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From day one, our mission has been to create an independent business with a unique culture – one that is controlled by the people who work for it. Finding the most talented and entrepreneurial people has always been key to our success. 

People come to Howden for lots of different reasons, but they stay for the same one: our culture. That’s what sets us apart, and why we nurture and retain the best talent in the market. Whatever your priorities – work/life balance, career progression, sustainability, volunteering – you’ll find like-minded people driving change at Howden.

The Role

Here at Howden Group Holdings, we are transforming the way we deliver HR services to our business and this is an exciting time to join our evolving HR function as we look to drive commercially aligned and strategic HR support to our stakeholders.

This role will focus on supporting the delivery of the Workday Implementation Roadmap across the globe, helping to ensure countries and businesses are aligned with the global standard HR processes.

The successful incumbent will bring with them the prior experience of working in fast-paced, highly commercial, project environments. Additionally, you will have experience of delivering beyond the day to day and working with the HR Leaders and other Centres of Expertise to deliver wider HR strategic initiatives and priorities.

Key Responsibilities

  • Function as an expert for Workday administration – HR transactions, business process configuration, and design, including advising the HR team, managers, and employees in the proper use of the system.

  • Work with the project teams in the analysis, development, implementation and support of allocated HR projects & changes.

  • Support local teams in understanding and providing project requirements including employee data and business organisation structures.

  • Assist in the review, testing, implementation, training, and communication of Workday

  • Support on ensuring that Workday is fully integrated with key business systems

  • Perform detailed manipulation of complex data.

  • Assess requirements and perform impact assessments to support the Change team in identifying impacts between the business as is and the to be in Workday.

  • Promote the best possible user experience in Workday through simplified and automated processes

  • Support training and engagement to ensure our key stakeholders are fully utilizing Workday post go live.

  • Provide support for ad hoc projects as required

  • Take all reasonable steps to ensure appropriate confidentiality and ensure GDPR compliance

  • Maintain a positive and solution oriented approach to work, providing open and honest feedback.

  • In all internal and external contact, present a professional and positive image of the HR and the company maintaining mutually constructive, positive and beneficial relationships.

Skills and Attributes

  • Excellent knowledge and experience in Workday modules, including HCM, Absence, Reporting, Recruitment, Compensation & Time Tracking.

  • Understanding of end to end HR processes

  • Excellent technical skills across a wide range of technology products

  • An inquisitive and challenging mind, with an interest in questioning and improving the “as is”

  • Excellent operational skills e.g. processes, procedures, data analysis

  • Client focused

  • Collaborative and supportive

  • Works with others to deliver results

  • Takes personal responsibility to deliver results

  • Communication and stakeholder management

  • Ability to manage service standards to SLA levels

  • Workday Certification or Workday Pro certifications would be preferred

Our Culture: People First

We’ve travelled far since opening our first office in 1994. Back then we were local experts – based in London, with direct access to the world’s biggest insurance market. We’re still locals, and we still deliver the right advice and the right insurance to our clients. But now, we’re local all over the world. With 15,000 global colleagues and a partner network spanning more than 100 territories, we are the largest independent insurance broker in the world. But our values haven’t changed since day one, when we set out to create a company grounded in:

•    An employee-ownership model 
•    Aligned external investors
•    The trust and integrity born of friendship
•    Expertise
•    Independence

Our focus on being a people-first business has always been at the very heart of Howden. Our vision was to create an independent business with a unique culture; one that would survive and thrive as a business controlled by the people working for it. Our employee ownership model sets us apart in the market. It’s created a culture of collaboration and innovation, where we’re driven to think bigger and empowered to challenge convention. 

Our flat structure and entrepreneurial spirit help us attract the best people and empower them to be the best version of themselves. And when we bring in and nurture great talent, more follows. That makes us better – and that’s better for everyone. 

Diversity & Inclusion

At Howden we consider our people our chief competitive advantage and as such we treat colleagues, candidates, clients, and business partners with equality, fairness and respect, regardless of their age, disability, race, religion or belief, gender, sexual orientation, marital status or family circumstances.

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