Advanced Group

People and Culture Manager, Advanced RPO

Job Locations US-IL-Chicago
Req No.
Human Resources
Regular Full-Time


Advanced Group leverages over 30 years of expertise in talent acquisition, staffing, and outsourcing solutions to operate the award-winning Advanced Group family of brands, including Advanced Clinical, Advanced Resources, Advanced RPO, and WunderLand Group. Together, with mastery across professional disciplines and global markets, we’re dedicated to make a difference, every day, for our clients, our candidates, each other, and our communities. Advanced Group’s Shared Services team provides corporate services such as Marketing, Human Resources, Finance & Accounting, IT, and Operations to each of our brands. Our employees are the foundation of our energetic and collaborative environment, where constant learning and service to others take top priority. We seek dynamic, hard-working team members who are inspired to work amongst diverse backgrounds and perspectives. From our altruistic mission to outstanding career development opportunities, there’s no better place to grow your career than Advanced Group.


The People & Culture Manager will be a passionate advisor and key business partner to Advanced RPO’s senior leadership team, focused on fostering a thriving culture, engaged and high performing teams, and a more productive, agile, and profitable business. This role collaborates daily with the Advanced RPO’s President, aligning People initiatives with business strategy to ensure business objectives are met. The Manager works closely with all levels of the organization to inform, reinforce, and put into practice the behaviors that support our culture and, ultimately, enhance productivity and the achievement of our strategy.


The People & Culture Manager will oversee the strategy and delivery of an exceptional employee experience; one that develops and retains the best talent and creates a culture of inclusivity and transformation. This includes cultivating and implementing strategies related to talent management, talent pipeline and succession planning, manager/leader development, team effectiveness, and overall employee engagement.


Functionally, this position reports to the Chief People Officer and will collaborate closely with HR peers to solve complex organizational challenges through people-related solutions, and to implement global best practices and programs that support the growth of our business. This role will require a comfortability in challenging convention, as well as a hands-on, strategic approach to business partnership.


People Strategy and Transformation:

  • In partnership with the Advanced RPO senior leadership team, clearly define and execute talent strategies, programs and policies to achieve short and long-term business objectives
  • Partner with leadership on workforce planning efforts to create an organizational structure that facilitates coordinated work across the company and internal mobility. Develop recruitment, hiring, and pipelining strategies and programs to meet the organization’s current and future needs, that leverage a high-quality diverse talent pool within and outside the organization for all levels
  • Drive results aligned to business priorities through effective management and enhancement of our people programs and practices, including performance management, rewards and recognition, engagement, diversity & inclusion, onboarding/offboarding, and retention. Partner with People & Culture team to collaborate on program roll-out of initiatives within their division
  • Analyze and leverage employee data, including turnover, employee engagement and exit interviews, to drive action plans to foster an environment that leverages diversity and builds in best practices for collaboration and inclusion


Team Leadership and Leadership Coaching:

  • Act as a trusted advisor, consultant, and confidant to the Advanced RPO senior leadership team, proactively offering advice, counsel and thought partnership related to HR challenges within the business unit
  • Advise and coach senior leaders and people managers as they build and develop their teams, coaching them through change management, performance management, compensation, engagement, and employee relations issues
  • Continuously evaluate and strive to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of the extended leadership team, sharing compelling research on the future of leadership, culture, talent development and diversity, equality, and inclusion and on how senior executives should prepare for the journey
  • Create a vision and a roadmap of how effective leaders can promote transformational organizational changes and address continuous cultural change

People Relations and Development:

  • Provide proactive leadership, direction, and professional expertise in all areas of human resources management as a business partner within the organization. Deliver strategy to business unit employee population (including W2 temporary consultants and 1099)
  • Lead and provide oversight on employment and workplace investigations with the highest level of professionalism, integrity and confidentiality. Prioritize prompt and thorough investigations, conducted objectively and free from bias
  • Own the employee experience and serve as an advocate for all team members, including the collecting, analyzing, and sharing metrics to keep the "pulse" of the current culture and team member satisfaction. Own initiatives to continually improve culture and satisfaction metrics
  • Participate in the development, implementation and effective communication of HR policies and procedures. Maintain responsibility for compliance with federal, state, and local legislation pertaining to all personnel matters, policies, and procedures
  • In partnership with the Learning and Development team, implement onboarding and ongoing learning programs that support the organization's culture and business initiatives
  • Continue to build and evolve Advanced Group’s talent development processes including organizational core competencies, goal setting, performance metrics, 360-degree feedback, coaching, and performance evaluations
  • Partner with leadership to identify the capabilities needed to support the strategic intent of the business; improve the annual performance management process to identify, assess and develop successors and high-potential performers; strengthen the process for evaluating the skills, performance and potential of talent in all areas



  • Bachelor's degree or equivalent work experience
  • Certification in HR (PHR/SPHR and/or SHRM-CP/SHRM-SCP) preferred
  • Minimum of 5 years Human Resources experience, with a minimum of 3 years’ experience as a strategic HR Business Partner in a global, fast-paced, high rate-of-change environment
  • Experience and/or understanding of the assigned business unit industry (Clinical Research or Life Sciences –Advanced Clinical; Staffing or Professional Services –Advanced Group, Advanced Resources, WunderLand, Advanced RPO)
  • Strong knowledge of federal, state, and local HR related laws and regulations. Established knowledge of ADA/ADAAA, FMLA and all relevant DOL employer requirements
  • Proven experience in handling complex employee relations issues; can quickly investigate and uncover, and adeptly address root cause issues with manager and employees
  • Results-driven, agile change agent with demonstrated ability to manage execution of large-scale projects or programs
  • Strong leadership presence with the proven ability to influence and drive change with senior leaders in a scaling organization, aligning the people strategy with business goals and growth
  • Unquestionable personal integrity, fairness and credibility. Able to manage confidential information and act with discretion.
  • Listens well and empathizes with others
  • Ability to deal with conflict and have difficult conversations
  • Ability to communicate with conviction, clearly and effectively
  • Project Management skills, multitask and easily prioritizes

At Advanced Group, our commitment to diversity and inclusion in every part of our organization is crucial to fulfilling our mission and demonstrating our REAL values.  A diverse staff allows us to effectively draw on different perspectives and enhance our efficiency and effectiveness. Diversity thereby strengthens the legitimacy and relevance of Advanced Group in delivering services to our clients. We seek talented, creative individuals from a variety of backgrounds and cultures to work with us. It is our priority that our workplace be inclusive, welcoming of diverse ideas and appreciative of valuable experience.


We are committed to a long-term flexible, hybrid work model. Our company offices are where we gather for collaboration and culture-building, and available for "heads down" work when it is the employee's choice.


It is Advanced Group’s practice not to discriminate against any employee or applicant because of sex, race, color, age, national origin, religion, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation or sexual preference, pregnancy or maternity, genetic information, marital status, disability, veteran status, or any other basis protected by applicable federal, state or local law.

This practice applies to all terms and conditions of employment including, but not limited to, hiring, training, compensation, benefits, promotions, transfers, layoff, Company-sponsored education, social and recreational programs, and treatment on the job.  If you have a disability or handicap and would like us to accommodate you in any reasonable way, please inform your recruiter so that we can discuss the appropriate alternatives available.




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