Senior HR Business Partner
The HR Business Partner will support Business Unit leaders and their teams in the execution and development of HR programs and initiatives. The business partner must understand their client group's strategic priorities, the business imperatives, and customer’s business. Proactively consults with clients and recommends HR strategic solutions to improve critical business outcomes. Collaborates with HR specialists on the delivery of strategic initiatives. Serves as consultant and adviser to business unit leaders in the effective management of their workforce through implementing performance management; organizational design; analysis and implementation; change management; talent assessments; leadership development; and succession planning programs.
- Supports large/complex Business Unit and may support additional Business Units.
- Implement and project manage key HR initiatives and programs within various business units.
- Partner with Compensation, Recruiting, Talent, and Benefits departments to address trends, organizational changes, and drive programs.
- Consult with managers and staff on employee relations issues, conduct investigations and make recommendations in response to management and staff concerns.
- Provide managers with strategic direction regarding organizational structure and approaches to leverage staffing and talent needs.
- Ensure uniform administration of policies and practices.
- Oversee all policy development and compliance. Recommend policy enhancements that further HR and organizational initiatives.
- Review and analyze data to identify trends and recommend solutions to improve the overall health of the organization and monitor the "pulse" of employees to ensure a high level of employee engagement.
- Lead discussions and train management on various HR-related topics.
- Deliver HR core processes to business units including: performance management, change management, succession planning, staffing & selection, and salary planning.
- Analyze performance gaps and organizational trends to identify targeted actions and HR programs that mitigate people related risks and solve the business problem.
- May provide advice and counsel to HR Business Partner.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
- Strong business and financial acumen.
- Demonstrated ability to remove and overcome barriers to promote collaboration between and within HR and the business.
- Leverage relationships throughout the organization to influence individuals and outcomes.
- Experience partnering with senior business leaders.
- Demonstrated ability to facilitate organizational change and foster linkage between business objectives and human resources activities.
- Ability to create and maintain a positive employee relations environment throughout complex and changing situations.
- Demonstrated capability to communicate and work effectively at all levels of the organization, inspiring respect and credibility.
- Demonstrated creative and innovative thinking.
- Strong interpersonal and team building skills.
- Effective listening skills, with flexibility in approach to solutions.
- Strong problem-solving, decision-making, and organizational skills.
- Skillful in resolving conflicts quickly with win-win solutions/outcomes.
- Capable of managing multiple demands and priorities simultaneously.
- Advanced knowledge of and experience with HR functions, programs and practices.
- Thorough knowledge of employment laws such as FMLA, COBRA, ADA, and other federal and state laws covering discrimination and equal opportunity employment.
Education, Experience and Certifications
- Bachelor’s degree
Minimum 7 years’ progressive experience in human resources.
Minimum 5 years’ experience as a human resource generalist and/or business partner.
Possesses experience and knowledge in both functional and strategic aspects of Human Resources in at least 2 of the following areas: recruitment, organizational design, employee engagement, leadership development, succession planning, learning and/or workforce planning.
- HR experience in utility/energy/technical environment preferred.
- Experience coaching managers in the design and composition of organizational structures
- Experience developing communication plans for business units.
Approximately 10% travel, primarily within NY State.