Manager, Employee Relations & Policy at Avant

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Avant is dedicated to building premier digital banking solutions for the middle class through a combination of technology, analytics and superior customer service. Since 2012, Avant has connected over one million customers to $6.5 billion in loans and to 200,000 credit cards. A high growth financial technology company, Avant has been featured in The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, TechCrunch, Fortune, Bloomberg, and has raised over $600 million of equity capital. Visit www.avant.com for more information.
Avant is looking for a Manager to join our growing Talent Team and partner with the business to appropriately structure Employee Policies & Processes, address Employee Relations concerns, provide coaching and support to people managers, drive DEI efforts, and ensure successful delivery of Talent initiatives across the company.  
You will work in a collaborative environment with leaders across the company, and own projects that ensure we’re optimizing the employee experience, mitigating employment-related risk, and building relationships to support our people managers as they lead critical initiatives to enable business growth. As a part of the Talent leadership team, your role will offer autonomy, leadership-facing opportunities, and most importantly, the sense of accomplishment that comes with being responsible for the most important growth effort for a company, its people.

What you might own:

  • Build an overall Talent Business Partner strategy that aligns with our broader Talent & organizational strategy & initiatives.
  • Stay up-to-speed on critical trends & best practices in employment law, particularly within the Tech and Financial Services industries, and ensure appropriate application to Avant.
  • Work with cross-functional partners to build processes & policies to ensure that our Talent team drives a flawless employee experience.
  • Provide leadership coaching to people managers, and serve as a liaison between people managers and the broader Talent function, including Performance & Training, Compensation & Benefits, and Talent Acquisition.
  • Handle complex Employee Relations issues in both the Corporate and Operations environments, and work cross-functionally to resolve.
  • Work with D&I committee leadership, functional leaders within the Talent Team, and Executive leadership to build and drive DEI strategy & initiatives.
  • Ensure continued compliance with all Federal, State, and local employment and safety laws related to COVID-19, and work with our TA & Employee Experience team to support optimization of the remote work environment.
  • Manage & coach a direct report in our Knoxville office, and work with Knoxville Talent & site leadership to ensure Talent support for call center performance, including via policy and performance management.

Why you are a fit for Avant:

  • 6+ years of HR Business Partner, Employee Relations/Policy, or comparable experience, including 2+ years of people management experience
  • Excellent presentation and communication skills (verbal and written), and the ability to interact with employees at all levels
  • Ability to apply significant discretion & empathy in sensitive situations
  • Experience working with a large, non-exempt employee population
  • Strategic, big-picture thinking combined with execution skills to ensure that we’re getting things done
  • Excellent understanding of employment law & compliance, and ability to apply that understanding in a commercial manner
  • Ability to multitask, meet deadlines, and work in a fast-paced environment
  • Strong data analytics & excel skills, as well as comfort in operating within HRIS platforms & Google Suite
  • Experience collaborating across multiple functional areas
  • Strong bias for action
  • Working understanding of Compensation & Benefits, Leadership Development, and Talent Acquisition strategy preferred
  • Prior experience in Technology or Financial Services preferred

Why Avant is a fit for you:
At Avant, we believe our values make a difference:
We value, support, and help each other grow
We are committed to active inclusion and diversity
We are transparent and believe the best idea wins
We succeed when our customers succeed
We get sh!t done… responsibly
And we keep it fun!
We believe that ideas are more important than titles, everything is more fun together, everyone drives change, and everyone is an owner. While we believe the perks and benefits that we offer are terrific, nothing excites us more than having the ability to collaborate with intelligent, highly-motivated and talented people on challenging problems as we work to change the face of online lending.

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Location

Located on Chicago's scenic riverwalk, we're surrounded by trendy restaurants, a thriving startup community, and easy access to public transportation.

An Insider's view of Avant

What’s the vibe like in the office?

The vibe is positive and encourages fun, but also strives for growth through hard work and innovation. I would also say Avant is a “come as you are” environment where people are able to bring their whole selves to work, which leads to diverse viewpoints and great ideas.

Liz

Software Engineer

How do you collaborate with other teams in the company?

Because of the nature of my role, I’m constantly collaborating and working with other teams. Program management is like being a traffic cop, at the intersections of every vertical within the business unit; I stop and start traffic, provide estimates on travel time, and route drivers down the right street if they get lost.

Molly

Customer Success Manager

What are some things you learned at the company?

The new projects we launch for our bank partners are really exciting because of all the learning opportunities they present. These projects require a substantial amount of collaboration between teams, so everyone is growing and learning from one another as we go. It's pretty awesome!

Marq

Tech Quality

What does your typical day look like?

70% of my day is working on code. 20% of my day is spent on unblocking other junior engineers or reviewing code. 10% of my day is in meetings. 100% of my day is spent having fun! =)

Hebron

Software Engineer Team Lead

What are Avant Perks + Benefits

Avant Benefits Overview

We offer group Medical, Dental, and Vision coverage, generous parental leave, commuter benefits, and unlimited vacation time. We have a free gym on site at our Chicago office and other great perks like a fully-stocked kitchen with beer on tap, casual dress code, a game room, and company happy hours.

Culture
Volunteer in local community
We love being in Chicago! We'll run donation drives for local schools, pack lunches for city shelters, host events for young people interested in fintech, and whatever else comes up!
Friends outside of work
Eat lunch together
Intracompany committees
Like the Diversity & Inclusion Committee and the Fun Committee, to name a few.
Daily stand up
Open door policy
Team owned deliverables
Team based strategic planning
Group brainstorming sessions
Pair programming
Open office floor plan
Diversity
Documented equal pay policy
Dedicated Diversity/Inclusion Staff
Unconscious bias training
Diversity manifesto
Health Insurance & Wellness Benefits
Flexible Spending Account (FSA)
Disability Insurance
Dental Benefits
Vision Benefits
Health Insurance Benefits
Life Insurance
Wellness Programs
Onsite Gym
Retirement & Stock Options Benefits
401(K)
401(K) Matching
Company Equity
Employee Stock Purchase Plan
Performance Bonus
Child Care & Parental Leave Benefits
Generous Parental Leave
Flexible Work Schedule
Remote Work Program
Family Medical Leave
Return-to-work program post parental leave
Vacation & Time Off Benefits
Unlimited Vacation Policy
Generous PTO
Paid Sick Days
Perks & Discounts
Beer on Tap
Casual Dress
Commuter Benefits
Company Outings
Game Room
Stocked Kitchen
Happy Hours
Relocation Assistance
Fitness Subsidies
Professional Development Benefits
Job Training & Conferences
Diversity Program
Lunch and learns
Cross functional training encouraged
Promote from within
Paid industry certifications
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