VP, People at Sovrn

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About the Team

The People Team partners with our employees to give them the tools and education they need to be the best they can be at their job, and enjoy life at Sovrn while they’re doing it. We break down the walls of traditional people actions to adapt to the evolving workforce. Our commitment to the Sovrn team: Do more of what you love. Less of what you don’t.

About the Job

The VP, People will provide strategic HR leadership and direction for the company by defining HR goals and objectives. You will drive organizational effectiveness, retention, and employee engagement. In addition, you will provide leadership and guidance to the HR team by overseeing talent acquisition, talent management, training and leadership development, along with compensation, benefits and employee programs. 

What You’ll Be Doing:

  • Develop long and short term people strategies and design approaches for diagnosing and enhancing organizational effectiveness and employee engagement.
  • Lead the initiative for people operations, HR, recruiting, onboarding, performance management, talent development/training.
  • Develop progressive and proactive compensation and employee benefits programs to attract, develop and retain top talent. 
  • Be the trusted strategic partner, advisor and coach to the leaders in the organization regarding their own development and the development of their teams.
  • Provide leadership, mentorship and guidance to the People Team.
  • Build strong connections and communication among employees and between the global offices.
  • Create a competitive employment brand for Sovrn that attracts and retains the best talent in our markets.
  • Design and apply change management and organizational development strategies and assist organizational change initiatives in support of business strategies.
  • Lead people initiatives during acquisitions, helping effectively integrate the new team into the larger Sovrn organization.
  • Partner with the Chief of Staff on all people issues related to the executive team, including executive compensation.

About you

You are a leader through and through. Your strength encompasses a compassionate leadership style that empowers the team and leaders to bring their best to the organization. You mentor. You coach. You influence. You’re thoughtful. You are curious, a learner and not afraid to ask questions. Rolling up your sleeves and getting into the weeds is natural. No job is too small. You drive execution. You enjoy being on a supportive and collaborative team and you are an excellent communicator.

The successful candidate will have: 

  • Bachelor's degree
  • 7+ years Human Resources Experience
  • 5+ years leading and managing teams
  • Experience partnering with executives
  • Experience building and implementing People programs that drive company results
  • Experience with Google suite, Excel, PowerPoint, and Word 
  • Strong interpersonal skills and ability to manage complex relationships and difficult conversations.
  • Proven track record of identifying people problems and using strategic skills to drive and influence appropriate solutions.
  • Ability to drive organizational design and planning.
  • Aligning business insights to inform people strategy. 
  • Demonstrated experience managing multiple functional areas of HR such as payroll, benefits, organizational design, workforce planning, talent acquisition, etc
  • Comfortable working in a fast-moving environment and managing priorities
  • Experience navigating or managing employment law in multiple regions.
  • Track record of using metrics and analytics to make data-informed decisions 
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills

This position reports to: Chief of Staff and People

About Sovrn

Publishers create the content the world depends on for education, entertainment, and commerce. Sovrn provides products and services to tens of thousands of online publishers to help them grow, operate their business, understand their readership, and manage consumer data. Sovrn is headquartered in Boulder, Colorado with offices in San Francisco, New York, and London. 

With 10,000 customers deploying one or more products across 30,000 websites, Sovrn reaches 200M consumers across more than 3.5B pageviews everyday. Sovrn has been a leader in online publisher technology since its founding, and has been recognized by IAB, JICWEBS, and TAG for its role in combating advertising fraud and promoting pro-transparency initiatives. Sovrn is dedicated to helping content creators do more of what they love, and less of what they don’t.

Sovrn is an Equal Opportunity Employer! 

