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Global Mobility - Senior Associate -Grant Thornton LLP Company - Chicago, IL, US

06/03/2019 12:03 PM | Brian Mak (Administrator)
Grant Thornton is collaborative, entrepreneurial and on the move. As part of a dynamic global organization of 42,000 people serving clients in more than 120 countries, we have the agility and focus it takes to be a leader.

Job Description

The Global Mobility Senior Associate will collaborate with the National People & Culture operational and functional areas (HR Operations, National Talent Acquisition, Strategic Learning, Employee Relations, HR Delivery, and Diversity & Inclusion), firm leaders, and the Director of Mobility Services and team members to provide distinctive service in the area of global mobility and domestic relocation.

The Senior Associate – Global Mobility will execute the U.S. firm’s global mobility programs across all areas of global and domestic relocation including strategic assignment planning and forecasting, the assignment approval process, coordination of assignment execution including compensation, relocation, benefits, taxes, expense management, and immigration, support during an assignment and repatriation. This position interacts and partners with HR business partners, finance, tax, employees and partners of the firm, and the firm’s external vendors.

The role will be an integral part of the mobility team to develop and deliver the full lifecycle of mobility services including assignment planning, facilitation, and project-based support demonstrating flexibility, adaptability and initiative.

Assignment and Relocation Management
  • Lead planning, preparations, and execution of international and domestic assignments leveraging standardized policies, processes, and the firm’s mobility vendors and resources
  • Prepare and maintain program activity tracking and reporting including metrics and trends
  • Monitor overall assignment activity, assignment status and support through the assignment lifecycle
  • Prepare and advise around cost management strategies, cost projections and related assignment and relocation documentation
  • Support the business, HR and recruiting in administering the domestic relocation program for new hires, including permanent international transfers
  • Advise HR, recruiting, business partners, new hires/employees on policy and protocol for global and domestic assignments and relocations
  • Facilitate and/or coordinate mobility processes such as cost estimates, letters of understanding, assignment agreements, immigration, mobility compensation reporting/tracking, and mobility payment distribution
  • Provide international assignees with services to coordinate visas, benefits, housing and compensation
    packages, payroll and tax, where appropriate; and identify other support needed for a diverse mobile workforce
  • Conducting or coordinating pre-move/pre-assignment orientation and policy meetings with new hires, employees and assignees
  • Manage escalation of issues and exceptions
  • Assist Global Mobility leader in creating and managing the budget and forecasting
  • Coordinate and monitor the application of policies through third party services providers
  • Conduct assignment experience surveys, analyzing feedback and summarizing results
  • Analyze and prepare high-level summaries of program activity
  • Keep current on market trends, business challenges, and priorities by regularly gathering competitive market data, and driving program policy changes, as needed 

Business Partnership
  • Act as an advisor to local and national service line leaders, finance, and HR business partners on global mobility policies and processes
  • Collaborate with HR business partners on the alignment of global assignments with career development and succession planning opportunities to support the objectives of the business
  • Assist in the development and delivery of training for the HR community on mobility policies and procedures

Qualifications (Personal Characteristics, Skills/Abilities, Academic)
  • A business-minded HR/Talent professional with at least 3 to 5 years of corporate experience in Global Mobility programs including expatriate and relocation management
  • Strong understanding of the entire relocation and assignment life cycle for international assignees
  • Knowledge and experience with international cost of living allowances, and country to country cost sharing arrangements
  • Highly detailed oriented, data driven, and metrics-focused with the ability to use analytics to solve problems and develop solutions
  • Experience working with and managing relocation vendor relationships
  • A strong team player with the ability to build good relationships with key stakeholders
  • Credible, adaptable, and someone who demonstrates strong initiative and ownership
  • Experienced in prioritization with demonstrated ability to be effective in supporting multiple leaders/partners working across different service lines
  • Collaborative and action-oriented, with the ability to react positively and quickly to sudden and unpredictable change
  • Experienced with HR and business technologies and applications, applying them as required

The Ideal Candidate Will Possess
  • Bachelor’s degree in related field
  • GMS certification desirable
  • Proven ability to consistently and positively contribute in a high-paced environment.
  • Natural inclination to constantly think about ways to improve the programs and services that we provide
  • Strong verbal and written communication, and presentation skills
  • Solid analytical skills, and proficiency in MS Office including Word, Excel, and PowerPoint 

Benefits

Grant Thornton LLP promotes a nationally recognized culture of health and offers an extensive array of benefits to meet individual lifestyles. For a complete list of benefits, please visit www.gt.com.

Founded in Chicago in 1924, Grant Thornton LLP (Grant Thornton) is the U.S. member firm of Grant Thornton International Ltd., one of the world’s leading organizations of independent audit, tax and advisory firms. Grant Thornton has revenues in excess of $1.3 billion and operates 58 offices across the U.S., with more than 565 partners and 8,000+ employees.

Grant Thornton works with a broad range of publicly- and privately-held companies, government agencies, financial institutions, and civic and religious organizations. Core industries served include consumer and industrial products, financial services, not-for-profit, private equity, and technology. Grant Thornton focuses on serving dynamic organizations that pursue growth holistically — whether through revenue improvement, leadership, mission fulfillment or innovation.

It is Grant Thornton’s policy to promote equal employment opportunities. All personnel decisions, including, but not limited to, recruiting, hiring, training, promotion, compensation, benefits and termination, are made without regard to race, creed, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, citizenship status, veteran status, disability or any other characteristic protected by applicable federal, state or local law.

Primary Location

US-IL-Chicago

Work Locations

Chicago(141)


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