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Unum Group

AVP, Senior HR Business Partner

Unum Group - Columbia, SC

Job Posting End Date: 12/05

Unum is a company of people serving people. As one of the world's leading employee benefits providers and a Fortune 500 company, Unum's financial protection benefits help protect more than 33 million working people and their families from the financial impact of illness or injury. Unum's three distinct, but similarly focused US businesses – Unum US, Colonial Life, and Starmount Life – are each a market leader in making disability, life, accident, critical illness, dental, and vision insurance accessible in the workplace.

Headquartered in Chattanooga, Tennessee, Unum has significant US operations in Portland, Maine, Worcester, Massachusetts, and Glendale, California with over 35 field offices nationwide. Colonial Life is headquartered in Columbia, South Carolina with over 40 field offices nationwide. Starmount Life is based in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and is the dental and vision center of excellence for Unum in the US.

General Summary:

As a Human Resources Business Partner at Unum, you will be an essential part of the organization’s leadership team uniting with senior business leaders to understand the work they do, the challenges they face, and the goals they are working to achieve today, tomorrow and years down the road. You will use that knowledge to guide, challenge and coach them to ensure they have the talent capabilities needed to drive and support their business objectives.

Whether you are influencing org design, talent development or new business solutions, you bring a dynamic and collaborative approach. The impact of change on an organization is of utmost importance to you and you approach this purposely and thoughtfully. You exemplify what it means to be a partner, with your HR colleagues, peers and the teams you support, all of who seek you out for your guidance and assistance. You enjoy working with people across the company and across the country, sharing your skills, best practices, and an ability to have fun.

Principal Duties and Responsibilities

Develops HR strategies and provides strong influence to ensure action plans that are aligned to and drive achievement of business objectives for large/complex business or corporate staff areas.  This will be accomplished by leveraging and integrating the key organizational levers; performance management, compensation, staffing & selection, rewards & recognition, employee development & learning, talent management, including leadership development & succession planning, and employee relations information. 

Assumes a leadership role in enabling the organization to identify the need for change and effectively implementing change management strategies.  This would include stakeholder analysis, communication strategy, visible change advocacy and developing measurements of success.

Ensure Enterprise-wide HR strategies and programs are aligned with the needs of the business by ensuring that business needs are understood in HR and that the business understands enterprise-wide HR strategies.

Proactively uses metrics to assess and monitor organizational effectiveness as a key lever in building and implementing plans.

Work across the organization to ensure strategies and solutions for a particular business area are aligned with broad business and corporate priorities and approaches.

Job Specifications

Bachelor’s degree required; Master’s preferred.

8-10 years experience in the field of HR, with a strong knowledge of all HR functions as key business levers

Demonstrated success as an internal consultant

Strong influencing skills

Strong organizational, presentation and data analysis skills

Demonstrated project management skills

Strong ability to think strategically and successfully implement solutions

Skilled as a facilitator and in solution development

Demonstrated success in working with senior management, relationship development/management and executive coaching

Demonstrated change management expertise

Strong collaboration skills and ability to deliver results through others

Ability to maintain appropriate balance between business demands and priorities of the HR organization

Ability to manage multiple, competing priorities


Unum and its family of businesses offer world-class training and development, generous compensation and benefits packages, and a culture built on employee ideas.

Unum is an equal opportunity employer, considering all qualified applicants and employees for hiring, placement, and advancement, without regard to a person's race, color, religion, national origin, age, genetic information, military status, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, disability, or protected veteran status.



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5 days 13 hours ago

Unum Group


AVP, Senior HR Business Partner Unum Group - Columbia, SC, United States


Location: Columbia, SC

Company Profile:
Since our founding in 1848, Unum has been known for breaking new ground in the business of benefits. Integrity, determination, innovation and leadership were at the core of our company 165 years ago, and they are just as relevant to our business today.