Manager - Human Resources

New York
Apr 30, 2013
May 30, 2013
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Full Time

ANN INC.’s Human Resource function supports the company’s mission by continually striving to develop and grow a performance-based organization. The HR team works with leaders and associates to build engaging environments focused on clear expectations, support and investment, and reward and recognition. Rather than just solving problems and driving compliance, the HR function focuses on developing comprehensive solutions and measuring their impact on results.

The HR Manager serves as a business partner to the corporate functions of a vertical retailer, working with Finance, Information Systems, Corporate Strategy, Real Estate & Construction, Merchandise Store Planning/Allocation, Merchandising, Visual Merchandising, Design and Marketing.
For this role, the interest and ability to learn how the business works is important; the ability to integrate Talent Management initiatives to impact business performance is a must. ANN INC.’s best HR Business Partners have a natural ability to build credibility and influence cross-functional partners to achieve goals and maximize their team and talent.


ANN INC. leverages the following leadership dimensions to describe the responsibilities held by the Manager of Human Resources.
Direction – Ability to establish a proactive direction rather than reactively handle issues
• Maximize business acumen to identify and respond to business trends that may impact sponsored talent initiatives.
• Remain on track to meet project milestones and achieve predefined goals.
• Identify and leverage internal and external trends, resources, relationships, and best practices.
• Set clear goals and expectations for direct reports as needed.

People – Individual work style and influence
• Drive partnership and collaboration across all functions inside and outside HR to deliver integrated business solutions.
• As a subject matter expert within specific areas of responsibility, serve as an effective resource for colleagues across the organization.
• Assist in building and maintaining a highly-engaged team and a dynamic, positive environment.
• Effectively build collaborative partnerships across the organization.

Operations – Functional and technical proficiency
• Lead people and processes as needed.
• Effectively leverage all available tools and resources.
• Establish realistic plans, and deliver results on time and within budget.
• Manage day-to-day activities that directly impact HR deliverables and the business as a whole.
• Ensure continuous improvement and drive for operational excellence.
• Facilitate, coach, and drive productive discussions within small and large groups.
• Effectively communicate and escalates potential issues with recommended solutions and risk management.

Leadership – The candidate is intellectually acute, agile, and capable, with a proven ability to challenge and motivate teams by fostering innovation in an atmosphere of mutual respect.

Communication – The candidate demonstrates strong verbal and written communication skills suited to all types of key interactions, including corporate conversations. He or she is able to clearly and logically articulate points of view.

Business Analysis – The candidate is able analyze business trends and demonstrate functional knowledge of P&Ls and Balance Sheets.

Project Management – The candidate is able to anticipate the future and plan accordingly, demonstrating the ability to handle upcoming developments in a creative and effective manner. There is a heavy focus on the ability to plan contingencies and effectively manage obstacles that present themselves.

Organization – The candidate is able to design and implement structures and processes that facilitate the accomplishment of goals, and effectively relate human and non-human resources to the corporation’s HR processes.

Education: BS/BA required
5+ years experience- retail/fashion is a plus

You will be expected to complete a writing project if you are chosen as a candidate and writing samples are required. If you are not a strong writer, please do not apply.