Big Wave Searching for HR Manager for Unico Properties in Seattle

Date May 29, 2015


The Manager, Human Resources is a key role in representing Unico to employees and prospective employees, and shaping its culture. The Manager, HR supports the HR executive (Chief Administrative Officer) by planning, executing, managing and performing day-to-day HR activities including but not limited to recruitment, employee actions (hiring, separations, promotions), compensation program management & implementation, employee relations, performance management, HR consultation & conflict resolution, risk management & compliance, and training & development. The Manager, HR is a resource and advisor for managers, manages department day-to-day operations and meetings, ensures effective communication and processes between corporate services departments, and supervises HR support staff and partners. Of particular importance for this role is expertise in recruiting and compensation.

Essential Functions

  • Lead the recruiting function and position Unico to attract and hire the best and brightest talent. Responsible for all aspects of recruiting and hiring in collaboration with outside recruiting partners and Unico hiring managers.
  • Participate in management Compensation Committee to discuss market comparables and trends, and set compensation strategy and budgets.
  • Participate in design of annual compensation program, and lead execution of program including: communication, advising managers in setting employee pay, calibrating recommendations within departments and in comparison to market, documentation, approvals, and reporting.
  • Source, manage and analyze market compensation data. Complete market compensation surveys.
  • Administer annual bonus program, including management and participant communication, facilitating goal setting and ensuring alignment, managing documentation, reporting, and coordinating with payroll.
  • Provide human resources advice and consultation to employees and management, to include coaching and counseling on performance management issues, conflict management, interpretation of employment policies and resolution. Engages with legal and other HR team members as needed for resources, consultation, and subject matter expertise. Works with managers to prepare corrective plans, ensuring policy and legal compliance.

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Big Wave Searching for Compensation Analyst to Join Slalom in Seattle

Date May 29, 2015

Slalom_Consulting_logoOur client Slalom, designs and builds strategies and systems to help their clients solve some of their most complex and interesting business challenges. They put people first and are frequently recognized with Best Places to Work awards. Every individual who joins Slalom becomes part of their fabric, weaving his or her talents and perspective into the greater whole of who Slalom is.  Slalom is a family of 3,000 consultants and growing.

As Slalom continues to grow, they are seeking a Compensation Analyst to join the Compensation and Benefits team within the HR Department. This position will work with the Compensation and Benefits Manager to administer the organization’s employee compensation, income protection, retirement, bonus plans and other related programs. This position will also ensure compliance with national and local legal and tax requirements, and prepare and file required reports. The successful candidate will be able to work in a face-paced environment managing multiple priorities with customer service as a top priority.


  • Perform support activities to develop, implement and administer compensation policies and programs.
  • Participate in the administration of performance, salary and bonus review programs, including the development of communication materials, evaluating salary and bonus recommendations from managers and assisting with the preparation of summary reports for senior management.
  • Audit jobs for content and prepares job descriptions reflecting job responsibilities, activities, duties and requirements.
  • Participate in compensation surveys to collect and analyze competitive salary information to determine company’s competitive position.
  • Review requests for new or revised positions to determine appropriate compensation.
  • Maintain awareness of local and national salary and incentive trends.
  • Act as a resource to other members of the Human Resources department on compensation and general HR matters.
  • Other duties as assigned.

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Big Wave searches for Sr Talent Partner for HackerAgency

Date May 26, 2015


What’s in it for you:

If you’re looking for a HR job focused on creating forms, pushing papers and enforcing policies – this is not the job for you.

This is the job for you, if…

You love getting out of your office, engage and interact with everyone. This allows you to be a master at solving employee relations issues. You think “We” instead of “Me.” You have a thirst to learn every day. You are solid with numbers and can transform any data into information that matters.

Hacker Group is a 200+ person digital/direct agency that serves brand-name clients nationwide and provides its employees with incredible growth opportunities. We have an accountable culture – one that generously rewards its successful teams. By revenue, we are the largest agency in Seattle and Advertising Age ranked us as the 26th largest direct marketing agency in the nation.

