Director, Executive Development

Whirlpool - Benton Harbor, MI

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Job Description

As part of our ongoing commitment to employee development and developing great leaders, we are seeking a Director of Executive Development to lead the leadership development strategy in alignment with the organization’s enterprise agenda and the broader learning and development strategy. The Director will work to create a leadership advantage by designing, delivering and measuring our global executive leadership development efforts in support of helping current and future leaders achieve their full potential. In addition, the Director will be responsible for system-wide development and implementation of models, tools, and training to enhance the organization’s overall leadership capability and performance. The Director will partner with business leaders and other areas within HR to deliver a comprehensive leadership development strategy and operational road map aligned to the needs of the business. This role requires an exceptionally strong leader who has the ability to create a step function change in learning outcomes, culture and performance.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Design, develop and deliver innovative “signature” development programs (strategy, architecture and systems) to ensure Whirlpool’s leaders  have the necessary skills and capability to accelerate personal growth and are ready for the next level of leadership
  • Through gap analysis of collective individual assessments and understanding of enterprise business imperatives, develop targeted solutions to enhance the performance of our current and future leaders
  • Identify, develop and measure appropriate metrics to assess the success of the programs, making recommendations on continuous  improvement actions
  • Create a global learning council/steering committee to ensure visibility to and alignment on global initiatives and investments to the most critical business needs
  • Drive the level of change necessary commensurate with large scale, global initiatives in order to achieve desired outcomes aligned with the overall strategy
  • Partner with key business stakeholders and the broader HR organization in delivering leading practice learning initiatives


  • Experience designing innovative and contemporary global executive development programs that deliver measurable outcomes
  • Ideal candidate has 10+ years of experience in a leadership role in a complex matrixed organization in either HR, Learning & Development, Organization & Talent Development or related discipline with expertise in executive leadership development, program design and delivery, competency development, and learning effectiveness measurement/analysis
  • Bachelor’s Degree required, relevant certifications and/or Master’s Degree or an advanced degree preferred
  • Strategic mindset with proven operational excellence
  • Strong executive presence and experience working with C-Suite
  •  Experience leading and driving change on large scale, global learning initiatives
  • Experience identifying and working with outside vendors and/or top universities in creating unique leadership development experiences
  • Proficiency with and broad understanding of technology enablers and the digital landscape
  • Ability to define, leverage and analyze data as input to and support of strategy and ongoing continuous improvement efforts
  • Excellent communication skills; effective presentation and facilitation skills; ability to communicate with external partners, all levels of leadership (especially C-Suite), and individuals of diverse cultural backgrounds
  • Demonstrated results in being business outcome oriented; partnering with others in gathering business requirements and leveraging learning design as an enabler, not the end state
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