HRBP - Talent Specialist

Job Details

Job ID: 10957

New ideas are all around us, but only a few will change the world. That’s our focus at JPL. We ask the biggest questions, then search the universe for answers—literally. We build upon ideas that have guided generations, then share our discoveries to inspire generations to come. Your mission—your opportunity—is to seek out the answers that bring us one step closer. If you’re driven to discover, create, and inspire something that lasts a lifetime and beyond, you’re ready for JPL.

Located in Pasadena, California, JPL has a campus-like environment situated on 177 acres in the foothills of the San Gabriel Mountains and offers a work environment unlike any other: we inspire passion, foster innovation, build collaboration, and reward excellence.


Exciting opportunity to join our Talent Specialists team to help build and implement core Talent Management processes that support the workforce and help move the organization’s human capital processes forward. In this new role at JPL, you will support the HR needs of JPL’s Engineering & Science Directorate.


The Engineering & Science Directorate (ESD) provides the engineers, scientists, technologists, computer scientists, mathematicians, business professionals, machinists, and technicians in every discipline required to both enable and create one of a kind space missions that produce scientific discoveries. ESD brings together the resources of a diverse community of people, equipment and facilities in work processes that are ingrained in the culture of the organization.


As a Talent Specialist, you will provide development, coordination and support, in partnership with the Human Resources function, to two Sections (about 300 employees) in the execution of talent development and support activities including (but not limited to):

  • Advise leadership on people strategy and talent development.
  • Identify, develop and support diversity and inclusion in all its forms across both Sections, including implementing training, increased awareness, talent pipeline development, hiring and best practices to support an inclusive culture.
  • Develop a culture and an environment where employees are comfortable sharing concerns and issues with the Talent Specialist.
  • Understand strategic hiring needs and develop a plan to ensure they are filled in a timely manner.
  • Collaborate with the Talent Acquisition function on monitoring open requisitions, supporting candidate. engagement, screening candidates and developing a pipeline of external and internal talent.
  • Develop a structured process for high-potential identification, facilitating unique development activities and job assignments.
  • Establish a process for leadership succession planning and curate the pipeline.
  • Support, develop and evaluate Section wide communications.
  • Identify and support change management needs throughout the Sections.
  • Facilitate the annual salary review (ASR) process and ensure alignment of annual coaching conversations (ACC) with compensation decisions and communications to employees.
  • Support training efforts by developing Section training profiles, communicating training opportunities, coordinating courses and managing reporting and metrics.
  • Clarify and develop a process for who, when, how and why employees should be recognized.


  • Bachelor’s degree in Human Resources, Communications, Industrial/Organizational Psychology, Business or related field with 6+ years of related experience
  • Extensive understanding and wide application of advanced principles, theories, concepts and techniques in such areas as talent management, organizational assessment, employee relations, legal compliance, change management, and organizational design. 
  • Excellent project management skills with the ability to manage ambiguity, risk, and changing direction of projects and strategies.
  • Excellent communication skills, both written and verbal
  • Strong influence management skills with the ability to develop and maintain highly effective working relationships across all areas of the business
  • Proven track record of leading and implementing organization-wide process improvement initiatives within a technical environment
  • Excellent customer service skills
  • Strong interpersonal skills, emotional intelligence and ability to build relationships
  • Ability to effectively navigate in a matrixed environment

Preferred Skills:

  • Experience supporting science, technology, engineering, or mathematics (STEM) teams highly preferred.
  • Degree(s) or experience in a technical area such as Engineering, Statistics or Software.


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