Enter the HR technology specialist

HR roles evolve to meet organizational requirements of the 21st century.
By Jeff Koven
|CHRR, Guide to HR Technology|Last Updated: 07/21/2003

The HR technology specialist is a relatively new position within the HR profession. Resulting from advancements within HRMS technology, this role combines a variety of different focuses, ranging from traditional HR tasks to those more commonly associated with IT.

“The ideal candidate for this position has a vast array of skills,” says Lynne Rollo, HR and payroll systems specialist at a leading Toronto legal office, Torys. “An HR technology specialist should have experience in human resources and payroll, as well as an understanding of information technology and the ability to grasp technological concepts. Project management and excellent communication skills are also an asset.

“A person that works in this capacity needs to understand all aspects of what they are working with. Not only do they need to have knowledge of current legislation and best practices in HR and payroll, but they must also be aware of new HR and payroll trends in the marketplace so that they can anticipate and plan for the future,” states Rollo.