Talent Development Executive (HR Leadership Position)

Location: Lansing, MI
Date Posted: 09-14-2017
Founded in 1894, The Christman Company defines excellence as the ability to add value to a construction project through focused delivery of expertise, leadership, and partnership. Christman’s foundation for success has been built upon the hiring, developing and mentoring of the best talent and promoting from within the Company. The Christman Company has eight total offices located in six states and maintains a diversified project portfolio, in a variety of sectors.
The Position
The Talent Development Executive will provide strategic leadership in the recruitment, training, and retention of talent. The TDE will partner with both the corporate and regional leadership staff to create and support systems designed to hire the best talent in the industry, develop that talent with a refined and holistic training and development program, and ultimately build the best team in the industry. While the position is primarily a strategic role, the TDE position is an HR role, which means that hands-on work in various functions is necessary at times.
The TDE position is based in the corporate headquarters in Lansing, MI. If the right candidate lives in the Detroit or Grand Rapids area, time could be split between the Lansing and Detroit/GR office, provided that the individual is willing to spend at least 2 full days in the Lansing office on a weekly basis. Additionally, travel to the regional offices is required and varies based on the current recruiting, training and retention initiatives.
Key Responsibilities for the position include, but are not limited to the following:
Training and Development
  • Evaluate the effectiveness of Company training and development, identify opportunities for improvement, and ensure that our approach to learning is proactive, consumable and actually applied
  • Develop a multi-year strategy for implementing leadership development programs to support critical roles.
  • Measure and track outcomes of the initiatives, with the goal of continuous improvement
  • Analyze current practices for recruiting and introduce new processes that are targeted to specific regions and business units, yet still align with the Christman Way
    • Collaborate with the EVP and the Regional/Group principals to implement recruiting strategies
    • Develop a consistent and effective approach to college recruiting across all regions
  • Ensure that Christman’s approach to on-boarding new employees accelerates their path to fulfillment and quickly develops the sense of Christman family
  • Benchmark industry compensation and benefits trends and recommend changes to maintain competitive position
  • Responsible for the Company’s overall Performance Management systems and practices
Desired Experience, Skills, and Abilities 
  • Graduate degree in Business, Human Resources, Organizational Development, or a related field is required
  • 7+ years of experience in Training & Development, Talent Development, and/or Organizational Development, preferably in a multi-site environment
    • Extensive experience working directly with Learning Management Systems
    • Proficiency in program and process design and process improvement
    • Management experience including having multiple direct reports
  • SPHR or SHRM-SCP certification is preferred
  • Construction Industry experience is beneficial, but not required
  • Proven ability to collaborate with and influence people within a complex, matrix environment.
Compensation, Benefits, and Structure
This is a Leadership-level position and the compensation and benefits package reflects the Company’s commitment to its people. The Total Rewards package includes:
  • Competitive base salary
  • Annual bonus program based on Company and individual performance
  • 401(k) plan with Employer Match and Profit Sharing, totaling 10% of compensation
  • Employer-paid Medical insurance, Life, Long-Term, and Short-Term Disability
The Recruitment Process
The recruitment process is designed to be a thorough, two-way evaluation to ensure that the best decision is made by both the Company and the candidate. Given this, multiple steps are required, including phone interviews, two in-person interviews, candidate assessments, and a pre-employment background check and drug test.
The Christman Company appreciates the time and energy that candidates will invest in the exploration process and understands that not everyone is willing to participate in the process.

The Christman Company is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified individuals will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, age, religion, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, disability, and/or protected veteran status, in accordance with governing law.  
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