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Human Resources Lead

Company: W. R. Berkley Corporation
Location: Stamford
Posted on: September 13, 2020

Job Description:

Founded in 1967, W. R. Berkley Corporation is an insurance holding company that is among the largest commercial lines writers in the United States and operates worldwide in two segments of the property casualty insurance business: Insurance and Reinsurance. Each of the Berkley companies , or operating units, within Berkley participates in a niche market requiring specialized knowledge about a territory or product.

Our competitive advantage lies in our long-term strategy of decentralized operations, allowing each of our Berkley companies to identify and respond quickly and effectively to changing market conditions and local customer needs. This decentralized structure provides financial accountability and incentives to local management and enables us to attract and retain the highest caliber professionals.

We have the expertise and resources to utilize our strengths in the present environment, and the flexibility to anticipate, innovate and respond to whatever opportunities and challenges the future may hold.

Responsibilities As a strategic partner, the HR Manager works with the Operating Unit Leadership teams to align and support the execution of the talent strategy and operating unity strategic initiatives. This role works closely with Leadership and Group HR to consult, provide advice and guidance as it relates to talent-related activities including but not limited to: recruitment and selection, staff retention, performance management, talent development, compensation planning and employee relations.

The HR Manager fulfills the primary responsibilities of the role by executing the following duties and tasks:

Consults and counsels with leaders on performance management, talent development, salary administration, succession planning, recognition, training gaps, employee relations, employee conduct, etc.

Guides and coaches leaders through actions related to formal disciplinary procedures, jointly determines appropriate course of actions; reviews and provides suggestions for performance improvement plans; and ensures legal compliance with legal counsel when necessary

Proactively identifies areas for process improvement, innovation, and opportunities for efficiency and synergy

Partners with management to improve employee engagement and increase productivity and retention, this includes coordination of community or company events, e.g.

Confers with leaders to identify staffing needs, job specifications, job duties, qualifications, skills and competencies

Partners with recruiting on internal and external recruitment efforts for all positions

Partners with hiring managers to ensure proper department on-boarding tasks including: 30/60/90 day reviews, survey analysis, etc.

Partners with the hiring manager to ensure required timely completion of new hire I-9’s; and finding alternative sources to complete new hire’s I-9 for off-site/remote/employees. Updating I-9 verifications in HireRight as required.

Assists in the development and delivery of management and/or employee training sessions related to strategic initiatives, performance management, employee engagement, succession planning, etc.

Actively researches, creatively designs and implements effective methods to educate, enhance performance and recognize performance; advising and collaborating on the development and administration of recognition programs with Group HR

May lead or participate in special and/or cross-functional project teams related to Company and/or TCR strategic initiatives

Identifies, evaluates and resolves employee relations issues such as employee complaints, harassment allegations and civil rights complaints

Conducts, Analyzes and reports on trends related to employee relations activities; Reviews exit interviews to analyze reasons for separation and to identify trends

Assists employees with developing personal strategies or action plans related to the workplace, e.g., career development, performance improvement, peer/manager conflict, communication, etc.

Administers initial and ongoing Visa and Immigration requirements

Administers one – time – payments in Workday including: Sign On Bonus/Severance/Tuition Reimbursements

Additional duties as assigned

Qualifications Required 7 + years of progressive HR experience

Preferred Insurance and financial services

Preferred PHR or SPHR

Proven HR strategical and tactical experience

Ability to make decisions incorporating diverse perspectives

Excellent communication and organization skills

Strong customer orientation including strong interpersonal, communication and consultation skills

Ability to manage and influence in a cross-functional matrix environment

Strong discretion in dealing with highly confidential and sensitive information exhibited at all times

Ability to manage multiple complex projects simultaneously while working under pressure to meet deadlines

Extremely strong analytical and quantitative skills coupled with strategic/big picture orientation

Proven record of setting delivery commitments and meeting expectations

Travel

Travel Required – Moderate – up to 25% Travel

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Keywords: W. R. Berkley Corporation, Stamford , Human Resources Lead, Other , Stamford, Connecticut

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