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Human Resources Business Partner - Technology

Date: Feb 3, 2021

Location: CHICAGO, IL, US, 60603-4013

Company: Grainger Businesses

Company Overview

Grainger is a broad line, business-to-business distributor of maintenance, repair and operating (MRO) supplies and other related products and services. More than 3.2 million businesses and institutions worldwide rely on Grainger for products such as safety gloves, ladders, motors and janitorial supplies, along with services like inventory management and technical support. These customers represent a broad collection of industries including commercial, government, healthcare and manufacturing. They place orders online, on mobile devices, through sales representatives, over the phone and at local branches. Approximately 5,000 suppliers provide Grainger with more than 1.6 million products stocked in Grainger’s distribution centers and branches worldwide.

Position Description

The HR Business Partner role supports the Grainger Technology Group (GTG) to translate the business strategy into an HR strategy and tactical plans.  GTG is a key part of Grainger’s growth strategy.  The group will grow and evolve to meet Grainger’s business needs and the HR Business Partner will be a key leader driving this change.  This role will support the leaders and teams in: Product, UX, Portfolio, and Digital Analytics.

  • Drives projects across GTG supporting the Talent Strategy, demonstrating measurable progress on key initiatives such as: career pathing, early career recruiting, and employer branding
  • Delivers organizational excellence by identifying business needs and developing solutions by partnering with various HR COE leaders/ teams in areas such as diversity/equity/inclusion, compensation and benefits, talent acquisition, performance/career management, team member/leader development
  • Partners with the business to create a culture with positive employee relations by leveraging a variety of tools to get a feel for the team member’s perceptions on the company, managers, and culture of the workplace.
  • Partners with Grainger’s employee relations COE to conduct investigations in the most complex employee relations cases
  • Educates and coaches managers and team members on the application of the overall Talent Management Processes including performance management, succession planning and development planning
  • Continuously reviews the organizational structure to ensure it is meeting the dynamic needs of the business. Assist compensation in job analysis and provide support to the job evaluation process.
  • Partners with management to determine team member needs and then create strategies with talent acquisition (TA) to meet those needs.  
  • Consults and drives continuous improvement thinking and actions across the business to improve results

Position Requirements:

  • BA/BS or equivalent preferred
  • Experience supporting high tech organizations strongly preferred
  • 3-5 years of experience of progressively increasing HR responsibility; experience in both HR COEs and as an HRBP a bonus
  • Skilled in Excel, PowerPoint and data aggregation and translation
  • Strong analytical ability and business judgment
  • High level of interpersonal skills where the individual can diffuse high-tension situations.  Strong influencing and facilitation skills, which surface differing viewpoints and result in the best course of actions. 
  • Effectively prioritizes and manages projects.
  • Effective verbal and written communication with individuals at all levels.
  • Ability to lead people at all levels through significant changes in ambiguous situations.

EEOC Statement

Grainger is an Equal Opportunity Workplace and an Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or protected veteran status.

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