Human Resources Manager

Native Microbials is a growing biotechnology company based in San Diego, CA. 


About Native Microbials 

Native Microbials is a growing biotechnology company based in San Diego, CA, and a leader in advancing the animal health and nutrition industry through advanced science. Harnessing a proprietary technology platform that decodes the microbial ecosystem in and on animals, Native can create and deliver world-class products for animals, from animals. With headquarters in San Diego, Native Microbials maintains multiple field and production operations worldwide. Visit to learn more.  


The Position and You: The Human Resources manager serves as a trusted and strategic business partner to leaders at all levels of the organization. Reporting to the CFO/COO, this role will be accountable for the design, execution and delivery of HR programs and processes such as employee relations, training, employment, and benefits management. This position requires an extremely perceptive person who is capable of relating to individuals at all levels within the company. The Human Resource Manager must be sensitive to business needs and employee goodwill. 



  • Manage the entire employee lifecycle for the Company: onboarding, transfers, immigration, data requests, and offboarding, while partnering with our HR Consultant to ensure a great employee experience. 
  • Serves as a business partner to people leaders on employee training, performance management, workforce planning and succession planning. 
  • Leverage’s business and HR acumen to promote and develop people strategies that drive business performance. 
  • Identifies opportunities and solutions to emerging issues in the organization and promote a positive workplace climate. 
  • Designs and delivers scalable HR programs and initiatives in the areas of performance management, recognition, career development, organizational design, succession planning, and employee engagement in partnership with key internal cross functional stakeholders. 
  • Build and maintain employee data across HR systems including new hires, terminations, organization structure changes, job changes, and compensation changes. 
  • Develop and improve our people programs including employee engagement strategy, retention tactics, and performance management (performance reviews, performance issues, feedback). 
  • Maintain and revise internal HR policies and procedures for contractors, exempt, and nonexempt employees to help the Company's portfolio companies ensure compliance and mitigate risk. 
  • Leads the performance management process including facilitating performance development discussions, compensation, promotions, and the annual compensation year-end process. 
  • Manage the company compensation (base, variable, commissions, equity) processes and philosophy.  
  • Develop, synthesize, and disseminate HR metrics. 
  • Serve as a resource to employees when needed to assure that employee perspectives are heard and considered. 
  • Performs benefits administration including change reporting, approving invoices for payment, facilitating open enrollment procedures, and communicating benefits information to employees. 
  • Work closely with department heads and drive initiatives using well-sourced data to identify industry trends, source-targeted issue resolution, and develop effective HR solutions. 
  • Focus on talent development including the Company’s PMP, goal setting, professional development and career development to ensure that all employees have the opportunity to fulfill their career potential. 
  • Guide and coach managers on employee relationship and HR issues in line with company policies and best practice, including disciplinary, grievance, performance and absence management. 
  • Work with supervisors in the creation, review and utilization of 30-, 60-, 180-day competencies for all new hires. 
  • Help the organization balance staffing levels with the volume of work being produced.  
  • On a regular and recurring basis, collect organizational data to generate reports on work volume and projected staffing needs and improve business operations, including how to optimize work schedules, identify critical positions, when to reassign workers and pinpoint jobs that have become obsolete. 
  • Other duties not listed in this description might be asked of this position. 


Required Skills/Abilities: 

  • Minimum of 5 years of experience in HR, preferably working in a lean HR team or as the sole HR FTE in an operating company with 50+ FTE. 
  • Bachelor’s degree in Human Resources Management or equivalent combination of education and work experience
  • Performs benefits administration including change reporting, approving invoices for payment, facilitating open enrollment procedures, and communicating benefits information to employees. 
  • Excellent problem solving and organizational skills. 
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Strong knowledge of federal and California state employment regulations, HR operations, and local/regional recruitment specifics. 
  • Experience in educating and coaching staff, including coaching managers through sensitive matters  
  • Experience in conflict resolution, disciplinary processes, and workplace investigations. Experience in following and maintaining workplace privacy.  
  • Ability to confidently conduct company-wide presentations.  
  • Knowledge of relevant health and safety laws, including COVID-19 company and government guidelines and protocols 
  • Strong computer skills required (Excel, Word, Outlook) 


Bonus Qualifications: 

  • Biotechnology and manufacturing experience preferred.  
  • PHR/SHRM Certification
  • Experience working as an HR department of one in a startup environment

Working conditions: 

  • Ability to travel to the San Diego, CA office daily with up to 1 day per week work from home after 90 days of employment
  • Ability to work flexible hours to handle sensitive employee matters when needed


Native Microbials offers a competitive salary and benefits package, including a wellness program. 


Legal authorization to work in the U.S. is required. We are not able to sponsor individuals for employment visas for this job. In compliance with federal law, all persons hired will be required to verify identity and eligibility to work in the United States and to complete the required employment eligibility verification upon hire. 





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