Benefits include health insurance, generous bonus and incentive programs, plus a company-matched 401(k) plan. Read the rest of this entry »

Pokemon adding a Licensing Manager for CPG and Food & Beverage

Date April 20, 2015


Position summary
The Licensing Manager is an integral team member reporting to the Licensing Director and is responsible for the development and management of the Americas, Australia, and New Zealand Consumer Packaged Goods and Food and Beverage licensing day-to-day business including strategic planning, business development, sales and marketing.  The target demographics are youth, teens, young adults and adults. The Licensing Manager will communicate TPCi’s brand licensing strategy effectively to licensees and other partners and ensure all activity and brand representation is in alignment with TPCi’s overall objectives and guidelines.
  • Licensing Expert – Become the expert on the merchandise licensing industry across Consumer Packaged Goods and Food and Beverage categories. Includes deep understanding of retail landscape, key categories for each target demographic, market potential, consumer insight and trends, and top tier players in the field.
  • Drive the Business – Work alongside the Licensing Director to develop a strategic merchandise licensing program, including identifying and assessing new licensing product opportunities and partners, anticipating roadblocks and proactively taking measures to address them. Negotiate and review business terms and contracts.
  • Research, Strategy & Marketing Plans – Research retailers, products, brands and companies for new business opportunities.  Prepare overall marketing plans for identified categories and territories and manage the implementation of these plans through the licensees.  Assist with the development of marketing materials, promotional events and licensing presentations that support the execution of TPCi’s strategic direction and goals. Must be a great presenter with storytelling skills.
  • Communication – Assist in communicating current and upcoming licensed products, promotions and marketing internally, with other offices and with our licensees, and international agents. Includes development of marketing materials, promotional events, and licensing presentations that support TPCi’s strategic direction and goals. Must be able to communicate complex deals effectively.
  • Reporting – Ensure that monthly reports are received from licensees and that all requested information is being provided.  Assist with the compilation of data for internal reporting, including unit sales, product development information, and any other licensing updates on a monthly basis that can be rolled up into comprehensive quarterly reports.
  • Financial Planning – Assist with annual budgeting, financial planning & development and implementation of strategic licensing plans to hit revenue targets, grow the licensing business & incremental revenue potential.
  • Manage Licensee proposal and Action Memo process – For any new, potential or renewal licensees, gather relevant deal information, competitive analysis and business rationale. Submit all business and strategy justifications to Director for evaluation prior to submission through TPCi’s internal approval system.
  • Analyze & distribute data – Assist with the maintenance and upkeep of database of licensees and retailer names and addresses and contact information for the licensing group; collect financial data as necessary.
  • Partner Compliance – Liaise with partners and global teams to approve product design, production and promotion for products under license.  Monitor existing partners to ensure active development, product innovation, marketing dates, safety and financial compliance.  Work closely with legal team as necessary.
  • Event Planning/ Tradeshows – participate and assist with the planning and attendance of annual Licensing Summits, Licensing Show, Toy Fair and other trade shows and events to ensure all events are turn-key. This will include set up, tear down, rehearsals, etc.  Ensure visibility of our licensed products during trade shows and Pokémon events.
KNOWLEDGE & Skills & Experience
  • Qualified candidates will possess excellent oral and written communication skills; ability to interact well with work-groups and various personalities; leadership, strategic, and creative thinking skills; and have an entrepreneurial spirit, with positive, can-do attitude; and the ability to manage multiple tasks and tight deadlines with little supervision.
  • 4-6 years related experience, previous experience in licensing or retail or related field required; Bachelor’s Degree required. Graduate degree a plus.
  • Able to demonstrate excellent negotiation skills, deal interpretation and analysis, revenue/profit modeling and ultimate sound business judgment.
  • Strong MS Office computer skills, including excel spreadsheets, and experience with Powerpoint presentations.
  • Must be detail oriented with strong organizational and presentation skills; must possess a proven ability to multi-task various projects in a fast paced environment.
  • Must be entrepreneurial, have a positive attitude and think proactively.
  • Willingness and ability to work on special projects as needed to meet business needs; function as a team member.
  • BA or BS Degree
Work Conditions
  • Must be able to travel domestic and internationally.
  • Operate at a level to do what it takes to get the job completed.
  • Must be able to work in open office environment