Company Overview: With its headquarters in Abilene, Texas, First Financial Bankshares has been serving the financial needs of customers for over 128 years and has been recognized as one of the nation’s top performing banks. With $8 billion in assets and nearly 1,400 employees, First Financial combines the best of “Big Bank” customer benefits with the local decision making and community involvement of a community bank.
First Financial operates multiple banking regions in 73 locations stretching from Hereford in the Panhandle to Orange in southeast Texas plus a Trust Company with seven convenient locations. Last year marked its 32nd consecutive year of increased earnings. Its unwavering commitment to providing exceptional customer service as well as its commitment to growth through acquisitions has been evident throughout its history.
The Company is listed on The NASDAQ Global Select Market under the trading symbol FFIN.
Position: Reporting to the Executive Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer, the SVP, Director of Human Resources will originate and lead Human Resources practices and objectives that will provide an employee-oriented, high performance culture that ensures full compliance with applicable laws and regulations. The successful candidate will direct the coordination of services, policies, and programs that foster employee engagement, productivity, accountability, and the recruitment and retention of a superior workforce. Initiating ideas for and providing oversight of strategic development of Human Resources for the Company will be essential.
Activities include oversight of 12 staff members which encompasses recruiting, employee relations, payroll and benefits administration, employee related communications, and ensuring compliance with all federal and state reporting requirements. Other contacts include executive management, holding company Presidents/CEOs, Cashiers, HR Representatives, management consultants, employment service representatives and bank customers.
Develop, administer and oversee all human resources policies, procedures, and programs to support the achievement of the organization’s business objectives ensuring that every aspect of human resources incorporate the vision, values, and culture of the organization.
Ensure that the company complies with federal, state, and local legal requirements by studying existing and new legislation; anticipating legislation; enforcing adherence to requirements; advising management on needed actions.
Serve as the EEO Coordinator for the Bank and ensures compliance with Affirmative Action, development of annual Affirmative Action Plan and related reporting requirements.
Lead and administer programs pertaining to talent management, succession planning, change management and organizational development.
Develop and drive performance management processes, tools, communications and training programs.
Utilize existing company technology or evaluate and recommend technology solutions to automate and streamline HR processes.
Provide guidance and counsel to managers and employees in all human resources activities, to include employee relations, performance, discipline, termination disputes and other issues; protect the company from litigation by managing risk of suggested resolution activity, seeking legal counsel when appropriate. Be an effective liaison between management and the employees.
Administer the employment process to include recruitment, interviewing, selection, hiring and onboarding, including college recruiting; oversee interviewing, testing and referral of job applicants.
Direct the preparation and maintenance of human resources reports and analytics as are necessary to carry out the functions of the department. Prepare periodic reports to management.
Counsel and advise executive management staff with regard to overall company goals, business objectives, and fostering company culture. Serve as strategic advisor to the executive team on key human resources, organizational, and management issues.
Oversee the HRIS and payroll systems and ensure they continue to meet the business needs of the organization.
Determine and recommend employee relations practices necessary to establish a positive employer-employee relationship and promote a high level of employee morale.
Protect interests of employees and the company in accordance with human resources policies and government laws and regulations.
Qualifications and Requirements:
BA or BS degree in Human Resources, Business Management, Organizational Development, or another related discipline.
SPHR and/or SHRM-CP certification.
At least ten years of progressive HR experience in employee relations, performance management, benefits and compensation; management/employee training, recruiting, and organizational development/training; ability to utilize search engines so as to expedite recruiting.
Banking/financial institution experience with a large, multi-location institution is strongly preferred.
Superior interpersonal, marketing and presentation skills to work effectively with senior management and employees on understanding and embracing HR policies and procedures.
Ability to listen effectively to employer’s concerns across all levels within the organization; counsel, advise, and persuade based on experience.
Active affiliation with appropriate Human Resources networks and organizations and ongoing community involvement, preferred; possess ongoing affiliations with leaders in successful companies and organizations that practice effective Human Resources Management.
Excellent written and oral communication skills; strong analytical and problem solving skills; effective leadership and mentoring skills; ability to recommend suggestions and make sound business decisions.
Demonstrated ability to work with all levels of management, employees, and multiple office locations.
Ability to manage a departmental budget prudently; strategic thinker
Proficient in MS Office and related HRIS; experience in payroll