SMBC Group

  • Regional HR Business Partner (Los Angeles)

    Job Locations US-CA-Los Angeles
    Posting Date 1 week ago(1 week ago)
    Career Category
    Human Resources
    Position ID
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  • Overview

    Our Human Resources Business Partners provide strategic HR guidance to business units and departments in the Americas Division. They consult with and assist employees and managers across a broad range of initiatives across the HR function, including employee relations, organizational and leadership development, performance management, compensation and rewards, employee learning and development. They collaborate closely with other HR groups to identify, design, develop, and deliver recommendations that align with business objectives and address employee needs.


    We are looking for an experienced HR Business Partner who will be responsible for providing daily operational execution of core HR processes and situational counsel to managers and employees for assigned SMBC businesses. The role's activities are evenly distributed across longer-term strategical matters and more immediate resolution of time-sensitive issues that emerge in the course of daily business operations. The role reports to the HR Business Partner supporting business groups of the bank at the defined location.


    Partners with assigned businesses to deliver timely, informed and trusted counsel on all HR matters for assigned SMBC regional locations. Serves as the primary HR interface for all core HR processes, including Talent Acquisition, Compensation, Training & Development, and Employee Relations.


    Trusted Counsel:

    • Provides assigned businesses timely informed counsel on matters relating to HR programs, policies, practices and strategy.
    • Regularly engages in a dialogue with assigned businesses to solicit actionable feedback; champions a dialogue with HR centers of knowledge.

    Employee Relations:

    • Conducts investigations of employees for disciplinary matters, writes reports regarding investigations, and makes disciplinary recommendations (in collaboration with SMBC Legal).
    • Maintains investigation files. 

    Talent Acquisition:

    • Partners with assigned businesses and applicable HR Recruiters to identify near / long-term talent requirements based on business plans/priorities and develop job specifications / job descriptions.
    • Actively participates in the interviewing/selection/on-boarding processes. 

    Performance Management:

    • Serves as the primary HR interface with assigned business managers for SMBC's Performance Management Program, including preparation/delivery of annual performance evaluations, goal-setting, and interim pulse checks between managers and their direct reports.
    • Partners with managers in framing difficult performance feedback, including the drafting and implementation of formal performance improvement plans. 


    • In collaboration with HRBP, serves as a resource to assigned business managers for year-end and off-cycle compensation and promotional reviews, as well as any one-off compensation matters that may emanate from the business.
    • Helps ensure that applicable job descriptions are kept up to date. 

    Training & Development:

    • Partners with Talent Development to interface with assigned business managers for matters relating to professional, managerial and leadership training and development.  
    • Potentially serves as facilitator of a core HR training offering.

    HR Policy:

    • Advises managers and employees on SMBC HR policies, practices and procedures.
      Executes responsibilities within all legal and ethical boundaries by maintaining an up-to-date knowledge of employment laws, applicable regulatory oversight, and SMBC policies, practices and procedures. 
    • Analyzes, researches, reviews, and develops (as needed) SMBC HR policies within the context of best practice and applicable regulatory/legal oversight and subject to direction from senior HR leadership.


    • At least four years of specialized experience within HR
    • Broad and deep knowledge of core HR processes/principles/practices, all applicable legal, regulatory and policy oversights, and overall solid business acumen is required
    • This is a technically-oriented position that requires relevant hands-on experience or an undergraduate degree in business, finance, or human resources
    • Core competencies required:
      • Relationship management
      • HR strategy development/advocacy
      • Consultation
      • Partnering
      • Change leadership
      • Employment law
      • Planning/analyzing/problem solving/prioritizing
      • Interviewing
      • Emotional intelligence/cultural intelligence
      • Communication (verbal, written and presentation)
      • Solid business acumen
    • Business-centric skills and approach. Detailed knowledge of the Americas Division's business models/products, leaders, department structure, decision paths, and current year/longer-term priorities is critical to success. Broad knowledge of SMBC’s businesses and applicable product markets is a definite plus
    • Thorough knowledge of SMBC HR's policies, programs and practices required. Expert working knowledge of all applicable legal, regulatory and SMBC policy oversight required
    • Retains expert-level knowledge for matters relating to core HR programs, as well as working knowledge of the instruments, plans, policies and practices that deliver those experiences to the bank's employees. Remains aware of emerging new practices, regulations, technologies and changing demographic demands that will shape the future expectations of the bank's talent.
    • Demonstrates the highest standards of ethics, integrity, honesty, diversity, and discretion


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