Kin + Carta
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HR Business Partner Manager at Kin + Carta

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Kin + Carta is an innovation and emerging technology firm that helps Fortune 500 companies seize new opportunities through groundbreaking digital solutions. At Kin + Carta, we call our HR function People Network. We feel ‘People Network’ better represents our role as people advocates at Kin + Carta, and all that entails, which is a cornerstone of our culture. Just as our Consulting Services organization seeks to serve our clients and provide an outstanding experience, our People Network serves our employees and ensures they have the support they need to be successful.

Kin + Carta is seeking an innovative HR Business Partner Manager to help drive people and organization processes in our growing Chicago Engineering Network.

HR Business Partner is both a strategic and hands-on role that provides full cycle Human Resources support to our initiatives in our Chicago office as well as working closely with our leaders across different areas and Global locations. The role is critical in executing our people initiatives, providing great internal customer support, and driving HR functional excellence and process improvement.


Here is a snapshot of what you may be doing:

  • Provide leadership and employees coaching with specific focus on: employee retention, employee advocacy/engagement, employee relations management, performance management, compensation, and career development and talent assessment for our Engineering workforce.
  • Provide advice and counsel to managers and employees to ensure consistent application and integration of policies, procedures and practices.
  • Provide generalist support on different functions of HR, including performance issues and end of work relationships.
  • Have an in depth understanding of business goals and recommend new approaches, policies and procedures to effect continual improvements in business objectives, productivity and development of HR within the company.
  • Provide employee client groups and leaders with an available first point of contact for questions and guidance on fundamental HR topics and issues.
  • Serve as an employee advocate on employee relations issues; providing coaching to employees and Client leadership groups.
  • Ensure that all employee relations issues are properly identified, reported & resolved.
  • Provide employees and leaders with an available first point of contact for questions and guidance on fundamental HR topics and issues
  • Serving as a key resource on all relevant local human resource regulations and policies.
  • Assisting with the development and implementation of human resources policies and procedures.
  • Preparing EX reports by collecting, analyzing, and summarizing data and trends.
  • Bringing your ideas to the table and ideally implementing something new.

What we are looking for in you:

  • Empathetic HR professional who strives to ensure all employees have a great working experience
  • Extremely detail-oriented and thorough.
  • Go-getter with ideas and the follow through to accomplish them from start to finish.
  • Passion for learning and always looking to add to your skill sets and help us reach the next level of EX. 
  • Passionate about people and a servant leadership mentality.
  • Solid project management skills.
  • Understanding of HR best practices and current regulations (experience working with global teams is a plus!)
  • A strong solutions focus and be comfortable working in an environment which demands strong deliverables along with the ability to identify problems and drive appropriate solutions
  • The ability to be comfortable with high volume workload and not be afraid to "roll up your sleeves".
  • A true hands-on approach as well as the ability to successfully monitor the "pulse" of the employees to ensure a high level.
  • Bachelor’s degree and 4-6 years of HR experience working in fast paced environments. 
  • Knowledge about technologies and previous experience working closely with Engineering teams is a plus!

We welcome our Kin to show up as their full selves everyday. Because this is so important to us, Kin + Carta is proud to be an equal opportunity employer.

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What are Kin + Carta Perks + Benefits

