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HR Business Partner

Date: Jan 2, 2021

Location: Irvine, California, US

Company: KIA Motors America

At Kia, we’re creating award-winning products and redefining what value means in the automotive industry. It takes a special group of individuals to do what we do, and we do it together. Our culture is fast-paced, collaborative, and innovative. Our people thrive on thinking differently and challenging the status quo. We are creating something special here, a culture of learning and opportunity, where you can help Kia achieve big things and most importantly, feel passionate and connected to your work every day.

Kia provides team members with competitive benefits including premium paid medical, dental and vision coverage for you and your dependents, 401(k) plan matching of 100% up to 6% of the salary deferral, and time off starting at 14 days per year. Kia also offers company lease and purchase programs, company-wide holiday shutdown, paid volunteer hours, and premium lifestyle amenities at our corporate campus in Irvine, California.




Provide broad strategic and tactical Human Resources consulting, including through the use of all HR systems, to leaders and team members for the assigned client group(s) to develop, advise and implement proactive people strategies and agendas that support the Company’s goals and Core Values, while also ensuring Human Resources compliance. Collaborate/partner with the KMA HR Operations team to identify leadership, management, and team member HR related needs, and help to implement strategies to support those needs across the organization. In addition, through an understanding of the local culture and environment, successfully lead the implementation of various KMA HR programs – including but not limited to performance management, succession planning, talent development, employee advocacy programs and processes, employee relations matters, and recruitment for designated business units and positions. Support the learning, development and engagement HR team in partnering with business units on execution and compliance with learning, development and engagement programs.

Major Responsibilities

1st Priority - 20%

Partner and support local leadership and operational management on key departmental initiatives, goals, and objectives.


2nd Priority - 25%

Recruit for assigned business client groups. Work with staffing vendors on annual postings; manage current ATS and work with developers to update the system as business needs require. Continually review KMA’s recruiting initiatives to identify efficiencies to reduce costs and improve leadership team fill rates and quality of candidates. Develop new programs as required to maintain KMA as an employer of choice and enhance the employment brand.


3rd Priority - 25%

Manage employee relations issues, and conduct employee investigations working closely with management, legal and HR leadership.


4th Priority - 25%

Helps to lead, communicates and manage the roll-out and implementation of all HR programs, initiatives, policies, protocols and tools including but not limited to change management, compliance, performance management, learning and development.


5th Priority - 5%

Proactively identifies opportunities to improve team, functional and departmental effectiveness.


  • B.S. or B.A in HR, business or related field or equivalent experience
  • PHR or SPHR certification preferred


Overall Experience

  • Excellent partnering (relationship building) and consultative skills
  • Expert communication skills, including strong presentation capabilities
  • Effective interpersonally to be able to influence others and collaborate across multiple levels of leadership
  • Team player with ability to work with various stakeholders & levels of employees/executives
  • Proven critical thinking and problem solving skills
  • High degree of personal accountability and ownership

Directly Related Experience

  • 8+ years of experience in HR with 5-7 years in a generalist or business partner/consulting role


Must possess knowledge of management-employee relations and the principles, practices, and procedures of human resources management.
Must possess general knowledge of laws and regulations pertaining to human resources.
Must have the ability to exercise considerable judgment and discretion in establishing and maintaining good working relationships with executive and management staff and line team members.
Ability to maintain the utmost confidentiality on all matters
Strong interpersonal skills
Strong project management and organizational skills
Committed to completing projects on time
Ability to solve multi-dimensional/cross-discipline problems
Ability to learn and utilize all HR related systems, including the HRIS, Success Factors, and tools to effectively carry out job duties.
Must possess the ability to supervise, lead and direct projects and team members.


Adapting to Change
Championing Customer Needs
Communicating Effectively
Delivering High Quality Work
Entrepreneurial Thinking
Managing Resources
CHALLENGE - Solving Complex Problems
COLLABORATION - Building and Supporting Teams
CUSTOMER - Serving Customers
GLOBALITY - Showing Community and Social Responsibility
PEOPLE - Interacting with People at Different Levels


Equal Employment Opportunities

KMA provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, ancestry, national origin, sex, including pregnancy and childbirth and related medical conditions, gender, gender identity, gender expression, age, legally protected physical disability or mental disability, legally protected medical condition, marital status, sexual orientation, family care or medical leave status, protected veteran or military status, genetic information or any other characteristic protected by applicable law.  KMA complies with applicable law governing non-discrimination in employment in every location in which KMA has offices.  The KMA EEO policy applies to all areas of employment, including recruitment, hiring, training, promotion, compensation, benefits, discipline, termination and all other privileges, terms and conditions of employment.


Disclaimer:  The above information on this job description has been designed to indicate the general nature and level of work performed by employees within this classification and for this position.  It is not designed to contain or be interpreted as a comprehensive inventory of all duties, responsibilities, and qualifications required of employees assigned to this job.

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