Director, P&C Business Partnering (Fixed Term Contract)

Region: United States of America

State: Washington

City: Seattle

Business Unit: Store Support Centre (SSC)

Description & Requirements

who we are

lululemon is a yoga-inspired technical apparel company up to big things. The practice and philosophy of yoga informs our overall purpose to elevate the world through the power of practice. We are proud to be a growing global company with locations all around the world, from Vancouver to Shanghai, and places in between. We owe our success to our innovative product, our emphasis on our stores, our commitment to our people, and the incredible connections we get to make in every community we are in.

  • Drives strategic thought partnership to executives in our Global Supply Chain & Finance teams on people and organizational issues and implements talent practices that are aligned with lululemon’s company & functional goals. 
  • Demonstrates leadership on all aspects of organizational effectiveness, including on-boarding, performance management, coaching, talent assessment & succession planning, & employee engagement.  
  • Speak the language of the business; understand its products, services, business models, market trends, financial drivers, measures and strategies; and know how these create competitive advantage 
  • Leverage deep business understanding to Identify issues, diagnose root causes, provide insights, offer recommendations and develop proactive solutions to solve pressing business objectives through talent lens, such as productivity, engagement, skill development, attraction and retention & recognition. 
  • Analytics: apply strong analytical skills and attention to detail to understand complex problems and root causes, leveraging quantitative and qualitative data to develop insights, guide decisions, and formulate solutions 
  • Leverage CoE talent frameworks to develop proactive talent management solutions including; workforce planning & org design, succession planning, and performance management that allows leaders an easy way to align people and work to achieve business outcomes 
  • Strategic Workforce Planning: anticipate future workforce needs based on existing business strategy and retention rates, ensures a continuous supply of the right talent, both externally and internally Succession Planning, identify key roles and succession plans for each of these roles 
  • Partner with Business leaders, strategy and FP&A through annual planning processes to prepare for future capabilities and to inform talent implications of strategic goals/plans 
  • Hold direct responsibility for the successful acquisition of VP+ talent, including the candidate experience, offer and personalized onboarding and integration 
  • Monitor core cultural metrics and indicators to ensure core behaviors and mindsets are embodied and actively fostered by leaders. 
  • Proactively anticipate, lead, champion, and sponsor significant transformational initiatives to enable and/or implement sustainable change and drive business results 
  • Focus on business specific people challenges and navigate the healthy tension/balance between business objectives and roles of the CoEs (which push a more standardized Co-wide agenda).   
  • Influence and coach leaders on key P&C and business issues as well as how to attract, select, develop, manage, and retain the best talent to drive results 
  • Drive the right level of localization of program, policy and process application, achieving the delicate balance between business needs and enterprise efficiency 
  • Provide insights and feedback to CoEs, represent voice of the business to P&C and voice of P&C to the business.  Act as the key business and PC intermediary, translating business strategy to inform P&C and P&C strategy to inform the business 
  • Partner with strategy and leaders to understand strategic divers of change and proactively plan for talent implications (e.g. role design change, future capabilities required) 

  • 8+ years’ experience in Business partner role 
  • Demonstrates expert understanding of the business strategies and operations  
  • Subject matter expert and teaches full range of core P&C functional concepts internally (Org Effectiveness work at individual, team, and organizational levels; Change Management; Talent Assessment & IDEA Principles) 
  • Significantly influences functional strategy using data and insights; may participate in the development of the business strategy  
  • Data analysis – can leverage quantitative and qualitative data to enable informed decision making  
  • Relationship building - Builds personal relationships of trust and can be relied on to do what is promised 
  • Coaching – trusted partner with skills to support leaders to lead from clarity 
  • Workforce productivity and org effectiveness management,  
  • Project management – stakeholder engagement and program execution and change management  
  • Leadership development – leadership coach and trusted advisor  
  • Agenda Shaping & influence - proactively shapes the ideas and agendas of stakeholders and credible activism/advocacy  
  • Two way advocacy – ability to stand in resistance when required  
must haves:
  • Acknowledges the presence of choice in every moment and takes personal responsibility for their life.
  • Possesses an entrepreneurial spirit and continuously innovates to achieve great results.
  • Communicates with honesty and kindness, and creates the space for others to do the same.
  • Leads with courage, knowing the possibility of greatness is bigger than the fear of failure.
  • Fosters connection by putting people first and building trusting relationships.
  • Integrates fun and joy as a way of being and working, aka doesn’t take themselves too seriously.