Senior Talent Business Partner

World Intellectual Property Organization

Geneva, Switzerland

Experience: 5 to 10 Years

Skill Required: HR and Admin

The Senior Talent Business Partner works closely with the sector lead, managers, and staff as a strategic adviser on HR-related matters. Together with the business, s/he works to identify and build the medium and long-term workforce required to drive business outcomes; designing in collaboration with the Employee Experience Unit, tailored and integrated talent management strategies to attract, acquire, develop and engage talent. The Senior Talent Business Partner supports and advises managers on talent opportunities and challenges across the Organization and has a key role to play in shaping organizational culture. S/he is assigned to specific business areas of the Organization and contributes to the design and implementation of the talent management strategy for those areas.

Reporting Lines:

The incumbent works under the supervision of the Talent Planning Manager.

Duties and Responsibilities:

The incumbent will perform the following principal duties:

  • Partner and build strong relationships with Sector Lead(s), managers and staff in designated areas of responsibility, proactively supporting the strategic agenda of the business and leveraging the overall talent strategy.
  • Manage the delivery of the annual HR people management cycle including performance management, staffing strategies, staff engagement, succession planning, learning framework and other HR action plans in designated sectors.
  • Recommend optimal HR strategies based on historical performance, predictive HR analytics and scenario-based analysis; measure and quantify the impact of key talent initiatives, and drive the compilation and use of the talent/HR analytics agenda across the Organization.
  • Advise managers in establishing clear roles and responsibilities for staff in the context of overall organizational design and classification standards to ensure compatibility across the Organization; ensure robust forward planning for workforce resources.
  • Support the Talent Planning Manager in leading and managing a team of Talent Business Partners who work to align business objectives with employees and management in designated Sectors.
  • Act as project lead for various HR initiatives, working horizontally across the broader HRMD and the Employee Experience team to support the launch of programs related to Talent Management, digitalization and others.


Education Essential:

  • Advanced university degree in Human Resources Management, Economics, Sciences, Social Sciences, Business Administration or related field.  A first-level university degree in a relevant discipline plus two years of relevant experience in addition to the minimum years of experience required below may be accepted in lieu of an advanced university degree.

Experience Essential:

  • At least seven years of professional experience in human resources including in business partnering.
  • Experience in data analysis including in the field of Human Resources Management.
  • Experience resolving complex HR issues.

Experience Desirable:

  • Experience in multiple human resource disciplines.
  • Experience managing a team.
  • Experience managing projects and driving HR transformation through the use of new technologies.

Language Essential:

  • Excellent knowledge of written and spoken English.

Language Desirable:

  • A good knowledge of French.