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Director of HR, West Region


Location: Denver, Colorado, Phoenix, Arizona, Portland, Oregon, Salt Lake City, Utah, Seattle, Washington

Job Type: Full time


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Together we go beyond…

Avanade is seeking an experienced Business HR Leader for our US West Region business. Someone with a consultative mindset. A strategic risk taker. A magnet for talent. An innovative people leader with the passion to transform processes and systems to unleash the potential of our employees and our business.

The West Region HR Leader will play a critical role in developing and implementing the People Strategy for the West Region, improving business performance while cultivating an inclusive environment where every employee can do their very best work.

About the Job

We create change and growth for our clients through the power of people. You will work with our employees and leaders to build our future-ready workforce – now. You will establish trusted partnerships across the business, sharing your expertise in external best practices, market conditions, and people-first approaches. You will provide regional leadership to guide teams in developing and implementing innovative and market-leading People strategies and programs. You will own the regional People priorities – harmonizing the Global and North American People strategy to achieve both the most desirable employee experience and committed People Scorecard metrics for the Region.

In this role, you will:

  • Lead from the front, demonstrating strategic, operational, and tactical capabilities; leading business-focused initiatives while being hands-on in implementing operational HR support to ensure quality delivery
  • Provide overall People leadership for the region, You will be an active and vocal member of the West Region Executive Leadership Team as well as the North American and Extended Global HR Leadership Teams
  • Translate high-level People strategy into something local teams (both business and HR) relate to and are inspired to deliver
  • Serve as a trusted advisor and partner to the Region General Manager, demonstrating how the region People strategy measurably contributes to the overall region business outcomes
  • Drive innovative employee engagement programs to improve engagement and retention within the region
  • Execute strategic Inclusion & Diversity strategies and programs to achieve overall improvement in regional representation and inclusion metrics
  • Ensure that the skill and leadership development needs of the region are represented and accounted for within broader Learning & Development plans
  • Be responsible for the implementation of all corporate policies at the Region level, including compliance matters as well as employee relations
  • Serve as a change agent and voice of both the people within the region, as well as the corporate Employee Value Proposition (EVP) to ensure that actions align to Avanade’s commitment to all employees
  • Effectively leverage and partner with Global HR Centers of Excellence (CoE)
  • Demonstrate proven experience in HR strategy, process design and improvement
  • Motivate, inspire, and develop the next generation of HR talent within the region and across North America
  • Meet deadlines on short time frames and under pressure with the ability to prioritize quickly for yourself and your team
  • Travel, as required

Your Skills

You are a confident leader who understands an entrepreneurial environment and can find commonality rather than differences in approaches, needs, culture and practices. You are able to balance the cost of new ideas and programs with the return on investment (ROI). You have HR Generalist experience and/or progressive experience across a variety of HR domains. You probably have a Bachelor's degree in HR, Business or Psychology, although equivalent work experience will certainly be considered. You also have 6-10+ years of experience leading people and teams working in a complex professional services environment.

Ideally, your experience includes:

  • Courageous authenticity in building trusted working relationships with Executives and other business and HR leaders
  • Excellent stakeholder and client management
  • Developing strategic HR methodologies and approaches
  • Leading, coaching and mentoring a team of HR professionals to establish your own succession plan
  • Strong understanding of US / West Region local labor laws and competitive employment market
  • Managing conflict to a successful resolution, both with business stakeholders and through employee relations
  • Strong knowledge of Microsoft suite of workplace solutions
  • Fluent English

Avanade requires all new hires to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 as a condition of employment. Avanade will consider requests for medical or religious accommodation to this vaccination requirement on an individual basis.

Colorado Applicants only: As required by the Colorado Equal Pay Transparency Act, Avanade provides a reasonable range of minimum compensation for roles that may be hired in Colorado. Actual compensation is influenced by a wide array of factors including but not limited to skill set, level of experience, and specific office location. For the state of Colorado only, the range of starting pay for this role is $160,000 to $195,000 and information on benefits offered is here.