US-California-San Diego
Date Posted
09 Jun 2020

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Are you searching for a career with a company that offers challenging, diverse projects and opportunities?  Are you looking for a position with a company that is growing and able to offer long-term professional advancement?  Searching for a company that values a friendly work environment that values YOU?  Consider Cobham.  #peoplefocusedmissiondriven #everymissionmatters

Job Description

Cobham is seeking a Human Resources Business Partner to join a dynamic HR Team in San Diego.  The position is responsible for administering a variety of HR programs for all levels of employees.

Success factors will include: actively improving key HR process efficiencies by making recommendations for solutions; teamwork; exhibiting strong project assignment; demonstrating excellent communication skills, employing assertiveness without being antagonistic or alienating; possessing a strong sense of urgency and ability to prioritize; exhibiting considerable judgement to make sound decisions required by the role’s purview; and ensuring a coherent and consistent approach is applied, aligned with Cobham HR practices.

There will be particular emphasis on: customer satisfaction through credible interface with all levels of the employee population; answering questions and providing information that is helpful and accurate; acting in such a way to instill trust in the HR function; provoking positive changes in workforce engagement by presenting practical and reliable HR support, thereby helping to meet the “people” needs of the site.

The Human Resources Generalist consults with employees and managers to address root causes of human resources issues, to resolve employee relations issues with a systematic approach. Participates in company-wide programs and initiatives (e.g., salary review, workforce planning, and organizational change). Assists senior management in the development of solutions through organizational development and cultural and process-oriented perspectives. Plays a tactical role in administering talent management and succession planning activity within client organization. Key skills and abilities include coaching, influencing, facilitation, presentation, communication, process development, analysis and problem solving.   The successful Generalist will act as an employee champion and change agent for San Diego.

Key Responsibilities:

Develop required knowledge of the affected businesses to fully understand the organizational impact across all functions, and assess impact on the affected organizations and their respective workforce.
 Provide direct HR support to functions of the business, working with the Supervisors/Managers to identify and address performance issues and ensure operational HR is delivered effectively.
Manage and resolve employee relations issues.  Conduct effective, thorough and objective investigations.
Review and benchmark the internal and external environment to improve HR policies and initiatives to enhance overall business performance.
Consult with management, providing HR guidance on company policies as well as state and federal law.
Maintain in-depth knowledge of legal requirements related to day-to-day management of employees, reducing legal risks and ensuring regulatory compliance.
Provide performance management guidance to leaders, which includes but is not limited to coaching, counseling, career development, and disciplinary actions.
Support the delivery of the Performance Management process and associated activities within the established system to ensure consistency.
Utilize and leverage Randstad for recruitment, sourcing strategies, and to identify and recruit the best-fit candidates.
Manage HR metrics to drive business strategy.
Work with the leadership and talent team to support talent management processes within the Site, e.g. Succession Planning, Career Planning and the Cobham Development programs.
Understand the long-term business plan to obtain synergies and Work with stakeholders on strategic initiatives and ad-hoc projects in service of organization development.
Undertake special projects as needed by the business.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Business or Human Resources, or related field. 
  • 4+ years of HR experience to include resourcing, talent acquisition, employee relations and benefits management in consultative positions working closely with business leadership as an advisor to implement workforce actions.
  • Experience working with cross-functional teams in a matrixed environment. 
  • Fully computer literate including Excel & PowerPoint at Intermediate level. 

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Master’s Degree
  • Clear, concise and persuasive written and oral presentation skills.
  • Experience in integrating workforces / change initiatives / site closure / or similar workforce actions. 
  • Ability to operate independently, collaborate as an effective team member, and being proactive to resolve workplace issues.
  • Flexibility and adaptability to changing priorities and assignments
  • Experience in manufacturing, technology, or aerospace and defense preferred.
  • Experience working with a federal contractor or within a secret clearance environment.
  • High degree of problem solving abilities.
  • Professional in Human Resources (PHR) certification or Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) or Society of Human Resource Management (SHRM)

About Us:
Founded in 1934 by aviation innovator Sir Alan Cobham, our values of Trust, Talent and Technology have driven us to become a global leader in state-of-the-art aerospace and defense systems. It's the insights of our innovators today that will secure our collective future. Innovators like you!

If you are authorized to work in the United States, then we encourage you to apply.  We are unable to sponsor work visas.  U.S. Citizenship required for positions requiring a Security Clearance.

Cobham is one of the world's leading companies engaged in the development, delivery and support of leading-edge aerospace and defense systems in the air, on land and at sea. Our clients and partners trust Cobham to deliver the mission-critical technology they need, and we trust our employees to draw on their ingenuity and passion to deliver those solutions. This leads to an empowering culture for our people. Our Leadership team is open, sharing plans for the next five years, driving retention by offering demanding, exciting work, and providing full guidance and mentoring.

Employment Transparency: 

Cobham is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer and embraces diversity in our employee population. It is the policy of Cobham to provide equal opportunity to all qualified applicants and employees without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, disability, protected veteran status, or genetic information. Cobham will refrain from discharging, or otherwise discriminating against, employees or applicants who inquire about, discuss, or disclose their compensation or the compensation of other employees or applicants.

The EEO is the Law poster is available here and the poster supplement is available here. 
The Pay Transparency Policy is available here.

Cobham Advanced Electronic Solutions is committed to working with and providing reasonable accommodations to individuals with disabilities. If you need a reasonable accommodation due to a disability for any part of the employment process, please send an e-mail to and let us know the nature of your request and your contact information. 

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