At its core, Putnam is defined by its people—to successfully support our clients and grow our business, we must continually attract the best and the brightest talent and create an outstanding team of consulting professionals in a dynamic, vibrant, thriving environment. Reporting directly to the CEO, the Director of Talent Management will oversee and be responsible for our efforts to achieve this goal. The Director will lead our experienced human resources team (the Human Resources Manager and Recruiting Manager) and function as a key strategic advisor to the senior leadership of the firm.
This role is critical to our success in maintaining and growing Putnam as an organization that continues to attract the most qualified people. This role will also ensure that all members of the Putnam team are highly engaged to develop and contribute to the best of their abilities. The Director of Talent Management will hold ultimate responsibility for all aspects of HR strategy and operations, including the following:
- Identify and assess talent needs (recruiting and career development). Map out a reasoned, sustainable strategy for filling those needs. Lead the effort to implement that plan by effectively leveraging internal and external HR professionals, as well as Putnam’s consultant team.
- Regularly update Putnam’s overarching HR strategy to achieve the firm’s growth goals while conserving and enhancing Putnam’s culture.
- Drive organizational alignment around HR strategy via structured discussion, iteration, and open communication.
- Develop and implement industry-leading approaches to boost and sustain employee engagement.
- Manage relationships with external HR partners, identify and fill key needs, assess performance and outcomes, and adjust as needed.
- Continually ensure compliance with all relevant employment laws and regulations.
- Institute and refine best practices, including formal systems, technological innovations, and employee development programs.
- Update and oversee compensation policies and practices, including external benchmarking and calibration.
In addition to navigating the growth of the Putnam team, the Director of Talent Management will focus on working with the senior leadership team to sustain and enhance Putnam’s unique culture and employee value proposition, by spearheading initiatives to:
- Improve work-life balance in accordance with Putnam’s objectives.
- Formalize HR processes and integrate technology as appropriate.
- Enhance and identify new opportunities for employee engagement and professional development.
- Develop and nurture leadership qualities across all levels of the organization, fostering effective management via best practices training and feedback.
- Encourage diversity and inclusion through formal programs and informal support.
- Thoroughly review and update compensation and benefits by level to ensure competitive position in the market.
- Work with leadership and staff to set performance goals that align with the organization’s goals and priorities, and the individual and team attributes essential to achieve them.
- Design and nurture practices and systems for evaluating and strengthening the individual and team attributes vital to achieving these goals.
- Lead Putnam collaborations and engagement with UDG on overall HR and employee development initiatives.
Desired Skills & Experience
The ideal candidate will be a senior, proven HR leader who is dedicated to growing Putnam as a best-in-class organization that recognizes talent as its most important resource. To be successful, candidates must demonstrate a track record of excellence leading HR and talent development for at least 10 years, performing similar functions to the above in a professional service or biotech business. The successful candidate will also have:
- Outstanding, comprehensive skillset for, and demonstrated success in, executing and leading all human resources and talent management functions.
- Strong track record of effectively building creative strategies that drive engagement and motivation in a high-performance culture.
- Successful management of a human resources team within an organization, with proven ability to thrive in collaborative environments that are seeking innovation and are deeply committed to excellence.
- Proven ability to proactively translate changing business objectives to effective HR strategies.
- Proven history of utilizing industry benchmarking to assess performance and drive results.
- Outstanding organizational abilities and excellent written and oral communication skills.
- A “can do” attitude with demonstrated willingness to roll up sleeves to accomplish tasks, while thinking outside the box to establish a progressive HR infrastructure.
- An advanced degree, preferably Master’s in HR or MBA.
Please submit your application (cover letter and resume) to Lina Zhong for consideration.