Senior Manager, Human Resources

Activision/Blizzard - Santa Monica, CA

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Job Description

Provide Human Resources business partnership to assigned client groups within Activision Blizzard’s corporate shared services groups.  Assigned client groups could include (but are not limited to) Finance, Legal, HR, Communications, IT, Facilities, and others. Work with business leaders in all aspects of the people strategy, including the development and execution of HR initiatives.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Work with various corporate leaders to understand their organization and people needs and collaborate across the Human Resources team (e.g., with Talent Acquisition, Compensation, Benefits, etc.) to design and deliver solutions
  • Advise leaders to help them own their organization’s talent priorities; provide full scope HR support to corporate leaders including: executive coaching, employee relations, incentive and compensation actions, structure and leveling, employee engagement and culture development, organizational design, change management, employee communications, performance management and people development
  • Influence leadership to make decisions that achieve their objectives while acting in the best interest of the company
  • Heavily participate in the evolution of the HR Business Partner function, contributing to its positioning as a strategic function while identifying opportunities to transfer work to other HR departments
  • Develop talent and succession plans; investigate trends from talent assessments and leadership input to address capability/succession gaps; ensure talent plans are referenced and used throughout the year
  • Identify levers to drive employee engagement across assigned corporate groups, coaching managers and employees to own their engagement
  • Provide analysis and recommendations for organizational change, help set direction, provide appropriate resources and manage execution of approved changes
  • Assess/identify HR strategy/policy/process improvements as needed and work across the HR organization to implement
  • Develop the overall HR function, ensuring appropriate representation of assigned functions while creating new HR processes, systems and approaches that progress the company as a whole
  • Lead and participate in special projects as needed


  • 8+ years of experience with 4+ years in progressively responsible HR roles, preferably in a corporate environment supporting corporate functions
  • Familiarity and understanding of all areas of the Human Resources function
  • Experience working with and influencing senior executives
  • Demonstrated success operating as an HR business partner in an environment with many complex needs

Knowledge and Skills         

  • Exceptional project and team management, efficiently driving execution across a highly diverse set of responsibilities
  • Proactive problem solving orientation
  • Ability to build relationships, credibility and trust with employees and management
  • Business-oriented communication with strong executive presence, including a demonstrated history of developing/delivering senior-level presentations and supporting senior leaders
  • Ability to tailor messages to a variety of audiences, craft complex communications for all levels within client groups and convey updates and training presentations to small or large groups
  • Highly collaborative team player with other HR team members, employees, and managers
  • Ability to work independently in fast-moving, ambiguous and uncertain environments
  • Ability to conceptualize, plan, and implement new projects and programs
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