National Human Resource Senior Director-Advisory Services

Grant Thornton 11/27/2018 6:45:58 AM
JOB ID: 042218 Specialty:
Regional, Regional




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National Human Resource Senior Director – Advisory Service Line

Job Description:

The National Human Resource Director of Advisory is an integral leader in the People and Culture Embedded team. The National Human Resource Director will provide strategic direction and counsel to the Managing Partner & Service Line Leaders within our Advisory Service Line. This senior role will lead a team of People & Culture (P&C) business partners across the U.S. who are aligned to the Advisory Service line. The National Human Resource Director of Advisory will collaborate closely with the other Service Line HR Directors to understand business needs and strategic priorities in order to ensure that HR talent delivery capabilities are effectively and efficiently leveraged within the business. This role is also responsible for collaborating with the national People & Culture operational and functional areas (P&C Operations, Compensation/Benefits, Talent Acquisition, Learning & Organization Effectiveness, Employee Relations, People Experience and Diversity & Inclusion), to design and deliver on a business-aligned people agenda.

The National Human Resource Director of Advisory Service line leads to architect a progressive, bold, and comprehensive Talent Agenda that enables the Service Line Business Strategy. This role will need to ensure that the Advisory Service Line operating objectives are achieved across the firm and will function as a trusted advisor to the Advisory Service Line leadership team. The National Human Resource Director of Advisory will report directly to the Chief People & Culture Officer (CPCO).

This National HR Director role serves as a key member of the People & Culture leadership team and People & Culture community in the support of firm-wide goals and objectives, working with Partners and People & Culture staff to manage People & Culture risk and monitor AAP / EEO and other regulatory compliance.

Core Responsibilities:

Construct and facilitate the execution of a National Talent Agenda that aligns with and fulfills the Advisory Service Line Business Priorities
Leads the strategy and execution of programs across the P&C advisory service line business partners
Consult with Advisory Service Line leaders and partners on organizational planning and staff development.
Manage Advisory Service Line culture and organizational projects and initiatives as needed.
Collaborate with Advisory Service Line Leaders to develop strategies/recommendations to improve employee satisfaction and engagement, career growth opportunities, organizational team building, knowledge sharing, retention and a cultural shift towards accountability.
Leads and provides rigorous coaching to the Advisory Service line HR Business Partners
Communicate and interpret Service-Line specific and People & Culture policies and procedures; interpret and ensure compliance with all state & federal laws. Coach, consult and investigate issues including performance counseling and other employee relations matters and workplace behavior in collaboration with field and national People & Culture personnel.
Teams with National Talent Management leader and local People & Culture teams to design and facilitate formal performance management processes as well as annual review of compensation and bonus awards.
Works with various People & Culture teams and national functional leads to evaluate, design and deliver appropriate client-facing programs such as: training; succession and career development; management development; competitive pay and reward systems; and effective staffing initiatives.
Collaborates and communicates regularly with Talent Acquisition Partner to ensure the right positions are open at the right time, providing recruiting priorities in conjunction with Service Line service delivery models and budget. May provide Talent Assessment services upon request at high levels.


The ideal candidate will be:

A business-minded HR/People leader with multiple years of increasingly responsible People & Culture/Human Resources leadership positions with demonstrated ability to thrive in a culture that is collaborative, service-oriented, and consultative.
Highly collaborative and action-oriented, with a proven leadership style characterized by strong influencing skills; and previous experiences driving change.
A functional People & Culture/Human Resources specialist who delivers services with a pragmatic approach to business partnership and operations.
An outstanding people leader with an engaging and approachable personality. Will have significant history of coaching and mentoring staff and influencing change at all levels
A proven expert in prioritization and negotiation with demonstrated ability to be effective in supporting multiple business leaders/Partners working in various locations across different business units
Confident with history of exhibiting strong personal initiative as someone who is willing to get out roll up their sleeves, and do whatever it takes to get the job done.
Proven ability to think strategically and deliver tactically.
Metric-focused with ability and history of using analytics to solve problems and develop business solutions.
A change agent who can build collaborative relationships across a matrix organization
Thinks team; not self

The Ideal Candidate Will Possess:

Bachelor’s degree in related field
10-15 years of HR related experience
PHR or SPHR certification and prior People & Culture/ HR consulting experience preferred
Demonstrated experience in developing and implementing People & Culture/ HR and strategies.
Demonstrated experience in defining and implementing detailed People & Culture/ HR business processes.
Working knowledge and experience with HR systems and business technology.
Strong verbal and written communication and presentation skills.
A reputation for discretion, integrity, judgment, responsiveness, and strong attention to detail.


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Requisition ID: 042218

Regional, REG
Regional, Regional