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Human Resources Consultant

Cognos HR is expanding our HR Consulting team!
We are a Chicago-based HR services, PEO, and consulting firm that helps startups, small and midsize businesses grow. We provide a full HR infrastructure, expertise and services, and have partnered with hundreds of growing organizations around the country.

With offices in downtown Chicago and Oakbrook Terrace, Cognos HR is a small but mighty group of HR and business experts, passionate about growing our clients’ business, and helping their employees develop and succeed.

The HR Consultant Role:
Our Human Resources Consultants are true strategic HR and business partners to our clients. Highly engaged in their business, they provide a strategic, proactive approach to all of their HR needs. Our consultants are trusted advisors who support the goals, mission and values of each client and their employees.

In this role you will be:

  • Crafting a strategic HR plan that aligns to the client’s business

  • Providing HR policy guidance and interpretation

  • Identifying gaps and proactively helping manage risks

  • Serving as member of the client HR management team

  • Providing comprehensive HR administrative support, which includes pre-employment
    and new hire processing, on-boarding and termination

  • Ensuring clients are compliant with employee regulations matters

  • Offering counsel on all aspects of HR, including job descriptions, compensation and performance management

  • Overseeing employee benefits and payroll as appropriate

The Mindset:

  • Consultative style + HR expertise = Client success

  • A “Yes and” approach to client service

  • Comfortable interacting with Owners, C-Levels, new employees and everyone in between

  • Proactive, enthusiastic, collaborative, thoughtful

  • No micromanaging. You run your client book of business

Are you a fit:

  • Bachelor's degree and 5+ years related HR experience

  • PHR/SPHR or SHRM-CP/SHRM-SCP certification preferred

  • PEO experience preferred

  • Exceptional ability to develop strong relationships with a multitude of clients

  • Exceptional communication and project management skills

  • Ability to take initiative and maintain confidentiality

  • Strong knowledge of federal and state legislation and legal issues related to HR

  • Advanced working knowledge of Microsoft Office applications.

What else:

  • Work in Chicago’s amazing small business, technology and startup community,
    alongside a smart, and fun team of experts

  • A leadership team committed to your professional development

  • Competitive salary, bonuses, and 401K.

  • Medical, dental and vision insurance.

Let’s do this.
Look around our website, see who we are, and the learn about the philosophy by which we partner with our clients. Think about what you would find most exciting about joining the team and working with our clients. Email us your thoughts and resume at:

We look forward to hearing from you!

CognosHR is an equal opportunity employer and we value diversity at our company. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, or disability status.

Current Openings

We’re looking for talented individuals who are passionate about client service and helping organizations succeed through great Human Resources work. Our current openings are listed below:

If you are interested in joining our team but don’t see a position that matches your skill set, please email  Thank you!

Business Development Representative (BDR)

Want to join our team? Submit your application below.

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CognosHR is a Chicago-based HR services and consulting firm that helps small and midsize businesses grow by providing valuable, cost-effective HR infrastructure, expertise and services like payroll and group benefits. We support to hundreds of organizations around the country.

With offices in downtown Chicago and Oakbrook Terrace, we are a small but mighty group of HR experts and business people passionate about helping our clients and employees grow and succeed.

The Role:

At CognosHR, we're passionate about helping small businesses and non-profit organizations grow and succeed. We’re looking for a Business Development Representative who is eager to learn, take ownership and play a key role in our organizational growth. You will have the opportunity to work closely with our leadership team and develop your skills and expertise as a sales professional.

In this role you will:

  • Identify potential leads through research, cold calls, and lead lists.

  • Update and maintain prospect information and sales stages in our CRM.

  • Set appointments and schedule meetings with prospective clients.

  • Work with other members of our team to create and deliver sales presentations and proposals.

  • Meet and exceed weekly outreach and appointment setting quotas.

  • Write, test and analyze email templates for prospecting.

  • Build, nurture and maintain relationships with prospects by providing ongoing education and valuable touchpoints.

  • Discover ways in which we help our clients and develop creative ways to convey our value proposition to new prospects.

  • Collaborate and share feedback with our content and marketing team.

Skills & Qualifications:

  • 1-3 years of prospecting and lead generation or similar experience preferred.

  • Excellent prospecting skills, including the ability to quickly learn how to utilize use digital tools and conduct useful online research.

  • Ability to work independently and as part of  a team

  • Exceptional organizational and time management skills.

  • Strong writing and creative problem solving skills.

  • Must be comfortable - and ideally thrive on - conducting cold calls and emails.

  • Strong work ethic and be adaptable to change.

  • Good listening skills

  • Eagerness to learn

  • Think like a business owner, demonstrate motivation, take initiative, and work with a positive attitude.


  • This is an entry level position with the potential to grow towards a full sales executive role. It provides a great opportunity to learn about business operations, sales processes and client service from the ground up.

  • You will have the opportunity to:

    • Work closely with the CognosHR leadership and client service team.

    • Provide meaningful solutions that truly help small businesses grow and succeed.

    • Grow your network and connect with people in Chicago’s small business, technology and startup community.

  • Work with a smart, committed and fun group of professionals.

  • Competitive salary, commission, bonuses and 401K.

  • Medical, dental and vision insurance.

If you’re interested, please fill out the form above or email:

CognosHR is an equal opportunity employer and we value diversity at our company. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, or disability status.