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Senior HR Strategic Partner - Associate Director

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14 Jun 2021

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This role is a Talent advisor and Business Partner (Associate Director) responsible for an Area. The role will work closely with an Area Talent leader to understand and influence business strategy and workforce requirements and will translate business needs into Talent function priorities, working with Talent Functions to ensure that Talent services/solutions deliver business value. Where necessary, the role will provide insight to support effective design of Talent solutions to benefit the Area and champion the Talent roadmap and initiatives to support adoption in the Area.
The opportunity
The role will build & nurture proactive relationships with Region Talent Leaders and their teams ensuring Area Talent strategy and priorities are executed effectively. Reporting to the Area Talent Leader, work as trusted partner and strategic Talent advisor to an Area business leaders and Region business leaders (where required).
Your key responsibilities
  • Understand and influence business strategy and drive the Talent/people agenda
  • Interact with senior business leaders and provide advice on all talent matters that contribute to achievement of Area strategy and objectives
  • Identify and assess business needs, and communicate business issues and opportunities to the appropriate Service line&/or Talent functions and ensure needs are addressed by new services or changes to Talent services/solutions
  • Work with the Area Talent leader to connect Area relationship leads in each SL &/or Function to the Area agenda
  • Respond to complex and urgent Talent queries from Area stakeholders, leverage experience across Talent ecosystem to provide guidance and address Talent matters. Where required, prepare presentations and reports as requested by business leadership to support strategic priorities
  • Where required, lead the Talent workstream of x-SL or x-functional business-led projects (i.e. M&A, organization re-structuring). Act as key Talent advisor ensuring that business changes consider and address Talent priorities and optimise the engagement of EY people
  • Champion the Talent change roadmap in an Area/Regions and provide input to ensure the effective design and implementation of changes to Talent services in an Area
  • As directed by the Area Talent Leader, work to manage effective relationships and communications with Region Talent leaders and teams. Lead or participate in networks to: communicate Area business and Talent strategy, share best practices and to collaborate to resolve problems that will enhance Region Talent delivery
  • Where required, handle complex employee relation matters, consulting with the key stakeholders to resolve issues
  • Ability to interact with and provide credible advice to senior business leaders. Capable of working independently to advise business leaders on Talent matters
  • Understand business strategy and performance trends and consider implications for Talent/workforce. Work with the Area Talent leader to help determine Area priorities
  • Leverage internal workforce data and models to consider strategic workforce planning issues globally. Ensure data and analytics can be presented effectively to leadership
  • Analyse the Talent implications of complex business changes and ensure Talent requirements are managed effectively
  • Analyse business issues/opportunities as they relate to Talent/workforce. Assess root causes and propose solutions. Partner with Talent functions to ensure the development of business cases to raise requests for investment and project resources to enable change

Skills and attributes for success
To qualify for the role, you must have
  • Ability to understand business imperatives and consider the implications for Talent
  • Ability to work with, challenge and advise a business partner
  • Ability to understand business challenges, assess issues/opportunities and propose solutions
  • Sound knowledge of project management and change management methods and application
  • Ability work in globally dispersed teams and with networks across diverse geographies and apply a global mindset to working effectively with others
  • Talent management services, associated processes and best practices, including employee relations
  • Partner effectively across talent ecosystem and wider EY firm
  • Ability to convey complex issues succinctly and clearly in a timely way
  • Ability to set priorities, operate within budget and effective time frames
  • To drive change and performance outcomes in a complex and agile environment
  • Demonstrate inclusive leadership skills in the broadest context
Ideally, you'll also have
  • Bachelor's degree in related field and or experience.
  • Work with Business and Talent colleagues to ensure the stakeholder group receives effective, data-driven advice. Leverage colleagues as required to ensure work is managed effectively
  • Lead the Talent workstream of business change initiatives, help in ensuring Talent deliver the required outcomes effectively
  • Work as an SMR for the Area and contribute to the design, development and deployment of Talent change projects and solutions
  • Manage networks to enable the Area Talent leader to communicate effectively with Region Talent consultants
  • Effectively work across the talent eco-system and wider firm to enable execution of Area talent priorities
  • Independently maintain and leverage (when appropriate) an internal network, including effective partnerships with senior stakeholders, across EY practices/departments that will enable personal effectiveness in the position
  • Due to global nature of the role; travel and willingness to work alternative hours will be required
  • English language skills - excellent written and verbal communication will be required
What we look for
Extensive experience in a closely related role as a business partner or strategic advisor in Talent. Significant experience of interpreting business strategy and championing the successful execution of strategic priorities. Significant experience of operating and influencing across multiple levels of an organization. Credible trusted advice to senior business leaders to address challenges, diagnose root causes of performance gaps and recommend options. Experience of influencing and communicating challenging messages between the business and talent teams where necessary. Significant experience of leading global virtual teams/networks. Experience of leading change working effectively with project resources to deliver required outcomes. Significant experience of coaching leaders through the embedding of change initiatives in global, matrix organizations (such as EY). Strong experience of sponsoring or acting as subject matter representative on projects. Significant experience of working in fast-paced, ambiguous, stressful environments to deliver required results
What working at EY offers
We offer a competitive remuneration package where you'll be rewarded for your individual and team performance. Our comprehensive Total Rewards package includes support for flexible working and career development, and with FlexEY you can select benefits that suit your needs, covering holidays, health and well-being, insurance, savings and a wide range of discounts, offers and promotions. Plus, we offer:
  • Support, coaching and feedback from some of the most engaging colleagues around
  • Opportunities to develop new skills and progress your career
  • The freedom and flexibility to handle your role in a way that's right for you
EY is committed to being an inclusive employer and we are happy to consider flexible working arrangements. We strive to achieve the right balance for our people, enabling us to deliver excellent client service whilst allowing you to build your career without sacrificing your personal priorities. While our client-facing professionals can be required to travel regularly, and at times be based at client sites, our flexible working arrangements can help you to achieve a lifestyle balance.
About EY
As a global leader in assurance, tax, transaction and advisory services, we're using the finance products, expertise and systems we've developed to build a better working world. That starts with a culture that believes in giving you the training, opportunities and creative freedom to make things better. Whenever you join, however long you stay, the exceptional EY experience lasts a lifetime.
If you can confidently demonstrate that you meet the criteria above, please contact us as soon as possible.
Join us in building a better working world. Apply now.
EY provides equal employment opportunities to applicants and employees without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, national origin, protected veteran status, disability status, or any other legally protected basis, in accordance with applicable law.
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