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Technology we use

  • Engineering
  • Product
  • Sales & Marketing
    • JavaLanguages
    • JavascriptLanguages
    • PythonLanguages
    • ScalaLanguages
    • SqlLanguages
    • ReactLibraries
    • ReduxLibraries
    • AngularJSFrameworks
    • Backbone.jsFrameworks
    • FlaskFrameworks
    • HadoopFrameworks
    • MeteorFrameworks
    • Node.jsFrameworks
    • SparkFrameworks
    • SpringFrameworks
    • TensorFlowFrameworks
    • CassandraDatabases
    • HBaseDatabases
    • HiveDatabases
    • MongoDBDatabases
    • MySQLDatabases
    • PostgreSQLDatabases
    • RedisDatabases
    • TeradataDatabases
    • Google AnalyticsAnalytics
    • ConfluenceManagement
    • JIRAManagement
    • SalesforceCRM


We are in a brand new building, close to breweries, restaurants and coffee shops. Easy to get to, plenty of parking and the bus stops right out front.

An Insider's view of Sovrn

How would you describe the company’s work-life balance?

Our Reliability Team works incredibly hard, however….personal life comes first. One of the reasons is that we have incredible managers that realize that we are humans. We work hard but when we are off, we are off!


Sr. Site Reliablity Engineer

What does your typical day look like?

No two days look the same, but I mean that in a good way! At Sovrn, people are given the ability to step outside the confines of their job description and engage cross-departmentally. Sovrn is a great place to work for people who love to learn and challenge themselves.


Sr. Director, Marketing

How does the company support your career growth?

I always wanted to move into management one day. When the opportunity presented itself earlier than I was ready for, the leadership supported me to ensure that we were successful. I can't imagine having grown without them.


Manager, Software Engineering

How do your team's ideas influence the company's direction?

Great ideas can come from everybody with the right support and space. To this end, we hold an Innovation Week quarterly for all engineers. We aren't afraid of trying new tech, as long as it delivers customer value. We encourage creativity with a collaborative environment, POCs during planning phases, and aggressively maintaining tech debt.



What are some things you learned at the company?

Our onboarding is phenomenal for new employees, helping educate new hires about the entire adtech industry in addition to the specifics of their role, illuminating their place within the larger ecosystem. The office has a fun, collaborative atmosphere that encourages a strong balance between work and health.


Team Lead, Quality

What are Sovrn Perks + Benefits

Sovrn Benefits Overview

We have a choice of health and wellness plans that meet your needs, including medical, dental and vision. Take advantage of an open vacation policy, flexible working hours and paid parental leave. Enjoy catered lunch every other week, along with breakfast to start your Friday mornings. Be part of a passionate and high growth culture, work with great people and make an impact on Sovrn's future and direction. Did we mention Raccoon shirt Friday's?

Volunteer in local community
Friends outside of work
Eat lunch together
Daily stand up
Open door policy
Team owned deliverables
Team based strategic planning
Group brainstorming sessions
Open office floor plan
Highly diverse management team
Unconscious bias training
Health Insurance & Wellness Benefits
Flexible Spending Account (FSA)
Disability Insurance
Dental Benefits
Vision Benefits
Health Insurance Benefits
Life Insurance
Wellness Programs
Team workouts
Acme Co.'s team fitness initiatives include In-office yoga, Sponsored race teams.
Retirement & Stock Options Benefits
401(K) Matching
Company Equity
Child Care & Parental Leave Benefits
Generous Parental Leave
Flexible Work Schedule
Family Medical Leave
Company sponsored family events
Acme co. sponsors family oriented events Annually.
Vacation & Time Off Benefits
Unlimited Vacation Policy
Paid Volunteer Time
Paid Holidays
Paid Sick Days
Perks & Discounts
Casual Dress
Commuter Benefits
Company Outings
Game Room
Stocked Kitchen
Some Meals Provided
We provide free breakfast on Friday. Employees get free lunch on Tuesday.
Happy Hours
Recreational Clubs
Fitness Subsidies
Professional Development Benefits
Job Training & Conferences
Lunch and learns
Cross functional training encouraged
Promote from within
Mentorship program
Time allotted for learning
Online course subscriptions available
Customized development tracks
Paid industry certifications

Additional Perks + Benefits

Culture of Learning and Career Advancement. Awesome people!

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