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Sr Human Resources Generalist

At Northwestern Mutual, we are strong, innovative and growing. We invest in our people. We care and make a positive difference.

This position will be located in Milwaukee WI.

In partnership with the department HR Business Partner and other HR business units, 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.

  • Ensures implementation and sustainability of HR initiatives. Identifies issues and trends related to the workforce. Act as project lead or swat team member in department supported but may assist in other areas as needed. May participate in department leadership initiatives. May have additional responsibilities as a subject matter expert in a specific HR discipline and accountability to a COE as liaison.

  • Partners 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.

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

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

  • Facilitates 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.

  • Leverages data and analytics to inform business consultation and talent solutions. Applies data analysis skills and judgment to accurately interpret findings and to provide data insight-based approaches to the business.

  • Navigates multiple systems and programs including analytic tools, talent management and other HR systems.

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

  • Continually develops skills to maximize value to the business and within the HR organization.

What you will bring:

  • Bachelor's degree required in human resources, business or related field. An equivalent combination of education and progressively responsible 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 discipline 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.

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

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

  • 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.

  • Demonstrated 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.

This job is not covered by the existing Collective Bargaining Agreement.

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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.


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.