HR Sr. Business Partner / Must have supported Digital Studios OR Techology Consulting exp.

Human Resources, Global Lead / Senior HR Business Partner

Talent Community - Human Resources

Role level - Group Manager / Sr. Manager

Role location: Seattle, Houston, Atlanta, Chicago

Human Resources Business Partner for Digital Studios

About the role:

The Senior Human Resources Business Partner, is responsible for daily global operation activities in their assigned HR function/region. This includes management of the daily operations, defining appropriate programs, planning and budgeting, and serving as a strategic business partner to the General Manager and Senior Management team of the Region/Service Line. Program oversight may include: culture building, employee relations, recruitment, on boarding, performance management, professional development, compensation, budgeting, scheduling, HRIS, benefits and general personnel administration.

Day-to-day, you will

  • Contributes to the overall Avanade HR strategy and execution and drives HR strategy locally
  • Prepare, coordinate and support practice managers/ business managers on disciplinary actions, terminations and reductions in force.
  • Prepare, coordinate and implement annual Avanade appraisal process. Ensure all employees receive feedback and
  • ensure all appraisals are completed and agreed on by leadership team before bonus is paid.
  • Continually review and enhance current appraisal system in conjunction with the HR Team.
  • Prepare, coordinate and support Managers on disciplinary actions, terminations and reductions in force.
  • Participate and direct regional/service line onboarding and employee engagement processes.
  • Plan and prepare the region's HR budget in conjunction with Finance, if applicable.
  • Plan and implement changes for restructuring of business groups as required.
  • Plan and implement restructures to ensure smooth transition of employees into the current environment.
  • Manage and implement reductions in force. Manage integration processes of existing employees.
  • Provide key input to the development and "maintenance" of Avanade policies and processes
  • Contribute to the creation of global policies and programs through participation on special projects
  • Lead the regional/service line HR team and provide career coaching and development for group. Administer performance management function for team.
  • Adapt regional processes and organization to a changing/dynamic regional/service line organization
  • Develop and supervise training initiatives including rotation plans, knowledge transfer, functional skill development, team building, etc.
  • Contribute to the ongoing development of compensation structures as necessary to deal with retention, motivation and/or attraction challenges and ensures compliance with Avanade policy guidelines and governmental regulations in conjunction with the Global Compensation team.
  • Act as "sounding board" for regional/service line career development. Provide counseling to both employees and leadership on addressing career development needs.
  • Guide development of management/leadership, communication and general consulting skills
  • Liaise with legal and recruiting representation to ensure all employment contracts are valid, comprehensive and protect both Avanade's and the employee's interests; also work with legal and recruiting on ensuring all contractor agreements are valid, comprehensive and protect Avanade's interests
  • Maintain dialog with recruiters to obtain activity in the market, major movements re job types, salaries etc.
  • Handle employee grievances and conflict.
  • Lead, motivate and be an ambassador for employees at Avanade.
  • Continually assess morale within the organization and prepare strategies to better motivate and retain current employees.
  • Manage and update HR Databases / Systems and enable maximum benefit to be derived from the system
  • Review/Validate in HR Administration, Business Partner, Employee Relations, Creating and Implementing HR Programs and Performance Management focus areas

About Avanade

Avanade is the leading provider of innovative digital and cloud services, business solutions and design-led experiences delivered through the power of people and the Microsoft ecosystem. Our professionals bring bold, fresh thinking combined with technology, business and industry expertise to help fuel transformation and growth for our clients and their customers. Avanade has 33,000 digitally connected people across 24 countries, bringing clients the best thinking through a collaborative culture that honors diversity and reflects the communities in which we operate. Learn more at

Likely years' experience

We are specifically looking for HR Lead / Senior HR Business Partner providing support to Technical and Digital Studio areas
  • 8+ years of increasingly diverse or complex HR Business Partner experience required
  • Experience managing a small team of HR Generalists
  • Global work experience
  • Recent experience supporting technical or consulting environment
  • Ideally, at least one year recent experience working within digital studio

Other Skills/Knowledge:
  • Strong knowledge of the following competencies: compensation, benefits, employee relations, staffing, recruiting, performance management and professional development.
  • Development and execution of policies and programs
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills, both written and verbal.
  • Demonstrated strategic thinking and leadership ability
  • Ability to succeed in a start-up environment that demands flexibility and offers ambiguity.
  • Strong judgment and decision-making skills.
  • Possesses the ability to be team oriented and collaborative, yet can provide individual contributor value also.
  • Ability to interact and influence all levels of people, as well as, overall Avanade culture

Management Experience- 3+ years preferred

Education: Bachelor's degree in HR, Business or Psychology recommended

HR Certifications a strong plus: SPHR or PHR

Requisition ID - 53984

Avanade is the leading provider of innovative digital and cloud-enabling services, business solutions and design-led experiences, delivered through the power of people and the Microsoft ecosystem. Majority owned by Accenture, Avanade was founded in 2000 by Accenture LLP and Microsoft Corporation and has 30,000 professionals in 24 countries. Visit us at

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