Vice President, Human Resources GWLRA
Great-West Life Co.
Toronto, ON, CA
5d ago

Job Description

GWL Realty Advisors (GWLRA) is a global real estate company focused on growth, committed to sustainability, and dedicated to delivering strong, long-

term returns for its clients. Our extensive suite of real estate services includes portfolio management, acquisitions and dispositions, development, asset and property management, and leasing, across the full range of office, industrial, retail and multi-

residential asset classes. Our impact is tangible and felt in communities across Canada and the United States. We make a difference, and it all starts with our people.

Position Overview :

Reporting to the President, GWLRA, and as a member of the Executive team you will provide strategic leadership and advice on initiatives and issues related to GWL Realty Advisors’ business reputation management and people strategies for a portfolio of 200+ properties and a Canadian employee base of over 750.

In addition, you will partner with Canada Life HR to provide a positive employee experience. This role will participate in the leadership of Canadian strategic initiatives of GWLRA and translate business needs into integrated Human Resource solutions to leverage people management, employee capability and organizational development within the Business.

We are looking for a passionate champion of all things HR, talent and culture; someone who thrives in a fast-paced and challenging environment where you are able to take the lead to get things done.

You will be able to collaborate with smart, driven, fun teams who understand and embrace the importance of fostering customer engagement and satisfaction in everything we do.

An experienced, hands-on proactive leader, you will be responsible for leading the Canadian HR team in executing effective and efficient services that drive employee engagement and value.

What You'll Do :

  • Ensure GWLRA can attract, retain and develop top talent to achieve business objectives and become the next generation of leaders.
  • Think conceptually and strategically to support company growth and development while maintaining a practical, sustainable, creative and results-driven approach.
  • Drive a culture of continuous learning, development and employee engagement.
  • Develop and execute targeted HR strategies, programs and policies which are aligned with and support GWLRA business and performance goals.
  • Partner with Canada Life HR to provide a positive employee experience.
  • Provide leadership to the GWLRA Corporate Resources department including human resources, compensation and recruitment to provide strategic coordinated HR service delivery to the GWLRA business.
  • In addition, lead an administration office team.

  • Manage traditional functional responsibilities of HR including, workforce planning, talent management, salary administration, employee engagement, talent development, benefits and recruitment.
  • Oversee payroll function to ensure the high-quality, consistent execution of the company’s payroll processes with effective integration into financial management processes and practices and focus on quality, customer service, innovation, automation and employee self-
  • service. Work with Canada Life HR payroll team to support the GWLRA employees on the Canada Life payroll system and benefits plans.

  • Maintain an awareness of emerging trends and best practices in HR and in the real estate industry.
  • Proactively recommend changes to existing / historical practices to increase value-add.
  • Lead high profile special projects on behalf of the President and / or Executive Committee and provide consultation on a broad range of issues and initiatives.
  • What You'll Bring :

  • Bachelor’s Degree in business or a related field. CHRP / CHRL designation or Human Resources Specialty would be considered an asset.
  • 10+ years of progressive experience as an HR Business Partner with demonstrated knowledge and understanding in the management of all aspects of HR functions including talent acquisition, payroll, and total rewards.
  • Demonstrated ability to build and lead dynamic teams who can deliver under pressure and with competing and / or changing priorities.
  • Experience in a leadership capacity supporting talent acquisition, payroll, and total rewards functions.
  • Knowledge of HR concepts, policies, practices, governance and legislation in order to identify compliance and / or regulatory issues and to proactively provide advice and counsel to leaders and employees.
  • Demonstrated ability to manage multiple priorities and work collaboratively with multiple Executive stakeholders, providing effective guidance and challenge where appropriate.
  • Knowledge of program management, change management and implementation planning capability to effectively deliver HR solutions to GWLRA.
  • Consulting skills and problem-solving skills with the ability to persuade / influence business leaders on suggested actions for turning business issues / problems into viable HR / Business solutions.
  • Communication, interpersonal and relationship management skills in order to work effectively with business and HR leaders and partners.
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