As HR has grown and become further integrated with the needs of the business it has become increasingly obvious that a business needs not only expert HR advice but a strong practitioner with knowledge of all aspects of HR. As a result we separate our business into 2 main areas:
HR Generalists and Business Partners
As a large MNC you need people that have a strong overall understanding of HR, someone who can not only perform your year-end review process but also work with the business and advise/guide them on areas such as Talent Acquisition, Employee Relations and Organisational Design. They will have a presence and gravitas that a business feels comfortable working with, which will allow them to become a key individual not only for the business but also for the HR experts in the Centre of Excellence.
Within a small to medium sized firm, you might not have the capability to have a fully functioning Centre of Excellence and therefore require the all-round HR knowledge of an individual who has a little bit of everything.
Generalist roles include HR Director level positions and can go all the way down to more junior HR Assistants/Officers. The main job titles for Generalists include:
Senior HR Business Partner
Senior HR Manager