New York

People and Culture Manager

  • Apply your broad Human Resource skill set and experience
  • Leverage your HR experience gained in professional services, advertising or design firms to build a dynamic career
  • Flourish alongside creative design professionals within a global architectural firm

Working closely with the Woods Bagot Regional Executive Team, ERA-Co Directors and our Global P&C team, you will be responsible for implementing people & culture initiatives and providing hands-on operational support, guidance and leadership to Woods Bagot’s North American Region (New York, San Francisco and Los Angeles) and our ERA-Co business (based in New York).

As a ‘trusted adviser’ to the business, this role is responsible for embedding global people and culture programs into our North American studios. Developing and implementing local initiatives that will align with the business plan objectives and employee relations and performance will also be part of the broad remit of this exciting and varied role. This is a unique opportunity for an innovative and energetic HR professional to be an integral part of our strategy and growth.

We believe that the unique contribution of all our people is the driver of our success, so to support you at work we offer a range of great medical benefits, 401k and leave policies.

About you

This stand-alone position requires someone who can provide HR guidance and leadership in addition to having the capability and drive to put in the effort to make the details happen. Degree-qualified in HR and/ or a business discipline, you are likely to have gained your experience in global professional services firms or partnerships, multi-nationals or in advertising / creative industries over a period of at least 10 years or equivalent.
Your experience is likely to have been gained from working in a range of diverse organizations of varying sizes, demographic profiles, organization structure and culture. Your experience will also have required you to work with all levels of employees across most aspects of HR management, operations and support.
Others you have worked with would describe you as being smart, resourceful, resilient and pragmatic in your approach to the HR profession and a self-starter who can be relied upon to personally deliver exceptional outcomes and innovative HR solutions.

You will be able to demonstrate:

  • Proficiency (both depth and breadth) across all aspects of HR management and operations with a proven track record in the delivery of key HR projects and initiatives
  • Experience partnering, influencing and engaging strong relationships with both local and global key stakeholders
  • Tenacity and diplomacy in helping leadership teams formulate and implement excellent people practices
  • Capability in identifying and articulating key issues with a solution focus
  • An ability to prioritize work in fast paced environment
  • A proven track record working with remote client bases and across cross-cultural contexts
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Highly developed strategic, analytical and problem-solving skills
  • Operational experience in using an HRIS system and reporting tools
  • Intermediate to advanced skills in Microsoft Office (including Excel)
  • The capabilities needed to lead complex change management programs in global environments
  • Willingness to get involved in HR transactional and administrative processes i.e. employment contracts and benefit administration.

Your responsibilities

We’ll expect you to take responsibility for all aspects of HR management, operations and support including recruitment, business planning, strategic hires, talent management, compensation and reward (including knowledge of Medical Insurance and 401K plans), workforce planning, employee relations (with particular reference to New York and Californian employment law), culture, HR systems and reporting and also project work. All aspects of the HR lifecycle are incorporated in this standalone position.

How to apply

Please send your CV and covering letter through our People and Culture Manager LinkedIn job post. Applications will be treated in the strictest confidence. We do not accept unsolicited resumes or names from agencies.

Mandatory requirements
It is an essential requirement that at the time of applying for this position applicants must have the legal right to work in the United States

Inspiration. Innovation. Inclusiveness. We are Woods Bagot.

Woods Bagot is an equal opportunity employer. We are committed to equal employment opportunity regardless of race, colour, ethnicity, ancestry, religion, creed, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, age, citizenship status, marital status, disability, gender identity, gender expression, and Veteran status.

At Woods Bagot, we are committed to creating an environment where difference is celebrated, valued and respected, practices are equitable, and our people feel like they belong. We accept that none of us is smarter than all of us. We believe building a diverse workforce is the foundation to creativity and innovative design – it is only by working together that we can realise the potential of our people, clients and communities around us. Through our inclusive leadership and our truly global studio network of strategists, experience designers and scientists, you will find your voice and have the support and flexibility required to bring your whole self to work and build an exceptional career.