Sr Director, People Strategy and Operations

April 19, 2024
Offerd Salary:$209,088 - $313,632
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The Sr. Director, People Strategy & Operations is a Key Member of the P&C Leadership Team. In partnership with the VP, People & Culture, the Sr. Director, People Strategy & Operations will lead the implementation, scaling, and improving of the AV people strategy programs designed to support business goals. This is a hands-on leadership role; working with people at all levels and in all different functions in the organization, continuously improving employee engagement; embracing leadership/managerial and people development; empathetic Employee Relations; and improved retention across the business.

This role will build alliances across the organization in order to create awareness and prove, through data, the positive business impact in utilizing people strategies that support a high performance culture.

The Sr. Director, People Strategy & Operations ensures each business/function is supported by developing a strong team of Sr. P&C Managers, P&C Business Partners, and their team of Business Partners & Generalists; provide guidance, development, and functional P&C expertise to enable Business Partners and their teams.

The Sr. Director, People Strategy & Operations will develop and drive forward the Corporate People Strategy: humanizing impersonal HRIS Systems and Processes; continuously improving employee engagement; embracing leadership/managerial and people development; empathetic Employee Relations; and improved retention across the Business Segments.

Position Responsibilities

  • Works with the VP, People and Culture to develop Global People Strategies that align with the Business Strategies; executes strategies through P&C initiatives, measuring progress and identifying countermeasures to risks in achieving goals. Works cross-functionally to ensure that these strategies are understood and implemented, as appropriate and compliantly, within the business, GLOBALLY.
  • Creates and implements an exceptional Employee Journey by working with Business Partners, Functional P&C Leaders and Cross-Functional Teams as needed to ensure all people policies and processes focus on supporting and improving the employee experience across the entire lifecycle.
  • Directs and guides all P&C Compliance Requirements; is an active member of the Regulatory Compliance Team; manages the activities of P&C Team as it relates to Compliance Requirements.
  • Directs the consistent application of Global Corporate P&C Programs and Projects through the Business Partners, including, but not limited to: performance review, compensation, employee relations, performance management, separation; acts as Project Manager, overseeing the Business Partners' effectiveness and impact across the organization.
  • Leads the WORKDAY and other HR Capital Management System Integrations. Is part of the SteerCo. Assigns P&C Team Members to support the project as appropriate. Incorporates the (new) Employee engagement App into the Employee Communications Network.
  • Leads M&A activity for P&C related areas, including due diligence, compliance, integration, and talent retention; provides direction to Business Partners for the successful integration of new entities, ensuring the achievement of M&A one-year goals.
  • Oversees our IMPACT Community Involvement program by providing strategic direction in collaboration with the Generalist managing and executing the program.
  • Analyzing Metrics and prepare reporting monthly and quarterly in partnership with the HRIS team. Leads global strategic workforce planning in alignment with annual strategy planning or organization shifts in priorities; Works with Business Partners and Segment Leaders to drive execution of talent needs.
  • Works with the Business Partners to support the design and implementation of organization structures that support business operations; leads change management process.
  • Fosters a culture in which passion for excellence and continuous improvement is innate; creates a culture of ownership, striving for success, and proactively shares knowledge, and leads the development of others.
  • Provides matrix manager leadership of the P&C Senior Manager, Business Partners by creating Individual Development Plans, holding regular weekly team and 1-1 meetings, and regularly obtaining and providing feedback.
  • Basic Qualifications (Required Skills & Experience)

  • Bachelor's Degree or equivalent in Human Resources, Business Management or related field, or equivalent combination of education, training, and experience

  • A minimum of 15+ years of relevant experience

  • A minimum of 10+ years directly managing a team of senior P&C leaders; multi-function organizations, preferred

  • A minimum of 5+ years in a senior leadership position, leading a team of senior P&C business partners within a global organization

  • Significant proven experience as a people strategy leader with deep knowledge in Organizational Development, Change Management, and talent development

  • Demonstrated experience in developing talent processes that support a high-performance culture

  • Demonstrated experience supporting C-Suite leadership

  • Experienced in successfully planning large, complex programs

  • Successful experience in providing feedback and guidance to leaders

  • Experience developing and managing within a matrix environment

  • Experience working within a multi-national organization and leading a global P&C team

  • M&A, and integration experience

  • Demonstrated experience converting talent strategies to support business results

  • Occasionally may be required to travel within the Continental U.S. and globally

  • Thorough understanding of US Labor Law with the ability to research and apply changes to the organization

  • Other Qualifications & Desired Competencies

  • SPHR Certification highly preferred

  • Exceptional EQ and Empathy

  • Prior experience scaling a P&C organization to support a high growth organization.

