The Director of HR & Culture we seek is a leader, a manager, and a hands-on technical expert.

In this role you will collaborate with business leaders to develop key objectives and interpret what HR enablers are necessary to deliver those business results.  You will leverage and integrate all of the pertinent expertise and capabilities of the HR function to achieve desired business outcomes. You will be responsible for strengthening the senior leadership team of each function by providing coaching and counsel to senior executives to further develop their leadership capability and capacity. You will partner with senior executives and leaders to design and scale an organization capable of delivering against the company’s strategic goals and objectives.

This role will have a global scope working with leaders and teams across many sites. The role requires significant experience working across cultures and designing a strategic resource plan on a global scale.

Responsibilities for this role include but are not limited to:

Culture and Employee Experience: Help establish and foster SoundHound culture, consistently driving improvement in programs, diagnostics, and related training/coaching engagements, in order to develop overall capability to foster a healthy, cohesive, collaborative, fun, fair and equitable workplace. Is responsible for all ER-related issues. Work with managers, employees and appropriate others to respond to all employee relations issues in ways that foster a cohesive and enjoyable workplace. Work closely with the management team to ensure employees' clarity about SoundHound’s business vision and help to build a culture of passion for that greater mission.

Organizational Effectiveness: Identify gaps hindering achievement of business outcomes and ensure business is focused on solving root cause issues. Drive increasingly complex initiatives to improve organization effectiveness. Coach, train and foster management capability.

Change Management: Coach executives and management on planning and communications related to change management initiatives, and work through organizational design to drive role clarity at the individual and at the team level. Define and drive/facilitate complex change initiatives. Educate management and key stakeholders on best practices in change management. Orchestrate full circle review of change impact to ensure change acceptance. Communicate changes and potential impact to wider group of constituents outside of client group.

Talent and Workforce Planning Solutions: Lead efforts to identify potential successors for critical roles and leadership positions. Drive initiatives in partnership with executives to attract, retain, and develop key talent. Establish clarity about critical roles and develop strategies to address retention risks and skill gaps, ensuring depth of bench strength for key roles across the Company. Involved in selection of internal and external talent.

Workforce Analytics and Technology: Identify key metrics to assess and diagnose the health of the organization. Educate management on headcount planning and related metrics (e.g. span-of-control) to support business decisions. Apply knowledge of HR metrics and use data from various tools appropriately to assess and influence / drive business decisions. Consult with management on workforce planning and headcount management.

Performance, Recognition and Rewards: Create insightful approaches to employee recognition and rewards; can assess market data to drive optimal compensation decisions and is innovative about ways outside of compensation to provide meaningful reward and recognition. Is accountable for the successful implementation of the life cycle of the performance and compensation process across SoundHound.  This includes being knowledgeable of Company budgets and demonstrating ability to utilize funds effectively during annual cycle. Show good judgment in knowing when to advocate out-of-guideline recommendations. Demonstrated ability to develop recommendations on executive compensation.

Qualifications and Experience:

Bachelor’s degree in a relevant field plus 10 or more years of progressively responsible success as a senior strategic HR business partner/manager

Proven experience managing and implementing large scale HR programs and/or initiatives across global teams

Track record of developing successful relationships with C-Suite or Business Unit Leaders

Knowledge leader, with demonstrated mastery in organizational development/design, change leadership, and overall talent management

A business leader, who is equally a builder of HR solutions based on HR best practices, as well as, an astute business member who employs solutions that affect the current and future performance of the business

Passion for working with deeply technical leaders and teams

Excellent change management skills - comfortable with ambiguity and constant change, able to methodically work through complex problems, set priorities and execute on commitments

Can balance compassion and toughness in coaching others and leading through change

Comprehensive understanding of local employment law, coupled with the ability to gain a high-level understanding of territorial employment customs and practices working with SoundHound's globally distributed teams

Has a passion for creating healthy organizations, driving transformation and helping culture be a competitive advantage


About SoundHound:

SoundHound turns sound into understanding and actionable meaning. We believe in enabling humans to interact with the things around them in the same way we interact with each other: by speaking naturally to mobile phones, cars, TVs, music speakers, coffee machines, and every other part of the emerging 'connected' world. We achieve this through a suite of products:

  • Hound - leverages our Speech-to-Meaning technology to showcase a ground-breaking smartphone experience.
  • SoundHound - applies our technology to music, enabling people to discover, explore, and share the music around them, and even find the name of that song stuck in their heads by singing or humming. #truestory
  • Houndify - our platform that empowers developers to be part of the Speech-to-Meaning revolution.

Mission: Houndify everything.

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