Learning and Development Specialist
Worthington Industries - Columbus, OH

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Worthington Industries (NYSE: WOR) is a global company that processes steel for use in the automotive, construction, hardware, aerospace and many other industries. Our family of 10,000 employees in 82 facilities throughout 11 countries has helped us earn the respect of our customers, our communities and our industry. With systems developed to conform to international standards for quality, environmental management and occupational health and safety, we consistently rank at the top of the Jacobson & Associates Survey, which ranks customer satisfaction among major steel suppliers With sales of approximately $2.5 billion annually, our company is North America's premier value-added steel processor and a leader in manufactured pressure cylinders, such as propane, oxygen and helium tanks, hand torches, refrigerant and industrial cylinders, camping cylinders, compressed natural gas storage cylinders and scuba tanks; framing systems and stairs for mid-rise buildings; steel pallets and racks.

Worthington Industries operates under a long-standing corporate philosophy rooted in the Golden Rule, with earning money for its shareholders as the first corporate goal. As a market leader in metals manufacturing for nearly 60 years, Worthington Industries operates on a philosophy grounded in the Golden Rule. We put people first, whether they’re our employees, shareholders, customers or suppliers. We’re looking for individuals who share our people-first philosophy and can help us continually innovate and grow through their insights, leadership and unique talents.

Worthington Industries is looking for a Learning and Development Specialist in Columbus, OH. The Learning & Development Specialist is a key contributor to providing effective, value-added learning opportunities at both the departmental and enterprise-wide level and is responsible for participating in the creation and advancement of new strategies to develop the highest level of workforce performance and leadership capabilities in all Worthington Industries professionals.

Incumbent will work in a team environment to provide:

  • Learning and development needs analysis with business unit leaders and HR leadership.
  • Design, development, delivery, and evaluation of instructor-led, asynchronous, and blended learning solutions and associated job aids/collateral material with a high degree of focus on experiential learning.
  • Monitoring and measurement of the ongoing effectiveness of learning programs.
  • Identification and implementation of best practices and continuous improvement in Worthington’s learning and development approach, which includes “learn-do-teach”.
  • Utilization of LMS system.
  • Utilization of blogs, wikis, and social media to reinforce learning.
  • Facilitation/delivery of instructor-led programs.

Incumbent will work with a wide variety of people at all levels within the organization and serve as a role model for effective interpersonal and interdepartmental relationships. Participates in educational activities that further his/her own professional growth and development.

General Responsibilities:

Integrate efforts with and provide expert contribution to the Learning & Development team with:

-Constant and consistent advocating of Our Philosophy and modeling the behaviors by which it is demonstrated.

-Design, develop and evaluate instructional programs, materials, methods, employee support systems, teaching and assessment techniques, and the construction of evaluation methods to promote effective training and level four learning.

-Assist in the improvement of the instructional development process, setting standards for assisting the L&D team in the design curriculum and instruction, development of learning resources, and retooling of courses and course segments.

-Lead/facilitate instructor-led training modules, including various WII Academies.

-Update existing instructional programs, materials and e-learning courses according to department standards.

-Ensure training sessions are of highest quality (content, delivery, materials) and align with the Worthington’s current business strategies and initiatives.

-Consult with Business Unit Leaders and HR Leadership to understand needs and assess/evaluate current material for improvement.

-Partner with facility-level HR personnel to identify, prioritize and improve/make consistent learning topics, associated tools and best content/delivery practices across the enterprise.

-Partner in the development of key metrics to track and improve programs to better serve the business.

-Apply and modify various instructional design models and instructional system components to develop thorough instructional and learning systems and environments.

-Develop facilitator guides for courses and/or program components.

Fully utilize collaboration workspaces (SharePoint) in day-to-day operations and processes of the L&D function.

-Design and supervise production of learning resources in variety of formats including print, graphics, audio, video, and animation technologies to support curriculum offerings.

-Leverage a variety of learning technologies to ensure effective and efficient program delivery including LMS, wikis, blogs, and social media.

-Create effective pre- and post-learning assessments for courses—aligned with training objectives—to encourage manager engagement, successfully measure the transfer of knowledge, and assure the driving of key business results.

-Support the process of developing and implementing continuous and sustained improvement processes.

-Effectively use consulting and influencing skills to develop valued relationships with key stakeholders and internal customers.

-Contribute to the ongoing expansion and development of processes and toolkits.

-Participate in group, local office, and national training, recruiting, and networking events.

-Miscellaneous projects and duties as required.


-Three to five years of developing and delivering instructor-led and e-learning/online education using a variety of development tools in a corporate setting.

-Bachelor’s degree or commensurate experience required. Information Design, Education, Instructional Design, Organizational Development or similar area of study preferred.

-Accomplished presentation and group facilitation skills.

-Strong knowledge of instructional design principles and practices to include: instructional systems design, curriculum design, performance improvement, performance support systems, adult learning theories, interactive technologies and eLearning design principles, distance learning, self-paced instruction, evaluation methodologies.

-Ability to identify problems and break down complex concepts and processes into component parts to be taught.

-Ability to influence, persuade and obtain buy-in from key stakeholders.

-Ability to multi-task and prioritize workload in a fast-paced environment.

-Ability to work closely with a diverse group of subject matter experts and effectively communicate with team members re: project status, issues and/or concerns.

-Excellent project management skills.

-Excellent teamwork, collaboration, and organizational skills.

-Exceptional written and verbal communication skills.

-Strong prioritization and organizational skills, flexible to changing demands.

-Experience developing technical content a plus.

-Experience in leadership development programs and materials a plus.

-Experience in sales skill development programs and materials a plus.

-Experience in Lean development programs and materials a plus.

-Experience in Organizational Development, including Succession Planning a plus.

-Willingness to travel as needed by the assignment.

-Proficient in Microsoft Office products (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, Access, Visio, Project, SharePoint).

-Experience working with Content Creations Systems and Learning Management Systems (LMS) required.

-Experience with design and media development tools preferred, such as Adobe Acrobat, Adobe InDesign, Adobe Illustrator, Adobe Photoshop or Fireworks, Adobe Dreamweaver, Flash, Captivate.

-Familiarity with ERP systems (JDE, Oracle, etc.)

About this company
Worthington Industries, Inc. (Worthington), is a diversified metal processing company, focused on steel processing and manufactured metal...