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Senior Director of People (HR)

Irvington, NY
Posted 10/9/19

We have an immediate opening for a Senior Director of People to lead all efforts to build & maintain a world class team. While this position will work closely with & be a member of the leadership team, the ideal candidate should be hands-on and have that no-task-too-small mentality.  This is an opportunity to make a huge and lasting impact on a fast growing, exciting company. The company is located in Irvington, NY and offers a competitive compensation package, including a generous PTO policy, a 401(k)-retirement plan and company equity.

You Will:

  • Serve as a key member of BrightFarms’ leadership team to assist in driving business results
  • Develop and drive organizational and people strategies that are aligned to the business strategy
  • Partner with and coach business leadership to facilitate organization and culture change
  • Act as a catalyst for building organizational effectiveness and educate leaders on HR trends that impact the business
  • Partner with functional COEs to manage activities for client group including diversity and inclusion, employee relations, manager development, rewards and recognition, compliance, talent acquisition, performance management and employee engagement
  • Analyze and present people metrics to leadership to inform sound talent and business decisions
  • Guide leaders through talent movement and strategic organizational design decisions and execution
  • Provide counsel that is consistent with company policies and practices, legal considerations, etc.
  • Coach leaders and managers to maximize the effectiveness of their teams and individuals and solve for complex organizational issues
  • Manage and resolve complex employee relations issues. Conduct effective, thorough and objective investigation
  • Maintain in-depth knowledge of legal requirements related to day-to-day management of employees, reducing legal risks and ensuring regulatory compliance.
  • Consult with line management and provide daily HR guidance
  • Provide guidance and input on business unit restructures, workforce planning and succession planning
  • Oversee the organization’s pay structure, determine competitive wage rates and develop or modify compensation plans
  • Manage employee review and goal setting processes
  • Perform talent acquisition, source and pre-screens candidates, make referrals to hiring managers and ensure efficient turn-around activity
  • Oversee leave of absence activity.Provide policy counsel to management, respond to and resolve escalated leaves of absence matters, communicates with associates regarding leaves.
  • Work with third party vendor to ensure appropriate management and monitoring of Worker Compensation claims.Collaborate with workers compensation vendor, attorneys, and adjustors to investigate and resolve claims.  Coordinate approvals for settlement offers.  Gather relevant data as requested for all hearings/arbitrations.
  • Manages other areas such as relocation and additional projects as assigned.

Your Qualifications:

  • Proven ability to provide strategic HR direction to the management team and a multi-state organization
  • Ability to thrive in a lean organization with an entrepreneurial culture
  • High learning agility with a history of operating efficiently and effectively in a fast-paced and flexible environment
  • Strategic thinker, with demonstrated experience translating strategic goals and concepts into action plans and implementing initiatives at an operational level
  • Solid track record of developing and implementing HR projects and programs to drive change and improve organizational and leadership effectiveness
  • Demonstrated competence in employee relations and knowledge of employment laws (i.e. EEOC guidelines, FLSA and ADA)
  • Bias for action, strong work ethic, and desire to achieve excellence
  • Passion for innovative HR solutions and process improvement
  • In-depth knowledge of Human Resource operations, including recruiting, employee relations, employee health and welfare benefits, learning and development, payroll and strategic planning.
  • The ideal candidate will have at least fifteen years of experience in HR with at least 5 in a Director and/or VP role
  • Agriculture or Manufacturing experience a plus


  • This position is based in the Irvington, NY office

Key Values & Characteristics of Candidates:

  • Authentically Green. Candidates must sincerely care about leading the movement to improve the environmental impact of the food supply chain. Candidates must be passionate about creating a healthier planet, environment and food supply. The background and experience of candidates should reflect a true passion for improving the way we feed Americans.
  • Drive to Succeed. Candidates must have hunger and ambition and must get out of bed and want to perform strongly everyday, internally motivated. Candidates must demand excellence and strive to achieve greatness. Candidates should have a high clock speed and imbue energy in those around them.
  • Humility & Integrity. Candidates must have personal humility and must want the organization to succeed (not focusing solely on personal success). Candidates must care about people and clients and be strong team players. Candidates must possess the highest degree of integrity and must project the proper image of BrightFarms.
  • Productive. Colleagues and clients should be quick to describe candidates as famous for getting things done.


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