CenturyLink Lead HR Business Partner in Minneapolis, Minnesota

CenturyLink (NYSE:CTL) is a premier network solutions provider and trusted partner to our customers. As part of our recent acquisition of Level 3 Communications, our portfolio has expanded. More customers. More network. More locations. More opportunities for you. With a global presence in 60 countries, service to more than 350 metro areas domestically, and more than 200,000 miles of fiber; CenturyLink is going places. At CenturyLink, we believe in growth and innovation, for our customers and our employees. Discover how CenturyLink can expand your potential and take your career to new places if you’re looking to join a company that celebrates diversity and creativity, with industry-leading benefits and commitment to employee advancement. We’re committed to bringing great talent to our team to help us change the world. One network connection at a time.

Job Summary

At CenturyLink, our HR Business Partners understand how best in class talent drives the organization’s success. In this role, you will drive organizational excellence by utilizing knowledge of the business and competitive marketplace, influencing key business decisions, applying data analytics, leveraging built relationships, and utilizing the broader HR organization to execute. In addition to supporting non-represented employees in this role, you will interface with union leadership to provide guidance and direction on grievance resolutions, contract interpretations and implementation, and disciplinary issues.

Job Description

  • Serve as Trusted Advisor & Influencer – Provide candid and unbiased counsel and create an interactive partnership. Through leadership courage and business acumen, build trust and credibility to influence both talent and leadership decisions.

  • Provide Best in Class Talent Leadership - Assess, identify, acquire and develop talent to drive business strategies. Execute an integrated talent management approach where people strategy aligns with the short- and long-term business strategy.

  • Enable Business Results – Influence business conversations based on ability to provide solutions to organizational and business issues. Connect HR strategies aligned to the needs of the end customer and market demands. Use business knowledge and analytics to design and implement HR and org strategies.

  • Organizational effectiveness and development – Anticipate business needs and proactively develop innovative HR solutions to help drive results through organizational design and development. Implement employee engagement and culture strategies.

  • Broker HR Services – Serve as the face of HR to the organization and broker and influence services with HR COEs, as well as other functions and business units in the organization. Provide end to end HR support and ensure that all business needs are met.


Basic Qualifications:

  • Bachelors degree in business or HR related field

  • Minimum of 3-5 years of HR experience as a Business Partner or an HR Generalist

  • Hands-on experience and capability in working with a non-represented workforce and providing strategic support to business leadership. Demonstrated experience also providing this level of support to a represented workforce preferred.

  • Proven ability to manage and resolve complex employee relations issues including conducting effective, thorough, and objective investigations.

  • Provide HR Policy guidance and interpretation. Manage and maintain compliance matters.Applicable previous experience identifying/resolving performance issues (proactively and reactively) and performance improvement plan administration.

Preferred Qualified:

  • Master’s Degree in business or HR related field

  • Large company HR experience in a COE / Shared Services environment

  • Proven success interfacing with leaders at the Senior MGR / DIR level and influencing a business plan

  • Proven experience developing and executing HR strategy that aligns with business priorities

  • Proven ability to provide executive coaching and partnership with senior business leadership

  • Familiarity and/or experience with Lean/Six Sigma methodologies – standard work, Gemba, Process Mapping, Kaizen, etc.


Bachelors or Equivalent

Masters or Equivalent

Alternate Location: US-Iowa-Des Moines; US-Minnesota-Minneapolis; US-Wisconsin-La Crosse

Requisition # : 165315

This job may require successful completion of an online assessment. A brief description of the assessments can be viewed on our website at http://find.centurylink.jobs/testguides/

EEO Statement

We are committed to providing equal employment opportunities to all persons regardless of race, color, ancestry, citizenship, national origin, religion, veteran status, disability, genetic characteristic or information, age, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, family status, pregnancy, or other legally protected status (collectively, “protected statuses”). We do not tolerate unlawful discrimination in any employment decisions, including recruiting, hiring, compensation, promotion, benefits, discipline, termination, job assignments or training.


The above job definition information has been designed to indicate the general nature and level of work performed by employees within this classification. It is not designed to contain or be interpreted as a comprehensive inventory of all duties, responsibilities, and qualifications required of employees assigned to this job. Job duties and responsibilities are subject to change based on changing business needs and conditions.