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State National HR Business Partner

Company: Markel Corporation
Location: Bedford
Posted on: September 20, 2022

Job Description:

Company Information:

What we look for

Our exceptional and motivated employees are our greatest strength. Our employees provide the highest level of customer service and help maintain our position as a leader in the global marketplace.

Markel Style

The Markel Style is what makes us stand out from our competitors. It's our core value which should underpin how we do business, while influencing our behavior and performance. We are looking for people who have potential and share our passion to live the Markel Style, which is described in more detail below.

If you think you have these core attributes we want to hear from you.

Job Summary:

The HR business partner position is responsible for aligning business objectives with associates and management for State National in Bedford, Texas (Dallas/Fort Worth area). State National is a business division that is part of Markel Corporation, headquartered in Richmond, Virginia. The HR business partner is the associate champion and change agent, assessing and anticipating HR and business related needs. Communicating needs proactively with our corporate HR department and business management, the HR Business Partner seeks to develop integrated solutions. The HR Business Partner formulates partnerships with corporate HR Subject Matter Experts (SMEs) to deliver value-added service to assigned management and associates that reflect the goals of the organization. This role reports to the Managing Director, Strategic HR Business Partnerships.


* Understands business and talent pressures so as to translate business strategy into people strategy
* Serving as a thought leader, diagnoses and solves workforce business problems and challenges within the designated function/division
* Own and direct State National engagement activities and community events. (ex: Employee Appreciation Week)
* Builds talent and leadership capabilities in leaders and managers through day-to-day performance and career management guidance to associates and managers (coaching, consulting, counseling, training, career development, disciplinary actions, and terminations/off-boarding).
* Proactively supports the delivery of all HR processes, initiatives, policies and programs with the designated department/division in order to foster a productive and compelling employment experience
* Executes talent review discussions with current leadership teams to drive future organization-based decisions and identify talent needs
* Leads initiatives to build trust, employee engagement, leadership effectiveness and workforce productivity
* In partnership with the Employee Relations team, manages and resolves complex employee relations issues, while maintaining legal compliance. May participate in conducting thorough and objective investigations, when necessary.
* In partnership with the Change Management team, shapes plans for how change will be implemented and communicated across large parts of organizations
* Immediate responder for day-to-day situations requiring HR assistance


* Bachelor's Degree required; major in Human Resources Management, Business Management or other related field desired, master's degree and HR industry designations desired.
* Minimum 10 years of HR Business Partner and leadership experience required, global experience preferred.
* Preference given to candidates with experience in the insurance or financial services industry
* Some domestic travel will be required.
* Proven experience in Human Resource Management (staffing; employee relations; performance management; leadership development; training).
* Highly proficient working with HRIS systems; knowledge of Workday is an asset.
* Ability to think strategically and translate concepts into actionable items.
* Must possess a global mindset and ability to flex and adapt style as needed.
* Must possess executive presence.
* Courage to make tough decisions and deliver difficult messages with professionalism and poise.
* Comfortable working in ambiguous business situations.
* Strong expertise in developing solutions based upon facts/data analytics.
* Ability to develop credible relationships with executives.
* Must be a confident communicator, able to effectively present verbal and written subject matter to all levels of the organization.

"Why work for us?"

Diversity and inclusion

Markel is truly a global and diverse company. We believe that diversity makes us better business partners and that embracing people's differences can bring amazing results and fuel innovation. We have a portfolio of businesses and product lines that operate around the world.

Community involvement

Markel has a rich heritage of supporting communities across the world where our customers and employees live and work. Giving back is part of our history and our future. Our employees share in this philosophy through volunteering, mentoring and fundraising.

Commitment to open doors

Markel is committed to creating the best work environment. Our open-door policy is essential in recognizing business issues as they rise and to address the changing needs of our diverse and global workforce. Challenging management is a component of the Markel Style-some of our best ideas start from a conversation between a manager and an employee.

Entrepreneurial spirit

As the Markel Style states, we pursue excellence, strive for a better way, and share the success of others. Markel associates proactively seek new business opportunities, bringing further success to Markel.

Keywords: Markel Corporation, Bedford , State National HR Business Partner, Human Resources , Bedford, Texas

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