Human Resources Business Partner (HRBP)

Date: Feb 18, 2024

Location: Oak Ridge, TN, US, 37830

Company: Oak Ridge National Laboratory

Requisition Id 12115 


We are seeking a Human Resources Business Partner (HRBP) to deliver strategic talent solutions for customer organizations at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL). HR Business Partners are members of the HR Partnerships division team, serving as the key HR contact with various divisions and organizations within the Laboratory. HR Partnerships is comprised of HR Business Partners, Generalists, and Administrators who partner on human resources strategies and activities to enable the organization in achieving laboratory objectives.


The HR Business Partner delivers the full scope of dynamic HR consulting services, working in conjunction with HR groups to include other HR Business Partners, Compensation, Benefits, Talent Acquisition, Diversity, Labor Relations, Talent Development, and HR Information Systems. The HR Business Partner reports to an assigned Lead HR Business Partner and serves as a trusted advisor to guide managers and supervisors towards effective working relationships and organizational success.


ORNL is the largest US Department of Energy science and energy laboratory, conducting basic and applied research to deliver transformative solutions to compelling problems in energy and security. Our diverse capabilities span a broad spectrum of scientific and engineering fields, enabling the Laboratory to explore fundamental science challenges and to carry out the research needed to accelerate the delivery of solutions to the marketplace. Our technology depends on finding, hiring, growing, and developing people who, together, create a vibrant and inclusive culture where science flourishes.


Main Duties / Responsibilities:

  • Talent Management - Play a key role in talent management activities such as performance management, workforce planning, succession planning, and employee development.
  • Employee Relations - Serve as a trusted advisor to both employees and managers, offering guidance on HR policies, procedures, and standard processes. Handle employee relations matters, including conflict resolution, disciplinary actions, and performance improvement plans. Develop a positive work environment and promote employee engagement.
  • Policy & Compliance - Maintain compliance with employment laws and regulations by developing and implementing HR policies and procedures. Remain informed of legal changes and industry trends to ensure the organization's HR practices align with current requirements.
  • Organizational Alignment - Align HR initiatives with business strategies, ensuring that HR practices and programs support and enhance the achievement of laboratory goals. Make recommendations on key HR strategies, initiatives, issues, and programs impacting the assigned organization.
  • Provide thoughtful and subtle communications with the utmost of diplomacy, treating others with dignity and respect, while maintaining the highest level of confidentiality
  • Maintain a shown dedication to the implementation and perpetuation of values and ethics.
  • Deliver ORNL’s mission by aligning behaviors, priorities, and interactions with our core values of Impact, Integrity, Teamwork, Safety, and Service. Promote diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility by fostering a respectful workplace – in how we treat one another, work together, and measure successes.


Basic Qualifications:

  • A Bachelor’s Degree in Business, Human Resources or a related field
  • A minimum of 3 years of directly related experience.


Preferred Qualifications:

  • Master of Arts or Science in Business, Human Resources, or other related fields
  • Certifications from human resources professional organizations such as the Society for Human Resource Management, HR Certification Institute, and WorldatWork
  • Experience working in a science and technology company, industry, and/or as a government contractor
  • Demonstrated ability to build solid relationships at all levels including senior executives
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and customer focus; ability to build relationships, influence and collaborate at all levels
  • High level of professionalism, personal integrity, and dependability
  • Adept at working in a cross-functional environment in a highly collaborative manner
  • Extremely organized and able to conceptualize solutions when faced with complex challenges
  • Experience with Success Factors is a plus


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This position will remain open for a minimum of 5 days after which it will close when a qualified candidate is identified and/or hired.

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ORNL is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants, including individuals with disabilities and protected veterans, are encouraged to apply.  UT-Battelle is an E-Verify employer.

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