Director, HR Business Partnership - Customer Organization


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Issaquah HQ
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The Director of Human Resources will serve as the senior business partner leader for REI’s Customer Organization that includes Digital, Creative, Marketing, Product, Experiences, Brand, Customer Insights, Merchandising, Community and Government Affairs and Communications, providing strategic and hands-on operational human resources leadership.  In this high profile, high impact leadership position, you will act as a consultant and adviser to C-Level Leadership while ensuring delivery of specific solutions to meet organizational needs. Aligns team to act as strategic business partners to understand business goals, challenges, and needs, and proactively identify and resolve opportunities impacting team and individual performance. Accountable for implementation and integration of human resource solutions as well as the evaluation of their impact on meeting strategic goals and objectives. Accountable for employment practice discipline including employee relations and risk mitigation for assigned areas.

At REI Co-op, we believe time outside is fundamental to a life well lived and exist to inspire and enable a life outside for everyone. To deliver on that promise, we are working with our 17,000 employees, 23M members and the broader outdoor community toward a reality where everyone has the opportunity to be themselves, to access opportunities and find their place in the outdoors. For us, that means: 

  • Investing in work that removes the barriers people and communities face to getting outside
  • Delivering relevant products, experiences, and expertise to equip and inspire a new generation of outdoor stewards
  • Cultivating a workforce that reflects the demographics of the markets we serve
  • Leading the industry’s efforts to welcome people and communities historically underrepresented into outdoor media and culture

Essential Leadership Behaviors

  • Provides coaching, direction, and leadership support to employees to achieve department, company and customer results
  • Monitors and reports on trends to assist cross-functional partners with delivering strategic Human Resource solutions
  • Head of the HR Business Partner Team for the Customer Organization; strategic partner and trusted advisor to the senior leaders and their teams
  • Plays significant leadership role on HR leadership team, helping set HR strategy across the co-op
  • Effectively leads and manages a team of business partners
  • Thought partner challenging the status quo and igniting transformation
  • Solves complex organizational and talent issues- identifying trends early, mapping out solutions, and executing against the best solutions for the co-op and its employees
  • Operates at a strategic level and connect dots across the organization/co-op to recommend viable solutions to complex issues
  • Leads change management and culture work across the business
  • Influences, educates and coaches executives regarding team effectiveness, change management, and leadership
  • Partners with HR Centers of Excellence (compensation, talent management, recruiting, etc.) to ensure that HR programs and processes are aligned with the business needs and are well executed
  • Identifies and supports business initiatives with related HR & people needs; oversees delivery & successful implementation of all HR programs

Bring your passion and expertise
  • 10+ years of broad and progressive HR leadership in a fast-paced and agile organization with a continuous learning approach to talent management
  • A creative yet pragmatic problem solver who can partner across the organization to drive to execution
  • Strong business acumen, "street smarts," and an in-depth understanding of the HR and financial implications of business decisions
  • Able to set a high pace, navigate ambiguity and change while bringing others along
  • A "conceptualizer" of business strategies and objectives who can then integrate that thinking into HR strategies
  • Decisive and logical at thoroughly evaluating issues
  • Organizational development capability to drive org design, change and leadership
  • A confident, mature person with the ability to connect and inspire others
  • Experience managing in a matrixed environment
  • Ability to influence key decision partners and to enable performance
  • Deep experience with developing talent and bench strength
  • Ability to lead and coach a team of talented HR professionals
  • A driver who possesses the ability to take actions and implement effective solutions in a timely manner often while influencing across different functions and levels of the organization
  • Must have strong communication skills (verbal & written), including strong relationship building skills
  • Ability to collaborate effectively within all levels in the organization
  • A team player and relationship builder, who works effectively with others to identify and resolve issues, across functions
  • Ability to understand and add value to high-level management interactions
  • Establishes trust and inspires others
  • Bachelor’s degree in Human Resources, Industrial Relations, Organizational Development, or other related discipline required; Advanced degree a plus

As required by applicable Pay Transparency laws, REI provides a range of compensation for roles that may be hired in locations under these requirements. Factors that may be used to determine your actual salary may include a wide array of factors, including: your specific skills and experience, geographic location or other relevant factors. 

The pay for this role is: $137500 - $233900 per year . 
At REI we offer an enviable work environment that Fortune Magazine has recognized on the "100 Best Places to Work" list since the award's inception – 23 years in a row! Sure, we work hard, but it’s balanced with time off to play—a strategy that works for us as we continue to grow and thrive. Want to enjoy a workplace where you can be yourself, be heard and be respected while having a job that challenges you? This is the place.

With more than 160 retail locations (and growing), REI offers unique competitive benefits to its more than 15,000 employees, including healthcare, gear and apparel discounts, free equipment rentals and challenge grants to help employees reach personal outdoor goals, generous retirement plan contributions, public transit subsidy, adoptions assistance, paid sabbaticals, and more.

REI is an Equal Opportunity Employer

Posting Range
$137500 - $233900 per year
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