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General information

All posting locations: Chicago, Illinois, United States of America

Job Function: 09 - HR

Department: 09 - 03 - HR Business Partner/Generalists/Labor Relations

Date Published: 04-May-2021

Job Type: Regular

Description & Requirements

This Associate Director- HR – Meal Foundations & Coffee role will drive all people activities- initiatives and programs in for the Meal Foundations & Coffee function for the US Zone. The Associate Director- HR works under the general guidance of the Head of P&P- US Commercial- but is responsible for driving all people initiative across the function- including determining the optimal structure- talent pipeline and people strategies.  This role dotted line reports to the Meal Foundations & Coffee functional head.

This position’s primary focus will be on leading efforts around people development- talent pipeline- organization effectiveness- change management and driving cultural transformation; all of which contributes to achieving goals around people- cost- cash- and customer/supplier service.  The position will support approximately 200 employees while driving HR initiatives and directly coaching & supporting functions’ people managers.  The role will manage one individual contributor team members.

Primary Responsibilities:

Acts as a coach & business partner to senior leaders- mid-level managers and employees. Our People Function is a NON-TRADITIONAL HR- focusing on business priorities- driving our Culture- ensuring Meritocracy and never settling for average.


  • Talent Development –
    • Manage the performance management initiatives- driving high expectations with assigned client groups.
    • Ensure teams are appropriately trained on the overall talent process as well as methodology changes in order to facilitate robust calibration sessions.
    • Coach leaders on effective development planning- quarterly appraisal cycles- and continuous feedback and coaching throughout the year.
    • Lead succession planning efforts for leadership positions and critical roles throughout the functions
  • Staffing & Recruiting –
    • Engage with business leaders and hiring managers to drive staffing plans
    • Ensure hiring managers are properly trained on all talent acquisition processes and practices
    • Participate in interview and selection panels – the ability to assess talent- skill and knowledge gaps is key to hire for immediate and future needs
  • University Relations –
    • Partner with the University Relations team on the full-time and internship programs for both MBA and undergraduate hires. 
    • Support the recruitment efforts for these programs
    • Assist in the training and development related to the function
  • Workforce Planning –
    • Work with leaders to proactively manage the staffing- movement and development of talent
    • Facilitate the movement of talent within and across functions.
  • Employee Relations –
    • Work with leaders and employees to actively manage and resolve performance issues proactively- minimizing any risk
    • Lead investigations and partner with Ethics & Compliance as needed


  • Culture Transformation –
    • Credible partner in driving cultural initiatives such as Management By Objectives (MBOs)- Continuous Improvement and process mapping-
    • Ensure Meritocracy happens at all levels of the organization
  • Diversity & Inclusion –
    • Maximize D&I efforts across the organization
    • Influence leaders to ensure D&I is the foundation by which we live our values


  • Design Lean Organization and Simplification (structure- processes- systems) –
    • Continually work with and challenge current org structures in place in order to drive continuous improvement and efficiencies
  • Budget Management – own all people compensation costs for the designated business units/functions- including salary- bonus and social charges
  • Lead annual budget process for the designated business unit/function


  • Partner with Learning & Development Academy leaders on all initiatives for Finance- People & Performance and Legal
  • Drive employees participation in Ownerversity courses and in utilizing internal learning resources

Core Competencies/Skills:

  • Highly Ambitious- Intrinsically motivated- and always fighting to be the Best
  • HR Fundamentals –core knowledge of and ability to collaborate with all areas within HR such as talent acquisition- compensation- employee relations- benefits- L&D- etc.
  • Communication Skills – must have excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Leadership Abilities – must be able to make difficult decisions and challenge leaders/managers/employees
  • Business Acumen – ability to understand business financials and how HR can impact
  • Influencing & Collaboration Skills – record of partnering at all levels in an organization to drive priorities
  • Change Management – success in leading change efforts in a matrix environment
  • Organizational Design/Organizational Effectiveness – ability to assess- design and recommend organization changes & simplification to structures
  • HR related experience in a process-driven environment
  • Proven ability and success in working in a matrixed organizational environment

Minimum Qualifications

  • 8+ years of progressive Human Resource experience
  • Bachelor’s Degree required; Master’s Degree preferred
  • Must have excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Influencing/aligning strategy around talent capability and behaviors
  • Track record of partnering at all levels in an organization to drive initiatives
  • Ability to assess- design and recommend organization changes

Equal Opportunity Employer–minorities/females/veterans/individuals with disabilities/sexual orientation/gender identity