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Requisition Number 17-0188
Post Date 9/5/2017
Brand Crain Communications Inc
Title HR Business Partner
Employment Type Full Time Regular
Department Human Resources
City Detroit, MI
Description Crain Communications Inc is a global 24 hours news media organization, and one of the largest privately owned publishing companies in the world. We are headquartered in Detroit, with offices in NY, Chicago, Mountain View (CA), Cleveland, Akron, and many more. We have a dynamic and flexible work environment and encourage collaboration and ideation across all 25 successful brands.
This position is a strategic HR business partner to the leadership across the organization. Occasional travel, about 15-20%, is required. The HR Business Partner will be responsible for overseeing performance management, employee engagement programs, employee relations, training & development, compensation administration, etc.
Job Responsibilities:
• Effectively develop, manage, monitor, and maintain Human Resource programs and procedures, including training, employee relations, and talent and performance management, etc.
• Act as a resource to clarify questions/concerns pertaining to Crain policies and procedures 
• Develop, in conjunction HR team, strategic initiatives to establish Crain as a preferred employer in the industry and locale 
• Drive a strong, effective HR business partnership with department heads and all members of the leadership team
• Use strong independent judgment to support balance between business needs and employee advocacy
• Manage succession planning and talent development activities
• Proactively identify negative/potentially negative employee relations issues and consult with applicable leadership to resolve
• Perform workplace investigations, as required 
• Proactively partner with Human Resources leadership when identifying challenges and/or roadblocks that could impact employee engagement 
• Positively influence the recruitment and selection process, including consulting with department heads on staffing plans, making recommendations for structure and team needs, interview candidates and collaborating with Talent Acquisition Manager to ensure the recruiting function is servicing the assigned brands and departments successfully
• Advocate the new hire onboarding process, making recommendations for the program based on leadership feedback and encouraging local support of the Crain Connector Program
• Recommend and participate in diversity and inclusion initiatives
• Lead/facilitate HR developed training programs such as Crain’s Manager Redefined program
• Educate leadership and managers on applicable employment laws, regulations, and Crain policies and procedures
• Determine, coordinate, and facilitate (as necessary) training and development needs at the location based on participating team’s budget
• Maintain a general understanding of the compensation structure and wage rates for the location and inform hiring and salary increase decision-makers
• Funnel benefits questions to the appropriate benefits representative in the corporate office
• Support all corporate initiatives, including but not limited to Crain Cares, retirement planning meetings, etc.
• Other duties as assigned

Basic Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Human Resources or related Business field required
  • Five or more years’ HR management experience
  • Minimum 1 year senior level experience in Human Resources working with senior level executives with a proven track record of success
  • A strong background in employee relations and talent management
  • Ability to manage tasks on a tight deadline and be able to handle multiple projects / requests
  • Must be able to work both independently and as a part of a collaborative team
  • Occasional travel is required
  • Strong Excel skills
  • Strong PowerPoint skills
  • Experience using and HRIS system


  • Previous experience serving employees in the United Kingdom highly preferred
  • Experience in the media, advertising, or technology industries is desirable 
  • PHR or SPHR certification preferred
  • Experience in small to medium sized employers is desirable where there is not an overly structured work environment
  • Experience working with Ultimate / UltiPro HRIS system or Halogen
  • Expert level Excel skills
  • Project Management skills

Crain Communications has been at the forefront of the publishing industry for more than a century. Combining information with innovation. Crain delivers the story you can’t get anywhere else. As a privately held company, we maintain a personal responsibility for elevating our work to be the best it can be. Every editor, reporter and correspondent at Crain shares the responsibility of ensuring the editorial independence and importance of our work. With an Audience First focus and uncompromising integrity, we strive to make a real impact for the individuals and industries we serve. While other media companies report the news, Crain gives it meaning. We add context to content, infuse information with insights, and initiate connections as well as conversations.

Crain Communications offers a competitive salary, a generous benefits package, profit sharing, and a friendly work environment. This is a great time to join our organization -- a profitable, well established publishing leader.





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