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Director HR Business Partners

Cox Automotive

Oakbrook Terrace, IL
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Cox Automotive
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Company Cox Automotive
Title: Director HR Business Partners
JobID: 1714628
Category: Human Resources
Industry: Cox Automotive
Job Type: Full-time


Cox Automotive People Strategies is transforming human resources the same way our company transforms the way the world buys, sells and owns cars. Through strategic imagination, agility, resilience and active collaboration, we deliver the global talent and organizational strategies that deliver results for our company.  We are preparing for the future of our industry and the workplace by devising progressive HR and talent solutions that empower our team members and enable a culture of collaboration and innovation.

We are looking for professionals who have a futurist view, think on their feet and focus their efforts on strategic programs with the greatest potential for positive impact.

The Director, HR Business Partners is an integral part of the Retail Solutions HR leadership accountable for the People agenda. He/she leads a team of human resources business partner (HRBP) professionals in the development and implementation of progressive people strategy and organizational programs that grow the business and enable the business / function to deliver on its business commitments. Regarded by the market/ function/ business as the Leader in people performance.

  • Develop the next generation of Cox Automotive People Strategies leaders. Build a high-performing organization and deliver effective leadership to the HRBP team and function.
  • Develop and lead people strategy opportunities and choices to compete and succeed. Drive the creation, execution and alignment of the People Strategies and plans as part of the overall business strategy; to optimize the contribution of Team Members to the business needs to drive competitive advantage. Lead local and global Cox Automotive People Strategy Initiatives. Collaborate with and influence senior leaders to prioritize strategic people priorities and solutions that accelerate the achievement of business priorities through talent management, diversity and inclusion, rewards and recognition, and organizational effectiveness.
  • Design and create the organization that will deliver business success. Proactively challenge the established organizational design to drive superior performance. Work with the market/business/function leadership team to define the organizational development needs, design and facilitate solutions. Lead smooth organizational transitions using best practice change management methodologies. Shape the culture to align to CA goals and initiatives through supporting and coaching Senior Leaders. 
  • Create the culture that enables the business to be successful. Develop and drive the employee engagement strategy to help make Cox Automotive the very best place to be. Be the cultural enabler for your business. Lead promoting a culture that is productive, open, empowering and equitable. Be a role model and coach Senior Leaders to behave and make decisions in line with our management and leadership principles.
  • Resource the organization to enable current and future success. Lead the continuous improvement of the overall performance and talent management of the organization in line with the overall business strategy. Develop and execute resourcing and talent strategy for market/business/function that ensures we have the right people in the right place at the right time. Build capability to ensure long term success. Ensures People Strategies function provides all People Managers with the tools and support to drive individual and team performance improvement at all levels.
  • Interpret data insightfully and generate original insights for strategic talent priorities. Analyze qualitative and quantitative data to solve problems and drive continuous improvement of talent priorities. Be an insights advocate that reviews external data and trends and provides relevant insight back into the business. Creating winning solutions to keep the business ahead of the competition.
  • Deliver better, quicker results through the expertise, resources and connections of your network. Work collaboratively with People Strategies Centers of Excellence to optimize the effectiveness of the business. Be the account manager for the rest of People Strategies, ensuring market/business/function receives the best support to support the delivery of the business and people strategies.
  • Anticipate and respond to changing business needs. Influence lasting change in assigned businesses by serving as a change advocate on companywide strategies and initiatives. Lead smooth organizational transitions using best practice change management methodologies.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Critical Competencies:

  • Leadership  - Inspire the Organization
  • Develop organizational Capability
  • Embrace and Lead Change
  • Create an Inclusive Culture
  • Decision making
  • Relationship building
  • Emotional intelligence
  • Insights Advocate – Foster Competitive Intensity
  • Impact and Influencing
  • Strategic Thinker – Develop and Execute Strategy


Bachelor’s degree in business, HR or a related field

  • 8+ years progressive experience in HR disciplines with a strategic focus or equivalent experience
  • 3-5 years of experience managing HR professionals and/or people leaders
  • Experience working with, coaching and influencing senior leaders 
  • Proven experience in a leadership role in a growing, evolving organization
Preferred Qualifications
  • Graduate degree in business, HR or a related field
  • HR certification such as PHR, SPHR or GPHR
  • Consulting experience and/or experience with diverse portfolio management in a fast-paced environment
Key Experiences
  • Leadership and exposure to all parts of People Strategies (HRBP/COE/COS)
  • Successful experience in creating, implementing and executing People Strategies for a business or function
  • Effective influencing and coaching of senior leader stakeholders
  • Sustained success leading, coaching and developing people in a high performing team environment
  • Experience in leading significant change and business transformation
  • Worked within a matrix organization; achieving results through effective influencing and collaboration

About Cox Automotive


Cox Automotive is transforming the way the world buys, sells and owns cars with industry-leading digital marketing, retail, financial and wholesale solutions for consumers, dealers, manufacturers and the overall automotive ecosystem worldwide. The Cox Automotive family includes Autotrader®,®, Dealertrack®, Kelley Blue Book®, Manheim®, NextGear Capital®, vAuto®, VinSolutions®, Xtime®, incadea® and a host of other brands. With a complete and connected view of the automotive ecosystem, Cox Automotive is a global company connecting people, cars and capabilities with services that link the automotive value chain. Cox Automotive is a subsidiary of Cox Enterprises. For more information about Cox Automotive, visit

Organization: Cox Automotive

Primary Location: US-IL-Oakbrook Terrace-1901 S Meyers Rd

Employee Status: Regular

Job Level: Director/Senior Director

Shift: Day Job

Travel: Yes, 25 % of the Time

Schedule: Full-time

Unposting Date: Ongoing
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