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Talent Acquisition and Development Specialist - Stratford

Posted Jun 11th, 2021

Talent Acquisition and Development Specialist


We have an exciting opportunity for a Talent Acquisition and Development Specialist to join our growing business.

Why Work At Steelcraft?

Steelcraft is a growing Canadian metal fabrication company whose success has been built on positive collaboration between our customers, our employees, and our management team.  We understand that investing in the growth and development of our employees produces a happy, highly-engaged workforce that is willing to go above-and-beyond for our customers.  We also understand that our
company's success is dependent upon the creativity and decision-making skills of employees at all levels, and we encourage brainstorming and collaboration when approaching any new business or production challenge.

About Steelcraft Our Divisions

Benefits At-A-Glance

  • Competitive Salaries
  • Comprehensive Health Benefits
  • RRSP-Matching Programs
  • Safe Working Environment
  • Shift Premiums Where Applicable
  • Travel and/or Vehicle Allowance Where Applicable
  • Tuition Reimbursement Where Applicable

What We Are Looking for in a Candidate

Do you have that inner drive to fit the right person to the right career and grow them within a company?

Talent Acquisition and Development Specialist is responsible for sourcing / recruiting, and hiring of talented candidates, through implementation of the Company’s talent attraction strategy.

Talent Acquisition and Development Specialist also supports the Company’s efforts to inspire, develop, and retain the best employees, focusing on designing and implementing programs for performance management, employee assessment, training and development, and succession planning working closely with the organization’s leaders to identify training and development needs and create strategic solutions for improving skills across the Company. It supports both external talent sourcing as well as internal talent development and career progression.

Specific Responsibilities

Key areas of responsibility will include, but not be limited to the following:

Planning and Program Administration:

·       Plan and execute implementation of Company talent acquisition strategy
·       Lead company’s policy execution for talent benchmarking, talent assessment and interviewing
·       Investigate and determine employee needs
·       Perform analysis of hiring needs and provide employee hiring forecast
·       Implement sustainable talent acquisition and hiring plans including the design and management of recruitment and selection processes (resume screening, screening calls, interviews, etc.)
·       Support the design, planning and execution of employer branding activities
·       Encourage and support employees to be Company brand ambassadors
·       Plan and administer employee referral programs
·       Find and address bottlenecks in the recruiting process
·       Generate periodic updates for company’s leadership about upcoming talent acquisition initiatives
·       Create reports on key talent acquisition metrics
·       Communicate regularly with stakeholders to understand the Company’s hiring needs and goals
·       Proactively seek market intelligence to gain competitive advantage in attraction, assessment and sourcing methodologies as well as utilize Company tools to track, record and report hiring metrics
·       Research talent acquisition trends in the staffing industry


·       Track and support administration of requests to hire
·       Responsible for sourcing and screening applicants and sending hiring managers information on qualified candidates
·       Create postings on appropriate websites and job boards according to policies and processes
·       Advertise and promote positions and company utilizing social media, partnerships with schools, agencies, and professional associations
·       Coordinate internal and off-site job fairs including attending career and university /college fairs, acting as a Company brand ambassador as well as networking and relationship building with potential candidate communities

·       Complete required reference checks and background checks
·       Design, plan and execute selection processes (conduct interviews and screening calls, administer assessments and tests etc.)
·       Use external sourcing methods for hard-to-fill roles
·       Counsel candidates on benefits, salary, and / or total rewards
·       Build long-term relationships with past and potential candidates
·       Manage respective candidate pools to ensure qualified candidates remain engaged in current or future opportunities
·       Administer and submit all hiring paperwork for new employees
·       Lead new hire orientation and onboarding experiences for new employees

Employee Skill Development / Progression and Performance Management

·       In alignment and under the direction of the HR Director, maintain regular communication with managers to evaluate employee skill and staffing needs
·       Consult with managers and supervisors to identify if training is an appropriate action/response to address skill gaps
·       Complete needs assessments in co-operation with managers and staff to ensure that gaps in knowledge and skills are addressed, set targets and identifies outcomes
·       Working with subject matter experts (SMEs) establish and maintain core skill / competency models for each position
·        Maintain detailed job descriptions and ensure training requirements are outlined 
·       Monitor and support skill and competency development and progression milestones (that correlate to the wage structure and progression model)
·       Track employee skill development and progression relative to the position specific skill / competency and training matrices
·       Work with stakeholders to identify learning initiatives to facilitate employee development

Retention and Employee Engagement

·       Perform candidate and employee satisfaction evaluations and workshops
·       Plan procedures for improving the candidate experience
·       Suggest measures for improving employee retention using HR KPIs to support priorities
·       Maintain HR and recruiting KPIs, and create and present KPI reports
·       Partner with business leaders to support employee engagement strategies through attraction and recruitment planning, talent systems, coaching programs, succession planning, and more
·       Assist in the creation of internal company career paths processes that identify high potential individuals, determine work abilities, and professional support needed to engage and retain talent

Apprenticeship Program Administration

·       Establish, monitor, and measure the effectiveness of the apprenticeship program
·       Track and support apprentice skill and experience acquisition through detailed process monitoring and training milestone tracking
·       Lead talent attraction efforts to identify both internal and external apprenticeship candidates
·       Promote and facilitate career path opportunities for internal candidates involving apprenticeships or multiple trades
·       Ensure an adequate apprentice pool is established and maintained in order to meet future skill requirements
·       Establish and maintain relationships with partner organizations including secondary schools, post-secondary institutions / colleges, independent trade schools and training organizations and talent attraction / recruiting agencies

Skills and Experience

·       Minimum of three (3) years’ talent attraction and development experience is required
·       Experience in the manufacturing sector considered an asset
·       Proven experience and knowledge of sourcing and attracting talent in high volume recruitment
·       In-depth knowledge of full-cycle recruiting and employer branding techniques
·       Familiarity with various selection methods (interviews, assignments, assessment/testing)
·       Hands on experience with social media and job board posting and promotion
·       Experience with HRIS, ATS, sourcing and recruitment marketing tools
·       Critical thinker and proactive problem-solving skills
·       Outstanding communications and interpersonal skills
·       Impactful presentation style
·       Excellent organizational and time management skills
·       Ability to balance multiple initiatives and prioritize workload
·       Microsoft Office Suite (Excel, Word, PowerPoint, and Outlook)


Post secondary degree or diploma in a relevant field of study required

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