Title:  People & Culture Business Partner

Job ID:  93679
Country:  USA
City:  Danville, VA
Professional area:  Human Resources
Contract type:  Permanent
Professional level:  Experienced

Danville, VA, VA, US, 00000


We’re JTI, Japan Tobacco International and we believe in freedom. We think that the possibilities are limitless when you’re free to choose. In fact, we’ve spent the last 20 years innovating, creating new and better products for our consumers to choose from. It’s how we’ve grown to be present in 130 countries.

But our business isn’t just business. Our business is our people. Their talent. Their potential. We believe when they’re free to be themselves, grow, travel and develop, amazing things can happen for our business

That’s why our employees, from around the world, choose to be a part of JTI. It is why 80% of employees feel happy working at JTI. And why we’ve been awarded Global Top Employer status, ten years running

So when you’re ready to choose a career you’ll love, in a company you’ll love, feel free to #JoinTheIdea. 

Learn more: jti.com

Department: People & Culture 

Location: Danville, VA

Reporting to: People & Culture Director USA

Role: Permanent

People & Culture Business Partner, USA


About the Role 

This role serves as a strategic local business partner, providing guidance and support on various People & Culture activities, including Talent Management, Learning & Development, Talent Attraction etc. in addition to handling global projects at local level.

The role also requires being a trusted People & Culture advisor to the RMC Manufacturing leadership team in Danville, working closely with the People & Culture Director, and ensuring alignment with company’s objectives and compliance with local laws & regulations.
This role allows to develop a high level of interaction with different stakeholders, a solid exposure to local & regional leadership teams, and an enriching experience in a dynamic environment including Leaf, Ready-Made Cigarettes Manufacturing & Market operations.


What you will do


Talent Management, including Learning & Development


  • Drive Local Talent Calibration and Local Succession Planning processes, in full collaboration with local leadership team and line managers, as necessary
  • Promote talent management awareness across the organization and provide necessary trainings to Employees & Line Managers
  • Initiate and drive the completion of the annual Performance Appraisal process at different stages, including the Development Planning cycle
  • Run annual training needs analysis and identify best Learning & Development activities, accordingly (including global L&D programs)
  • Guide employees and line managers through effective learning and development solutions according to individual development goals and share recommendations, as necessary.


Employer Branding and Talent Acquisition


  • Participate in defining JTI's Employer Branding strategy and drive opportunities to attract talent and increase external visibility of JTI as employer of Choice (i.e. career fairs & events)
  • Guide Line Managers through recruitment activities, by sharing knowledge and providing support, as needed (i.e. on job descriptions, job requisitions, interviews & feedback etc.). This is in coordination with GBS Talent Advisor 
  • Initiate and run the different steps of the onboarding process, engaging with different stakeholders (i.e. Rewards, GBS, Line Manager etc.), and ensuring proper communication flow
  • Implement Make It Bright (MIB) Program in the USA, building JTI brand equity


Diversity & Inclusion


  • Participate in leading the Diversity, Equity & Inclusion (DEI) Committee across the USA and oversee the progress across the committee’s 4 pillars
  • Ensure all People & Culture processes and activities are in line with our DEI principles and complying with Equal Opportunities laws
  • Handle the necessary preparation for the “Global Equality Standard” certificate, including making recommendations and preparing data/ evidence through the process


People & Culture Project


  • Handle the implementation of global People & Culture projects/ initiatives at local level, while ensuring an effective communication and coordination with HQ and local employees. Projects include Top Employer, Employee Engagement Survey, Inspired by You etc.
  • Participate in leading and implementing local People & Culture projects and initiatives in the USA, in line with ASP objectives


General Support & Guidance


  • Manage People & Culture operations through relevant processes (i.e. presenting offer letters, conducting terminations, onboarding & offboarding etc.) in addition to streamlining work processes & building best practices
  • Develop and update People & Culture related policies and handbooks, if and as necessary
  • Work closely with the People & Culture Director to deliver on presentations, reports, leadership meetings etc., in addition to proactively making recommendations and sharing ideas, as needed
  • Be the point of contact with the Global Mobility vendor to initiate and track the relocation and immigration processes of employees arriving to Danville Leaf Business (local or international assignees)
  • Act as the point of contact for employees’ enquiries and ensure providing necessary guidance and support


People Management


  • Coach, develop and mentor team members or any indirect report(s). This would also include providing guidance and feedback to achieve optimum results based on agreed objectives


Who We Are Looking For


A dynamic, passionate, and result-oriented person, with:


  • Minimum of 5 years of HR experience, reflecting a strong People & Culture generalist profile
  • Experience in working with GBS on various HR activities (Employee Lifecycle, Talent Attraction, Talent Management)
  • Excellent working knowledge of HR systems (i.e. SAP, SuccessFactors)
  • Proficient skills in Microsoft Office applications (i.e. PowerPoint, Excel, Word, Outlook)
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team, with proven experience of cross-functional collaboration
  • Experience demonstrating ability to communicate and influence efficiently across the organization
  • Proven experience in decision-making and problem-solving
  • Fluency in English language
  • High integrity and sense of responsibility
  • Proven experience of effective working in a culturally diverse environment



What We Offer 


In JTI USA, we are proud to be recognized as Top Employer and awarded the Global Equality Standards certificate as we continue our dedication to equal pay and equal opportunities. 


Our culture is what makes JTI USA a fun and exciting environment to work in. We value integrity, trust, empowerment, and freedom - freedom of choice, freedom of thought, freedom of expression, and freedom to be yourself. 


We ask for accountability, ownership, results, and collaboration. 


And we care for our people's well-being - In addition to the salary, you might want to enjoy the following: 

  • Annual Performance-based Bonus
  • Employee Stock Purchase Plan 
  • Personal Development 
  • Medical/ Dental & Vision Plan for employees & family members.
  • Life insurance
  • Matching 401(K)
  • Paid Time Off (PTO)
  • Paid Family Leave of 20 Weeks
  • Short-Term & Long-Term Disability 
  • Education/ Tuition Assistance
  • Flexible Dress Code
  • Hybrid Work Setup 
  • Snacks & Drinks
  • Office Parties 
  • Volunteering Activities 
  • Employee Assistance Program - counseling, for employees & family members. 


In addition to other perks & benefits (i.e. fitness/ wellbeing activities, employee discounts, service awards, recognition program, etc.) 

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