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Senior People Partner

Department: Human Resources and Talent

Location: Santa Barbara

Req#: 4924

Success at Sonos starts with building and growing effective working relationships with the extended People team, internal clients, and stakeholders at all levels globally. 

In this role, you will partner with the leadership team of a global business function to localize and deliver the essential people-related elements that support business growth and organizational capability. Working in collaboration with the different functional groups across People Operations (Talent Acquisition, Program & Insights, Employee Experience, and Compensation) you will ensure the successful delivery of global and local initiatives to achieve the People objectives of the business. 
About You

You want to be part of a team.

You come with new ideas and a unique point of view. You look forward to collaborating with a diverse team of talent. You assume everyone’s best intentions, welcome a healthy debate, and embrace differing opinions. You eagerly seek and give help. Transparency tops your list of values, and you proactively contribute to a culture of respect and inclusion.

You enjoy a challenge.

Inquisitive and focused, you see every challenge as an opportunity. You’re ambitious and comfortable making mistakes because you learn from them and bounce back quickly. You would rather create the future than wait for it. You prioritize long-term value over short-term objectives.

You love to listen.

You approach every interaction with curiosity and a desire to understand. You want to make a positive impact in the world. You’re passionate about culture and know the power that music, film, podcasts, games, and stories have to bring people together.

What You’ll Do
  • Proactively drive people strategy and alignment for one or more Sonos functions
  • Be the primary point of contact for Leadership Team members 
  • Drive initiatives: 
    • Workforce planning and organizational structure (in conjunction with our Talent team) 
    • Continual attention to the “high performing” nature of teams  
    • Executive communications strategies 
    • Training and development initiatives (in partnership with our Program & Insights team) 
    • Close connection with Finance and other SMEs as necessary  
  • Have the pulse and hold up the mirror with a quantitative and qualitative view of how we’re doing 
    • Take data interpretation to the next level with your provocative suggestions and insights 
    • Provide a “feet on the street” view of morale; diagnose root-cause issues within organizations 
    • Provide coaching to leaders around Sonos behaviors and values and overall leadership effectiveness 
    • Provide real time insights around headcount, budget, attrition, and other actionable metrics
  • Seamless service: (“HR that just works”):   
    • Ensure smooth execution and processing of People Operations programs and personnel changes 
    • Be capable of representing the local legal requirements – either by becoming an expert or by relying on others 
    • Conduct performance related conversations with managers/employees 
    • Rise to any necessary occasion with flexibility, ingenuity, professionalism 
Skills You’ll Need
  • Thought Leadership.  We want to hear new ideas and pick your brain!  Spark our thinking and help us benefit from your industry experience  
  • Collaboration and Partnership.  You will be collaborating with your fellow People Partners, as well as your business clients, as well as others in the People Operations team.  We will expect you to reach out for help and to help others, accept coaching and provide your own best practices  
  • Intuition.  Your ability to read people and groups is critical. You will be expected to be a talented diagnostician of situations and individuals, and bring that to work every day. 
  • Appetite for business.  In this role, you’ll be expected to understand the strategy, objectives, financials, metrics, people and challenges.  You will need to be a quick learner with high curiosity 
  • Prior experience in a similar role in HR/People Operations
More About Sonos

Sonos is a sound experience company. We pioneered multiroom wireless audio, made it sound amazing, and changed the way people listen, making it effortless for them to enjoy what they want, where they want, how they want.

Today we continue empowering listeners by developing new technologies, thoughtfully designing products, expanding our software platform, and crafting brilliant sound experiences while participating in a culture that values respect, transparency, collaboration, and ownership.

Together we’re working to positively impact the world and inspire everyone to listen better—because listening brings people together, builds understanding, drives change, and makes us happier.

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