Denise Backus, Phr

  • Houston, Texas
Denise Backus, Phr

Senior HR Business Partner


Dynamic and self- directed Senior Human Resource Management professional with extensive experience positively impacting organizational performance through employee engagement, management and leadership coaching and performance coaching. Proven ability to develop relationships and support employees of all levels within an organization.

Work History

Work History
Apr 2013 - Present

Senior HR Business Partner 

INOVA Geophysical, Inc  , Houston, TX

Serve as the strategic consultant and sole HR Business Partner for United States Division. Design HR solutions that sustain key business requirements and align with the organization’s short and long term business objectives, while assuring compatibility with company’s values, ethics and policies.

  • Provide analysis and recommendations in talent management, performance and career management, workforce planning and change management.
  • Counsel and coach employees and managers regarding HR issues, practice and policy including employee relations, performance management, facilitation of formal/informal complaints to resolution, disciplinary actions.
  • Develop and deliver training programs to employees at all levels on leadership, teambuilding, counseling for performance improvement, conflict resolution and legal requirements.
  • Support the business unit through change transformation and ensure continued employee engagement and productivity.
  • Oversee administration of the health and welfare programs.
  • Liaise with immigration attorneys for employees needing H-1B and Green Card sponsorship.
  • Manage the administrative staff.


  • Pioneered  the development of the Leadership and Management training program.
  • Manage and drive the delivery of the Group Benefits Administration, instrumental in reducing the overall benefits cost of by 30 thousand.
  • Manage and coordinate employee Wellness Program and Recognition and Incentive Program.
  • Addressedglobal business requirements by streamlining existing HR business programs, policies and procedures.
Jul 2011 - Apr 2013

Human Resources   Generalist

Torch Energy Advisors , Houston, TX

Supported 120 employees to include Corporate and field (exempt and nonexempt) encompassing 3 different companies reporting directly to CEO. Daily interaction C Suite included 4 Executive leaders.

  • Oversaw the Human Resource services, policies and programs for Torch Energy Advisors Incorporated, its Subsidiaries and Managed Entities and maintained regulatory compliance and labor laws. Ensured company’s culture, mission and initiatives are understood and implemented.
  • Provided employee relations support through employee counseling, employee satisfaction/ feedback surveys and exit interviews.
  • Developed and administered performance evaluations. Partner with management to ensure successful writing and delivery of evaluations.
  • Recommend, evaluated and participated in staff development processes.
  • Conducted salary surveys and analyzed compensation plans.
  • Administered the payroll for 80+ Texas based employees.
  • Managed and performed benefits administration which included claims resolution, monthly reconciliation and approved payments. Managed and executed the health benefits renewal and annual enrollment process.
  • Conducted twice monthly funding, annual discrimination testing and audit for two 401(k) plans.
  • Managed and maintained compliance for the DOT and Non- DOT drug and alcohol plans.


  • Developed and implemented a comprehensive new-hire induction program and management guide for effective onboarding.
  • Designed and created virtual company handbook.
Oct 2009 - Jul 2011

Human Resources Senior Generalist

Sparrows Offshore, LLC Houston, TX    

Provided guidance and support for the US regional divisions on all levels of human resources including, but not limited to, the recruitment and selection process, career path and progression, training and development, on boarding, employee relations, compensation, benefits and records retention.

  • Supervised a team of 2 HR Assistants. Supported approximately 400 employees throughout the US to include Field Engineers, Engineering Technicians, and Mechanical Engineers.

  • Advised and assisted management on employee relations and workplace investigations including sexual harassment, discrimination, EEOC/affirmative action and arbitration/mediation hearings throughout the US. Ensured that equal employment opportunity policies and procedures are properly administered.

  • Managed and administered the health benefit plans: medical, dental and vision, life, disability, executed the benefits renewal and annual enrollment process. Processed and maintained worker’s compensation claims, COBRA, FMLA, STD and LTD Records. Performed monthly claims resolution, reconciliation and approve payments.
  • Responsible for all aspects of payroll processing – timesheets, edits, reports, etc. Processed employee-related information including garnishments, benefit deductions, time-off requests and approve payroll registry in compliance with FLSA.
  • Produced and administered human resources policies and procedures for the US.


  • Lead the implementation of Benefit Harbor-integrated HR and Benefits system in support of the  Corporate HR initiative.
  • Played an integral role in design and implementation of the organization’s new job family, framework by leveraging a strong understanding of client groups.
Nov 2006 - Aug 2009

Human Resources Generalist

HelixEnergy Solution – Canyon Offshore Inc., Houston, TX
2002 - 2006

Personnel Coordinator

 UnitedStates Army, El Paso, TX   


1996 - 2000

Bachelor Of Science-Education- Minor in Communication

University of Texas -Austin

Certifications and Affliations

2009 - Present

Professional in Human Resources ( PHR)

Human Resource Certification Institute
2009 - Present

Society for Human Resources Management ( SHRM)



Microsoft Office Suite including Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Publisher, SAP, Visio, SharePoint, ADP Worrkforcenow, Oracle 11i. Excellent communication, presentation and analytical skills.