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Sr. HR Consultant - Communications

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We invest in our people.  We provide opportunities for employees to grow themselves, their career and in turn, our business.

We care.  We make a positive difference in our communities. Nationally, thousands have benefitted from our support of research and programs to fight childhood cancer. Each year, our Foundation, employees and financial representatives donate time, talent and financial support to causes they're passionate about.


The Senior HR Consultant - Communications will focus on and tackle the most impactful and relevant business needs for Northwestern Mutual’s Comms organization. Developing trust and rapport, diving into data and metrics, and tailoring solutions to meet unique business needs.

In partnership with the department HR Lead and other HR business units, the Sr. HR Consultant will provide high-quality consulting support focused on the Talent Management Cycle and HR process delivery to the business in all areas of HR. Consultation is focused on integrating HR initiatives into the business in order to support overall business objectives. The Senior HR Consultant ensures implementation and sustainability of HR initiatives, identifies issues and trends related to the workforce and acts as a project lead or swat team member in the department supported but may assist in other areas as needed. This individual may participate in department leadership initiatives and have additional responsibilities as a subject matter expert in a specific HR field and accountability to a COE as liaison.

What You Will Do:

  • Partner with business leadership and human resource teams to effectively deliver HR processes and programs that drive business results including but not limited to employee relations, performance development, engagement, retention, change leadership and transitions, individual and team development, compensation, diversity inclusion, and talent acquisition.

  • Provide trusted consultation to people leaders on developing and leading employees while bringing enterprise and outside in business perspectives.

  • Lead and/or participates in projects and initiatives in HR and/or business areas to further deliver business results.

  • Facilitate people leader and employee training on various people and talent-related topics. Responsible for escalation and feedback loops to HR Business Partners, Human Resource Centers of Expertise, and Shared Operations.

  • Demonstrate data and analytics to advise business consultation and talent solutions. Apply data analysis skills and judgment to accurately interpret findings and to provide data insight-based approaches to the business.

  • Navigate multiple systems and programs including analytics tools, talent management and additional HR systems.

  • Manage multiple priorities, partners and changing business and economic landscapes, flexing work approach and style to support highest priorities across the organization and within HR.

  • Continually develop skills to improve value for the business and within the HR organization.


  • Bachelor's degree required in human resources, business or related field.

  • An equivalent combination of education and work experience emphasizing data driven decision-making, communications, and personal development may be considered.

  • Minimum of 6 years of human resource experience in more than one HR role, ideally HR Generalist experience with specific experience in at least three of the following: change leadership and transitions, compensation, performance development, employee relations, recruiting, talent management.

  • Proven business sense in a variety of business environments to include knowledge in practices, trends, current and possible future policies.

  • Proven track record of outstanding consulting, project management, analytical and organizational skills with the capacity to independently set priorities and carry out multiple, diverse assignments within time deadlines.

  • Engages in and models courageous and constructive dialogue; confidence to offer a new and potentially challenging idea to foster conversation and critical thinking; ability to deliver difficult/complex messages and help others understand multiple points of view.

  • Demonstrated ability to anticipate and respond quickly and creatively to change and shifting, sometimes competing, priorities. Comfort operating through risk and uncertainty in a high-volume work environment.

  • Demonstrable ability to effectively perform within a matrixed environment.

  • Superior oral and written communications skills and the ability to build rapport with all staff levels required.

  • Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to lead/influence people and groups over whom there is no direct authority.

  • Effective conflict management skills

  • Flexibility and good judgment.

  • Ability to handle confidential information in a sensitive manner required.

  • Master's Degree in Business Administration or Human Resources


Great pay package, 401K, Educational assistance, Performance based incentive pay, Medical, dental and vision insurance, Parental leave, Caregiver time off….and more



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Please note that this is the standard pay structure. Positions in certain locations (such as California) may provide an increase on the standard pay structure based on the location. Please click here for additional information relating to location-based pay structures.

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We are an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, disability, age or status as a protected veteran, or any other characteristic protected by law.

If you work or would be working in California, Colorado, New York City, Washington or outside of a Corporate location, please click here for information pertaining to compensation and benefits.


We’re excited about the potential people bring to Northwestern Mutual. You can grow your career here while enjoying first-class perks, benefits, and commitment to diversity and inclusion.