London, UK, HR Consultant
On his business group:
I work in Group Resources, which is responsible for developing and implementing the strategy for Xerox’s people, ensuring that this is aligned with what the business is striving to achieve. We are also responsible for all of the operational elements of the employment cycle, from Organisation Design through to an employee leaving the business for any reason.
On his role:
I work as an HR Consultant within the Human Resources Operations team. My role is to act as a partner to various business areas, integrating the people strategy and dealing with any operational people issues that arise.
On his team:
Specifically in the HR Operations team, the group is diverse with a vast amount of HR and business experience. Working so closely with the business means that we all maintain a sharp focus on understanding our business areas and we often have to negotiate and influence with senior figures within the business. This means that we have an opinion on most topics and are not afraid to share it!
Best part of the job:
Working within the HR Ops team means that you form a unique relationship with the business; needing to play different roles at different times depending on the circumstances. Often, we have to provide feedback that people do not want to hear – whether it’s providing a sense of reality, challenging perceptions or supporting the delivery of difficult messages. It’s this bond with the business unit and influence over the culture of the business area that I particularly enjoy.
Why he joined Xerox:
I joined Xerox for the opportunity to work in a European role. I was quite aware of the brand from pop culture and was surprised to find out how innovative the company had been over the years.
Biggest benefit Xerox offers:
I’m currently working through my management development; it’s the most robust management scheme I have seen and the biggest opportunity I will have in my career to receive constructive personal and professional development feedback.
On his future at Xerox:
My immediate future I hope will consist of completing my management development and securing a permanent management position. One of the great benefits of working at Xerox is that beyond this, the future remains open and flexible – if I perform well and demonstrate a desire to continuously learn, I believe there will be unexpected opportunities to take my career in directions I have not yet identified.