Job Description

HR Partner Switzerland

The Company

Willis Towers Watson is a leading global advisory, broking and solutions company that helps clients around the world turn risk into a path for growth. With roots dating to 1828, Willis Towers Watson has 40,000 employees serving more than 140 countries. We design and deliver solutions that manage risk, optimize benefits, cultivate talent, and expand the power of capital to protect and strengthen institutions and individuals. Our unique perspective allows us to see the critical intersections between talent, assets and ideas – the dynamic formula that drives business performance. Together, we unlock potential. Learn more at willistowerswatson.com.

The Business

Willis Towers Watson is a leading global advisory, broking and solutions company that helps clients around the world turn risk into a path for growth. With roots dating to 1828, Willis Towers Watson has 39,000 employees in more than 120 territories. We design and deliver solutions that manage risk, optimize benefits, cultivate talent, and expand the power of capital to protect and strengthen institutions and individuals. Our unique perspective allows us to see the critical intersections between talent, assets and ideas — the dynamic formula that drives business performance

Human resources team is one of the six corporate functions within Willis Towers Watson globally. It is made up of Geographical, Segment and Global HR Teams and Centres of Excellence.

Working with the business, the HR team plays an important role in partnering with the business leadership team to support business growth. The team works closely with the Centres of Excellence (COEs) to provide organizational effectiveness, performance management, talent development and total rewards ensuring seamless delivery to the client. 

The Role

The HR Manager is responsible for business partnership on HR initiatives supporting business growth, and for managing staffing, retention, employee relations, organisational effectiveness, performance management, reward and training & development.

This position works closely with the regional HR team in Southern/Western Europe to implement and strengthen human resources initiatives, supports identification of HR best practices and ongoing process improvement within and across offices.

 

Role objectives:

Clients

  • Serve as trusted business advisor to Country Head and practice leaders to implement strategic best practices and manage initiatives to support business growth.
  • Assist office leaders to manage more complicated performance issues and provide guidance on effective coaching and counselling. Work with managers to outline appropriate counselling and disciplinary steps and to ensure proper actions are taken in cases of involuntary termination.
  • Ensure effective and timely internal communication on HR programs, organisation issues, and initiatives.
  • Act as local office champion for agile working; coordinate with managers on alternative work arrangements, lead best place to work initiatives – help local offices to pursue innovative and best practice approaches to work/life issues which also support business objectives.
  • Work with COEs to ensure consistent and effective application of HR processes and programs.
  • In conjunction with office leaders champion the High Performing Culture - reinforce the objectives and expected outcomes of the process, coordinate in the training of new hires, facilitate all phases of ongoing communication and follow-up training as needed.
  • Support office leaders to ensure that mid-year development meetings and year-end summary meetings are conducted in a timely and effective manner.
  • Facilitate termination process as needed, ensuring effective exit interview are conducted and corrective measures implemented.  

People

  • Work with management and central teams as appropriate to design and deliver an HR plan for client population aligned to local business plans and local labour market requirements.
  • Undertake succession planning and talent reviews in conjunction with COEs to formulate a talent pipeline and development plan.
  • Assist with managing internal movement of associates, including transfers, secondments and promotions. Coordinate with Global Mobility team and Finance team to provide documentation and support for immigration cases, tax issues etc. 

Excellence

Manage and oversee multiple operational processes at the local level.

Activities include:

  • Manage the compensation review and promotion procedures. Assist managers in compensation and level determinations and related communications.
  • Oversee benefit administration locally, encouraging liaison with the regional team on a regular basis.
  • Conceptualize and implement programs aimed at developing behavioural skills of associates, leveraging on Corporate and/or Regional programs to the extent possible.
  • Develop and implement programs aimed at enhancing the company culture,
  • Work with central and local teams to provide guidance on organisational design and ensure the smooth transition through employee consultation and actions as appropriate
  • Ensure data integrity, appropriate approvals, and facilitate the timely processing of all hiring, promotions and salary changes.
  • Oversee HR transaction processing ensuring a quality, timely and efficient service to internal and external clients
  • Support the implementation of new technology to improve ways of working.

Financial

  • Ensure a good understanding of country financial performance and utilise this in devising HR plans and programmes.
  • Utilise reporting to help the business manage employment costs and associated issues
  • Support the OIP programme to achieve HR operational and process efficiencies and savings.

Job Requirements

The Requirements

  • Degree in HR Management or equivalent 
  • Minimum 5-10 years’ experience working in Human Resources, ideally in a multinational corporation environment
  • Significant experience as a human resources generalist, working with COE functions
  • Previous experience of organisational change.
  • Excellent interpersonal communication skills.
  • Expertise in Swiss German/German and English Language (both written and verbal).  French a distinct advantage.
  • Excellent organisational skills and ability to manage competing priorities – evidence of project management competencies.
  • Strong working knowledge of local labour laws and HR governance practices
  • Proactive, able to work independently with minimum supervision and function well in a matrix environment
  • Ability to gather, interpret and analyse data relating to HR trends
  • Excellent time management and organisation skills
  • Ability to deal with confidential information in a highly ethical manner
  • Experience of working cross geographies
  • Excellent networking and client relationship development capabilities.
  • Good working knowledge of Microsoft Office applications
Willis Towers Watson is an equal opportunities employer and does not discriminate on any basis.