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Chief Talent Officer

Company: Windquest Group
Location: Grand Rapids
Posted on: November 22, 2021

Job Description:

ABOUT THE COMPANYWindquest Group, Inc. is a family-owned, private investment and enterprise management firm headquartered in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Simply put, we invest in people and ideas who aim to impact our city, community, and world. We span diverse industries - consumer products, manufacturing, wellness, food and beverage, direct to consumer retail, and sustainability solutions. This position will provide leadership and support to Windquest and our family of companies. We invest in people who care and aim to make our world a better place.At Windquest Group, we strive to think big, have fun, and hire and develop the best talent! We pride ourselves on being a motivated, work-hard-play-hard, close-knit team. We also believe that for our employees to work hard, we need to provide them with a healthy work-life balance and give them a full range of benefits. Our employees enjoy medical, dental, and vision insurance, a generous 401k match, unlimited paid time off, Flex Fridays, office outings, and paid parental leave, just to name a few of our perks.*ABOUT THE POSITION*The Chief Talent Officer (CTO) is critical to our competitive advantage, culture, and talent. At Windquest, we do not want to adopt merely "best practices," we want to lead through pioneering the right approach. In a variety of industries across many organizations, our work allows us to try new things and pivot as needed. The Windquest Group's family of companies is growing.The CTO is responsible for developing and executing our talent strategy in support of the organizations' overall business plans and strategic direction. Specifically, this role oversees our total rewards (compensation & benefits), talent acquisition, succession planning, talent management, organizational and performance management, training and development plans, and wellness, including health and safety. The CTO provides strategic leadership by articulating Talent (HR) needs and plans to the executive management team, shareholders, and directors. Your work ensures we deliver on our cultural value of "hire and develop the best talent." This role reports to our CEO.*RESPONSIBILITIES AND DUTIES*

  • Provide overall leadership and guidance to the HR function by overseeing talent acquisition, career development, succession planning, retention, training, leadership development, health, wellness and safety, compensation, and benefits globally.
  • Establish and implement Talent efforts that effectively communicate and support the company's mission, strategic vision, and operations objectives.
  • Be ahead of the curve on current and pending regulations changes impacting the business and our talent. Always ensuring we maintain compliance with our policies and procedures.
  • Build a robust culture, recognition, and engagement program(s).
  • Create an executive-level leadership development program to build and develop our current and future portfolio leaders.
  • Function as a strategic business advisor to each portfolio company's executive/senior management regarding key talent topics, including support to boards.
  • Work with the company's executive management team to establish a sound plan of management succession that corresponds to the strategy and objectives of the company.
  • Revise recruiting, and retention plans to meet the talent needs of strategic goals. Create an annual plan for accessing talent needs and development to ensure proper bench strength.
  • Develop and implement comprehensive compensation and benefits plans that are cutting-edge, competitive, and cost-effective.
  • Oversee the creation of talent models to identify competency, knowledge, and talent gaps and develop specific programs to fill the identified gaps.
  • Establish credibility throughout the organization to be an effective listener and problem solver of people issues.
  • Lead, mentor, coach, and interact with team members at all levels to support team and individual employee performance, learning, and career development.
  • Provide strategic input and leadership on decision-making issues affecting the organization, explicitly evaluating potential mergers, acquisitions, or partnerships.
  • Collect, digest, and prioritize talent needs through high growth periods to ensure proper support and enhanced success.
  • Manage the budget and other financial measures of the Talent department.
  • Address complex employee relations risks and issues, workforce planning, and compensation management, etc.*EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE*
    • Ten or more years of progressive experience in leadership. Previous experience at an executive level is preferred.
    • Qualities demonstrate an entrepreneurial mindset, passion and intensity, resilience and drive, and high emotional intelligence.
    • Strong managerial and leadership skills.
    • Equally comfortable and effective in both the world of strategy and the world of execution.
    • Thorough knowledge of employment-related laws and regulations and benefit and compensation plan designs.
    • Expertise in Microsoft Office and HRIS systems; Ultimate Software a plus.
    • Excellent communication and relationship skills with an aptitude for problem-solving.
    • Desire to work as a team with a result-driven approach in a highly dynamic work culture and environment.
    • Detail-oriented, practical organization skills to manage multiple priorities.
    • Ability to interface effectively with all levels of management in a professional and highly dynamic corporate environment.
    • Uncompromised commitment to the highest level of confidentiality.Job Type: Full-time

Keywords: Windquest Group, Grand Rapids , Chief Talent Officer, Executive , Grand Rapids, Michigan

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