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Black & Veatch HR Business Partner, Water Business Line in Topeka, Kansas

HR Business Partner, Water Business Line

We believe real value is powered by the unique skills and experiences of our professionals. The interchange of ideas from a diverse group of people gives our teams an expanded perspective and the ability to find better solutions for our clients.

Company : Black & Veatch Corporation

Req Id : 41607

Job Title : HR Business Partner, Water Business Line

Location : USVRTL

Business Unit Sector : COR-CORP-HR

Opportunity Type : Staff

Relocation eligible : No

Full time/Part time : Full-Time

Project Only Hire : No

Visa Sponsorship Available: No

Job Summary

Responsible for assisting the Water Human Resources Director in the development and execution of human resource (HR) plans to support Water leadership in achievement of business objectives. Performs professional level HR work and carries out responsibilities in several functional areas of HR. Partners with and advises employees and management on various HR issues. May assist in coordination of HR specialist resources needed for implementation of HR programs for assigned area. Works under minimal supervision by Water Human Resources Director and Water leadership.

Key Responsibilities

Provides professional level partnership to Water HR Director in several of the following areas:

  1. Workforce size and skill mix planning

  2. Staffing Training and development

  3. Succession planning Work and organization design

  4. Performance management for organization and professionals

  5. Culture assessment and development

  6. Employee relations & coaching

  7. Compensation administration

  • Assists in identifying critical HR goals and success factors; participates in developing related actions needed.

  • Cultivates a partnering relationship with management and professionals, while maintaining an HR perspective.

  • Establishes open and trusting relationship.

  • Engages productively and proactively in business discussions.

  • Provides input and advises management.

  • Performs role as change agent for implementing new HR programs and/or processes.

  • Assists in development and executing communication plans.

  • Advises management and professionals on the interpretation of personnel policies, programs and procedures.

  • Seeks to ensure compliance and understanding of HR policies.

  • Analyzes and provides advice to management on methods and approaches to resolve employee work problems.

  • Assures HR programs are carried out in accordance with company’s policies and procedures.

  • May propose improvement to policies, programs and procedures to improve effectiveness of human resources and operations.

  • Acts as liaison between division and HR functional areas.

  • Assists Water HR Director and HR specialists in coordination of HR processes such merit, bonus, goal setting, performance evaluation, supervisory training, succession planning, and performance improvement/discipline.

  • Engages HR specialists effectively and proactively as needed.

  • Carries out administrative work involving the HR functions and maintains related records.

  • May make presentations explaining HR programs.

  • May provide guidance and direction to HR specialists to ensure understanding of group’s structure, industry, market, policies, etc.

  • May assist with involuntary terminations and reduction-in-force activities as needed.

  • May be responsible for leading or supervising lower level support and clerical personnel.

  • Identifies and assesses improvement opportunities which will add value.

  • Champions continuous improvement efforts.

  • Assesses and supports the change management effects associated with the implementation of improvements.

  • Proactively supports, encourages and facilitates staff to engage in continuous improvement activities.

Management Responsibilities

Individual Contributor

Preferred Qualifications

  • Broad basic knowledge of all functional areas in HR.

  • Good understanding of HR programs, policies and procedures.

  • Good understanding of employment law.

  • Good understanding of division administrative policies and procedures.

  • Good understanding of division’s industry, market, technology, business model and metrics.

  • Good understanding of division’s business operations.

  • Basic financial acumen to understand key financial indicators, and recognize profitability and revenue opportunities.

  • Global perspective of common business practices and impact on business.

  • Strong human relations skills, including ability to influence and negotiate.

  • Strong multi-tasking skills

  • Good leadership ability (team building, coaching, mentoring, change management, advising)

  • Strong problem solving skills (identify, analyze, research, evaluate, resolve)

  • Excellent conflict management and human relations (written, verbal, client service) skills

  • Basic understanding of Human Resource Information Systems.

  • Strong communication


HR Certification preferred.

Minimum Qualifications

Education: Bachelor’s degree required, or equivalent experience.

Experience : 8+ years progressive HR experience in one or more functional areas.

All applicants must be able to complete pre-employment onboarding requirements (if selected) which may include any/all of the following: criminal/civil background check, drug screen, and motor vehicle records search, in compliance with any applicable laws and regulations.

Work Environment/Physical Demands

Typical office environment


Salary Plan

ADM: Administrative/Business

Job Grade


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Black & Veatch is committed to being an employer of choice by creating a valuable work experience that keeps our people engaged, productive, safe and healthy.

Our comprehensive benefits portfolio is a key component of this commitment and offers an array of health care benefits including but not limited to medical, dental and vision insurances along with disability and a robust wellness program.

To support a healthy work-life balance, we offer flexible work schedules, paid vacation and holiday time, sick time, and dependent sick time.

A variety of additional benefits are available to our professionals, including a company-matched 401k plan, adoption reimbursement, tuition reimbursement, vendor discounts, an employment referral program, AD&D insurance, pre-taxed accounts, voluntary legal plan and the B&V Credit Union. Professionals may also be eligible for a performance-based bonus program.

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