Senior HR Business Partner at Amherst

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Senior HR Business Partner – Austin, TX
Amherst is revolutionizing the way U.S. real estate is priced, managed and financed in order to unlock opportunities for all market participants through holdings in asset management, investment banking, loan origination, and single family residential. We sponsor and develop companies that help institutional investors underwrite and manage their U.S. real estate investments. Driven by data, analytics and technology, Amherst has a 20-year history of anticipating where the next risks and opportunities are likely to emerge and designing actionable strategies for investors to capitalize on opportunities across residential real estate, commercial real estate and public securities. Together with our affiliates and subsidiaries, Amherst has 1,000 employees, $5 billion under management and approximately $15 billion under advisement and oversight.
The Role:
We seek a talented and resourceful Senior HR Business Partner to play a key role in defining people's strategy and building an agile, scalable HR infrastructure for a division of our highly successful, rapidly growing Amherst Residential (“AmRes”) business. Clients will include Acquisitions, Construction, Design, Brokerage, and Property Management.
You will partner with the leadership team to align business and HR strategies in support of short and long-term objectives and ensure a world-class employee experience. Reporting into the Amherst Head of Human Capital, you will develop programs, provide insight and develop trusted relationships with AmRes leaders, managers and employees to attract, develop, reward, retain and inspire the best talent for the firm. This is a unique opportunity to have fun and continue your own career development by turning your ideas into actions that have real business impact.
Principal Responsibilities:
  • Build credibility as a true partner and trusted advisor by quickly becoming well versed in AmRes’s retail and institutional business operations and provide exceptional service to contribute to achievement of their goals.
  • Collaborate with the Head of Human Capital and the HR Talent and Operations CoE’s on HR strategy, to create and implement initiatives and programs that provide leverage to the business and align with Amherst’s mission and ethos.
  • Drive and facilitate a positive, employee centric culture. Ensure company values and branding are incorporated into org. change and business improvement initiatives.
  • Strategize with managers and talent acquisition on workforce planning and hiring. Provide expertise and coaching to managers on leadership and personal development. 
  • Partner with the Learning & Growth team to drive talent development and retention through talent and tool assessment, coaching, succession and career planning.
  • Partner with the Rewards team to ensure pay practices are both market competitive and effectively reward for performance.
  • Use metrics and analytics to make the business case for people initiatives.
  • Provide guidance to the business on HR policy and practice. 
  • Be flexible in your approach to business needs and demonstrate the ability to define and implement creative solutions to complex issues.
  • Assist us to remain in compliance with applicable employment related laws and regulations. Conduct thorough, objective investigations & recommend remediation strategies.
  • Manage and develop a small team of HR Business Partners.
Expertise and Capabilities:
  • Min 8 years relevant HR experience. Tenure and career progression within a complex, global organization and PHR and/or SHRM-CP certification(s) preferred.
  • Prefer experience working with construction and property management, or similar service oriented industries with field service personnel.
  • Strong business acumen and proven record working with & coaching diverse stakeholders and translating complex information across functions.
  • Working knowledge of multiple HR disciplines including engagement and inclusion, performance & talent management, organizational design, compensation, and the HR regulatory environment.
  • Track record of effectively handling complex employee relations issues, and addressing sensitive information and difficult situations with tact, discretion and confidentiality.
  • Strong project/program management experience with ability to manage complex projects with multiple stakeholders & competing agendas in a changing a fast-paced environment.
  • Self-directed and able to balance demand and capacity. Effective working both independently and in a team.
  • Leadership and teambuilding skills
  • Effective problem solver, resourceful in finding solutions.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills including strong communication, collaboration and influencing.
  • Tech savvy with experience in using HRIS systems.
What's in it for you?
  • A culture built on Integrity
  • A company with a Start-Up mindset and underlying stability allowing us to invest in people
  • A client group who value HR
  • Collaborative team environment and the tools needed to be successful in your job
  • Tailored onboarding experience (we want you to succeed in your new role)
  • Medical, Dental, and Vision (Pick the plan that works best for you and the family)
  • 401K with employer match (We just keep on giving)
  • Employee referral program (Get paid for referring your friends) 
A few other things you should know
  • This job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job. Duties, responsibilities and activities may change at any time with or without notice.
  • Some travel is anticipated for this position
  • At Amherst, we know that our people are the foundation of our success. Come join our family is you’re prepared to work hard, are passionate about the people experience and want to be part of a great team!
Amherst is proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer and committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, gender, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, physical or mental disability, genetic information or veteran status, and encourage all applicants to apply.
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Austin at our HQ with beautiful views of Lake Austin in a modern office

An Insider's view of Amherst

What are some social events your company does?

