Senior HR Manager

  • Toronto, ON, Canada
  • Full-time

Company Description

MR. X is an award-winning visual effects studio that thrives on crafting creative solutions to seemingly impossible scripted moments in film and television. We’re made up of a unique and gifted team of artists, filmmakers and programmers devoted to the art, craft and technology of visual storytelling. Our talented staff, committed to quality above all else, has achieved some of the most original and photo-realistic visual effects and animation seen on film to date. If you have the imagination, talent and drive, then MR. X is looking for you.

Job Description

The Senior Talent Manager is responsible for guiding, managing and providing strategy on the Talent function globally across Mr X (across Montreal and Toronto). The Senior Talent Managers role is fundamental in developing an effective company culture whilst ensuring alignment to our global framework and strategy; this includes shaping and planning, overseeing the local implementation of objectives as well as managing financials and driving business levels of Talent related processes across a brand.


As a senior member of the Talent organisation, your approach will inform, support and implement change programmes such as business transformation and organisation redesign across the brand or segment, but also grow a corporate culture and an agile Talent approach that fosters a fast learning, iterative and continuously improving organisation.




·       Leadership

o   Be a mentor, ambassador and representative of the Mr X culture and actively drive and influence people’s behaviour

o   Facilitate the process to grow internal cohesion, shared culture and ensure management walk the talk

o   Support the motivation management teams in order to meet or surpass objectives

·       Talent Management and Development

o   Strategize on the need to identify and retain talent across Mr X, as well as identify skill gaps, high potential employee and conduct succession planning

o   Architect strategies to manage constant and rapid changes in a manner that retains employees and culture while supporting the direction of change in a positive way

o   Lead and partner with management to coach and guide in talent attraction, retention and development, contract and policy application, performance management, training and development, and compensation practices

·       Team and Function Management

o   Lead and develop a Talent, Culture & Comms team, ensuring they are accountable for delivery and have the appropriate skills and behaviors to reflect a high performing team

o   Representative of the whole of the Talent function for Mr X on global initiatives; ensuring they implemented, but also to ensure Mr X’s requirements are met and communicated globally

o   Work in collaboration with an HR Service Centre to drive the service delivery and employee experience

·       Engagement and Proposition

o   Responsibility of Mr X’s culture and communications strategy in order to drive the commitment and energy that employees bring to work, which impact attraction and retention

o   Be able to develop and articulate employee value proposition

o   Devise and own social media and digital talent engagement for Mr X’s talent positing to attract and retain the right talent.

·       Workforce Planning

o   Oversee high volume cycle of contract ending/renewals in the context of changing work demands, options with management and immigration implications in a global environment.

·       Compensation and Financial Management

o   Maintain and manage global labour budgets, including pay review cycles, labour forecast and bonus management

·       Standards

o   Maintain quality by establishing and enforcing Mr X’s standards

o   To ensure that there is a clear and consistent strategic alignment with the global; HR team, Culture and Engagement, local senior and management groups; including cohesion and consistency with messaging and reason

o   Analyse the current talent process on a regular basis process

o   Set comprehensive goals/KPI for performance for the talent delivery

·       Strategy

o   Develop a strategic Talent, Culture and Comms plan for Mr X, accounting for financial opportunities; present assumptions; recommend objectives

o   Proactively work will external bodies on issues and initiatives penetrating to the global band or segment

o   Apply a commercial and strategic decision-making process to all aspect to the Talent, Culture and comms function including understanding industry dynamics


  • Organisational skills – personal efficiency, time management skills and the ability to prioritise competing demands are key
  • Communication skills – ability to lead a team, manage diverse personalities and viewpoints; the ability to build relationships and collaborate with others is vital
  • Commercial acumen – strategic decision-making within the business as an influencer. Being able to understand company finances, resourcing and the ultimate aims of the business is important
  • Role modelling – demonstrate and lead on the values, initiatives and culture of an organisation
  • Professional expertise – A strong working knowledge of employment law issues, best practice processes, as well as experience of employee relations and ideally in immigration
  • Strategic design- the ability to devise Talent, culture and comms strategies that enhance and add value to the global brand or segment
  • Leadership skills- ability to lead an Talent, culture and Comms function to produce a high performing team with a clear delineation to the value with in the business
  • Coaching and mentoring – Whether senior executives, junior colleagues or middle management, you will be proficient in developing skills in your talent
  • Trust –  a trusted confidante on talent issues, unafraid of giving your opinions and expertise

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