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McMaster University, located in Hamilton Ontario and is one of only four Canadian universities ranked in the world’s top 100. It has also been recognized as being the number one university in Canada and the second highest university in the world for impact. It’s Faculty of Health Sciences (FHS) has long been recognized as a global leader in education and research. *With a student enrollment of over 30,000 from across Canada and around the world and approximately 1,000 faculty, McMaster is dedicated to providing the highest quality teaching and learning experience and is well known as a leading medical-doctoral, research-intensive university.
McMaster is proud to note that it has 112 endowed chairs, 70 Canada Research Chairs, 13 endowed professorships, six Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council Industrial Research Chairs, two Canadian Institutes of Health Research Chairs, two Ontario Research Chairs and one Canada 150 Research Chair. It is also the only university in Canada to serve as host to the United Nations University through the Institute for Water, Environment and Health (UNU-INWEH).
Home to more than 70 research centres and institutes, McMaster is comprised of six Faculties: Engineering, Health Sciences, Humanities, Social Sciences, Science and the DeGroote School of Business. Employing approximately 14,000 individuals annually in more than 20 unique employee groups, McMaster is recognized as one of the top employers in the Hamilton/Niagara region, and one of Canada’s Top Diversity employers in 2019.
In addition to McMaster’s impressive students, faculty and alumni, it enjoys 300 acres of scenic property. This includes a 30-acre central core designated for pedestrians and bicyclists and the McMaster Forest made up of 115 acres of natural lands in the Dundas Valley. Explore the natural beauty in McMaster’s own backyard at Nature@McMaster.
At McMaster, people are its most valuable asset. A diverse and complex institution, the University strives to attract, develop and retain the best faculty and staff, and to foster an inclusive community which values the strengths, perspectives and contributions of each individual.
McMaster continuously strives towards innovation across the entire institution. Faculty and administrators are continuously looking for new and innovative ways to drive excellence in research and teaching. As an employer, McMaster seeks to provide a work environment that enables its employees to be innovative, creative and excellent. As such, the University has recently embarked on a number of initiatives to increase its administrative efficiency, and thereby improve services to faculty and staff. Increasing efficiency is expected to enable faculty and staff to focus on the research and academic mission of the University as we seek to build a brighter world.
*Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2020 and the Times Higher Education Impact Rankings 2019.
The McMaster Mission:
“At McMaster our purpose is the discovery, communication and preservation of knowledge. In our teaching, research and scholarship, we are committed to creativity, innovation and excellence. We value integrity, quality, inclusiveness and teamwork in everything we do. We inspire critical thinking, personal growth and a passion for lifelong learning. We serve the social, cultural and economic needs of our community and our society.”
For additional information about McMaster University and its commitments to employees, faculty and the larger community please visit these following:
|Job Title:||Director HR Services, Systems & Payroll|
|Reports to:||Assistant Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer|
McMaster has begun an exercise of renewal and realignment of its institutional efforts and focus to support its mission. As part of this renewal, McMaster recently completed a comprehensive enterprise-wide HR services review which has demonstrated the need for transformation of HR service delivery to meet the evolving needs of the University community.
There is an urgent need for more advanced and coordinated HR payroll policy, processes, technology and organizational structures throughout the University. This will address critical transactional pay processing, recruitment and client service needs. Principal among these recommendations is the need to focus on payroll and systems to increase administrative efficiency, reduce the potential for errors, reduce duplication, and enhance service delivery both to faculty and the administration.
Reporting to the CHRO and working closely with HR colleagues in central HR, the FHS and other Faculties, the new director will lead and collaborate with teams of colleagues, direct reports and key stakeholders to develop and implement solutions which will increase efficiency, timeliness and accuracy, and will reduce redundancies and eliminate the need for “work arounds”. Success will require close collaboration with Finance and University Technology Services to create or improve processes and systems that meet both current needs and future strategic initiatives in HR.
The new role of Director HR Services, Systems and Payroll will have significant responsibilities for pan-institutional processes, leading the development of new services and standards. The incumbent will promote improved alignment of the HR Service Centre with the mission of the University and the operational needs of all Faculties and departments. This high-profile role is foundational to the success of the HR transformation and is critically important to all members of the McMaster community.
In a collaborative team environment, which embraces the values of teamwork, respect, and service, the Director will:
Lead the transformation of processes, structures and service delivery models
Be accountable for the University’s payroll (Faculty, Staff and Affiliates)
Review, redesign and implementation of efficient and effective HR administrative and payroll processes,
Oversees all financial, tax, and audit functions for payroll, benefits and pensions;
Operational administration of the benefit and retirement programs;
INITIAL PRIORTIES INCLUDE:
A competitive compensation package will be offered to the successful candidate.
McMaster University is located on the traditional territories of the Haudenosaunee and Mississauga Nations and, within the lands protected by the “Dish with One Spoon” wampum agreement.
In keeping with its Statement on Building an Inclusive Community with a Shared Purpose, McMaster University strives to embody the values of respect, collaboration and diversity, and has a strong commitment to employment equity. The diversity of our workforce is at the core of our innovation and creativity and strengthens our research and teaching excellence. The University seeks qualified candidates who share our commitment to equity, diversity and inclusion. While all qualified candidates are invited to apply, we particularly welcome applications from women, persons with disabilities, First Nations, Métis and Inuit peoples, members of visible minorities, and LGBTQ+ persons.
Brief Diversity Survey Statement
As part of McMaster’s commitment to diversity, equity and inclusivity, applicants will be invited to complete McMaster’s confidential diversity survey.
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