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Vice President of Human Resources/People

Focal Systems

Focal Systems

People & HR
San Francisco, CA, USA
Posted on Tuesday, June 25, 2024

Note: this position can be filled either in San Francisco, CA or in the UK

What we are looking for
We are looking for a growth-minded Vice President of Human Resources/People to build and lead a best-in-class HR/People function that is strategically aligned with Focal’s business, mission and values. Reporting to the CEO, as a newly created position, the VP, HR will play a critical role in building and executing our people strategy to support our continued international growth. S/he will lead the development and implementation of Focal’s HR initiatives and programs that align with our business objectives and foster a high-performance culture.

About You

Superior leadership: You have extensive experience in building & leading organizations of strong individual contributors and managers. You are as passionate about leading, attracting and growing talent as you are about continuously improving our products and processes.

Data: You believe that data is the foundation for decision-making, and you are willing to challenge and be challenged. You believe in rolling up your sleeves and digging in when needed regardless of organizational structure or boundaries.

Result-driven: As a catalyst, you drive HR strategy to achieve stellar results. You are highly productive, independent, technology-focused, and have excellent communication and presentation skills. Above all else, you are as passionate about building and managing world-class teams.

Creative Approach: You understand that as a growing startup we can’t compete on all fronts. So you are motivated to identify where we stand out as an organization and leverage that to our creative advantage.


What you will do

  • Build and direct all HR/People activities, including talent acquisition, learning & development, benefits, safety, legal compliance, compensation, performance management, employee relations, HRIS, HR analytics. Create and manage the budget
  • Ensure a high level of accountability and a performance-driven team culture
  • Design and implement creative and competitive compensation & benefits plans that attract top talent while meeting the constraints of a growing startup
  • Identify KPI’s for the organization’s HR function and assesses the success and competitiveness based on these metrics
  • Design and execution of comprehensive performance management, titling, and promotion strategies
  • Oversee the design and implementation of scalable, measurable ways to engage our team members from first application to onboarding, growth, and departures
  • Oversee our onboarding strategy, resulting in best-in-class, constantly evolving onboarding experiences that will allow us to quickly, effectively, and reliably scale
  • Innovate around our organizational approach to growth, constantly search for scalable ways to empower our employees and invest in their development aligned to topline organizational goals and vision
  • Establish robust foundations, systems, and processes for a data-driven people and talent function, fostering a culture of accountability and measurable results.
  • Ensure continued compliance with relevant HR laws and regulations globally
  • Research, develop, and implement competitive compensation, benefits, performance management and employee incentive programs.
  • Ensure organizational design is clear and effectively aligned to company objectives.
  • Ensure compliance with federal, state, and local employment laws and regulations, and recommended best practices; reviews policies and practices to maintain compliance.
  • Maintain knowledge of trends, best practices, regulatory changes, and new technologies in human resources and employment law

What you need for success

  • Bachelor’s degree in HR/People or relate field (advanced degree preferred)
  • 10+ years of related HR/People experience in a dynamic, growing environment (startup experience strongly preferred)
  • Experience building a global HR/People function from scratch
  • Proven change leadership and organizational design experience
  • Project management skills with experience operationalizing complex initiatives into systematic and efficient work streams
  • Intellectual curiosity with proven ability to thrive in a fast-paced, dynamic environment and manage multiple priorities effectively
  • Retail experience and experience with an IPO is very helpful
  • HR certification (e.g., SHRM-SCP, SPHR) is a plus

Why Focal Systems
We are a tightly-knit team with an ambitious mission and a strong set of core values, which define our approach to business and have successfully guided us since inception.

Exceptional Team
We are a team of hard-working, fun-loving professionals from some of the most eminent universities, research labs, and tech companies of our time. We pride ourselves on recruiting exceptional individuals to help us redefine the state-of-the-art.

Outstanding Partners
We work with 10+ of the largest retailers in the world and have a world-class roster of investors, advisors and partners to support & advise us in our endeavors.


What we offer
We care deeply about the health, happiness, and wellbeing of all of our employees. We offer:

  • Competitive Salary & High Growth Stock
  • Health Insurance
  • Paid Time Off
  • Quarterly Team Retreats
  • Education grant