9 days old

Human Resources Business Partner

New York, New York 10010
  • Job Type
  • Job Status
    Full Time


Macmillan is a global publishing company with prominent imprints around the world, publishing a broad range of books and digital products for the consumer and education markets. 

U.S. publishers and brands include Bedford/St. Martins, Celadon Books, Farrar, Straus and Giroux, Flatiron Books, Hayden-McNeil, Henry Holt & Company, Intellus Learning, Late Nite Labs, Macmillan Audio, Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group, Picador, Sapling Learning, SkyFactor, St. Martin's Press, Tor Books, W.H. Freeman, and Worth Publishers. 

In the UK, Australia, India, and South Africa, Macmillan publishes under the Pan Macmillan name. The German company, Holtzbrinck Deutsche Buchverlage, includes among its imprints S. Fischer, Kiepenheuer and Witsch, Rowohlt, and Droemer Knaur.

Macmillan is part of the Holtzbrinck Publishing Group, a large family-owned media company headquartered in Stuttgart, Germany. 

We are an Equal Opportunity Employer committed to reflecting a broad representation of differences --race, ethnicity, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, physical ability, age, family status, economic background and status, geographical background and status, and perspective — in our workplace. The successful candidate for this position will be an employee of Holtzbrinck Publishing Holdings LP


The Human Resources Business Partner (HRBP) is accountable for providing support and consultative HR services to the US Trade publishing and Shared Services groups to assist them in achieving service and business objectives. The HRBP is the first point of contact when HR issues arise. The HRBP provides support and service in the areas of general policy, employee and management coaching, employee relations, recruiting, compensation, performance management and other high-touch human resource services. Delivering on these commitments in a timely, accurate, and professional manner is critical to success in this role. 

Major Responsibilities:

• Develops and maintains strong working relationships with Trade/Shared Services managers and employees, as well as internal colleagues in HR and Shared Services; schedules periodic meetings with Trade/Shared Service clients to determine business challenges/needs and assess HR needs, satisfaction, practices and compliance. 
• Helps develop HR policy in collaboration with HR management team (other directors, Benefits, Legal); interprets, understands, delivers, and adheres to HR best practices for staff and managers. 
• Researches and provides recommendations covering a wide variety of HR management strategies appropriate for achievement of change processes in compensation, recruitment, performance management, staff development, employee engagement, all in line with assigned clients’ business objectives.
• Ensures a hands-on approach with staff and managers to reach a high level of engagement.
• Provides employees/managers with information and advice regarding complex employment practices, corporate and divisional policies & procedures, benefit programs, time & attendance rules, and other HR-driven processes. Evaluates business groups’ adherence to such requirements and provides guidance/feedback. 
• Ensures that Trade/Shared Services managers and staff adhere to best practices for preparing and processing new hire paperwork, performance reviews, bonus and compensation decisions, recruitment, employee changes and other related items; Provides Trade/Shared Services employees with an appropriate on-boarding and off-boarding experience.
• Recommends/implements changes to practices/requirements, as appropriate. Ensures effective teamwork and coordination of HR service delivery for client group employees.
• Develops and manages HR strategies and key activities to attract, develop and retain a diverse and talented workforce, based on Trade/Shared Services’ business needs. Recommends and implements recruitment strategies through employment outreach activities. Dedicated and engaging driver of recruitment strategy and active participant. Plays important role in promoting the company’s D&I initiatives. 
• Partners with Trade/Shared Services clients to develop accurate job descriptions in compliance with FLSA regulations and best practices and, in conjunction with Legal, provides consultation on employee/contractor and exempt/non-exempt job classification determinations. Interprets and applies employee handbook, policies, procedures, practices, and regulations consistently across assigned client groups and assures compliance with applicable federal, state and local labor laws, rules and regulations.
• Provides coaching, guidance, and conflict management resolution best practices to staff and managers: encourages creative contributions and innovative solutions; conducts investigations and researches employee grievances for Trade/Shared Services clients in close collaboration with Director of HR and employment attorney.

Required Skills / Knowledge:

• Strong analytical skills such as: analyzing large amounts of data such as job titles and salaries and making recommendations
• Ability to understand business goals and recommend new approaches
• Experience with rapid and complex changing work environments
• Strong coaching and mentoring skills; ability to navigate complex employee relations matters with tact and confidence
• Demonstrated commitment to meeting the needs of internal and external clients; ability to strive for high level of satisfaction
• Strong ability to cooperate and work collaboratively toward solutions that generally benefit all involved parties
• Demonstrates ability to engage in a direct and truthful manner; ability to present accurate and appropriate information
• Demonstrated ability to hold personnel information strictly confidential with excellent judgement
• Ability to hold self and others accountable for high-quality, timely, and effective results
• Demonstrates ability to maintain high-level and consistent work ethic in working relationships and all work related duties
• Demonstrate expertise in providing unparalleled customer service
• Enthusiastic team player with a strong commitment to create a positive and engaging work environment
• Ability to interface successfully at all levels of the organization
• Excellent critical thinker able to make solid judgments, decisions and solve problems
• Understanding of local, multi-state and federal employment regulations, laws and best practices
• Strong project management skills with the ability to balance competing demands and satisfy conflicting needs with tact and diplomacy
• Strong experience using payroll and human resources software
• Ability and willingness to travel occasionally and also on infrequent long-distance business trips
• Proficiency with MS Office suite of products

Experience Needed:

• Minimum 5+ years of HR Generalist and/or HR business partner experience 
Educational Background Required:

• Undergraduate or graduate degree in Human Resources/OD or other related field or equivalent work experience


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