VP, Global HR Operations and Total Rewards (People Ops)



People & HR, Operations
Santa Monica, CA, USA
Posted on Friday, April 5, 2024

GumGum is a contextual-first, global digital advertising platform that uses advanced AI technology to serve captivating creative ads that drive consumer attention, without the use of personal data. At GumGum, we don’t need to know who you are to deliver relevant and engaging ads that align with your active frame of mind. We believe that a digital advertising industry based on context rather than personal data builds a more equitable and less invasive future for the internet and is better for consumers, publishers and advertisers alike. Our blueprint for the future, The Mindset Matrix™, combines the power of context and creative in digital advertising to deliver superior attention and drive consumer action without sacrificing personal data.

To be a part of this next phase of digital advertising that prioritizes data privacy, please visit www.gumgum.com/careers

The VP, Global HR Operations (People Operations) is responsible for leading the strategy for key aspects of the HR (People) Ops function at GumGum including: total rewards, compensation, benefits & perks, compliance, HR practices, HR tech stack, metrics & analytics, office management, and talent acquisition. The VP will lead and drive efficiencies and practices on a global scale for an international organization ensuring a balance of visionary forward-thinking practices with practical, day-to-day efficient operations within the HR organization.

At the highest level, the HR Operations team within GumGum’s People (HR) team has the responsibility to oversee all matters involving HR practices and operations across 11+ countries. The leader in this role will also serve as a key liaison and HR Business Partner for GumGum’s other G&A departments.

The main objective for this role is to bring an experienced, strategic approach to driving efficient, scaled HR operations, reduced complexity and improved practices for all team members. This can include HR strategic and transactional processes such as HRIS data & systems, employment laws & compliance, HR recordkeeping, leaves of absence (LOAs), immigration, metrics & reporting, workers compensation, new hire onboarding & orientation, offboarding, compensation, recruiting & hiring, and more.

Additionally, this person maintains an effective level of business knowledge, its financial measures, culture and competition. The focus will be on attracting, engaging, and retaining talent and contributing to a values-led culture. This role serves as part of GumGum’s People Leadership Team and reports to the Chief People Officer.

Ideally the VP is located within commutable distance of GumGum’s Santa Monica, CA headquarters and operates successfully within a hybrid work environment (occasional days in office and occasional work from home days).


What You'll Achieve

  • Oversee HR tech stack including ADP WorkforceNow, Greenhouse, Lattice, Charthop, and others, driving tech consolidation and data integrity improvements
  • Lead the selection and evolution of emerging HR technologies and negotiate with vendors
  • Provide leadership for global HR processes, establishing best practices and improving service delivery
  • Advise on global employment law, ensuring compliance and managing risks
  • Stay updated on legal changes and work with legal counsel to navigate complex issues
  • Ensure compliance with international and local legal requirements, providing necessary training
  • Design and manage a competitive total rewards strategy, including compensation, benefits, and perks
  • Lead immigration and visa strategy, supporting international assignments and global talent acquisition
  • Oversee the Talent Acquisition leader, ensuring strategic hiring and reporting on analytics
  • Forge partnerships with G&A leaders, serving as the main HR advisor for talent development and other HR matters
  • Manage a team of Directors/Managers, driving engagement and collaboration across HR operations globally
  • Occasionally step in as interim team leader when the Chief HR Officer is out

Skills You'll Bring

  • Bachelor’s degree in HR, Business Administration, or related field; Master’s or MBA preferred
  • SHRM certification is a plus
  • 12+ years of HR experience, with 5+ years in senior global HR leadership roles
  • Proven track record of implementing HR strategies that support business goals and international growth
  • Extensive knowledge of global HR practices, including comp and benefits, compliance, and HR tech
  • Expertise in international labor standards, employment laws, and regulatory compliance
  • Excellent leadership, communication, and interpersonal skills for navigating complex legal scenarios
  • Experience with global immigration, managing work permits, visas, and relocations
  • Strong understanding of global labor laws and cultural nuances in employee relations
  • Proven ability to lead and engage HR teams
  • Strong organizational skills, managing multiple priorities in a fast-paced environment
  • Customer-focused approach to HR delivery and initiatives
  • Business acumen and interest in understanding business concepts
  • Collaborative team player spirit
  • Willingness to travel domestically and internationally as required

What We Offer

At GumGum, competitive base pay is a part of a total rewards package which also includes benefits, an emphasis on recognition, development, and wellness. The reasonable estimated base pay range for this role is from ($215,000 to $245,000) annually. The actual amount may be higher or lower. Individual compensation will vary based on factors including, but not limited to, relevant qualifications, work location, and labor market conditions.

The total rewards package offered also includes an employer-matched 401(k) retirement plan, and depending on the role, participation in a bonus, commission, or stock incentive program. Your recruiter can share more specifics during the hiring process. Learn more about our U.S. benefits & perks package at gumgum.com/benefits.


  • Shortlisted for Marketing Technology Company of the Year for the 2023 Mumbrella Awards
  • 2024 Winner of 7 BuiltIn Awards on a national, regional, and remote scale - including Remote Best Places to Work at #25 and Best Midsize Places to Work in Los Angeles, CA at #9
  • Ad Exchanger Programmatic Power Player 2022 and 2021
  • CTO Hero Award of OTT.X 2023
  • Digiday Media Awards Europe finalist 2022 and 2021
  • Finalist for the 2023 AdExchanger Awards Best Video Technology For Media Suppliers
  • Gold Award at the IAB Mixx Awards in Belgium in the “Best Use of Advertising Technology” category
  • The Drum Award Digital Advertising: Game-changing Technology for Domino's case study

GumGum is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. At GumGum, we believe in cultivating an environment where our team members can bring their authentic, whole selves to work. Encouraging identity and belonging is one of the many aspects of our culture that makes us stronger as an organization and drives innovation. We are committed to building and delivering a diverse, inclusive, and equitable workforce that is representative of the world around us, where all individuals are treated with respect and dignity - and to act swiftly if this value is ever threatened. We are constantly striving to be better, and we continue to take strategic steps to advance representation. - Phil Schraeder, CEO

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