SVP & Chief Human Resources Officer

The James Allen Companies Inc Published: April 12, 2017
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Senior Vice President & Chief Human Resources Officer


The Senior Vice President, Chief Human Resources Officer is one of five executive roles reporting to the President & CEO, including:

  • SVP, CFO & Treasurer
  • SVP, Profit Center Operations
  • SVP, CIO & Business Solutions
  • VP, General Counsel & Corporate Secretary


The CEO, Board of Directors, and Strategic Leadership Team expect the CHRO to be experienced and expert in all aspects of a progressive “best-in-class” Human Capital agenda. A strategic thinker, the CHRO serves as a trusted partner, close advisor and “sounding board” for the CEO on all Company matters.   15+ years of HR experience in sophisticated organizations.   Advanced degree preferred.


NOTE: The current incumbent - in place for three years - is successful in the role and will be actively leading the search for a successor. He has announced his intention to relocate to the southeast for personal family reasons.



To strive for excellence in close collaboration with the senior team, functional colleagues, and talent throughout the company

  • Lead a Purpose-Driven Organization that exists to realize our Vision & Mission.
  • Define and develop a Corporate Culture that is consistent with our Values and goals for growth, profitability and risk management.
  • Generate value to the enterprise through the development of fact-driven decision-making, and outcome-based measurement systems.
  • Be a “beacon” of ethical leadership and Integrity in our Company and industry.
  • Be an expert of industry knowledge - introduce and develop contemporary opportunities for the enterprise.
  • Earn the respect of employees through your contributions to positive enterprise outcomes and inspire employees in innovate.
  • Develop strategic plans for the enterprise that provide the direction and services necessary to realize our Vision.
  • Attract, retain, and develop talent. Invest in talent as a Leader and “inventor” of our organization.
  • Be a Role Model for Change Leadership and Continuous Improvement
  • Have the Courage to confront and proactively resolve “uncomfortable” situations that may require innovative solutions



  • Develop and implement the “People Strategies” for the Company, including:
    • Corporate Culture: high-performing organization - with senior colleagues, leaders
    • “Best Talent”: talent acquisition and effective onboarding
    • Motivation & Retention: compensation, recognition, benefits
    • Career Advancement & Opportunity: talent development and succession planning
    • Continuous Improvement: performance management, coaching, feedback
    • Organization Effectiveness: employee engagement, employee relations
    • Fiduciary oversight of qualified and nonqualified employee/executive programs
  • Oversee and direct Site Services for company locations



  • The highest level of professional and personal integrity
  • A deep commitment to mutual accountability
  • Extensive experience in all disciplines of a progressive Human Resources strategy
  • Success in change management and change acceleration
  • Ability to establish effective working relationships with colleagues, building trust
  • Highly effective communication skills
  • Consulting skills to work with business unit heads to continuously improve their organizations
  • Ability to assess performance, potential, effectiveness of individuals and teams
  • Process orientation and project management skills. Vendor management
  • Effective working knowledge of employment law and pertinent regulations
  • Build and promote effective teams
  • Customer Centricity
  • Compliance
  • Mergerts and Aquisitions 
  • Drive for Results
  • Critical Thinking & Problem Solving
  • Communication
  • Collaboration
  • Change Leadership
  • Business Acumen
  • Talent Development



  • HR team members:
    • Talent Acquisition Specialist
    • Employee Benefits Specialist
    • Career & Talent Development Specialist
    • Employee Engagement Specialist
    • HR Specialist
    • Compensation Specialist (potential)
  • Manager of Site Services
    • (Manager leads Facilities, Mailroom, Print/Doc Scanning, Cafeteria)
    • Three formal NY facilities: New Berlin, Norwich, Latham (Albany)

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