HR Business Partner

Location:  Johannesburg
Other locations:  Primary Location Only
Salary: Competitive
Date:  21 Apr 2024

Job description

Requisition ID:  1499384

HR Business Partner / Talent Manager (Assurance SA)


The opportunity 

The Talent Manager acts as the first point of contact for employees and leaders in select practices within the EY Assurance service line. The incumbent will possess deep understanding of the business needs and strategy of the practice/area; understand how to translate these needs into relevant talent initiatives and work to ensure successful implementation of key, high-touch people processes and initiatives, aligned with the business strategies. 


Your key responsibilities 

As a talent manager, you will be responsible for providing consultative support to various business units within the Assurance Service Line on matter relating to the end to end employee lifecycle, ensuring efficient and effective delivery of HR services. You will be involved in discussions with the business to develop the talent agenda based on the business needs and drivers. Other key responsibilities include:  

  • Partners and communicates extensively with business leaders to design and deliver talent initiatives; provide coaching and guidance to support the firm's strategic growth agenda 

  • In coordination with members of the Talent team, helps execute major talent processes including compensation planning, performance management, talent development, onboarding / integration, workforce planning and employee engagement strategies across a geography or practice area 

  • Serves as the first point of contact on employee relations issues; manages/handles issues as appropriate (communicating with Talent Team and practice leadership); escalates issues, as needed 

  • Provides coaching to Sub Service Line leaders on managing employee issues that may arise 

  • Coordinates with Learning & Development Consultants on program implementation 

  • Coordinates with Talent Acquisition team to ensure the hiring of candidates to support the firm's strategic growth agenda 

  • Coordinates with Talent Shared Services staff to ensure proper handling of administrative issues and needs. 

  • Along with Total Reward team and the Assurance Talent Leader, provide advice to the business on compensation & benefit programs, flexible working, health and well-being programs that will have an impact on employee engagement, retention and performance 

  • Respond to complex and urgent employee queries relevant to their respective business units(s) that have been escalated 

  • Work closely with the SAICA training office to support and enable the training learning and development over the three-year period 

  • Support the business in the event of any high potential exits and take pro-active steps along with business to manage such instances 


Skills and attributes for success 

  • Ability to manage multiple priorities; thrive in a fast-paced, rapidly changing environment 

  • Strong business acumen; understands the professional service industry 

  • Relationship-building skills 

  • Experience and understanding of employment legislation 

  • Strong communication skills 

  • Ablility to operate effectively and independently in a new environment; using good judgement and experience to support decision-making 

       To qualify for the role you must have 

  • Bachelor's degree or equivalent work experience 

  • Minimum of 5years relevant experience in a HR Business Partner role 

What we look for 

As a trusted advisor to our business/service lines with a strong HR background, you will have the ability to support multiple business units. We are looking for candidates who are highly motivated, analytical, logical thinkers, have a very strong attention to detail. Being a strong team player is critical with the ability to adapt to changing requirements or deadlines in support of our clients' goals.