Build Your HR Career at Charter Construction!

Date July 3, 2014


Our client, Charter Construction, founded in 1983 has grown to 190 Charter team members with corporate headquarters in Seattle’s Georgetown neighborhood.  They have proven expertise in four key areas: commercial construction, high-end residential construction, emergency response and restoration, and construction defect repair/renovation.

“Heroic” is used to describe Charter employees.  Every person is critical in providing above-and-beyond service to clients, demonstrating a commitment to craftsmanship, collaborating with partners, and unfailing dedication.  This is their code and they are united by these principals.

Charter Construction is looking for a Human Resources Manager to bring their HR knowledge to this high performance culture.  As the HR Manager (reporting to the CFO), you will lead all things HR with administrative support in Seattle and Portland.  We are looking for a solid generalist background delivering HR in a remote employee environment, someone who loves to build, is strategic and tactical, has a strong business acumen, and exemplifies our client’s values.


Strategy:  You will align human resources with strategic business goals and Charter’s values to assure superior organizational performance.  You are able to build programs and efficient processes.  Act as strategic advisor in human resources matters.  Builds relationships at all levels.

Performance Management:  Develop and maintain effective performance management system tied to company value of rewarding high performers.  Train managers on delivering feedback to employees.  Develop and manage compensation programs and job descriptions.  Manage succession planning and employee development.

Operations:  Manage benefits from open enrollment, day-to-day administration, ongoing communication with employees and troubleshooting.  Work closely with CFO on plan design and cost containment.  Keep employee handbook current.  Manage systems for employee records and generate reports needed.

Talent Acquisition:  Participate in staff planning.  Support manager’s recruiting efforts with interview process, candidate experience, selection and offer.  Administer pre-employment processes including reference checks and drug testing.  On-board new employees.

Employee Relations:  Coach managers and counsel employees on employee relations issues.  Maintain knowledge of regulations, laws and trends. Assures policies and procedures are in compliance (non-union.)


7+ years progressive human resource generalist experience with a broad range of experience in all HR disciplines including benefits, performance management, employee relations, HR program design and HR leadership.| BA degree required and ongoing professional development. | Must be able to build strong relationships and collaborate effectively with all levels of employees.  | Experience working with remote employees and multi-state preferred.  Strong organizational skills and detail orientation essential.  | Knowledge of federal, state and local employment laws and regulations.  | Strong skills and proficiency with Microsoft Office.  | Self-motivated and able to work independently.  | Excellent verbal and written communication skills. | Exemplifies Charter Construction Values.


Please contact Chris Englin, Big Wave Recruiting,

Pokémon is searching for Licensing Managers and Merchandise Planning & Development Managers

Date June 12, 2014


Big Wave and Dynamo join forces for ultimate Pokémon recruiting!!

Pokémon is a cultural icon and seeking to bolster its forces by bringing on new specialists in brand management and licensing. These experts will be based in the Bellevue office of The Pokémon Company International, and our orders are simple: we’ve Gotta Catch ‘Em All!

Do you have the energy of Meowth, the adaptability of Eevee, and the fearlessness of Pikachu? If so, perhaps it’s time to Level Up!

Like a fiery Charizard, the folks we’re looking for are high up on the evolutionary chain. We are seeking a trio of Merchandise Planning and Development Managers, each with unique abilities and natures that will help them target specific demographics and markets. These talented folks will be responsible for creating and maintaining brand synergy and integrity.

The right candidates will be excellent written and verbal communicators, collaborative, analytical, and savvy regarding market trends, have a creative flair and will have a firm grasp of “big picture brand initiatives” as well as the unique Pokémon culture. Here are the stats:

• 5+ years’ experience working with consumer product development, brand management, or project management
• Interest in gaming and current trends
• Ability to understand, interpret, and communicate business plans and strategy to a broader group
• These are global roles and a second language is a plus
• We especially want you if you have one of the following: children’s marketing and consumer products, fashion, or digital/print publishing

We’re also on the hunt for three Licensing Managers with the experience to create an overall licensing strategy within their market and the ability to execute the merchandise licensing program. The Licensing Managers will be adept at program design, business development, sales, marketing, communication and execution. He or she will also boast:

• 5+ years’ of experience in merchandise licensing or retail
• Demonstrated success in building, driving and managing a licensing program
• Superior communication skills needed to interact with internal teams, external licensees, and other partners
• Expert negotiation skills, analysis and sound business judgment
• A willingness to travel, and the ability to get things done
• We would love experience in boys, girls, core fans, and emerging markets

We are also searching for four Licensing Coordinators to bring their project management, administrative, and organizational skills to the game! Tradeshow, brand, retail or licensing experience is a big plus!

If something is stirring deep inside you, it’s time to call either Gina (Fire-type Pokémon Trainer!) or Chris (Water-type Pokémon Trainer!); better yet, start by emailing and telling us your Pokémon experience – your favorite Pokémon character or memory of your own Pokémon obsession, or why you are best suited to be the aspiring Trainer we are looking for!

This is a dynamite company with a one-of-a-kind culture, and we promise that if you land one of these spots, you’ll be happier than a Munchlax with a mountain of Poké Puffs!

All the best,

Chris Englin and Gina Peckman
Reach Chris Englin at
Reach Gina Peckman at



Head of HR for Allen Institute for Brain Science

Date May 7, 2014

Allen Institute for Brain Science

Our rapidly growing client is seeking a seasoned, high energy Senior Human Resources Director to leadthe Human Resources team and provide Human Resources leadership across the Institute. This individual will play an important role in driving the Human Resource strategy, executing on initiatives that support the mission of the Institute, and leading core Human Resource functions. They will be instrumental in growing and developing the Institute’s talent and evolving their culture.

• Provide leadership, strategic direction and oversight in all aspects of Human Resources.
• Develop, coach and mentor a growing Human Resource team (currently 5 team members).
• Build scalable Human Resource programs in the areas of total rewards, employee recognition, training and development, and recruitment and onboarding. Ensure these programs are both cost effective and meet the organizational needs. Read the rest of this entry »

Human Resources Generalist, Intellectual Ventures

Date January 23, 2014

Intellectual Ventures (“IV”) is a privately-held, invention investment company based in Bellevue, Washington. Intellectual Ventures is the leader in the business of invention. Driven by the belief that invention sparks progress, Intellectual Ventures is committed to creating and sustaining a market for invention. The company creates new inventions, invest in existing invention and partner with universities and research labs worldwide to develop inventions. Intellectual Ventures provides companies access with these inventions through a variety of licensing and partnering programs.

We are looking for an HR Generalist who is excited about working closely with managers and employees to drive business results. This person will work closely with an HR Business Partner to assist in delivering against the human resource strategy for multiple IV client groups. This role will assist in the day-to-day work and companywide projects in HR including being a primary contact for employee relations, annual HR programs, recruiting, immigration and performance management Read the rest of this entry »