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Senior Human Resources Manager


Job Description:

Job Title:            Senior HR Manager, Sledgehammer Games and Toys for Bob

Department:      Human Resources

Location:            Foster City, California  

About Activision

Our mission, to connect and engage the world through epic entertainment has never been more important. Through communities rooted in our video game franchises we enable hundreds of millions of people in 190 countries to experience joy, thrill and achievement. We enable social connections through the lens of fun and we foster purpose and a sense of accomplishment through healthy competition. Like sport, but with greater accessibility, our players can find purpose and meaning through competitive gaming. Video games, unlike any other social or entertainment media, have the ability to break down the barriers that can inhibit tolerance and understanding. As a business we have an extraordinary track record of delivering stakeholder value for over 30 years. We are a member of the Fortune 500 and the S&P 500. Our enduring franchises are some of the world’s most popular, including Activision’s Call of Duty® and Crash Bandicoot™, Blizzard Entertainment's World of Warcraft®, Overwatch®, Hearthstone®, Diablo®, and StarCraft®, and King's Candy Crush™, Bubble Witch™, and Farm Heroes™. Our sustained success has enabled the company – through its support of the Call of Duty Endowment – to help find employment for over 80,000 veterans. Learn more information about Activision Blizzard and its world of epic entertainment on the company's website,

Your Mission

As a Senior HR Manager, Sledgehammer Games and Toys for Bob, you will be a strategic business partner, culture carrier, and inspirational pioneer for executive leaders across our studios.

This position requires a data- driven, analytical, collaborative, and influential leader who can work effectively across and through a highly matrixed environment. The Senior HR Manager will partner closely with the VP & People Officer, Activision Publishing and HR team to support Executives and their core leaders to advance people strategies and solutions that are aligned with short and long- term organization and operational goals.

Key Accountabilities

  • Provide full- scope HR support to leaders including: executive coaching, employee relations, compensation, structure and leveling, employee engagement and culture development, organizational design, change management, employee communications, and people development

  • Partner closely with key executives to advise and coach them on creating, implementing, and driving a talent agenda and strategy for the organization

  • Improve organization effectiveness by assisting with the design of new organizations that help Activision Publishing achieve its vision and corporate strategy

  • Drive accountability for execution of HR employee lifecycle processes throughout assigned organizations, including goal setting, performance management, talent planning and annual merit (compensation)

  • Collaborate across HR functions (e.g., with Talent Acquisition, Talent Development, Employee Relations, Compensation, Benefits, etc.) to design and deliver solutions, delegating when appropriate but maintaining accountability for overall HR delivery within assigned organizations

  • Act as a catalyst for change: help set direction, provide appropriate resources and manage strong change management and execution plans for organization changes

  • Work with leaders and employees to identify, establish, and maintain a positive work environment and authentic culture which encourages diversity, inclusion, and belonging

  • Identify levers to develop, align and execute people strategies that may drive employee engagement and retention (e.g. talent assessments, engagement surveys, succession planning)

Player Profile

  • Bachelor’s Degree in HR, Communications, Psychology, Organizational Behavior, or related field; Master’s degree a plus

  • 8+ years of progressive experience in all aspects of Human Resources

  • Organization design and development experience, including strong change management, for a complex and transforming business organization

  • Experience assessing leadership and organizational talent; identifying talent gaps and successfully implementing initiatives to address gaps

  • Experience directly supporting senior leaders, influencing leaders to make better people decisions that increase productivity and achieve business results

  • Demonstrated initiative in a fast- moving environment; proactive problem solver, roll- up- one’s- sleeves attitude with a strong work ethic and steadfast integrity

  • Comfort using facts and data to build people- centric business cases; for example, use of staffing models and other analytical tools

  • Creativity and out- of- the- box thinking; high IQ, high EQ, passion, and strong critical thinking skills with a willingness to take reasonable risk and challenge the status quo

  • Exceptional project and process management skills with a demonstrated track record of delivering high- quality results in a fast- paced, complex, dynamic business environment

  • Highest level of integrity with a proven ability to gain trust from all levels of the organization

  • Demonstrated commitment to inclusion

  • Experience supporting a global client group a plus

Our World

Activision Blizzard, Inc. (NASDAQ: ATVI), is one of the world's largest and most successful interactive entertainment companies and is at the intersection of media, technology and entertainment. We are home to some of the most beloved entertainment franchises including Call of Duty®, World of Warcraft®, Overwatch®, Diablo®, Candy Crush™ and Bubble Witch™. Our combined entertainment network delights hundreds of millions of monthly active users in 196 countries, making us the largest gaming network on the planet!

Our ability to build immersive and innovate worlds is only enhanced by diverse teams working in an inclusive environment.  We aspire to have a culture where everyone can thrive in order to connect and engage the world through epic entertainment. We provide a suite of benefits that promote physical, emotional and financial well- being for ‘Every World’ - we’ve got our employees covered!

The videogame industry and therefore our business is fast- paced and will continue to evolve. As such, the duties and responsibilities of this role may be changed as directed by the Company at any time to promote and support our business and relationships with industry partners.

Activision is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, protected veteran status, or any other basis protected by applicable law and will not be discriminated against on the basis of disability.

About King

King is the game developer behind the world- famous Candy Crush franchise, as well as mobile game hits including Farm Heroes, Bubble Witch and Pet Rescue. Candy Crush is the top- grossing franchise in US app stores, a position it has held for the last two years, and King’s games are being played by 245 million monthly active users as of Q3 2021. King, which is part of the Activision Blizzard group since its acquisition in 2016, employs nearly 2,000 people in game studios in Stockholm, Malmö, London, Barcelona and Berlin, and offices in San Francisco, New York, and Malta.

A Great Saga Needs All Sorts of Heroes

Making games is fun. Especially when you do it with people who share the same idea of what makes a good workplace great. We design games for everyone, no matter where they are or who they are, and we employ all sorts of people from all kinds of backgrounds to bring them to life. Truth is, we simply cannot expect diversity in our players and originality in our games without first nurturing it in our people. A great saga needs all sorts of heroes.

Making the World Playful

Making the World Playful is what inspires us to create new experiences and raise the bar. It’s what makes King a place where we can all dream bigger, continue to add innovation to our games, broadening the portfolio and exploring new territories in mid- core and casual. We take the art and science of gaming to the next level through our curiosity for the unexplored, passion for games, respect for each other and love for our players - and we’re not afraid to have fun along the way. In fact, together with our parent company Activision Blizzard and experts around the world, we believe having fun is good for you. There has never been a better time to join us. We're dreaming bigger and see a world of possibilities ahead. If you share our passion, our values, and our hunger to shape the future, join us in Making the World Playful!

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