Consultant Spotlight – Scott McGrail

July 16, 2019

Scott McGrail joined HRchitect in 2015 and has become a driving force behind the exponential growth of our HRIS & Payroll system implementations. Get to know Scott in this month’s HRchitect Consultant Spotlight.


Scott McGrail

Hometown: Montreal, Quebec

Alma Mater: The University of McGill

Favorite Food: Anything off of the barbeque!

Favorite book: I have two young children, so I spend a lot more time reading to them, than I do reading on my own lately. That said, I enjoy reading Roald Dahl books out loud to them. I read these books when I was a child, so it is extra special to make memories with my children with these same books.

Favorite Movie: Office Space

Hobbies: Anything sports-related! I’m an avid skier, cyclist, and rock climber. I also enjoy carpentry.

How did you find out about HRchitect, and what made you join? Before joining HRchitect, I was looking for a change. So, I reached out to Brian Kimball to help me benchmark where I was versus where I wanted to be professionally. The conversation with Brian was very helpful. A few months later, Brian reached out and offered me a position at HRchitect, which was in line with the type of work I wanted to be doing, so I accepted and joined the team!

In your own words, what do you do at HRchitect? My role encompasses a number of things. Overall, I work to make sure our HRIS & Payroll implementation team has the resources needed to meet client expectations. I also lead implementation projects for our clients, typically as a Project Manager. In that regard, my role is to work with clients to ensure they are making the right solution design decisions, taking their global business landscape and growth trajectory into account when implementing new HR & Payroll software.

What motivates you to wake up and go to work every day? I enjoy the opportunity of discovering how different organizations and their teams function and love the challenges of organizing a solution in a manner that fits the needs of the nuances that are particular to the groups that I am working with. No two days are the same, and that keeps my role perpetually interesting. I’d also be remiss if I didn’t mention my colleagues. Despite working at a company where our workforce is entirely virtual, I’ve had the opportunity to build great working relationships with great people, and I’m thankful for that.

Tell us about a recent project that you worked on that you’re particularly proud of: Any project where I’m able to ensure that the group implementing has a clear understanding of what’s to come, a solid comprehension of how those events tie to their particular goals and the preparedness to meet those challenges will allow their expectations to be met. To me, all those pieces make up a successful implementation project, and a successful project is always one I’m proud of.

 Which employee perk that HRchitect offers do you enjoy the most? Why? The flexibility! Both the ability to work from home, and the flexibility in terms of scheduling that helps me to maintain a good work-life balance. Flexibility isn’t something that exists in every work environment, but it certainly does at HRchitect. This is something that I very much appreciate, as I have a family with young children, and it’s important that I’m able to adapt to meet the needs of my family.


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