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Norfolk Southern HR Business Partner in Norfolk, Virginia

Company Overview

Norfolk Southern Corporation(NYSE: NSC) is one of the nation’s premier transportation companies. Its Norfolk Southern Railway Company subsidiary operates approximately 19,500route milesin 22 states and the District of Columbia, serves every major container port in the eastern United States, and provides efficient connections to other rail carriers. Norfolk Southern operates the most extensive intermodal network in the East and is a major transporter of coal, automotive, and industrial products.

We are a team of more than 24,000 employees working together to maintain our reputation as "The Thoroughbred of Transportation". As an industry leader, Norfolk Southern offers a competitive salary and an excellent benefits package.

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Job Description

The HR business partner (HRBP) position is responsible for aligning business objectives with employees and management in designated business units. The position serves as a consultant to management on human resource-related issues. The successful HRBP acts as an employee champion and change agent. The role assesses and anticipates HR-related needs. Communicating needs proactively with our HR department and business management, the HRBP seeks to develop integrated solutions. The position formulates partnerships across the HR function to deliver value-added service to management and employees that reflects the business objectives of the organization.

*The successful candidate must be willing to relocate under with the assistance of the corporate relocation program in the summer of 2021 to our new Midtown Atlanta campus.

Essential Functions

  1. Consults with line management, providing HR guidance when appropriate.

  2. Analyzes trends and metrics in partnership with the HR group to develop solutions, programs and policies.

  3. Manages and resolves complex employee relations issues. Conducts effective, thorough and objective investigations.

  4. Maintains in-depth knowledge of legal requirements related to day-to-day management of employees, reducing legal risks and ensuring regulatory compliance. Partners with the legal department as needed/required.

  5. Provides day-to-day performance management guidance to line management (e.g., coaching, counseling, career development, disciplinary actions).

  6. Works closely with management and employees to improve work relationships, build morale, and increase productivity and retention.

  7. Provides HR policy guidance and interpretation.

  8. Develops contract terms for new hires, promotions and transfers.

  9. Provides guidance and input on business unit restructures, workforce planning and succession planning.

  10. In conjunction with Organizational Development Specialists identifies training needs for business units.

  11. Participates in evaluation and monitoring of training programs and works with their departments and Employee Development to ensure success.


  1. Business Acumen.

  2. Communication.

  3. Consultation.

  4. Ethical Practice.

  5. Relationship Management.

Supervisory Responsibility

This position has no direct supervisory responsibilities, but does serve as a coach and mentor for other positions in the department.


Bachelor’s degree and relevant work experience

Other Duties

Some travel as business needs dictate.

Please note this job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job. Duties, responsibilities and activities may change at any time with or without notice.

Work Conditions

Environment: Office

Shift Work: No

On-Call: No

Weekend Work: No

Travel Required: 6 - 10 Days per Month,

Norfolk Southern is an equal opportunity employer including veterans and disabled.