Pocket Gems

HR Business Partner at Pocket Gems

San Francisco · Full Time

We are creating entirely new types of mobile games. We’re continuing that tradition today by developing genre-defining games and entertainment, reaching millions worldwide. Pocket Gems has grown to over 200 people in San Francisco. With backing from Sequoia Capital and Tencent, we’re constantly breaking new ground with graphically rich mobile games, fun new genres of mobile entertainment, and innovative technologies like our mobile-first Mantis Engine.

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Job Description

Pocket Gems wants to build the greatest games and interactive entertainment in the world. That’s the mission our founders began with in an apartment above a pizza shop back in 2009 and we continue it today.

Pocket Gems has grown to over 250 people in San Francisco. With $155 million in backing from Sequoia Capital and Tencent, we’re constantly breaking new ground with graphically rich mobile games, fun new genres of mobile entertainment, and innovative technologies like our mobile-first Mantis Engine.

Our products have been downloaded over 325 million times by players around the world. Most recently, we’ve launched Episode, a mobile storytelling network and platform, and War Dragons, a visually stunning 3D real-time strategy game.

As an HR Business Partner (HRBP) on the People Ops team, you will be responsible for aligning business objectives with employees and management in designated business units. You will serve as a consultant to management on human resource-related issues and act as an employee champion and change agent. We are seeking a Gemmer who can assess and anticipate HR-related needs and communicate proactively with the department.

What You’ll Do:
Work closely with management and employees to improve work relationships, build morale, and increase productivity and retention
Provide strategic business partnership to managers through HR policy guidance and interpretation, day-to-day development and performance management guidance and feedback to team management (e.g., coaching, counseling, career development, disciplinary actions)
Partner with People Ops and other cross-functional teams on development of programs, processes, policies, business metrics, and communications
Serve as primary contact to assist employees in resolving employee relations issues and grievances by conducting effective, thorough and objective investigations
Maintain an in-depth knowledge of legal requirements related to day-to-day management of employees, reducing legal risks and ensuring regulatory compliance

What You Bring to the People Operations team:
3+ years of experience as an HR Business Partner or equivalent
3+ years of experience with coaching at the manager level, focusing on performance management and employee relations
Demonstrated project management skills and ability to drive programs independently
Analytical and data management skills, with the ability to translate data into action plans
Interpersonal communication skills and the ability to build relationships at all levels of the organization
Working knowledge of multiple human resource disciplines, including compensation practices, organizational diagnosis, performance management, and federal and state respective employment laws
BA/BS degree is required, with an emphasis in Human Resources OR equivalent 3+ years of field related experience

Extra Gems for:
Education or certification within Human Resources disciplines
Experience working at a tech startup or at a management consulting firm

Pocket Gems is an equal opportunity employer. We do not discriminate based on race, color, ethnicity, ancestry, national origin, religion, sex, gender, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, age, disability, veteran status, genetic information, marital status or any legally protected status.

Pursuant to the San Francisco Fair Chance Ordinance, we will consider for employment qualified applicants with arrest and conviction records.

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What We're Building

Pocket Gems, a leading mobile entertainment company funded by Sequoia Capital and Tencent, is continuously breaking new ground by building graphically rich mobile games, developing fun new genres of mobile entertainment and creating innovative technologies like our proprietary Mantis Engine. Launched in 2009, the company has grown to over 200 employees and their games have been downloaded over 200 million times globally. With its pioneering team, Pocket Gems is uniquely capable of making original and genre-defining products as mobile devices become the primary computing device for everyone in the world.

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What is your office environment like?
TechCrunch did a video on it not too long ago you can check out here: http://techcrunch.com/2014/07/08/tc-cribs-pocket-gems-where-the-office-gets-snazzed-up-100-at-a-time/ Generally speaking, it's an open plan, collaborative working environment, organized by game studios and teams working on a single projects. To deal with the noise of the open plan layout, we give everyone Bose noise-canceling headphones so you can focus when you need to. There are a silly number of game consoles, gaming PCs, ping pong, and more over in the common area where we provide lunch and dinner. We also bring have internal and external speakers on a variety of topics from OpenGL to Pixar's storywriting process. We have periodic meditation and yoga sessions in the back of the office, and happy hours on Fridays. Send me a message if you want learn more!
Brian Shih
Director of Product Management at Pocket Gems since 2011
What are some of the toughest engineering problems Pocket Gems is facing now?
A few things come to mind: (1) building out our own custom-built 3d engine & toolset - our latest game, War Dragons, was the first to launch on our own engine, and we're just getting started. Lots of tough problems around squeezing out performance and beautiful visuals on ever-improving hardware, and making awesome tools for our artists and designers. (2) multiplayer synchronous gaming - we see the future of core games on mobile looking more like PC/console, and as such we've started building more real-time gameplay into our games. This comes with plenty of challenges - security, handling adverse network conditions, cloud vs client hosting, etc. (3) more robust server-side functionality (e.g., events, security, cross-device) - our servers have always been a key part of our gameplay, but demands are only increasing. We're building in robust events functionality, tackling security (super important for PvP games), working on Android/iOS interoperability and more. This text box is too small to expand in detail on all of these, but shoot me an email at brian@pocketgems.com if you want to chat more!
Brian Shih
Director of Product Management at Pocket Gems since 2011

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