Director, People Business Partner

New York, United States

In a world of disruption and increasingly complex business challenges, our professionals bring truth into focus with the Kroll Lens. Our sharp analytical skills, paired with the latest technology, allow us to give our clients clarity—not just answers—in all areas of business. We value the diverse backgrounds and perspectives that enable us to think globally. As part of One team, One Kroll, you’ll contribute to a supportive and collaborative work environment that empowers you to excel. 

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Role Purpose

Act as a strategic advisor, confident and change agent to business leaders regarding key organizational and people related initiatives, helping inform strategic business decisions. Align and drive Kroll’s people plan and priorities with their business unit (BU) strategy and plans to maximise the performance and value of our human capital. 

Role Summary 

  • Level 5 global role, aligned to a Business Unit
  • Senior People Function leadership role that leads through influence
  • Partners with one or more Service Line leaders and an integral member of the BU leadership team. 
  • Act as a strategic advisor and confident regarding key organizational and people related initiatives, helping inform strategic business decisions.
  • Drive organisational effectiveness and performance of the business.
  • Provide change leadership and shape and deliver major transformations, including organization design, M&A.
  • Focus on strategic talent management, capability build and succession planning.

Roles Responsibilities & Key Accountabilities

  • Shape and drive the execution of BU people plan and priorities, aligned to the BU priorities and overall Kroll people strategy.
  • Act as a strategic advisor and confident to the BU President and senior leadership team regarding key organizational and people related issues, opportunities, and initiatives.
  • Drive the organisational effectiveness and performance of the BU. Ensure the organisation works as designed, has a robust workforce plan, and develops resilient leaders who can lead, manage, and sustain performance.
  • Shape and drive major transformation efforts (e.g. organization design, M&A, outsourcing) or other significant organizational events to drive business results, serving as the expert in how change is led and sustained. 
  • Partner with the Centers of Excellence and Regional People Partners to design, develop, deliver, embed, and continually improve people programs, tools and initiatives, and drive adoption and ownership in the business.
  • Embed the organizational cultural intent and leadership behaviors in the business. Ensure that senior leaders exhibit the company values and behaviours and drive a culture that prioritises inclusion and diversity and integrates DEI behaviours in all aspects of the colleague lifecycle.
  • Provide thought leadership and a strong pulse on the external marketplace and best practice.
  • Define and execute the talent strategy for their BU aligned to the Kroll people strategy. Define critical roles and capabilities and align on strategic talent and robust succession plans.
  • Ensuring development plans and pathways are in place for top talent and ensure colleagues have meaningful growth experiences.
  • Set and hold a high bar for performance by defining high / low performance and holding leaders accountable for managing their talent against these standards.
  • Provide targeted coaching and consultation to senior leaders, to improve individual leader performance and to strengthen the leadership team.
  • Interpret people and organizational data, both qualitative and quantitative, to draw insights and provide strategic recommendations to senior leaders with clear outputs and actionable plans.
  • Partner Partners effectively with other members of the People Team for any day-to-day issues faced by the business and acts as a point of escalation for complex HR issues.


  • Able to operate in a large global organization (~6000) and develop strong senior level relationships. Demonstrates ability to build credibility and trust through functional expertise and customer-centric approach. 
  • Able to drive transformative change and lead through influence with resilience and humility.
  • Displays a strong commercial acumen and ability to drive the business transformation agenda by informing management decisions that contemplate both financial metrics and employee engagement.
  • Proactively engages with business leaders and translates their strategy into tangible actions and outcomes.
  • Confidentially uses data and analytics to provide meaningful insights and recommendations to the business.
  • Demonstrates strong brand stewardship by displaying good judgement and understanding how decisions can impact Kroll’s reputation.
  • Strong ability to spot talent and understands talent requirements of the business and is able to identify what talent levers to pull to yield the most business value.
  • Thinks holistically about the organization and adopts a broad range of perspectives to drive value through organizational development and design.
  • Able to look beyond existing methodologies and ways of working to define and resolve complex problems.
  • Track record of managing programs with multiple stakeholders and dependencies to achieve a business outcome. Able to develop plans and deliver results in fast-changing businesses and/or regulatory environments as part of a holistic journey.
  • Effective communicator who can influence across levels (early to executive), as well as cultural boundaries.
  • Recognized as an equal partner in the leadership team of the business/functional area and valued for knowledge of the business, not just from an HR perspective.
  • Experience supporting a product development group in technology considered an asset.
  • Degree or equivalent and relevant HR experience (minimum 10 years).

Kroll is committed to creating an inclusive work environment. We are proud to be an equal opportunity employer and will consider all qualified applicants regardless of gender, gender identity, race, religion, color, nationality, ethnic origin, sexual orientation, marital status, veteran status, age or disability.

The current New York salary range for this position is $200,000-$250,000.


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