Senior Global Associate Senior Global Associate …

Grant Thornton
in Chicago, IL, United States
Permanent, Full time
Last application, 20 Nov 20
Grant Thornton
in Chicago, IL, United States
Permanent, Full time
Last application, 20 Nov 20
Senior Global Associate
Global Mobility Senior Associate Grant Thornton 3/9/2020 9:08:44 AM JOB ID: 046592 Specialty: Chicago, Illinois

Grant Thornton is collaborative, entrepreneurial and on the move. As part of a dynamic global organization of 47,000 people serving clients in more than 140 countries, we have the agility and focus it takes to be a leader.

The Global Mobility Senior Associate will sit on the U.S. global mobility and immigration team in Chicago, Illinois. The role will collaborate with the National People & Culture operational and functional areas (HR Operations, National Talent Acquisition, Strategic Learning, Employee Relations, HR Delivery, and Diversity & Inclusion), firm leaders, embedded HR business partners and generalists, talent acquisition, legal and relocating employee and new hires in delivering distinctive service in global and domestic relocation.

The Senior Associate – Global Mobility will execute the U.S. firm’s global mobility programs across all areas of global and domestic relocation including strategic assignment planning and forecasting, the assignment approval process, coordination of assignment execution including compensation, relocation, benefits, taxes, expense management, and immigration, support during an assignment and repatriation. This position interacts and partners with HR business partners, finance, tax, employees and partners of the firm, and the firm’s external vendors.

The role will be an integral part of the mobility team to develop and deliver the full lifecycle of mobility services including assignment planning, facilitation, and project-based support demonstrating flexibility, adaptability and initiative.

Assignment and Relocation Management

Lead planning, preparations, and execution of international and domestic assignments leveraging standardized policies, processes, and the firm’s mobility vendors and resources

Oversee the development and maintenance of mobility overview documentation, including firm website resources for relocating employees, leaders, and the HR business partners that support them

Develop, refine and maintain mobility process flow and protocol documentation to ensure compliance and remarkable service delivery

Oversee the expression of interest process, coordinating with the Global Client Services team to vet all interest in international assignments, gathering required information and documentation for consideration, tracking and maintaining global recruitment candidate pipeline

Support complex moves for our Partners and Principals, domestically and internationally

Initiate provision of domestic relocation services internally and with third party vendors, coordinate with HR and recruiting professionals to follow company policy

Oversee the execution of the cost estimate and relocation/assignment approval process utilizing the resources of the relocation management company

Oversee preparation and maintenance of program activity tracking and reporting including metrics and trends

Monitor overall assignment activity, assignment status and support through the assignment lifecycle

Prepare and advise around cost management strategies, cost projections and related assignment and relocation documentation

Support the business, HR and recruiting in administering the domestic relocation program for new hires, including permanent international transfers, as well as domestic assignments

Advise HR, recruiting, business partners, new hires/employees on policy and protocol for global and domestic assignments and relocations

Facilitate and/or coordinate mobility processes such as cost estimates, letters of understanding, assignment agreements, immigration, mobility compensation reporting/tracking, and mobility payment distribution

Ensure that appropriate approvals are secured for all international and domestic relocation matters, ensure that leaders are appropriately briefed on all maters

Oversee exception process, including exception review, securing approvals and monitoring for future policy change proposals

Provide international assignees with services to coordinate visas, benefits, housing and compensation
packages, payroll and tax, where appropriate; and identify other support needed for a diverse mobile workforce

Serve as the point of contact for cross-border matters that involve potential immigration – mobility (international assignment) consideration

Coordinate calls with the appropriate internal and external parties to evaluate potential international assignment opportunities, including corporate and international tax, employment and immigration legal, and finance

Conducting or coordinating pre-move/pre-assignment orientation and policy meetings with new hires, employees and assignees

Support compensation and HR teams with the Year End performance, compensation and rewards review

Manage escalation of issues and exceptions

Assist Global Mobility leader in creating and managing the budget and forecasting

Oversee the assignment extension process in line with firm protocols, including cost estimate preparation, business case preparation, immigration vetting, coordination with service line leaders and embedded HR on the required data points, and securing approvals

Oversee localization process, conversion from short term/long term assignee to full-time hire, including gathering business case, assessing immigration risk, securing member firm and U.S. firm support, and providing cost estimate

Conduct assignment experience surveys, analyzing feedback and summarizing results

Analyze and prepare high-level summaries of program activity

Keep current on market trends, business challenges, and priorities by regularly gathering competitive market data, and driving program policy changes, as needed

Business Partnership

Act as an advisor to local and national service line leaders, finance, and HR business partners on global mobility policies and processes

Collaborate with HR business partners on the alignment of global assignments with career development and succession planning opportunities to support the objectives of the business

Assist in the development and delivery of training for the HR community on mobility policies and procedures


Qualifications (Personal Characteristics, Skills/Abilities, Academic):
A business-minded HR/Talent professional with at least 3 to 5 years of corporate experience in Global Mobility programs including expatriate and relocation management
Strong understanding of the entire relocation and assignment life cycle for international assignees
Knowledge and experience with international cost of living allowances, and country to country cost sharing arrangements
Highly detailed oriented, data driven, and metrics-focused with the ability to use analytics to solve problems and develop solutions
Experience working with and managing relocation vendor relationships
A strong team player with the ability to build good relationships with key stakeholders
Credible, adaptable, and someone who demonstrates strong initiative and ownership
Experienced in prioritization with demonstrated ability to be effective in supporting multiple leaders/partners working across different service lines
Collaborative and action-oriented, with the ability to react positively and quickly to sudden and unpredictable change
Experienced with HR and business technologies and applications, applying them as required

The Ideal Candidate Will Possess:
Bachelor’s degree in related field
GMS certification desirable
Proven ability to consistently and positively contribute in a high-paced environment.
Natural inclination to constantly think about ways to improve the programs and services that we provide
Strong verbal and written communication, and presentation skills
Solid analytical skills, and proficiency in MS Office including Word, Excel, and PowerPoint

Grant Thornton LLP promotes a nationally recognized culture of health and offers an extensive array of benefits to meet individual lifestyles. For a complete list of benefits, please visit

Founded in Chicago in 1924, Grant Thornton LLP (Grant Thornton) is the U.S. member firm of Grant Thornton International Ltd., one of the world’s leading organizations of independent audit, tax and advisory firms. Grant Thornton has revenues in excess of $1.7 billion and operates 59 offices, with more than 590 partners and 8,500+ employees in the United States and at our Shared Services Center in Bangalore, India.

Grant Thornton works with a broad range of publicly- and privately-held companies, government agencies, financial institutions, and civic and religious organizations. Core industries served include consumer and industrial products, financial services, not-for-profit, private equity, and technology. Grant Thornton focuses on serving dynamic organizations that pursue growth holistically — whether through revenue improvement, leadership, mission fulfillment or innovation.

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Requisition ID: 046592

Chicago, IL
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