Head of People US

  • Focusrite
  • El Segundo, CA 90245, USA
  • Apr 08, 2022
Full time Human Resources

Job Description

Head of People US

Based: El Segundo, CA with hybrid working available

Type: Full-Time, Permanent

Rate: $90000 - $120000 pa + excellent benefits

About the company:

Focusrite plc is a global music and audio group that develops and markets music technology products. Used by audio professionals and amateur musicians alike, its solutions facilitate the high-quality production of recorded and live sound. Our audio technology brands stand together, seeking to enrich lives through music by removing barriers to creativity – ‘we make music easy to make’.

The Focusrite Group trades under eight established and rapidly growing brands: Focusrite, Focusrite Pro, Novation, ADAM Audio, Sequential, Martin Audio, Optimal Audio, Linea Research and Ampify Music. With a high-quality reputation and a rich heritage spanning decades, its brands are category leaders in the music-making industry.

Music technology is an enriching space to work in and we enjoy a Group-wide open-door culture which encourages innovation. This culture, combined with a passion for the inspirational solutions we create, has led to the group winning numerous accolades, including three Queen's Awards for Enterprise and the AIM Company of the Year Award 2021.

The Focusrite Group is dedicated to building a great place to work and as an equal opportunity employer we are committed to Diversity and Inclusion. The group mission is to cultivate an equitable culture, internally and externally, where all people feel they are welcome and positively represented, whether office-based or working remotely. Equally, we recognise the major impact that climate change is having on our world and work every day towards being industry leaders in a carbon neutral future.

Location: El Segundo, CA, USA

About the role:

The Head of People will oversee the implementation and maintenance of best practice for the HR department in the US, ensuring the company continues to enhance the overall employee experience. The broad areas include: Talent Acquisition, Careers, L&D, Performance, Compliance, Policies, Renumeration, Employee Benefits, Employee relations & engagement, Culture, values, Diversity & Inclusion.

The Head of People will build strong relationships with all the key stakeholders, and provide people management guidance which supports the group’s culture, and strategic aim of being a Great Place To Work. The successful applicant will be expected to identify HR priorities and recommend appropriate people management solutions in addition to providing a customer-focused HR service.

We have offices in Los Angeles and San Francisco, but we employ people in approximately 15 states, so a broad HR knowledge would be a distinct advantage.

Responsible for supporting the implementation and delivery of group wide HR projects as appropriate.

Reporting directly to the CPO (UK Head office based) the applicant will need to demonstrate that they can work in a standalone HR environment.

Essential functions and major responsibilities:

  • Support to the CPO on defining and delivery of the HR roadmap
  • Work as an effective member of the management team, implementing the HR strategy, policies, objectives and practices required to deliver the Group’s strategy and business plan
  • Provide practical and effective advice, guidance, and support to line managers to enable them to achieve the best results through their teams
  • Engage/Support where required, external suppliers e.g. benefit providers, training, employment law, recruitment, and HRIS providers ensuring the cost-effective delivery of agreed services
  • Ensure the company maintains legal compliance in its people management activities
  • Ensure the operation of an effective HR administration service

Talent acquisition

  • Working with the Talent Acquisition Manager to ensure an efficient recruitment processes
  • Manage new starters on-boarding processes, internal transfers and leavers exit processes

Careers learning & development and performance

  • Provide support to managers on the performance management program, training, and development. Ensure objective setting meets company requirements
  • Identify and implement (as agreed) appropriate training and development solutions

Technology and systems

  • Ensure the effective operation of HRIS
  • Produce and report on relevant HR metrics
  • Ensure transactional activity is undertaken accurately, consistently and on time

Compliance, policies and procedures

  • Manage change, providing HR input as required: re-organisation, merger, changes to employee terms Ensure all company policies and procedures are up to date in line with current employment law
  • Ensure line managers are up to date with changes to any policies
  • Develop and maintain effective and relevant HR processes

Remuneration and employee benefits

  • Manage current pay, bonus, and benefit plans, providing advice and support as required
  • Recommend developments to reward structures as appropriate, undertaking benchmarking as required
  • Manage benefit suppliers and enrolment processes
  • Collate and submit data in preparation for the payroll process, and deal with any payroll related enquiries
  • Maintain PTO, overtime and sickness records for employees

Employee relations and engagement

  • Work with the group function on measuring employee engagement and identify areas of improvement
  • Provide guidance, coaching and problem solving on ER matters for line managers and staff
  • Deal with disciplinary/grievance and HR issues, using legal advice where appropriate
  • Support the operation of effective and consistent internal communications

Culture, values, diversity & inclusion

  • Maintain a culture where people are valued, and their contribution is recognised and rewarded
  • Plan and schedule all cultural events across the year

About you:

  • Preferably 10 years’ generalist HR experience
  • Good knowledge of current employment law
  • Any recognised HR qualification will be a distinct advantage (SHRM, TMI, HRCI etc)
  • Computer literate, experience of Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and MS Outlook essential.
  • A good working knowledge of HRIS systems desirable. ADP experience would be an advantage
  • Effective communication and influencing skills
  • Able to add value as both an individual contributor and active team member
  • Ability to build rapport quickly with key members of the management team
  • Confident directing and advising managers on all aspects of people management
  • Administration – completes all documentation accurately and thoroughly.
  • Communication – effective and diplomatic communicator both in person and on paper.
  • Initiative - able to work on own initiative whether independently or as part of a team.
  • Motivated - highly motivated with the vision and commitment to succeed.
  • Organisational/time management - good organisational skills with the ability to prioritise tasks and follow through. Able to manage a variety of projects to a high standard within tight deadlines.
  • Acts as an integral part of the team, keeping other members informed

Job Conditions and Benefits:

California based with hybrid working available. Some US travel will be required, between offices and employee locations. 40 hours per week.

Comprehensive benefits package includes medical insurance, life assurance, short term and long term disability, dental, vision, 401K employer contribution, 28 days PTO, staff discount on company products and merchandise. Group bonus scheme.