Talent & Leadership Development, Senior Consultant at CNA (Chicago, IL)

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Job Summary
In a knowledge business like insurance, the quality of our talent directly impacts our business results. And as the human experience at work has undergone profound shifts in recent years, the need to engage and develop talent has never been greater.
This position will impact strategic initiatives across the talent lifecycle and will be responsible for the design, development and delivery of learning solutions for CNA leaders and emerging leaders. A successful candidate will be someone who has a track record and passion for developing talent, fostering inclusion and equity, and growing the capacity and capability of leaders.
Essential Duties & Responsibilities
  1. Partners with HR and business stakeholders to understand current and future business challenges in order to recommend high impact talent and leadership development solutions
  2. Designs innovative leadership development programs that include a blended learning approach such as coaching, classroom training, action learning & e-learning
  3. Supports strategic initiatives across the talent lifecycle including succession planning, talent review and performance management
  4. Partners with the D&I Office to deliver strategic initiatives designed to strengthen diversity, equity, and inclusion at CNA such as the D&I Sponsorship Program and Inclusive Leadership training
  5. Uses strong project management practices to set strategy and budget for multi-work stream projects; plans, develops and implements learning solutions; keeps stakeholders engaged and informed
  6. Researches and establishes relationships with relevant external vendors, partnering to customize content
  7. Designs and implements proactive communication and change management plans to ensure initiatives are well executed
  8. Facilitates and emcees talent and leadership development programs
  9. Analyzes program effectiveness and recommends continuous improvement methods
  10. Proactively engages in external research and knowledge sharing to stay current on talent and leadership development trends and best practices

May perform additional duties as assigned
Reporting Relationship
AVP, Talent & Leadership Development
Skills, Knowledge & Abilities
  • Passion for developing and growing leaders
  • Experience leading strategic talent management initiatives
  • Experience in end-to-end project management, including detailed project planning and execution
  • Strong business acumen, and the ability to effectively implement talent development strategies to support business goals
  • Knowledge of learning design, such as adult learning theory and blended learning strategies
  • Experience facilitating large groups
  • Highly collaborative and comfortable navigating organizational dynamics
  • Ability to exercise independent judgement and make critical business decisions effectively, at times with ambiguous or incomplete information
  • Strong communication skills both verbal and written
  • Expert use of Microsoft Office applications especially PowerPoint and Excel

Education & Experience
  1. Bachelor's Degree in related field, or equivalent
  2. Typically a minimum of five to eight years of strategic HR experience

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An Insider's view of CNA

How would you describe the company’s work-life balance?

Work-life balance has always been a priority for me. It always will be. CNA’s hybrid working model allows me to not only maximize collaboration with my peers but also take advantage of increased flexibility by combining remote and in-office work. I’m empowered to take control of my schedule based on what works best for me and my team.

Alison Massey

Agile Scrum Master Consultant

How do you collaborate with other teams in the company?

On the Security Advisory team, collaboration is key to what we do. We sit at a unique intersection of security goals and business objectives. By working across nearly every IT team at CNA, we balance the need for maintaining secure initiatives and keeping projects on track. It’s our job to find the best, secure path to ‘Yes’ for business requests.

Zach Jones

Director, Security Advisory

How has your career grown since starting at the company?

I joined CNA as a contractor and became a full-time employee after an eight-year contractor journey. I’m passionate about solving technical challenges and CNA allows me to foster that passion. Every day, I learn about emerging technologies. I’m empowered to develop, grow, and create a career that works for me and my lifestyle.

SenthilKumar Asokan

Applications Engineer Senior Specialist

How do your team's ideas influence the company's direction?

Enterprise Architecture creates foundations for IT expectations across CNA. I’m on a team that builds reusable IT assets, communicates best practices, and decides standards for tooling, and more. I influence CNA outside of my role, too, specifically through CNA’s Employee Resource Groups. I’m empowered to influence both IT and our culture of inclusion.

Lisa Smith

Architecture Senior Specialist

What does career growth look like on your team?

Career growth can take on many different forms at CNA, and that’s because there are always opportunities to acquire transferrable skills. On my team specifically, we’re encouraged to identify and work toward development opportunities that matter to us. We’re empowered to make a difference while advancing our careers.

Josie Lee

Director, HR Business Partner

What are CNA Perks + Benefits

CNA Benefits Overview

One of the many advantages of working at CNA is the benefits program we offer you and your eligible dependents,
beginning on the first day of your employment. The program features a variety of plans that provide health care
benefits, well-being, disability and survivor protection, and 401(k) savings, among others. Below are highlights
of the offerings.

Volunteer in local community
Partners with Nonprofits
Friends outside of work
Open door policy
Team owned deliverables
Group brainstorming sessions
Open office floor plan
Dedicated Diversity/Inclusion Staff
Diversity Employee Resource Groups
Health Insurance & Wellness Benefits
Flexible Spending Account (FSA)
Disability Insurance
Dental Benefits
Vision Benefits
Health Insurance Benefits
Life Insurance
Pet Insurance
Wellness Programs
Onsite Gym
Mental Health Benefits
Retirement & Stock Options Benefits
401(K) Matching
Company Equity
Employee Stock Purchase Plan
Performance Bonus
Match charitable contributions
Child Care & Parental Leave Benefits
Generous Parental Leave
Flexible Work Schedule
Remote Work Program
Family Medical Leave
Adoption Assistance
Vacation & Time Off Benefits
Generous PTO
Paid Holidays
Paid Sick Days
Perks & Discounts
Commuter Benefits
Some Meals Provided
Relocation Assistance
Professional Development Benefits
Job Training & Conferences
Tuition Reimbursement
Diversity Program
Lunch and learns
Cross functional training encouraged
Online course subscriptions available
Paid industry certifications

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