Director, Human Resources

Human Resources Chicago, Illinois Raleigh, North Carolina Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Atlanta, Georgia Nashville, Tennessee Miami, Florida Indianapolis, Indiana Dallas, Texas Auburn, New York Charlotte, North Carolina Houston, Texas Morton Grove, Illinois Seneca Falls, New York Rye Brook, New York Memphis, Tennessee Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania Austin, Texas Milwaukee, Wisconsin Washington DC, District Of Columbia Illinois


Xylem |ˈzīləm|

1) The tissue in plants that brings water upward from the roots;

2) a leading global water technology company.

Xylem, a leading global water technology company dedicated to solving the world’s most challenging water issues, is the leading global provider of efficient, innovative and sustainable water technologies improving the way water is used, managed, conserved and re-used. Our international team is unified in a common purpose: creating advanced technology and other trusted solutions to solve the world’s water challenges. We are committed to creating an organization of inclusion and diversity, where everyone feels involved, respected, valued and connected, and where everyone is free to bring their authentic selves and ideas.

If you are excited and passionate about helping us #letssolvewater, we want to hear from you!

The Role: We are looking for a Human Resources leader who has the ability to diagnose issues and influence long term solutions and outcomes. You must be able to collaborate across groups, influence all levels of the organization. You should be comfortable rolling up your sleeves and engaging on a hands on basis with individuals and teams as well as operating strategically with leadership teams. You will need strong business acumen, executive coaching skills, excellent communications skills, strategic thinking, and planning/project management skills. You must be able to balance competing priorities and conflicting opinions, and facilitate the best decisions for employees and the business in an environment of ambiguity and rapid change. The HR Director owns the relationship with the business and is responsible for brokering all resources required to bring solutions (in partnership with designated HR COE, HR Shared Services and HR Business Partners) to solve business challenges.

Essential Duties/Principal Responsibilities:

  • Develop and implement people plans and solutions in order to achieve people initiatives and deliver results for the organization.
  • Partner with senior leaders and their leadership teams to develop the talent strategy needed to support our tremendous growth opportunity and build a work environment where employees can thrive and grow.
  • Working closely with specialist HR teams, as well as matrixed site HR colleagues, keep the right focus on assessing the HR needs in areas such as performance management, talent acquisition, career development, diversity and compensation/rewards.
  • Function as a consultant and counselor to key leaders and their respective organizations; engage in strategic planning meetings to translate business needs into HR plans.
  • Partner with the business on organizational design, workforce planning, succession planning, and skills assessment and development.
  • Review and analyze business metrics including data on retention and employee experience in order to recommend systemic improvements.
  • Partner with the business to lead our Organization and Leadership Review, which focuses on succession planning, talent development and organizational health priorities.
  • Provide compensation support including salary planning, approval of salary actions, promotions and job re-leveling.
  • Partner with the talent acquisition team to build systemic and scalable recruiting programs to create a sustainable pipeline of talent.
  • Must be able to travel domestically, as appropriate.
  • Collaborative Services – provided with and through COEs, Shared Services and HR BPs
  • Collaborates with HR COEs, Shared Services and HR BPs to use relevant business data to design and guide the implementation of appropriate strategic solutions. Is accountable for facilitating the fulfillment of all business unit strategic HR support.
  • Communication: Strong communication skills are a requirement. The HR Director will communicate with all levels of the company. In addition to understanding the needs management expresses, the Director must also be able to convey those needs to other employees. Verbal, nonverbal and written communication skills are all important in this role.
  • Project management: Strong project management skills like organization and time management will assist in effectively leading the project toward completion.
  • Problem-solving: Ability to address problems such as declining sales, high turnover rates or ineffective business practices, this role will assist in identifying the problem and developing solutions
  • Influence: While this role does not have direct reports, strong leadership and influencing skills to motivate others to deliver on and meet the overall objectives of the company.
  • Participation in Xylem Watermark volunteer activities

Minimum Qualifications: Education, Experience, Skills, Abilities, License/Certification:

  • Bachelor’s degree in HR, Business or Organizational Development, PHR or SPHR is strongly preferred
  • 10+ years of HR generalist and/or business partnering experience with emphasis on talent management, people programs, workforce planning and talent development
  • Ability to strategically plan and execute programs and projects
  • Excellent communication skills, business acumen, and working knowledge of human resources
  • Also collaborates with respective functional organizations, (i.e., Finance, Legal, Risk/Compliance, other BU’s, etc.) as required to effectively bring solutions to the needs of the business.
  • Enabling Technologies / Self-Service
  • Employee Personal Data Changes (Workday)
  • Manager Self-Service (Job/Position Data Changes) (Workday)
  • Cyclical Administration (Merit/Incentive, Performance, Benefits(NA)) (Workday, 3rd party)
  • Learning (Cornerstone)
  • Paid Time Off and Leave Administration (Workday)
  • Recruitment Administration (Jobvite)
  • Payroll (Workday, ADP Streamline)

We Offer You More Than Just “A Job”

  • Professional Development – To advance the capabilities of our people, we offer a wide variety of experiences to support our employees’ professional growth and continuous learning.
  • Total Rewards – We offer comprehensive programs for compensation, benefits, recognition, learning and development, work-life integration and corporate citizenship.
  • Watermark – Watermark is our corporate social responsibility program working to provide education and access to safe water to ensure healthy lives, gender equality, and resilient communities. Employees have the opportunity to learn and volunteer on various water-related projects.
  • Employee Networks – Our Employee Networks provide a professional, supportive network for employees from diverse backgrounds, including Women’s, LGBT+ and Allies, Veteran’s, People of Color and Allies, Hispanic Origin & Latin Affinity, Emerging Leaders, Working Parents Networks and Non-Native English Speakers and Allies.

Physical Demands/Work Environment:

(The physical demands and work environment described here are representative of those an employee encounters and must be met to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.)

  • Regularly required to sit or stand, reach, bend, and move about the facility
  • Office: Standard office equipment; work usually performed in an office setting free from any disagreeable elements
  • Standard weekly job hours: 40 hours
  • Location: Can be remote anywhere on the East Coast or Central part of the US, Illinois highly preferred

Xylem is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Employment decisions are made without regard to race, color, religion, national or ethnic origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, disability, protected veteran status or other characteristics protected by law.