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Cengage Group Director, Talent Strategy Partner in Des Moines, Iowa

We believe in the power and joy of learning At Cengage Group, our employees have a direct impact in helping students around the world discover the power and joy of learning. We are bonded by our shared purpose – driving innovation that helps millions of learners improve their lives and achieve their dreams through education. Our culture values diversity, engagement, and discovery Our business is driven by our strong culture, and we know that creating an inclusive and diverse workplace is absolutely essential to the success of our company and our learners, as well as our individual well-being. We recognize the value of diverse perspectives in everything we do, and strive to ensure employees of all levels and backgrounds feel empowered to voice their ideas and bring their authentic selves to work. We achieve these priorities through inclusive programs, benefits, and initiatives that are integrated into the fabric of how we work every day. To learn more, please see What you'll do: Reporting to the VP, Talent Strategy Partner, the Director, Talent Strategy Partner is a strategic leader who drives the talent agenda within a business unit or function. You will be a thought partner with senior business leaders to develop and help drive their talent strategy that will enable the team to deliver against its business strategy and objectives. You will work with our Centers of Excellence, HR Services, Talent and Total Rewards to implement this strategy, applying a strategic and customer focused approach. You will be a core member of our high-performing and highly collaborative HR team, ensuring alignment with all HR goals and Cengage’s credo and ethos. If you are strategic, practical, and results-oriented and possess a continuous improvement mindset, you are the person we are looking for! + As a member of the leadership team for a business or function, form effective partnerships with senior leaders to understand the business strategy and translate that strategy into strategic and operational Talent plans + Serve as a trusted advisor and coach to senior leaders (VP+) on highly critical and often complex talent and people related issues + Accountable for driving toward excellence in Talent Management across the Employee lifecycle. Bring the voice of the customer back to the broader HR team to ensure program design captures the needs of the business + Partner with Talent Acquisition to recruit and onboard senior leaders; develop and implement targeted TA strategies to achieve business goals + Lead the performance management and talent review process and partner with leaders to ensure appropriate development plans are in place to support employee growth + Guide leaders to identify functional competencies and performance dimensions for specific roles + Coach and build capability of managers to be effective people leaders + Partner with VP, Talent Strategy Partner and senior leadership teams to develop a workforce planning strategy that helps develop accurate forecasts for near and long-term hiring and skill development needs. + Plan and implement change management plans to ensure adoption of new processes and protection of Cengage’s culture and values + Partner with the Inclusion & Diversity lead to support development and execution of inclusion programs + Lead projects that are prioritized and critical to the success of the of talent agenda – examples include, but not limited to – compensation reviews, proactive retention, etc. + Leverage data and business mindset to pull out insights and proactively anticipate implications for talent strategy; present recommendations to senior leaders to influence actions + Be a catalyst for organizational change; assist with organizational design efforts as needed, including Mergers & Acquisitions + Actively contribute to the global HR community to increase the capability and strategic value of the human resource function through high levels of performance and customer service. Share best practices and seek input on solutions to tough problems. + Effectively communicate progress and key findings and results from projects and discussions with key stakeholders including HR team members, employees, and leaders within the business and the function. Skills You Will Need Here: + Bachelor’s degree strongly preferred + Minimum 10 years of experience as an HR or Talent professional with a minimum of 5 years supporting an organization’s leadership team + Experience in developing and implementing talent strategies for high performance organizations + Superior collaboration and communication skills with executive presence. Strong presentation skills and comfort level with addressing groups of all types and sizes. + Experience in supporting and driving Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion programming + Comfortable operating in a dynamic and complex environment + Ability to use data to develop insights and recommendations + Strong coaching, conflict resolution and ability to have difficult conversations + Ability to lead-by-example and promote a positive, team-based environment. + Comfort with ambiguity and constant change, able to methodically work through complex problems, set priorities and complete commitments. + Proficiency with Outlook, Word, Excel and PowerPoint. + Some travel required, particularly for team meetings and other business unit events Preferred + Professional certification such as SHRM/HRCI/etc + Experience with Workday a plus. Cengage Group is proud to be an Equal Employment Opportunity and Affirmative Action employer. We do not discriminate based upon race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, age, veteran status, marital status, parental status, cultural background, organizational level, work styles, tenure and life experiences. Or for any other reason. You may view Cengage’s EEO/Affirmative Action Policy signed by CEO Michael Hansen ( and Equal Employment Opportunity is the Law notice ( by visiting their corresponding links. Cengage Group is committed to providing reasonable accommodations for qualified individuals with disabilities in our job application procedures. If you need assistance or an accommodation due to a disability, you may contact us at or you may call us at +1 (617) 289-7917. If you are a Colorado state resident, please email to receive compensation information for this role. Please be sure to include this posting’s job ID in the subject line of the email to help ensure a timely response. About Cengage Group Cengage Group, a global education technology company serving millions of learners, provides affordable, quality digital products and services that equip students with the skills and competencies needed to be job ready. For more than 100 years, we have enabled the power and joy of learning with trusted, engaging content, and now, integrated digital platforms. We serve the higher education, workforce skills, secondary education, English language teaching and research markets worldwide. Through our scalable technology, including MindTap and Cengage Unlimited, we support all learners who seek to improve their lives and achieve their dreams through education. #LI-remote