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HR Business Partnerships Manager - Remote or Hybrid

Date: Jul 5, 2022

Location: San Diego, CA, US, 92108 Remote - US, US

Company: Wawanesa Insurance


We’re proud to give our employees the flexibility to choose how and where they want to work. In this role, you will decide whether your preference is to work from home, work from the office or a hybrid of time spent at both. You may live and work in any state where Wawanesa currently operates in the U.S.

Wawanesa Mutual Insurance is one of the largest property and casualty insurers in Canada with $3 billion in annual revenues and assets of more than $9 billion. Wawanesa Mutual, founded in 1896 with executive offices in Winnipeg, is the parent company of Wawanesa General, which offers property and casualty insurance in California and Oregon, and Wawanesa Life, which distributes life insurance products and services throughout Canada. With over 3,500 employees, Wawanesa proudly serves over two million policyholders in Canada and the United States. Wawanesa actively gives back to organizations that strengthen communities where it operates, donating well above internationally recognized benchmarks for excellence in corporate philanthropy.

We are currently looking for dedicated, driven, and enthusiastic individuals who thrive in an environment that welcomes change and are looking for an opportunity for diverse experience and advancement on a growing team.


Job Overview

The Manager, HR Business Partnerships will lead our HRBP’s and partner with the executive leadership team and business teams to integrate HR solutions and expertise into business strategies and objectives.

The role is accountable for providing leadership, coaching and mentorship to a team of HR professionals and working with executive leadership team and our Centers of Excellence (COEs) to deliver effective HR solutions and expertise that enable our business strategies. This role supports enterprise-wide initiatives and facilitates the development of culture to enable a productive, diverse and engaged workforce, comprised of the best talent available.


Job Responsibilities

  • Build trusted partnerships  with senior & executive business leaders to understand, identify and prioritize business requirements to build organizational capabilities and provide business voice and context to HR in order to ensure that requirements are acted upon effectively and tailored solutions are delivered to solve the business needs. 
  • Manage the effective achievement of objections, goals and performance standards through leadership of the HR Services function; setting individual and team goals, attracting and retaining top talent, managing performance, developing and motivating staff.
  • Provide strategic consultation and guidance to the overall process of planning, management and decision making within the HR Services team.
  • Monitor trends in employment practices and coach business leaders on employee relations and matters as appropriate to enable them to deal with issues more effectively.
  • Lead the development HR initiatives that improve business performance through people and coordinate with the senior business leaders to ensure effective implementation of the recommendations.
  • Consult with executive business leaders in workforce planning and managing their talent pipeline and succession plan in order to enable them to take appropriate action via internal or external recruitments or developmental trainings in order to achieve their targets.
  • In partnership with senior and/or executive business leaders identify leadership development opportunities with emphasis on identification of key positions essential for achieving strategic aims and monitor talent attrition to enable business units in having requisite workforce to achieve business goals.
  • Champion and provide leadership to the HR Services team on performance management, calibration sessions, succession planning and talent reviews etc. in order to meet business requirements
  • Review and recommend initiatives for organizational effectiveness including organization structures for respective functions, performance effectiveness etc. in order to facilitate their implementation and to ensure alignment with the strategy, best practices, businesses needs and regulatory guidelines
  • Follow all relevant departmental policies, processes, standard operating procedures and instructions so that work is carried out in a controlled and consistent manner.
  • Contribute to the identification of opportunities for continuous improvement of systems, processes and practices taking into account ‘international leading practice’, improvement of business processes, cost reduction and productivity improvement.





  • Bachelor Degree in Business or equivalent and/or PHR/CPHR preferred.
  • 7+ years of relevant and progressive experience in HR or related function.  Experience leading a team of HR professionals.
  • Must have sound working knowledge of labor laws and HR best practices for the state of California.
  • Solid understanding of the business, HR technical knowledge.
  • Proven experience building exceptional partnerships and working strategically with senior business leaders to gain an in-depth understanding of the business strategy, our customers and how these link to Talent & HR strategy.
  • Strategic capability and the ability to identify, resources, and skills that create a long-term competitive advantage for an organization.
  • Visionary leader with the demonstrated capability to helps others to see how they can contribute an overall shared vision.
  • Consultative style and trusted leader who can effectively influence, coach and consult with leaders at all levels.
  • Can take a stand and can effectively demonstrate courage by delivering tough feedback and making decisions.
  • Strong communication skills including the ability to effectively deliver presentations, facilitation and coaching/training.
  • Self-starter who thrives in a changing, fast-paced environment, with a proven ability to drive for results.
  • Trusted advisor who can effectively influence, coach and consult with senior leaders.
  • Continuous learner with significant knowledge of HR policies, people processes, talent management practices and employment law.
  • Ability to travel up to 10-20 percent of the time.

Wawanesa General Insurance Company is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to a diverse workforce. Wawanesa provides equal employment opportunity to all employees and applicants without regard to an individual’s protected status: race/ethnicity, color, religion, creed, sex/gender, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, marital status, pregnancy/childbirth or related conditions, national origin, disability, military or veteran status, or any other protected status.  If you are a qualified individual with a disability, you have the right to request a reasonable accommodation to assist in the application process. You may request reasonable accommodations by calling the Human Resources department at 858-874-5404 or emailing Human Resources at

If you are interested in this exciting, challenging position with Wawanesa, apply today with your Resume.

Nearest Major Market: San Diego