  • Prior Aerospace and Defense experience

  • Prior HRIS Implementation experience

  • Prior experience overseeing the entire Employee Lifecycle

  • Prior experience specializing in one or more Functional Areas of HR

  • Exceptional at building teams with a learning mindset - you encourage your team to try something different and learn from mistakes

  • Demonstrated strong aptitude in analysis, root causes identification, and problem solving

  • Demonstrates effective communication skills: easily communicates plan, reports, ideas and concepts to cross- functional teams and management

  • Able to excel in a fast-paced, deadline-driven environment

  • Displays strong initiative and drive to accomplish goals and meet company objectives

  • Skilled at working on complex issues where analysis of situations or data requires an in-depth knowledge of the company

  • Uses vision to think beyond the immediate situation, explore multiple potential paths, and adapt decision-making style based on the situational circumstances

  • Inspires, motivates, and empowers people to deliver organizational goals, while also delivering value back to employees

  • Brings organizational values to life using personality, uniqueness and the creation of a shared vision

  • Champions the process of change and promotes a culture of quick adaptation while helping others deal with the effects of change

  • Demonstrates the ability to develop and maintain internal and external trusting, professional relationships

  • Assesses the degree of risk and opportunity in plans or actions and takes appropriate action to mitigate them or makes plans to build on the opportunity

  • Focuses on teamwork, collaboration and puts the success of the team above one's own interests

  • Physical Demands

  • Occasionally may be required to travel within the Continental U.S or abroad

  • Ability to work in an office and R&D environment (Constant)

  • Required to sit and stand for long periods; talk, hear, and use hands and fingers to operate a computer and telephone keyboard (Frequent)

  • The salary range for this role is:

    $209,088 - $313,632

    AeroVironment considers several factors when extending an offer, including but not limited to, the location, the role and associated responsibilities, a candidate's work experience, education/training, and key skills.

    ITAR Requirement:

    This position requires access to information that is subject to compliance with the International Traffic Arms Regulations (“ITAR”) and/or the Export Administration Regulations (“EAR”). In order to comply with the requirements of the ITAR and/or the EAR, applicants will be asked to provide specific documentation to verify U.S. person status under the ITAR and the EAR. A “U.S. person” according to their definition is a U.S. citizen, U.S. lawful permanent resident (green card holder), or protected individual such as a refugee, or asylee. See 22 CFR § 120.15. Some positions will require current U.S. Citizenship due to contract requirements.

    Benefits : AV offers an excellent benefits package including medical, dental vision, 401K with company matching, a 9/80 work schedule and a paid holiday shutdown. For more information about our company benefit offerings please visit: https:// www.

    We also encourage you to review our company website at https:// www. to learn more about us.

    Principals only need apply. NO agencies please.

    Who We Are

    Based in California, AeroVironment (AVAV) is a global leader in unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) and tactical missile systems. Founded in 1971 by celebrated physicist and engineer, Dr. Paul MacCready, we've been at the leading edge of technical innovation for more than 45 years. Be a part of the team that developed the world's most widely used military drones and created the first submarine-launched reconnaissance drone, and has seven innovative vehicles that are part of the Smithsonian Institution's permanent collection in Washington, DC.

    Join us today in developing the next generation of small UAS and tactical missile systems that will deliver more actionable intelligence to our customers so they can proceed with certainty – and succeed.

    What We Do

    Building on a history of technological innovation, AeroVironment designs, develops, produces, and supports an advanced portfolio of unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) and tactical missile systems. Agencies of the U.S. Department of Defense and allied military services use the company's hand-launched UAS to provide situational awareness to tactical operating units through real-time, airborne reconnaissance, surveillance, and target acquisition.

    AeroVironment Incorporated is an equal opportunity employer, M/F/D/V and works in compliance with both federal and state laws. We are committed to the concept regarding Equal Employment opportunity. Qualified candidates will be considered for employment regardless of race, color, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, marital status, medical condition nor disability, genetics, veteran and all others that may apply.


    U.S. Citizen, U.S. Permanent Resident (Green Card holder) or asylee/refugee status as defined by 8 U.S.C. 1324b(a)(3) required.

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