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HR Business Partner - Banking

Providence, RI, 02903
September 16, 2008

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Jill M. Connolly, SPHR


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Blackstone, MA 01504

Professional Profile

Seasoned Human Resources professional with fifteen years of experience:

• Benefits

• Compensation/Salary Administration

• EEO/Affirmative Action Plans

• Employee Relations

• HRIS, Intranet Design

• Recruiting and Selection

• Performance Management

• Project Management

• Labor Relations

• Training and Development

Professional Experience

Providence Public Schools., Providence, RI May 2008 to present

Contract Employee Services Administrator in municipal setting with responsibility for approximately 3500+ union and non-union employees

 Manage 4 direct reports in the Employee Services group of the Human Resources Department, which is responsible for recording/processing/maintaining employee data for over 3500 employees

 Mediate Union Grievances with 4 bargaining units, up to the initial hearing phase

 Manage the data entry processes; review and streamline workflow process and automate as needed

 Function as a member of the management team to review, streamline and automate policies and procedures

Maguire Group Inc., Foxborough, MA March 1999 to May 2008

Benefits/HRIS Specialist for 300+ technical, sales, professional and administrative employees at this Architectural/Engineering and Planning firm


 Created HR Intranet

 Created multimedia Employee Orientation

 Implemented retirement plan education program

 Created Employee Benefit Statements

 Streamlined/automated annual salary budgeting process

 Attained SPHR designation


 Acted as a business partner, helping to recruit, develop and retain employees through planning, developing and implementing HR programs and initiatives

 Coached and counseled employees with regards to the Company’s Benefits programs to minimize turnover and maximize employee retention

 Served as Webmaster for Human Resources Intranet; work with hiring managers to maintain and update open positions on web site

 Monitored costs and prepared cost analysis reports for benefit programs, performed annual audits and prepared Summary Annual Reports of benefits programs to ensure and maintain compliance with appropriate regulatory agencies. Prepare and file 5500 reports.

 Streamlined new hire orientation process – perform all new hire orientations to ensure smooth transition

 Managed Company’s HRIS; create queries and reports as needed; customize forms, fields; train other users as needed; act as subject matter expert for the HRIS

 Monitored and administered time-out programs (FMLA/ADA/LOA/WC, etc.)

 Counseled and assisted employees and managers with various employee relations issues including career counseling, employee issues, and discipline problems.

Thermo Fisher Scientific, Franklin, MA April 1994 to March 1999

Senior Human Resources Representative for 450+ technical, sales, R&D, administrative and manufacturing employees at this manufacturer of analytical instrumentation

 Managed Company’s full-cycle domestic recruiting efforts to reduce recruiting costs and maximize employee retention

 Acted as a business partner to Management and employees to reduce Unemployment costs and resolve grievances

 Researched and implemented family friendly benefits programs to reduce turnover and increase retention

 Coached and counseled employees and managers with various employee relations issues including career counseling, employee issues, and discipline problems

 Streamlined on-boarding and exit interview processes – performed all new hire orientations and exit interviews to ensure smooth transition

 Managed employee performance appraisal program, coached and advised employees and managers for issues pertaining with career counseling

 Implemented computerized job description program to standardize job descriptions; audited exempt and nonexempt positions to ensure consistent compensation structure

 Developed quarterly newsletter to increase communication about benefits/employee relations programs

 Promoted from HR Representative to Interim Supervisor to Senior HR Representative in that time. Responsible for 4 direct reports.

MPM Corporation, Franklin, MA February 1993 - April 1994

Payroll/Benefits Administrator for 150+ technical, sales, R&D, administrative and manufacturing employees at this manufacturer of screen printing instrumentation

 Processed and administered all payroll and benefit programs for 150 employees

 Implemented time-out programs to reduce Company costs

 Increased scope of employee communications/relations programs

 Implemented new hire orientation and exit interview processes


Providence College, Providence, RI

 B.S., Finance, Graduated Magna Cum Laude (3.64 GPA)

 Honors: Dean’s List, Alpha Sigma Lambda Chapter of the National Honor Society


 Excellent Computer Skills: HRVantage; MS Office: Access, Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint, Publisher, Word; Deltek Vision Enterprise Management; HotMetal; Lawson; Fidelity Plan Sponsor WebStation

 Excellent Customer Service Skills

Professional Affiliations/Memberships

 Member of NEEBC, New England Employee Benefits Council

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