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HR - Talent Acquisition Specialist

Posted: August 29 2023
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All companies under the Great Gulf umbrella are united by one simple goal: the pursuit of greatness. It’s achieved daily with the passion and dedication of every person who works tirelessly to make us great.  If you have what it takes to make great things happen, apply today to join our team.


Talent Acquisition Specialist


Human Resources


Sr. Director, Human Resources


351 King St. West, Toronto ON


Occasionally, dependent on business need




The Talent Acquisition Specialist plays an integral role in Great Gulf’s success by attracting and recruiting top talent by overseeing the full life-cycle recruitment process for all business groups under the Great Gulf umbrella.  The incumbent will further evolve the Talent Acquisition function to be a recognized value-added business partner by applying best practice standards and customized services to meet business hiring needs.    





  • Conduct comprehensive intake sessions with hiring managers to understand their business, the position requirements and recommend recruiting strategies accordingly.
  • In partnership with the People and Culture Business Partners, manage full life cycle recruiting for all assigned positions, including job postings (internal and external), candidate sourcing and telephone screening, short-listing candidates with recommendations delivered to hiring managers.
  • Participate in in-person interviews as requested by hiring managers.
  • Manage the job offer process for assigned positions including compensation discussions, preparing and sending offer letters, and background verification.
  • Begin onboarding process for new hires; seamlessly transition new hires to the People and Culture Business Partners to complete onboarding process.
  • Develop and maintain Great Gulf’s talent pipeline through continuous screening of candidates.
  • Provide coaching and guidance to hiring managers and interviewers on policies and best practices as needed.
  • Ensure an excellent experience for all candidates and hiring managers through every step of the recruitment process through transparency and by providing regular updates.
  • Work with People and Culture Business Partners to understand needs and develop a campus talent acquisition strategy to establish sustainable candidate pipelines for current and future hiring needs.
  • Work with People and Culture Business Partners to develop and implement a referral program.
  • In partnership with all members of the Human Resources team, Marketing and Executives, assist in building and promoting the Great Gulf talent brand.
  • If required or requested, assist in the research, business case development and implementation of an Applicant Tracking System.
  • Other duties as assigned.




The Talent Acquisition Specialist acts as a first point of contact and representative of the GG Group of Companies to all prospective employees. Will liaise with and build relationships with prospective candidates, recruitment agencies, post-secondary institutions, hiring managers, department heads, executive team, employees, etc.


Communication will often be confidential and sensitive in nature, requiring a high degree of integrity, trust, and discretion. Will be responsible for negotiating terms of employment with candidates, so must conduct all negotiations in good faith and maintain a positive, professional approach.




Customers include, but are not limited to all employees, hiring managers, department heads, executive team, prospective job seekers, active candidates, recruitment agency partners, and post-secondary institution partners.


EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE (Education, Experience, Knowledge & Skills)


  • University Degree or College Diploma in Human Resources
  • 3+ years of progressive HR talent acquisition experience
  • Experience in the construction, development, sales, hospitality, and manufacturing preferred
  • Experience in sourcing hard-to-fill roles
  • Demonstrated business acumen and consultative skills with ability to partner with leaders in defining their talent needs
  • Robust knowledge of current best-practices regarding talent acquisition programs and techniques
  • Excellent interpersonal, verbal, and written communication skills
  • Excellent time management and organizational skills with strong attention to detail
  • Strong ability to take initiative, problem solve and make decisions within scope of job
  • Strong track record of customer service and effective people skills
  • Portfolio management – ability to effectively manage a corporate portfolio consisting of 10+ vacancies/requisitions at one time
  • Ability to work independently as well as collaboratively in a positive team environment




This position is not responsible for performance management and/or disciplinary action, however, does provide supervision to the People and Culture Generalist who is responsible for supporting the recruitment process.    The Talent Acquisition Specialist will provide direction, supervision and guidance to the People and Culture Generalist in all aspects of the recruitment process.


The Talent and Acquisition Specialist may be asked to provide input into the Human Resources budget and estimates related to talent acquisition and recruitment needs.




  • Indoors in a shared office space.
  • Depending on client groups and to fully understand working conditions of all vacancies they are recruiting for, may require outside, walking in resort, golf, construction, manufacturing, or other environment.
  • Wear appropriate uniform, personal protective equipment as required.




  • Ability to sit and operate a computer for long periods of time.
  • Ability to walk around to meet with staff on a regular basis and visit clients at their location if supporting client group outside physical work location.

Great Gulf is committed to providing a fair and equitable work environment and encourages applications from qualified women, men, visible minorities, aboriginal peoples and persons with disabilities. As per the Ontario Human Rights Code and the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA), Great Gulf will accommodate the needs of applicants with disabilities throughout all stages of the selection process. If you need accommodation during the recruitment process, please advise Human Resources.

The Great Gulf Group (“GGG”) is committed to protecting the health and safety of our employees, our tradespeople and suppliers, and our customers and visitors. Employment with GGG is conditional upon you having received all required doses of a COVID-19 vaccine series approved by Health Canada at least 14 days prior to your start date. You must provide a copy of your Ministry of Health COVID-19 Vaccine Dose. If you have a medical reason, or any other reason pursuant to the Ontario Human Rights Code, for not being fully vaccinated now or in the future, you may submit a written request for accommodation with an explanation of the ground and/or any supporting documentation to assist in the determination of exemption from this condition.