Amherst is always participating in exciting events. From Dell Match Play to SXSW, Amherst engages in a variety of local events. We also host smaller events for employees such as summer BBQ's and happy hours. Nothing tops our holiday party, a true family celebration!


Director of Talent Programs

What projects are you most excited about?

I'm most excited about our Budget Revision Project! We were tasked with the challenge of moving a tedious process into a more user and mobile friendly system. This will allow the field teams to submit budget revisions from MSR Properties and have one system to manage the majority of their work. This excitement is why I love being a part of the team


Business Analyst

How has your career grown since starting at the company?

“At Amherst, I am able to work collaboratively with peers who have had years of experience similar to mine. The technology is current and evolving as the company grows. Therefore, my skills stay current and always improve.”


Senior Systems Engineer

How do your team's ideas influence the company's direction?

My team is expected to create new IP (Intellectual Property) through innovation in software, hardware, workflow process and data. Our goal is to build franchise value/shareholder value, solve difficult problems through creative solutions, and improve over-all efficiency that in turn makes life easier for all of Amherst


Chief Technology Officer

What are some things you learned at the company?

Within my first year, I have acquired solid enterprise-level knowledge in developing .NET applications by using Angular 4+, ASP.NET MVC, WPF, Entity Framework, and advanced SQL. We’re transitioning into ‘React’ apps that I'm excited about as it will add to my tech skills. I like that we have autonomy regarding the tech decisions in development


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What are Amherst Perks + Benefits

Amherst Benefits Overview

Competitive salaries
Choice of Mac or Windows hardware
Flexible vacation days, paid holidays, and work from home options
Medical, Dental, Vision, LTD, Life, EAP, and 401K with matching benefits
Stellar colleagues with proven track records

Volunteer in local community
Friends outside of work
Eat lunch together
Intracompany committees
Amherst has established the Amherst People Council focused on Engage, Grow and Give to promote employee engagement such as Affinity Groups, Career Growth and Mentorship and Philanthropy events.
Daily stand up
Open door policy
Team based strategic planning
Group brainstorming sessions
Open office floor plan
Highly diverse management team
Unconscious bias training
Amherst provides unconscious bias training to all employees
Hiring Practices that Promote Diversity
We are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, gender identity, age or disabilities.
Health Insurance & Wellness Benefits
Flexible Spending Account (FSA)
Disability Insurance
Dental Benefits
Vision Benefits
Health Insurance Benefits
Life Insurance
Life insurance is equal to 1 times an employee's annual salary.
Retirement & Stock Options Benefits
401(K) Matching
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Performance Bonus
Amherst has a discretionary annual bonus program based on performance.
Child Care & Parental Leave Benefits
Child Care Benefits
Amherst provides Backup child care assistance.
Generous Parental Leave
We provide up to 16 weeks of parental leave for the primary caretaker. Amherst also provides 4 weeks of leave for the secondary caretaker.
Flexible Work Schedule
Amherst provides employees with a flexible work schedule that includes Flexible start and end times.
Remote Work Program
Family Medical Leave
Company sponsored family events
Amherst sponsors family oriented events Annually.
Vacation & Time Off Benefits
Generous PTO
Amherst employees receive between 20 and 30 days per year of paid time off based on years of service.
Paid Volunteer Time
Our employees receive 8 hours per year of paid volunteer time.
Paid Holidays
Perks & Discounts
Casual Dress
Free Daily Meals
Stocked Kitchen
Happy Hours
Relocation Assistance
We offer relocation assistance depending on location and position.
Home Office Stipend for Remote Employees
Amherst provides a monthly stipend for remote employees.
Professional Development Benefits
Job Training & Conferences
Amherst offers employees professional development opportunities like Annual individual budget for training, Onsite training courses, The ability to attend job related conferences and seminars.
Diversity Program
Lunch and learns
Amherst hosts lunch and learn meetings weekly.
Promote from within
Time allotted for learning
Amherst. allows employes to set aside 50% of working hours for learning.
Online course subscriptions available
Customized development tracks

Additional Perks + Benefits

Competitive compensation and bonus program. Flexible PTO. Health, vision, dental and long term disability coverage. Paid maternity/paternity leave. Attractive office space. Training certification assistance. Monthly birthday celebrations. Casual work environment with regular team-building outings.

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