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Smythe LLP
Director, People & Culture

Smythe LLP is a member of Allinial Global and is one of the largest independent accounting, tax, and advisory firms in British Columbia, with offices in Vancouver, Langley and Nanaimo. Established in 1980, Smythe is recognized for exceptional work in the areas of assurance, taxation, insolvency, and business advisory services for private and public companies, family-owned businesses and not-for-profit organizations.

Smythe has a depth of experience and expertise in many industry sectors, including real estate and construction, hospitality, technology and resource industries. They understand unique business needs and brings insight and expertise to provide value for their clients.

Reporting directly to the HR Partner and collaborating with the Managing Partner, the Director, People & Culture’s role is to provide vision and leadership for developing and implementing Human Resource initiatives that align with the overall strategic vision and core values of Smythe LLP. Assisted by a three-person People and Culture Team, the Director, People & Culture will plan, lead, direct, develop, and coordinate the policies, activities, and staff of the People and Culture (HR) department, ensuring legal compliance and implementation of the organization’s mission and talent strategy.  This individual is ultimately responsible for all aspects of the Firm’s People and Culture strategy and operations.

The ideal candidate is a senior dynamic human resources generalist with a true passion for the power effective human resources practices can have on operational excellence. The Director will bring the ability to operate at a strategic level in support of the Firm’s goals and operations as a whole, while being able to roll up their sleeves and dive into the day-to-day needs of the department. The incumbent’s experience includes progressively senior roles within a complex, multi-location and multi-services environment, and a demonstrated commitment to excellence in an operational environment.

Focused on optimizing Human Resource’s role as a true partner, the Director brings a collaborative approach to working with all practice groups and support service leaders and provides meaningful solutions to individuals throughout the Firm. A critical thinker who has demonstrated success building solid relationships with all levels of an organization, the Director is a dynamic voice at the leadership table and thrives in a multi-faceted environment.


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