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Director, HR Business Intelligence - #220556

Job Area:Human Resources
Business Area:Human Resources
Location:IA - Des Moines
Career Category:Experienced Professional
Full/Part Time:Full-Time
Date Posted:05/25/2017
Close Date:07/24/2017

Be a part of something bigger.

Do you want a career where you can make a real difference? At Principal®, you can.

We work with a greater purpose in mind—to give people the financial tools and confidence to live their best lives. And we take that to heart not only for our clients but also extend that to our employees.

By choosing to work at Principal, you'll be a part of making a difference in the lives of customers and in communities. And you can make a difference in your own life by joining a company that cares about its employees as much as it cares about its customers. From career development to comprehensive benefits to our vibrant, diverse work environment, you’ll find plenty of opportunities to enrich your personal and professional life.



This role is responsible for advancing the human resources business intelligence and analytics strategy for Principal. This job provides strategic internal consulting services and analytical expertise to colleagues across business units to advance data-driven talent decisions. Through people metrics, reporting and analytic tools, advanced and predictive analytics, this job will provide critical insight into how to best leverage our greatest asset, our people. 

  • Independently plan and conduct applied research projects; includes appropriate research methods and sampling plan, data collection strategies, statistical techniques, and project management. Perform statistical analyses and make recommendations on complex issues such as employee engagement driver analysis, mitigating adverse impact, and turnover forecasting (to name a few). Using a variety of established survey design and statistical methods (regression, predictive modeling, data mining etc.) to gather, analyze, and interpret research data and derive useful information for HR initiatives. Analyze internal HR data and perform research on external labor market and demographic trends. Present methodology and conclusions of analyses directly to HR Sr Leadership, HR team members, leaders and/or the senior executives.
  • Develop, build, prepare and analyze metrics to measure the effectiveness of HR outcomes globally. A critical component of this role will be working across multiple data sources and applying established statistical methods to gather, analyze, and interpret research data to derive useful information for a business audience.
  • Work with the reporting team to design and develop HR metrics, dashboard, analysis and data reporting to support HR and business unit needs. Format data, and develop & prepares charts, tables, and other related documents and graphics. Produce clear, concise dashboards, reports or presentations.
  • Provides training to internal HR stakeholders on analytics tools, data interpretation, data evaluation, and statistical techniques, as required. Transfers knowledge and skills to HR clients in the area of analytical technique and designs approaches and processes for effective use of metrics and analytics across HR to drive business results.
    Perform other job-related duties or special projects as required.


  • Bachelor's degree in mathematics, statistics, finance, Industrial/Organizational Psychology or other analytical field with 10 or more years of experience in HR analytics, HR metrics, business intelligence (BI)m multivariate statistics and predictive modeling.
  • Strong applied mathematical, statistical, and analytical skills to interpret descriptive and inferential statistics is needed. 
  • Demonstrated expertise in SAS or SPSS statistical software packages.
  • Experience in HR analytics, HR metrics, business intelligence (BI), balanced scorecard methodology, statistical reporting and broad problem solving skills needed.
  • Must be skilled in communicating with business stakeholders, both verbally and in writing and capable of communicating complex analytical information to HR and business audiences. 
  • Experience in applying business analytics in one or more business domains (Human Resources) preferred. 
  • Must have strong written and oral communication skills, strong facilitation skills, strong project management skills, high business acumen, strategic and systems thinking skills, flexibility, and the ability to prioritize and manage multiple projects/tasks.
  • Must be very analytical with the ability to put data and information together to understand trends, recommend solutions to close gaps and begin the process of building predictive capabilities. 
  • Must be able to work independently and in collaboration to achieve goals.
  • Strong leadership and influencing skills required.
  • Must be creative in adapting to changes in direction and be able to move around barriers. 

Must be able to maintain a high degree of confidentiality. 

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Principal is an Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, race, color, religion, sex, gender identity, gender expression, pregnancy, national origin, citizenship status, disability, genetic characteristics, sexual orientation, marital status, domestic partner status, military status, protected veteran status, disability status or any other characteristic protected by law.