• HR Generalist

    Location Name NY, New York - 757 Third Ave - 10th Floor
    Date Posted
    1 month ago(2/9/2019 5:26 PM)
    Berkley Luxury Group
    Primary Location
    US-NY-New York
    Human Resources
  • Company Details



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    Founded in 1967, W. R. Berkley Corporation is an insurance holding company that is among the largest commercial lines writers in the United States and operates worldwide in two segments of the property casualty insurance business: Insurance and Reinsurance. Each of the Berkley companies, or operating units, within Berkley participates in a niche market requiring specialized knowledge about a territory or product.


    Our competitive advantage lies in our long-term strategy of decentralized operations, allowing each of our Berkley companies to identify and respond quickly and effectively to changing market conditions and local customer needs. This decentralized structure provides financial accountability and incentives to local management and enables us to attract and retain the highest caliber professionals.


    We have the expertise and resources to utilize our strengths in the present environment, and the flexibility to anticipate, innovate and respond to whatever opportunities and challenges the future may hold.


    As a strategic partner, the HR Generalist works with the Vice President of Human Resources (VP HR) and Operating Unit Leadership to align and support the VP HR with the execution of the talent strategy and operating unity strategic initiatives. This role works closely with Leadership and Group HR to consult, provide advice and guidance as it relates to talent-related activities including but not limited to: recruitment and selection, staff retention, performance management, talent development, compensation planning and employee relations.


    The HR Generalist fulfills the primary responsibilities of the role by executing the following duties and tasks:

    • Consults and counsels with leaders on performance management, talent development, salary administration, succession planning, recognition, training gaps, employee relations, employee conduct, etc.
    • Guides and coaches leaders through actions related to formal disciplinary procedures, jointly determines appropriate course of actions; reviews and provides suggestions for performance improvement plans; and ensures legal compliance with aid of VP HR and/or legal counsel when necessary
    • Proactively identifies areas for process improvement, innovation, and opportunities for efficiency and synergy
    • Partners with management to improve employee engagement and increase productivity and retention, this includes coordination of community or company events, e.g.
    • Confers with leaders to identify staffing needs, job specifications, job duties, qualifications, skills and competencies
    • Partners with recruiting on internal and external recruitment efforts for all positions
    • Partners with hiring managers to ensure proper department on-boarding tasks including: 30/60/90 day reviews, survey analysis, etc.
    • Partners with the hiring manager to ensure required timely completion of new hire I-9’s; and finding alternative sources to complete new hire’s I-9 for off-site/remote/employees.   Updating I-9 verifications in HireRight as required.
    • Assists in the development and delivery of management and/or employee training sessions related to strategic initiatives, performance management, employee engagement, succession planning, etc.
    • Actively researches, creatively designs and implements effective methods to educate, enhance performance and recognize performance; advising and collaborating on the development and administration of recognition programs with Group HR
    • May lead or participate in special and/or cross-functional project teams related to Company and/or TCR strategic initiatives
    • Identifies, evaluates and resolves employee relations issues such as employee complaints, harassment allegations and civil rights complaints
    • Conducts, Analyzes and reports on trends related to employee relations activities; Reviews exit interviews to analyze reasons for separation and to identify trends
    • Assists employees with developing personal strategies or action plans related to the workplace, e.g., career development, performance improvement, peer/manager conflict, communication, etc.
    • Administers initial and ongoing Visa and Immigration requirements
    • Administers one – time – payments in Workday including: Sign On Bonus/Severance/Tuition Reimbursements
    • Additional duties as assigned


    Core Competencies



    Customer Focus and Teamwork

    Innovation and Initiative

    Analytical and Problem Solving



    Customer Service Excellence

    Employee Development & Training

    Employee Performance Management

    Decision Making and Problem Solving

    Job Knowledge/Technical Expertise

    Professional and Interpersonal Skills



    Additional Eligibility Qualifications

    • 5 plus years of progressive HR experience
    • Ability to make decisions incorporating diverse perspectives
    • Excellent communication and organization skills
    • Strong customer orientation including strong interpersonal, communication and consultation skills
    • Ability to manage and influence in a cross-functional matrix environment
    • Strong discretion in dealing with highly confidential and sensitive information exhibited at all times
    • Ability to manage multiple complex projects simultaneously while working under pressure to meet deadlines
    • Extremely strong analytical and quantitative skills coupled with strategic/big picture orientation
    • Excellent organization, prioritization and customer service skills to effectively follow-up on complex and detailed work activities
    • Proven record of setting delivery commitments and meeting expectations





    Travel Required – Moderate – up to 25% Travel


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