A senior human resources (HR) business partner is typically the final authority within a company on matters concerning the business' employees. The HR business partner works to establish legally sound hiring and termination procedures, and then ensures that managers and supervisors understand and adhere to these policies. Due to the expense of training and hiring new employees, the senior HR partner also helps develop screening and interview procedures aimed at reducing turnover.
The senior HR business partner also works to educate managers and supervisors on fostering a positive workplace for employees. They mediate employee disputes and take an active role in maintaining consistency of procedures and coaching throughout their organization. The senior HR business partner likely supervises the company's HR department; this department and the senior partner typically oversee employee benefits as well. They help department managers and supervisors manage employee vacations, and they provide education and counseling on company health plans and any retirement benefits offered.
Typically, a human resources department generates a large amount of documentation. The senior HR business partner oversees the HR department to ensure that documentation is properly created, classified, handled, and stored. Given the sensitive nature of this documentation and employee privacy provisions, maintaining privacy is essential.
The senior nature of this management position means that most individuals holding this job possess at least a bachelor’s degree in a related field, as well as HR experience at a lower or similar level of responsibility. The HR partner works in an office environment, typically during regular business hours.
Sr. Human Resources (HR) Business Partner Tasks
- Advise and facilitate legal proceedings and employment issues.
- Develop and implement HR strategies, including bargaining, terminations, policy violations, hiring and others.
- Identify, pursue and hire prospects, on-boarding them and coaching for success.
- Collaborate internally and externally to solve human resources problems and direct solutions.
- Lead change management strategies and mentor employees.