Senior Human Resources Business Partner, Americas Retail (Timberland)

Timberland Retail Inc Boston , MA 02298

Posted 2 months ago

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Join the Timberland Family

Founded in 1973, Timberland is a global outdoor lifestyle brand based in Stratham, New Hampshire, with international headquarters in Switzerland and Shanghai. Best known for its original yellow boot designed for the harsh elements of New England, Timberland today offers a full range of footwear, apparel and accessories for people who value purposeful style and share the brand's passion for enjoying - and protecting - nature.

At the heart of the Timberland brand is the core belief that a greener future is a better future. This comes to life through a decades-long commitment to make products responsibly, protect the outdoors, and strengthen communities around the world.

Timberland is a VF Corporation brand. VF is one of the world's leading apparel, footwear and accessories companies with socially and environmentally responsible operations, and a commitment to deliver innovative products and create long-term value for its employees, customers and shareholders.

To learn more about Timberland and share in our mission to step outside, work together and make it better, visit one of our stores, or follow us @timberland.

As of October 18, 2021, this position requires proof of being fully vaccinated for COVID-19 on the first day of employment, absent need for medical or religious accommodation or other exemption as allowed by state or local law. Further information provided during the recruitment process.

Senior Human Resources Business Partner, Americas Retail

You'll be a trusted member of our team reporting to the Director, HR Business Partner for Timberland Americas. As the lead HR Partner for Sr. Director Timberland Retail, you will play an instrumental role in translating business strategy into people strategy in order to inspire our organization and evolve our Retail store experience through a people-first focus.

Your responsibilities will be:

  • Overseeing organization effectiveness, talent development, performance management, employee engagement and program development in support of business objectives for both VF and Timberland's Brand Purpose for our Retail organization.

  • Identifying people-focused solutions in support of organizational priorities, employee wellbeing, leadership, building capabilities, and employee retention.

  • Act as a Change Agent for people development in support of our Retail evolution across the brand as we elevate our store experience.

  • Driving organization efficiency and alignment of talent; adapting organizational structure based on internal/external benchmarking; facilitating organizational plans as appropriate.

  • Leading talent management practices, including talent identification, succession planning, talent development and leadership coaching

  • Implementing Inclusion and Diversity (I&D) practices in supports of the brand's I&D strategies and objectives for our Retail community.

  • Leading the performance management process end-to-end for the Retail districts, and ensure performance focus across the stores in partnership with Store leadership

  • Implementing Brand Purpose and Employee Value Proposition actions and activities for Retail to elevate the employee experience

  • Collaborating with business leaders and the COE team on the Advanced Compensation planning process, including review and development of new jobs, to ensure competitive pay for new and active associates

  • Team-up with our Employee Relations COE on performance and pandemic response activations.

  • Partner on cross-brand projects in support of Timberland Retail and VF.

How You Will Make a Difference

  • What you will do: This position is critical to defining and activating our Retail HR strategy and initiatives in line with brand objectives. You will be a key member of the Retail Leadership Team and looked to for HR domain expertise, leadership, insight, and delivery.

  • How you will do it: Using a forward thinking, strategic, creative, and outside-in mindset, you will play a strategic role in supporting the evolution of Retail in Timberland.

    As a trusted partner, you will build partnerships with business leaders to understand business needs and develop appropriate people strategies. You will team-up with our Timberland, VF Brand HR teams, and VF Centers of Excellence (COE) functions (Organization Effectiveness & Performance, Employee Relations, People Services, and Compensation) to deliver HR solutions. You will leverage conceptual thinking and problem solving to understand complex issues and create people-focused solutions to mitigate them.

    The ability to adapt your style to persuade, inspire and sell concepts will be an important skillset. You will use leverage internal tools and resources to gain insights and enable our priorities.

  • What success looks like: At Timberland, we are purpose led, performance driven, and people first.

    Delivering our Retail strategy with this in mind will be instrumental. You will help us build on our brand momentum through enabling our people in partnership with leadership.

Free To Be, Inclusion & Diversity

As a purpose-led, performance driven company, we strive to foster a culture of belonging based on respect, connection, openness and authenticity. We are committed to building and maintaining a workplace that celebrates the diversity of our associates, allowing them to bring their authentic selves to work every day.

Skills for Success

8 Years of Related Professional Experience with knowledge of Retail, preferably in luxury or boutique brands, outdoor, or technology industries

Educational Position Requirements:

A formal education and subsequent undergraduate/graduate degrees are nice to have, but we are most interested in your total experience and professional achievements.

  • What we expect you already know: Knowledge of Retail environment with strong understanding of HR domains including compensation, performance management, and leadership development; Excellent presentation and influencing skills at all levels in the organization.

    Flexibility to be proactive in a fast paced, ever changing environment. Competence in making timely, effective, principles-based decisions. Effective relationship building capabilities.

    Strong Excel and MS Office experience with preferred experience in Workday. High level aptitude at multi-tasking; excellent time management with ability to meet deadlines

  • What we will teach you: We know you are skilled and ambitious.

    We want to harness that passion and knowledge to help you grow your career. You will learn not only about the Timberland brand, but also about other brands in the VF portfolio like Vans and The North Face. We will help you team-up, network and expand your network in a global and complex environment power your potential.

  • VF Guiding Principles: Live with Integrity, Act Courageously, Be Curious, Act with Empathy, and Preserve.

What's in it For You

We're in the business of unleashing human potential, driven by the ideas, energy and commitment of our people. That's why we offer comprehensive benefits that encourage mental, physical and financial well-being for all VF associates.

When it comes to benefits, we're the total package. Go to and click on "Looking to Join VF?" to learn more.

Our Parent Company, VF Corporation

VF is one of the world's largest apparel, footwear and accessories companies connecting people to the lifestyles, activities and experiences they cherish through our family of iconic outdoor, active and workwear brands. At the heart of our journey lies our company-wide purpose:

We power movements of sustainable and active lifestyles for the betterment of people and our planet. This is our purpose. It's the reason we come to work every day.

It's a commitment shared by our global associates across all brands. Our purpose unites us and leads us to pursue our goals, together. This is our calling. Learn more at

We just have one question. Are you in?

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Senior Human Resources Business Partner, Americas Retail (Timberland)

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