Senior Training & Development SpecialistS

Ashley Furniture Arcadia , WI 54612

Posted 4 months ago

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Ashley Furniture Industries, Inc. is the largest manufacturer of furniture in the world. Established in 1945, Ashley offers one of the industry's broadest product assortments to retail partners in 123 countries.

Design, Build, Deliver:

Using our internationally acclaimed in-house design team, we create the look without paying expensive design fees. Then, by adhering to some of the most efficient production standards in the world, we are able to maximize productivity and minimize waste, generating additional savings for you. Finally, all orders are filled from strategically located regional warehouses and are serviced by our own fleet of trucks, the largest in the industry.


The Senior Training & Development Specialist's primary responsibility is to design, develop and facilitate enterprise-wide leadership development programs and learning experiences for Ashley Furniture's mid-level and senior-level leaders. This may include customizing existing content to present in new formats as well as becoming certified in additional vendor programs.

The Senior Training & Development Specialist will collaborate with departmental peers and management within the department as well as various business unit stakeholders to determine necessary program scope and objectives. This position will utilize departmental learning design methodologies to create learning events, instructional activities and materials that effectively incorporate adult learning principles and will evaluate learners and programs to ensure individual performance expectations, skill application and organizational needs have been achieved.

The Senior Training & Development Specialist will facilitate learning experiences in multiple delivery modalities including, but not limited to, eLearning, instructor-led training in both in person and virtual environments. This role must demonstrate flexibility to shift between each facet of their role with little difficulty. In addition, this role will stay current with innovative, new learning experience design modalities and be able to create pilot programs based on this research.

The Senior Training & Development Specialist will manage their own projects and provide clear communication to necessary stakeholders on an ongoing basis to ensure alignment to business and organizational priorities. Click Here to Apply!

Primary Job Functions

  • Assess training needs through surveys, interviews, organizational analysis or data mining to determine best approach to performance gaps or behavioral change needed.

  • Design and develop enterprise-wide leadership programs in multiple formats such as ILT, VILT, eLearning, self-paced, micro-learning, informal learning, podcast, webinars, etc. Make decisions regarding sourcing of all learning content.

  • Build programs to equip leaders to be able to lead through various internal, external and political disruptions.

  • Provide strong data tools and analysis demonstrating the impact of the learning programs

  • Analyze business need and provide recommendations as to build vs. buy decisions and delivery modalities of enterprise-wide programs and courses.

  • Review and recommend training materials from a variety of vendors that align with our core & growth values and organizational needs.

  • Facilitate engaging and highly effective enterprise-wide leadership programs to mid-level and senior level leaders using adult learning theory practices.

  • Develop and conduct train-the trainer programs for business leaders to prepare them to facilitate learning experiences.

  • Monitor and evaluate training programs to ensure they align with strategic need, are applicable to the work and an efficient use of time.

  • Perform administrative tasks such as monitoring costs, scheduling classes, setting up systems and equipment and coordinating enrollment.

  • Lead and direct project teams focused on the development and execution of learning objectives.

  • Review, edit and provide guidance to the work of other team members.

  • Actively participate in departmental meetings, training and education. Assist with training other employees and providing backup.

  • Complete other assignments and special projects as requested.

Job Requirements


  • Bachelor degree in Instructional Design, Organizational Development, English, Technical Communications or related field, or equivalent work experience, Required


  • 5 years' experience in a Training & Development role, Required

  • Design and development of leadership learning experiences

  • Experience developing enterprise-level learning programs for senior-level leaders

  • Experience working on enterprise-level projects and initiatives

  • Experience facilitating learning experiences for senior-level leaders

Licenses or Certifications:

  • Certified facilitator of known vendor programs such as Franklin Covey, Ken Blanchard, DDI, etc. or ability to obtain within 1 year, required

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Strong Knowledge of Talent Management best practices

  • Strong Knowledge of Addie or similar instructional model

  • Ability to influence leadership

  • Ability to communicate with impact Coaching skills

  • Facilitation of learning

  • Knowledge of furniture manufacturing industry

  • Formal presentation skills

  • Demonstrated application of adult learning and instructional systems design methods

  • Ability to develop instruction for both instructor-led and online learning formats

  • Strong problem solving and critical thinking skills

  • Strong attention to detail

  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills

  • Excellent interpersonal skills

  • Effective time management and organizational skills

  • Work independently as well as in a team environment

  • Document management system

  • Analytical and problem solving skills

  • Maintain confidentiality

  • Working knowledge of Continuous Improvement

  • Handle multiple projects simultaneously within established time constraints

  • Proficient computer skills, including experience with Microsoft Office Suite, internet

  • Perform under strong demands in a fast-paced environment

  • Work professionally with customers and co-workers to efficiently serve our customers, treating both with enthusiasm and respect

  • Display empathy, understanding and patience with employees and external customers

  • Respond professionally in situations with difficult employee/vendor/customer issues or inquiries

  • Occasional/Moderate Domestic or International Travel

  • Flexible and willing to work extended hours when necessary

Search Firm Representatives Please Read Carefully:

Ashley Furniture Industries, Inc., is not accepting unsolicited assistance from search firms for this employment opportunity. Please, no phone calls or emails. All resumes submitted by search firms to any employee at Ashley Furniture via email, the Internet or in any form and/or method without a valid search agreement in place for this position will be deemed the sole property of Ashley Furniture. No fee will be paid in the event the candidate is hired by Ashley Furniture as a result of the referral or through other means.

Visa sponsorship is not available for this position.

We are an equal opportunity employer and provide a drug free working environment. While Ashley appreciates the interest of all candidates only those meeting specific position requirements may be contacted. Principals Only.

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