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Director of People Operations


  • Job Type: Full-Time
  • Function: HR
  • Industry: Technology
  • Post Date: 04/05/2024
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  • Company Address: 1450 2nd Street Suite 315, Santa Monica, CA, 90401

About Thatgamecompany

Dedicated to creating timeless interactive entertainment that inspires human connection worldwide.

Job Description

As thatgamecompany continues to grow and innovate, we're looking for an experienced Director of People Operations to lead our global team.  This is an exciting role as you will be part of the leadership team to innovate, implement and manage our total rewards and employee wellbeing programs, people processes, learning & development, and global expansion efforts.  You will be working closely with our global team of artists, designers, engineers, marketing, and operations personnel, ensuring that we all grow together with and in alignment with our organization’s vision.  This position will report to the Chief Operating Officer. 



  • Lead People Operations projects that impact the people's experience, including but not limited to culture surveys, employee engagement, compensation analysis, benefits/leaves, 401K, performance reviews, collaborative people initiatives, learning & development, and company events.
  • Partner with cross-functional teams: Talent Acquisition, Legal, Finance, IT and other functions to integrate people solutions and champion projects where needed.
  • Interact with senior management, executives, and/or major internal and external business partners. Ability to push back on matters that don’t align with the organization.
  • Proactively improve onboarding, off-boarding, and other employee lifecycle processes and lead the team to drive efficiency on administrative tasks.
  • Evaluate and maintain accurate information management and filing systems to ensure compliance with records retention. Ensure compliance with all federal/state/local employment laws and regulations and work with internal and external stakeholders to ensure compliance with global regulations.
  • Guide your direct reports to ensure their success in their roles
  • Be the Ambassador of the company’s values by fostering open and transparent communication.

Must haves

  • At least 15-18 years of experience in People Operations and HR and management consulting, with at least 8 to 10 years in a leadership role.
  • Highly intuitive, empathetic and compassionate.
  • Understands how creatives and engineers operate.
  • Love for video games and believe that we can elevate games as an art form.
  • Industry experience in gaming, entertainment and/or technology.
  • Worked with small to mid-sized companies and helped organizations scale quickly.
  • A deep understanding of employment law, compliance, coupled with the ability to gain a high level understanding of territorial employment customs and practices working with internal and external resources and partners.
  • Experience working with benefits brokers and/or PEO/EOR to design and implement health and wellness programs that are cutting edge and competitive.
  • Experience managing financial savings programs such as 401(k).
  • Experience identifying, implementing and managing HRIS.
  • Problem-solving and analytical skills in developing and executing operational and strategic initiatives.

Nice to haves:

  • Experience supporting a company’s global expansion and global initiatives
  • Built career maps and frameworks to support employees’ growth and development
  • Designed performance reviews according to the company’s culture and values
  • Led DEIB initiatives
  • Administered an equity plan

What is so exciting about this role

  • You will have significant autonomy in your role to build a high-performance culture.
  • North America is the core focus but the role has a global component, particularly covering the APAC region.
  • The opportunity to join a business that practices compassion across its organization and its product offering and be part of an exciting journey to create a bigger social impact.

Perks & Benefits

  • Paid time off, holidays and a two-week winter break
  • Medical, dental, and vision coverage starting on the first day
  • FSA and HSA accounts offered as voluntary benefits
  • Pet insurance for those who need it
  • Compassionate leave for employees to care for a sick loved one and/or their pet
  • Wellness stipend
  • Work-from-home stipend
  • Access to our retirement savings plan (401k program) with company match
  • Reimbursement for video game purchases
  • Mental health resources including Headspace membership and Employee Assistance Program
  • Discount portal for everyday goods and services
  • Employee diversity and inclusion initiatives such as Grow Together
  • Support for personal growth development
  • Work away from home support such as WeWork membership across the United States and internationally

We look forward to meeting you!

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Salary range from $175,000 to $195,000.  The base pay actually offered will take into account internal equity and also may vary depending on the candidate’s geographic region, job-related knowledge, skills, and experience among other factors. A bonus may be provided as part of the compensation package, in addition to the full range of medical, financial, and/or other benefits, depending on the level and position offered.