Essence | HRBP - Talent Management Business Partner

Human Resources Singapore, Singapore


Position at Essence

About Essence


Essence, part of GroupM, is a global data and measurement-driven media agency whose mission is to make advertising more valuable to the world. Clients include Google, Flipkart, NBCUniversal, L'Oreal and the Financial Times. The agency is more than 1,800 people strong, manages $4B in annualized media spend and deploys campaigns in 106 markets via 20 offices in APAC, EMEA and North America.


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About the role


Essence is looking for a Senior Talent Management Business Partner in APAC. Based in Singapore, this is a regional role reporting into our APAC Talent Management Business Leader. As a Talent Management BP,  you will help to deliver full spectrum of Talent Management services for our Singapore, Indonesia and Australia offices and act as the Business Partner to all our local and/or regional stakeholders as required. You will also be involved in various APAC Talent Management projects and help drive process improvements.


At Essence, we call ourselves Essentials. If you are genuine, daring and passionate about working with and for people, reach out and be a champion for all Essentials!



Some of the things we’d like you to do:


Be a strategic business partner and advisor on all Talent-related matters:


  • Be the point of contact for any people related matters and build strong partnership with all levels of stakeholders, from the leadership to all Essentials
  • Work closely with our Learning and Culture team to streamline onboarding for new joiners
  • Partner with Resource Management to identify Essentials ready for promotion and review feasibility of movement into new position
  • Implement globally aligned Talent Management strategy across the region
  • Make recommendations for relocation packages in line with our Global Mobility Policy
  • Advise Client Groups on any people related considerations during restructure or changes and manage any consultation processes as a result of change, including redundancy and potential redeployment
  • Work with Learning and Culture team on performance improvement plans to ensure that training interventions and communications are considered and team with Resource Management to ensure contingency plans are in place
  • Be the change agent and drive the HR and business transformation journey



Be a champion of employee engagement and be accessible, approachable and available to all levels of Essentials:


  • Partner across levels to bridge the gap between them and different layers of leadership
  • Support Line Managers on a day to day basis to support and resolve any issues early on
  • Build strong relationships based on confidentiality and trust with all stakeholders within Client group (both leadership, management, and Essentials)


Maintain and oversee our Talent Management operational processes in an efficient, smooth and accurate manner and constantly look out for improvements:


  • Maintain the HRIS and Benefits administration on a daily basis
  • Manage the visa process for travelling or relocating Essentials as necessary
  • Ensure our business is legally compliant to all people related statutory requirements (e.g. leaves, work visas) and mitigate any business risks related to people matters
  • Effectively and swiftly manage any formal disciplinary and grievance procedures
  • Review and propose areas of improvement for APAC total rewards to ensure Essence’s regional competitiveness as an employer



Manage our regional compensation and benefits projects roll-out and be a part of other ad hoc Talent Management projects as needed:


  • Partner with leadership on all compensation and benefits related initiatives ranging from annual salary reviews to annual bonus allocations
  • Support the Talent Management team in compensation process roll-out and benchmark compensation packages against competitors
  • Manage and support other regional and/or global TM projects as and when required



A bit about yourself:


  • a Degree in HRM/related discipline, with 5 years of experience as HR Business Partner
  • 8 years of in-market experience as a HR practitioner & regional exposure is a must
  • Sound knowledge of local employment and taxation laws
  • Passion / background in regional Compensation & Benefits
  • Experience in intra-zone mobility (offer & negotiation)
  • Experience with local, governmental and Union negotiation as applicable
  • Effectively bilingual, excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Ability to facilitate the resolution of sensitive employee-related issues with discretion
  • IT savvy (Google suites), creative and effective problem-solving
  • Analytic and numerically savvy
  • Positive mindset and adaptive to changes
  • Demonstrable experience of managing a range of employment related matters
  • Experience of operating in a fast paced / high growth environment
  • Confidence and ability to challenge, influence and manage stakeholders
  • Excellent Relationship building skills



What you can expect from Essence


Essence’s mission is to make advertising more valuable to the world.  We do this by employing the world’s very best talent to solve some of the toughest challenges of today’s digital marketing landscape.  It’s important that we hire people whose values reflect those of our own: genuine, results-focused, daring and insightful.  As an Essence employee, we promise you a workplace that invests in your career, cares for you and is fun and engaging. We believe these factors create a workplace where you can be yourself and do amazing work.

About Singapore
"GroupM Singapore operates in one of the most dynamic and exciting environments in the world. Although it is a small domestic market, there is a vibrant media industry which is undergoing rapid evolution as digital technology reshapes the way marketing supports advertisers’ needs. Being at the crossroads of Asia means, that aside from the local clients and media owners, we also have a high proportion of multi-national clients, renowned brands and media owners. Making GroupM Singapore the Number One organisation to join and develop your career in media investment.

GroupM is an equal opportunity employer. We view everyone as an individual and we understand that inclusion is more than just diversity – it’s about belonging. We celebrate the fact that everyone is unique and that’s what makes us so good at what we do. We pride ourselves on being a company that embraces difference and truly represents the global clients we work with."