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Cengage Learning Human Resources Business Partner in Boston, Massachusetts

Do you dare to reinvent the future of education?

At Cengage, we are harnessing the power of technology to build a future where all learners have the tools and confidence to achieve their goals. As a Cengage employee, you will blaze a new trail to transform the way people learn. Collaborating with the best of the best, you will feel challenged and inspired to do breakthrough work. With the support of our united team, there is no limit to what you can imagine, create and set in motion.

Are we right for you?

We set the bar higher by bringing our unique talents and point of view to the table every day. We are curious and comfortable with change and are willing to do things differently to transform education. Most importantly, with everything we do, we put learning first.

The Human Resources Business Partner (HRBP) will focus on developing strong relationships with managers and employees to maximize the level and effectiveness of our organization’s talent. Working with the rest of the on-site HR team and the corporate HR organization, the HRBP will play a key role in delivering measurable and sustained valuable solutions that will continue to position the company as the Employer of Choice.

What you'll do:

Business Partnership: Understand supported businesses/departments/functions so able to translate the strategic and tactical business plans into HR/people-oriented strategic and operational plans; and able to support the business in a strategic and value-added manner. Evaluate and advise on the impact of long range planning of new programs/strategies and regulatory action as those items impact the attraction, motivation, development and retention of the people resources of the corporation. Be a catalyst for organizational change; assist with organizational design and job evaluation efforts as needed.

Talent Management: Lead the performance management process for your client teams to ensure employees and managers are trained on the processes and work with management and staff to facilitate goal setting and development plans. Partner with managers to ensure appropriate development plans are in place to support employee growth.

Training & Development: Partner with your client team to identify common development needs and work with our Learning & Development team to build training programs and strategies that support the company’s strategic plans and culture. Facilitate in-house development initiatives to improve competencies and drive promotional readiness.

Organizational Planning & Development: Function as an objective consultant to management with regard to organizational issues which have an effect on people including organizational structure, leading change, promotions, job titles, career and succession planning. Create and implement effective communication plans to ensure optimal organizational impact.

Compensation, Rewards & Recognition: Collaborate with HR centers of excellence management on annual merit review process and implementation of compensation processes and tools. Review total compensation as it relates to internal/external equity issues. Work with HR management and business unit team to develop and implement local rewards and recognition programs as needed.

Talent Acquisitions: Help develop viable talent pipelines for the organization and assist in the college relations activities. Provide recruiting support activities including candidate selection to support strategic objectives. Help define job profiles and ensure equal opportunity for all employees, sourcing and interviewing candidates, and providing recommendations on the selection of candidates. Assist in New Hire Orientation with the HR team.

Employee Relations: Work in conjunction with management teams and employees to coach and facilitate problem solving and develop, implement, and administer employee relations programs that will contribute to a positive and progressive work environment. Provide counsel and ensure timely investigation for all legal-related matters; ensure that appropriate legal counsel is brought into these matters.

Outreach and AAP Administration: Coordinate outreach activities and serve as point person for local AAP. Communicate and educate the local leadership regarding the annual Affirmative Action goals & planning. Assess employment process/hiring to ensure that Cengage/Gale is building a diverse and effective workforce.

Other Duties: Lead projects that support critical initiatives and help build a culture of engagement.

Skills You Will Need Here:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Human Resources or related field.

  • A minimum of three years of prior experience in an HR Business Partner role

  • Experience working with talent management and L&D programs

  • Project management expertise

  • Collaborative, innovative and customer-focused

  • Must possess the ability to thrive in a team-based environment and work effectively with employees of all levels

  • Ability to travel as needed; a few times each year on average

Preferred Skills/Knowledge/Experience:

  • Masters degree in Business or Human Resources

  • Experience developing Talent Management / L&D programs

  • PHR or SPHR designation

Cengage is proud to be an Equal Employment Opportunity and Affirmative Action employer. We do not discriminate based upon race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, age, veteran status, marital status, parental status, cultural background, organizational level, work styles, tenure and life experiences. Or for any other reason. You may view Cengage’s EEO/Affirmative Action Policy signed by CEO Michael Hansen ( and Equal Employment Opportunity is the Law notice ( by visiting their corresponding links.

Cengage is committed to providing reasonable accommodations for qualified individuals with disabilities in our job application procedures. If you need assistance or an accommodation due to a disability, you may contact us at or you may call us at +1 (617) 289-7917.

About Cengage

Cengage is the education and technology company built for learners. The company serves the higher education, K-12, professional, library and workforce training markets worldwide. Cengage creates learning experiences that build confidence and momentum toward the future students want. The company is headquartered in Boston, MA. Employees reside in nearly 40 countries with sales in more than 125 countries around the world. Visit us at or find us on Facebook or Twitter.

Cengage, an education technology company serving millions of learners in 165 countries and territories, advances the way students learn through quality, digital experiences. We serve the K-12, higher education, professional, library, English language teaching, and workforce training markets worldwide. We believe that through the power and joy of learning, students can enrich their lives and achieve their dreams – no matter their age, experience, abilities, or environment. Our industry-leading products and services make education more accessible and affordable, including Cengage Unlimited, the first-of-its-kind all-access digital subscription service. Visit us at find us on LinkedIn ( , Facebook, or Twitter (;!!MXVguWEtGgZw!aJM6MqVIQGDoWSYaJ6CU3EZyn3SnQfIs5kCHxkrWiy4_XmXapqpMK0qgZUq02AuBC1E$) .