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Careers

People Director

at Wunderman Thompson
Los Angeles, California, United States

Who we are:

At Wunderman Thompson we exist to inspire growth for ambitious brands. Part creative agency, part consultancy and part technology company, our experts provide end-to-end capabilities at a global scale to deliver inspiration across the entire brand and customer experience.

We are 20,000 strong in 90 markets around the world; our people bring together creative storytelling, diverse perspectives, inclusive thinking, and highly specialized vertical capabilities to drive growth for our clients. We offer deep expertise across the entire customer journey, including communications, commerce, consultancy, CRM, CX, data, production, and technology.

Who we are looking for:

Wunderman Thompson is seeking a People Director to oversee talent strategy and operations for our Los Angeles office. This role will partner closely with management to drive employee engagement and development, facilitate talent and organizational planning, and oversee performance management while also providing general HR process support and policy administration. The People Director is responsible for building relationships with employees at all levels and fostering a culture of collaboration, learning, and belonging.

The ideal candidate is a creative thinker, strong communicator, and diligent problem solver who cares deeply about the experience of all employees. A firm understanding of the agency business with a generalist, recruiting, organizational development, or learning background is highly desired.

What you’ll do:

  • Talent Strategy | Own the talent strategy and ensure the plan aligns with LA’s business strategy. Use knowledge of business growth drivers to address short-term and long-term talent and change management needs. Oversee talent mobility and transfers.
  • Employee Experience | Drive employee engagement and retention by continuously seeking feedback and developing strategies to address areas of concern. Manage employee surveys and conduct exit interviews. Identify feedback trends and analyze data, present key findings, and develop a plan to improve gaps.
  • Internal Growth | Integrate career development into the broader talent management framework. Manage the goal setting, performance management, promotion, and compensation review process. Coach managers to encourage higher performance and people development across their teams. Work with L&D to leverage internal learning tools and resources as development opportunities for our staff.
  • Best Practices | Assist with general questions around policy and procedures. Educate managers and employees on workplace issues in compliance with applicable federal, state, and local employment-related regulations. Support the design and implementation of new programs and initiatives.

Who you are:

  • Detail-oriented | Precise and diligent, comfortable adhering to policies and procedures. Able to ensure accuracy of employee data, prepare new hire and exit documents for payroll, manage all leave of absence requests, etc.
  • Change-maker | An innovative thinking with an interest in exploring new agency models in a rapidly changing landscape. Interesting in supporting the design and implementation of new programs and initiatives.
  • A builder | Entrepreneurial attitude coupled with a strong business acumen. Ability and appetite to create bring people together. Innate ability to marshal people and create gravity around ideas. A self-starter. 
  • Open and collaborative | Our team is close-knit and supportive and we’re working with a lot of unknowns – you must champion of team environments that are comfortable and encouraging.

What you’ll need:

  • 8+ years of experience in a Talent/Human Resources role, ideally in a digital or advertising agency or similar.
  • Strong working knowledge of California state and federal employment laws.
  • High EQ and well-developed presentation skills a must. 
  • Thrives in a fast-paced and changing environment. Requires minimal supervision. 
  • Experience navigating efficiently through a matrix organization. 
  • Informal and people-centric approach to work and getting things done.
  • Able to quickly establish credibility with senior leadership team and staff. 
  • Persuasive, proactive, strong presence, unpretentious, unquestionable integrity.
  • Commitment to excellence and to having fun. A desire to be the very best in everything.

Wunderman Thompson is a WPP agency.  For more informationplease visit our website and follow Wunderman Thompson on our social channels via Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, and Instagram.  

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Established in 2019, Wunderman Thompson has a combined history of 150 years, setting the standard for marketing, communications and business innovation. We bring together over 20,000 creatives, analysts, strategists, customer experience designers and business consultants across 90 markets.

We’re always looking for the best talent to add to our diverse and talented mix that is Wunderman Thompson.

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