Director, Human Resources -

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Business Sherpa Group
November 6, 2023
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Job Type
Mid-Senior Level


Toronto or Windsor, ON

Permanent Full-Time Position

Business Sherpa Group is searching for a Human Resources Director on behalf of one of our clients in the construction industry. Our client is experiencing an exciting time of growth, and they are looking to elevate their Human Resources practices and programs.

Working with a committed team of managers and executives and supported by the HR team, you will focus on establishing a comprehensive and agile HR service organized to support the company’s people and culture as it scales. This is a rare opportunity for an action-oriented, hands-on HR leader to help a growing company build out its HR function and team, setting a new standard for the employee experience.


Building on the foundational work already in place, the HR Director will lead the full range of HR programs, processes, and practices for the company in both the US and Canada in collaboration with the HR Team. This role is key in sustaining a high-achievement, entrepreneurial culture and the attraction, retention, and development of employees as the company grows.


  • Partners with company executives and management team to develop and execute the organization's human resource and talent strategy and plan especially as it relates to current and future talent management needs - recruiting, retention, and learning and development.
  • Sets a clear standard as a leader in the organization, coaching and supporting people managers and employees as required.
  • Actively leads the recruitment process, using innovative strategies and tactics and ensuring a high quality hire every time. Leads the workforce planning process in collaboration with hiring managers.
  • Ensures HR fundamentals, processes, and programs are well-designed in line with industry-competitive practices and consistently delivered on time.
  • Leads the day-to-day activities of the HR team including setting performance objectives, monitoring results, coaching, and managing performance.
  • Manages employee/labour relations issues (including disability management issues) working closely with people managers and other staff when complex or sensitive questions and issues arise – conferring with executives and/or the bargaining agents as required.
  • Oversees employee disciplinary meetings, terminations, and investigations.
  • Promotes and supports learning and development programs and initiatives that provide internal development opportunities for employees.
  • Maintains knowledge of trends, best practices, regulatory changes, and new technologies in human resources, talent management, and employment law.
  • Always ensures compliance with all relevant labour/ employment laws and regulations.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.

Education and Experience

  • Bachelor’s Degree of Business or Human Resources preferred.
  • 8-10 years HR generalist experience with at least three to four years demonstrated leadership experience, preferably in a construction, trades, or manufacturing environment.
  • Experience leading in a high-growth organization and scaling the HR department/business.
  • Extensive experience in recruitment, including the ability to devise and effectively implement creative recruitment strategies and tactics.
  • Experience working in a unionized environment and an excellent understanding of collective agreement administration.
  • Good knowledge of job and organizational design practices.
  • Excellent knowledge of employment and related legislation in Ontario and good knowledge of US employment laws.
  • CHRP or CHRL preferred.

Competencies and Skills Required

  • Well-organized with a natural inclination for planning strategies/tactics and a high sense of urgency.
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced environment with multiple competing priorities and consistently deliver.
  • Demonstrated leadership skills and the ability to coach peers around their leadership style.
  • An entrepreneurial spirit.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and a collaborative style.
  • A high level of personal confidence with excellent conflict management skills.
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills.
  • Ability to mentor/coach team members and hold them accountable.
  • Ability to maintain strict confidentiality and a high degree of discretion.
  • Must be able to travel to other locations on a regular basis (i.e., one to two times per month).

Other dimension of this role and how to apply

Our client offers a healthy and challenging work environment, with many opportunities for growth and development. Competitive salary and benefits along with a collaborative work environment. If this sounds like a good fit for you, follow this link to apply via LinkedIn.

Our client is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees. We welcome applications from Indigenous people, racialized people, people with disabilities, people from gender and sexually diverse communities and/or people with intersectional identities.

We provide accommodation and support to persons with disabilities throughout the recruitment and selection process. Please let us know if you require any special accommodation or support when applying.