Strategic Human Resource Business Advisor Functions N-FFN, NT/C, NT/M, COA/N

At BASF, we create chemistry through the power of connected minds. By balancing economic success with environmental protection and social responsibility, we are building a more sustainable future through chemistry. As the world’s leading chemical company, we help our customers in nearly every industry meet the current and future needs of society through science and innovation.

We provide a challenging and rewarding work environment and are always working to form the best team—especially from within, through an emphasis on lifelong learning and development.

And we are constantly striving to become an even better place to work. BASF has been recognized by Forbes Magazine as one of America’s Best Employers in 2016. Come join us on our journey to create solutions for a sustainable future!

Where the Chemistry Happens…


Human Resources professionals at BASF create chemistry with people. HR is working to form the best team by sourcing, hiring and developing the right talent for BASF. In addition to traditional responsibilities like governance, benefits administration, and payroll, HR at BASF serves as a strategic partner to the business, ensuring that the right people are in the right place at the right time to help the Company grow. HR strives to make BASF an even better place to work by soliciting feedback, engaging employees, and shaping the culture through best-practice programs and practices.

Strategic Human Resource Business Advisor (1701986) – Florham Park

The Strategic HR Business Advisor (SHRBA) orchestrates corporate and unit level human capital strategy through partnering with the senior unit leader and his/her leadership team in the areas of Talent, Leadership, Organization and Culture. The SHRBA is a business person—putting customers first and enabling a winning together environment.

The SHRBA champions BASF’s employer value proposition, and its principles, by connecting people and knowledge, putting learning first, engaging people to drive a high performance culture, and caring about our employees.

The SHRBA position provides strategic HR leadership and guidance to assigned regional business units (RBUs). As an integral member of the leadership teams, the incumbent develops and integrates short and long term strategic human resources initiatives to support the business needs. In addition, this position holds operational responsibility for the SHRBA resources assigned to those businesses within North America. The position is a member of the North American Human Resources Operations Group (NTH/O). The SHRBA also acts as the principal advisor and strategic partner to the RBU/Function Leaders and other senior executives on all business, HR, and employment-related matters.

This role will provide strategic partnering support to functional groups including Controlling, Finance, Audit, and Communications.

Formula for Success: You Will…


  • Provide data-driven insights for decision-making through strategic workforce planning; weigh the implications of trends and recommend revision or creation of new strategies; grow leader and manager capabilities; define selection criteria for key positions; and achieve effective organizational models for talent planning and improved engagement.
  • Develop regional talent strategy for the unit; know talent within their organization and of the competition, including where to find it. Hold full ownership of retention of critical talent in the unit. Closely involved in delegation planning—outbound and return—for the unit.
  • Build successful, diverse, and inclusive teams. Affirm leader accountability. Emphasize that applicant pools are diverse and include internal talent from across units, as well as talent from the external market. Ensure metrics are regularly analyzed and unit-relevant actions are proposed.
  • Coach unit leader(s) and their leadership team members in order to connect business strategy to people strategy, build capability, and for higher performance. Encourage thought and influence leadership, and reinforce accountability in the areas of Talent, Leadership, Organization, and Culture.
  • Develop, motivate, coach, and challenge for higher performance. Mentor early in career HR talent. Model and enable development of competencies required to implement BASF’s Strategy 2025.
  • Drive and own business performance and outcomes. Understand and use business strategy to set direction and translate into human capital initiatives and organization design. Advise on organization development and harmonize delivery through partnerships with solution delivery teams and Centers of Excellence (CoEs). Provide planning, process and program management. Measure HR contributions to business performance.
  • Read situations and provide diagnosis for improvement. Identify interventions and furnish support for decision-making. Display end-to-end systems thinking and comfort with ambiguity. Create and leverage internal and external networks.
  • Balance organizational needs through conflicting priorities. Recognition of short-term versus long-term focus, centralized versus decentralized operations, and internal versus external focus. Provide input into the development of CoE programs and other critical talent solutions.
  • Put customers first by studying the industry and business DNA. Perform analysis and gain insights about people and organizational effectiveness to support business decision-making. Serve as a leader of organizational change while displaying a OneHR mindset and remaining global-minded.


Create Your Own Chemistry: What We Offer You…

Adding value to our customers begins with adding value to you. You@BASF is the suite of benefits, perks, programs and unique opportunities we offer to support you—the whole you—in all stages of your life and career. With you@BASF, you create your own chemistry.

The total rewards that you receive as a BASF employee go way beyond a paycheck. From competitive health and insurance plans, to robust retirement benefits that include company-matching contributions, to making sure you never stop learning, we believe investing in you is investing in our success. Working for a large, global organization, you’ll have a chance to grow professionally and personally, expand your network and build a rewarding and dynamic career.


Ingredients for Success: What We Look for in You…

  • Bachelor’s degree with a minimum of 6 years of progressive experience in Human Resources, or 10 years of progressive experience in Human Resources without a degree.
  • Thorough understanding of HR solutions, policies, and practices while leveraging existing tools to meet client needs.
  • Business acumen combined with strong analytical, negotiation, project management, consulting, and communication skills.
  • Solid capability to navigate complex and often ambiguous situations while providing leadership for colleagues and clients.
  • Familiarity with change management approaches and practices.
  • Ability to work and collaborate across all key stakeholders within a highly matrixed environment.
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