WPP is hiring a

People Manager

New York, United States

WPP is the transformation company. We use the power of creativity to build better futures for our people, planet, clients, and communities.

Working at WPP means being part of a global network of more than 109,000 accomplished people in 110 countries. WPP has headquarters in New York, London and Singapore and a corporate presence in major markets worldwide.

We create transformative ideas and outcomes for our clients through an integrated offer of communications, experience, commerce, and technology.

WPP and our award-winning agencies work with most of the world's biggest companies and organisations – from Ford, Unilever and P&G to Google, HSBC, and the UN. Our clients include 61 of the FTSE 100, 317 of the Fortune Global 500, all 30 of the Dow Jones 30 and 62 of the NASDAQ 100. WPP are the leader in the Bloomberg Gender Equality Index and 8th in the FTSE 100 rankings for Women on Boards.

The WPP People team is adding a People Manager role designed to support our Global Finance Team as well as US/NYC-based activity for Corporate Teams. Reporting to the Director, People Business Partner, the People Manager will deliver core People support to our WPP colleagues.

WPP is on a global transformation journey, and this is an opportunity to join a central People team where roles, responsibilities, and career opportunities will continuously evolve to include a wide variety of cross-functional projects, system implementations and global people-centric initiatives.

What you'll be doing:

The People Manager will help lead and/or manage all generalist HR areas, including employee relations, employee engagement, performance management, talent management and people projects designed to support WPP’s talent strategy while meeting current, emerging, and future business models.

  • Develop and maintain effective working relationships with corporate leadership and their teams, with the ability to challenge, coach, advise and work closely with them to co-develop solutions to meet current and future business needs.
  • Team with and support the Director, People Business Partner on the planning and implementation of key HR projects as required.
  • Develop and drive performance management processes in support of the shift to continuous feedback culture. Support midyear and yearend performance processes. Using knowledge from past performance management processes, evaluate and provide feedback on improvements, influence team and leaders on appropriate enhancements and changes.
  • Partner with the business leadership team to assess and prioritize the critical business challenges faced by the organization
  • Work with leaders to identify training needs critical for employee growth and development. Partner with the Learning team to develop learning opportunities addressing specific needs across functions.
  • Partner with talent acquisition team on recruitment plans and development of key value proposition for the center.
  • Provide compensation guidance as necessary.
  • Build trusted relationships and partner effectively with leaders to provide impeccable, succinct, and thoroughly vetted solutions to complex HR issues.
  • Ensure the central WPP HR policies, procedures and practices of the business comply fully with legal and regulatory requirements.


What you'll need:

  • Demonstrable experience of advising leaders on a wide range of HR issues.
  • To be a self-starter and able to hit the ground running.
  • To be pragmatic in understanding the priority and importance of people management issues.
  • The ability to use initiative and judgment in resolving complex HR problems or queries.
  • Excellent organizational skills with the ability to manage a varied workload.
  • A confident understanding of US employment law legislation to raise & mitigate risk.
  • A demonstrable proactive approach to work.
  • To display a passion for excellence and the role HR can play in improving services.
  • Strong communication skills, not only what to effectively communicate, but how and when, with a global focus.
  • To understand the business inside and out to then be able to contribute effectively and provide timely, effective guidance and support to our leaders.
  • Strong collaboration and relationship-building skills.
  • Strong attention to detail and a high degree of accuracy.
  • Excellent multi-tasking ability.
  • Ability to adapt quickly to change and cope well with ambiguity.

Who you are:

You’re open: We are inclusive and collaborative; we encourage the free exchange of ideas; we respect and celebrate diverse views. We are open-minded: to new ideas, new partnerships, new ways of working.

You’re optimistic: We believe in the power of creativity, technology and talent to create brighter futures or our people, our clients and our communities. We approach all that we do with confidence: to try the new and to seek the unexpected.

You’re extraordinary: We are stronger together: through collaboration we achieve the amazing. We are creative leaders and pioneers of our industry; we deliver extraordinary every day.


What we'll give you:

Passionate, driven people – We champion a culture of people that do extraordinary work.

Scale and opportunity – We offer the opportunity to create, influence and deliver projects at a scale that is unparalleled in the industry.

Challenging and stimulating work – Unique work and the opportunity to join a group of creative problem solvers. Are you up for the challenge?


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The base salary range for this position at the time of this posting is indicated below. Individual compensation varies based on job-related factors, including location, business needs, level of responsibility, experience, and qualifications. We offer a competitive benefits package, click WPP Benefits for more details. 
$90,000$180,000 USD

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