addition to the other colleges and universities in the area, there are also large technical and vocational schools in the region.



Please email resume or recommendation to:


Jim Schmidt


Schmidt Consulting Group