Culture
Volunteer in local community
Annually we celebrate "Pay It FWD" — a day of volunteering where employees combine forces & give back!
Partners with Nonprofits
Friends outside of work
Eat lunch together
Intracompany committees
Our Diversity, Philanthropy, Wellness, and Social Committees can be joined by any member of our Kin who is interested in collaborating on events and making an impact upon our culture!
Daily stand up
Open door policy
Team owned deliverables
Team based strategic planning
Group brainstorming sessions
Pair programming
Open office floor plan
Diversity
Dedicated Diversity/Inclusion Staff
Unconscious bias training
We offer quarterly "Overcoming Unconscious Bias" training, which creates a common language about bias and arms Kin with tactics to mitigate it across the firm.
Diversity manifesto
Someone's primary function is managing the company’s diversity and inclusion initiatives
Diversity Employee Resource Groups
Anyone at Kin + Carta can create an affinity group — a safe space for a group and its allies to celebrate and reflect on shared experiences, as well as advocate for positive change across the firm.
Hiring Practices that Promote Diversity
Health Insurance & Wellness Benefits
Flexible Spending Account (FSA)
Disability Insurance
Dental Benefits
Vision Benefits
Health Insurance Benefits
Life Insurance
Wellness Programs
From sponsored 5Ks, Lunch & Learns, and a discounted gym membership, our Wellness Committee enables a workplace that encourages environmental and social support of a healthy lifestyle.
Onsite Gym
Team workouts
One of our Wellness Committee's annual initiatives includes sponsoring race teams throughout the year, like the JP Morgan Chase Corporate Challenge.
Mental Health Benefits
Our benefit plan offers Kin access to an Employee Assistance Program.
Retirement & Stock Options Benefits
401(K)
401(K) Matching
Performance Bonus
Child Care & Parental Leave Benefits
Generous Parental Leave
Remote Work Program
Family Medical Leave
Return-to-work program post parental leave
Company sponsored family events
Vacation & Time Off Benefits
Generous PTO
Paid Holidays
Paid Sick Days
Perks & Discounts
Beer on Tap
Casual Dress
Commuter Benefits
Company Outings
Some of our favorites include our New Hire Happy Hours, our company-wide holiday party, our annual volunteer event (Pay It FWD), and team outings!
Game Room
Kin + Carta's game room is decked out with snacks, a ping pong table, Wii games, a shuffleboard, and board games for all employees to use when they need a break.
Stocked Kitchen
Our Office Experience team helps to ensure that we always have fruit, coffee (brewed & a fancy espresso machine!), tea, snacks available, and all of the flavored LaCroix that we can handle.
Some Meals Provided
We celebrate our employee's birthdays with a monthly breakfast or lunch that the whole company is able to attend.
Happy Hours
Company-wide happy hours, as well as team happy hours are common at Kin + Carta. The themes and locations differ, but they are always a good time!
Professional Development Benefits
Job Training & Conferences
We offer a wide range of internal training programs, as well as a training budget to pursue professional development.
Lunch and learns
Cross functional training encouraged
Promote from within
Mentorship program
All Kin are assigned a People Leader who provides 1-to-1 support, career mentoring, and leadership advocacy.
Time allotted for learning
Employees are allotted two extra PTO days to use for their own personal training and development.
Online course subscriptions available
Customized development tracks
Paid industry certifications

Additional Perks + Benefits

We have a variety of fun perks, but our favorites focus on our employee's development. We know that investing in employee growth is crucial to our success as a forward-thinking firm. All full-time employees have an annual personal training budget and time off allocated to training. Employees will use this to take classes, buy materials, and go to conferences. We also have internal training programs and knowledge sharing through Capabilities and Lunch and Learns!

An Insider's view of Kin + Carta

What are some social events your company does?

Kin + Carta celebrates holidays with our office in Argentina - our US offices have introduced Argentina to Halloween, and the Buenos Aires office introduced the US to “Friends Day” in July. We also have a book club, a board game club, football and a Bachelor fantasy draft, co-rec sports, wine tastings and happy hours to celebrate new hires.

Andrea

Client Lead

What does your typical day look like?

My days are pretty dynamic — I could be preparing to lead a workshop, working on a product roadmap, sitting with research on customer interviews, mentoring team members, etc. A few things are constant every day, though: I get to solve interesting problems, I get to be creative, and I get to work with amazing people.

Michelle

Capability Lead

What makes someone successful on your team?

To me, what makes individuals on my team successful is a recognition that there is always something new to learn and always more room for growth. An open, honest desire to not only learn from your teammates' expertise, but also to share your own, is a huge part of what makes a teammate at Kin + Carta successful.

Reid

Technical Principal

What unique initiatives do you have that encourage innovation?

As a digital innovation firm, creativity is in our DNA. We hold an annual client summit to harness the creativity of our Kin. Employees self-organize around our R&D function, solving problems with emerging technologies to show off to our clients. Many of these ideas have gone on to help our clients better understand their end-user.

Kelly

CEO

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