Get to Know Alexander Simpson, SHRM-CP

Why did you choose HR as your field?

I decided to pursue a career in HR initially because of the diversity of functions and roles that fall under the Human Resources umbrella. As an individual with a commitment to continued learning, it was important to pursue a function that offered a wide breadth of opportunity. However, that motive changed over time as I learned more about HR’s evolving strategic role as a true business partner.

What is your current job or role?

Currently, I work as a people solutions specialist providing HR support for Takeda’s 20,000 U.S.-based employees. We resolve inquiries ranging from payroll/benefits issues to policy enforcement and everything in between.

In your current job, what gives you the greatest sense of reward and accomplishment?

It is essential that employees view their HR team as a support system and ally rather than a barrier or inhibitor. In my role, I have the opportunity every day to connect with stakeholders from all levels of the organization. Not only are we resolving issues or completing transactions, but we are also establishing and reinforce that feeling of support for our employees.

What is your greatest personal or professional accomplishment?

Personal accomplishment: Completing an 11-mile tough mudder run back in 2018- I would not characterize myself as an elite runner.

Professional: Received my SHRM-CP certification in January, a goal I had been eyeing since I graduated college.

What words of wisdom would you offer to someone entering the HR field?

Stay curious, and deliberately amass as many unique experiences and skills you can early on so you’re best equipped for the position you want down the line.

What have you found most valuable about being a member of Philly SHRM?

It’s a toss-up between the fantastic network and community of the organization, and the opportunity for growth and learning through the content it produces.

What do you enjoy doing in your spare time?

When I’m not working you can find me catching up on all the current TV shows and supporting our Philly sports teams (sometimes to a fault).

If given an opportunity to do something really extraordinary or adventurous, what would it be and why?

It would have to be the opportunity to take an international work assignment, ideally somewhere in East Asia to experience a true culture shock.

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