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Dave Burchfield HR Spotlight

Dave Burchfield serves as the primary support for the Rolls Royce Commercial Marine Industry, supporting 16 locations across North America. Prior to stepping into his current role, Dave worked as a Development Consultant for Rolls-Royce Defence. In this position, he managed the Development of High Potentials within the sector. Dave graduated from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2011 with a Master’s degree, Human Resources and Industrial Relations. You can find Dave on Linkedin here

1. Most job postings cite “X” years of relevant work experience and specific education criteria as requirements to be considered for the position. With this in mind, what prior work experiences and degrees/certifications/training helped prepare you for your current role?

I have a Master’s in Human Resources and Industrial Relations, as well as two years HR Business Partner experience in Defence Aerospace & Marine.

1B. What (if any) additional knowledge or skills that you don’t currently have would make you even better at your job?

– SAP P&K Training
– Myers Briggs & other psychometric testing experience
– Project Management Certification
– Ability to write effective Job Descriptions

2. Some jobs require the incumbent to be very analytical. Others require one to be a strong communicator, and others still require traits like patience, the ability to multitask, self-directedness, comfort with ambiguity, and exceptional attention to detail. Are there any behaviors and/or attributes that you would say are essential to performing the work that you do?

1. Dealing with Ambiguity
2. Patience/Emotional Intelligence/Situational Judgment
3. Coaching & Training of Managers on both leadership and HR Process & Procedure

3. Jobs guru Lou Adler says there are only 4 job types of jobs in the world (producers, improvers, builders, and thinkers). Which type of job are you in?

The role I’m currently occupying is definitely an “Improver” role. This HR Business Partner role supports a sector of the business that is new to Rolls Royce and was brought on through Mergers & Acquisitions. Furthermore the sector is geographically dispersed and is not co-located in any of the company’s major locations/facilities. As a result, the primary challenge has been to integrate the population into the global culture of Rolls Royce, and to utilize the central resources already available.

4. Does your job involve either directly or indirectly supervising or managing people? If so, how many direct (or indirect) reports do you have?

My role specifically has two direct reports; Payroll Specialist and Admin Assistant. I think for the amount of management couching HRBP’s do in the business, its good to have direct reports because it reminds you its “a lot easier said than done.”

5. How does what you do impact the business? Think complexity (different types of impacts) and scale (degree of impact). Put another way: Who and what would be impacted if your job wasn’t being done well, and why would it matter that they were impacted?

In many respects the way my current role adds is to keep us compliant. Making sure our managers are making the right decisions and are weighing the people, ethical and legal implications of their actions.

6. Is your job safe? Rate its safety on a scale of 1-10 with 1 being “seated all day in an air conditioned vault” and 10 being “I’m an astronaut going into space”. If your job isn’t safe, what working conditions (specifically) make it hazardous?

My Job is a 2 when it comes to safety. I spend most of my time in an office. Lots of travel but very seldom am I out on the shop floor of our facilities.

7. Is there anything I missed that people should know about your job? Is there anything else you want to say about what you do?

In general I think the most challenging part about my job that I wasn’t ready for was conducting ethics investigations. It’s the part I like least about my job, but often can be the most crucial when it comes to keeping the business out of expensive lawsuits. I wish I had more education/training on how to conduct clinical, unbiased, and comprehensive investigations when a complaint is raised.

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