HR Business Partner

Harris & Harris Chicago, IL
  • Work collaboratively with the team, foster strong partnerships with all managers; establish regular verbal and written communications to ensure effective implementation of HR strategies.
  • Recommends, develops, and implements programs to promote employee performance, engagement, satisfaction and retention.
  • Interfaces daily with HR and operational leaders to provide proactive human resources advice and support.
  • Advises and provides guidance to leaders and employees on company policy and interprets policy, as needed.
  • Responds to managers and employees, providing quick resolution on claims, conducting investigations, diagnosing problems, determining appropriate action, coaching managers, and reviewing corrective action documentation.
  • Advise management on appropriate administrative or disciplinary action.
  • Works with HR Director and the team on policy interpretation as it relates to unique cases such as leaves of absence, remote work arrangements, transfers and separations, etc.
  • Manages the Performance Management cycle, including developing and sending communications and current reports to leadership, working with management to ensure merit increases are proposed, approved, and processed, and ensure all reviews are collected in a timely manner.
  • Respond to employee relation issues such as employee complaints, grievances, harassment allegations, and civil rights complaints.
  • Focuses on creating a positive employee relations environment and culture resulting in good employee engagement.
  • Coach and counsel leadership on matters concerning development of staff to enhance effectiveness and potential.
  • Ability to shift emphasis from resolving issues for others to building leadership capabilities that address and resolve both human and technical aspects of the work environment.
  • Demonstrated ability to operate effectively in an independent manner with good judgment and a solid understanding of both strategic and tactical business needs.

  • Bachelor’s degree in related field required, with 4-6 years progressive HR experience
  • 4 years of Human Resource knowledge/experience in the combined areas of: Employee Relations, Equal Employment Opportunity, Compensation, Benefits, Staffing, and Organizational Effectiveness
  • Has excellent organizational skills, manages change effectively and successfully juggles multiple projects simultaneously.
  • Must possess excellent communication, interpersonal and relationship skills with the ability to shepherd diverse stakeholders to achieve complex business objectives.
  • Self-starter who is action oriented and possesses a strong sense of urgency. Ability to comfortably work in an intensely deadline-oriented environment.
  • Ability to analyze problems and effectively provide solutions. Able to deliver informative, well-organized presentations.
  • Skilled utilizing the Microsoft Office Suite of products. VISIO and PROJECT is a plus. Experience using ADP
  • Must be trustworthy, dependable and able to handle highly confidential information with discretion
  • Knowledge of federal, state, and local employment laws and regulations, including knowledge of EEO, ADA and FMLA
  • Demonstrated ability to apply critical thinking, problem solving and independent judgment to complex and difficult issues.
  • Strong ability to take initiative and manage multiple projects successfully in a fast-paced and changing environment.
  • Demonstrated success in consulting effectively with senior level management, the ability to influence others without direct position power, and to earn credibility and client trust.
  • Team player with the ability to work in a fast paced environment

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