HR Manager

November 17, 2014

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Job Category: 
Management and Operations
Job Specialization: 
Human Resources
Company Overview: 

AbeBooks is an online marketplace for books and a remarkable place to work. Millions of new, used, rare and out-of-print books are offered for sale through the AbeBooks websites from thousands of booksellers around the world. We helped to revolutionize the used book business. AbeBooks became a subsidiary of Inc. after being acquired in December 2008. Our mission is to help people find and buy any book from any bookseller and our business stretches around the world with six international sites —,,,,, and, as well, a marketplace for German books. went live in 1996 and we have been growing ever since. The unique inventory of books for sale from booksellers includes the world's finest antiquarian treasures dating back to the 15th century, countless out-of-print gems, millions of signed books, millions of used copies, a vast selection of college textbooks and new books too.

Working at AbeBooks is challenging and fun. But we only hire the best people and we insist on the highest standards from our employees. Do you have what it takes?

Job Summary: 

This role provides strong project management to various HR initiatives & company-wide HR projects including automation projects, management training and development, succession planning, policy review and implementation, etc. This role will have business partner responsibility for AbeBooks and will report to the CEO.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Work with senior management to develop and implement HR plans and solutions in order to achieve strategic business initiatives and deliver results
  • Partner with business on organizational design, workforce planning, succession planning, and skills assessment
  • Review and analyze business unit data to identify trends and recommend solutions to improve performance, retention, and employee experience
  • Provide management coaching to build leadership capabilities to address and resolve employee issues
  • Work with line managers and employees to address all types of employee relations issues ensuring a balance in representing all parties’ interests
  • Partner with international HR team to support business unit initiatives
  • Assess business unit’s human resources training needs and conduct 1:1 and/or group training sessions as appropriate
  • Implement/administer/interpret corporate policies/programs/procedures
  • Provide leadership for employment practices
  • Partner with managers to retain, develop and motivate people to achieve their fullest potential
  • Work with business groups to assess, create and implement innovative solutions for a variety of employee engagement initiatives within the client group
  • Provide ongoing support to the leadership team on human resources related matters, policies and procedures
  • Provide compensation support including salary planning, approval of salary actions, promotions and job re-leveling

Basic Qualifications

  • Ability to influence and partner with different levels of the organization to achieve results
  • Strong business and HR acumen, including strong problem solving skills, critical thinking, and self-initiative
  • Demonstrated ability to coach managers and supervisors to use company best practices for maximum effectiveness
  • Excellent written and verbal communication, interpersonal skills; high quality document and report preparation
  • Understanding of technology teams and how to grow and develop technology leaders
  • Excellent presentation skills and knowledge of employment laws such as the BC Employment Standards Act, PIPEDA, and other federal and provincial laws covering employment
  • Proven ability to successfully work as a team member and to build and maintain a positive work environment across the network
  • Experience working in an entrepreneurial environment requiring strong multi-tasking abilities
  • Experience with MS Office Suite
  • Able to travel, as appropriate
  • Experience in the development and administration of HR compensation plans
  • Experience with assessing talent
  • Knowledge of employment laws
  • Bachelor’s Degree or equivalent post-secondary degree required in Human Resources Management or related field
  • 7+ years of experience in an HR leadership role
  • Experience managing performance

Preferred Qualifications: 

  • Master's Degree or MBA in Human Resources Management or related field preferred
How To Apply: 

AbeBooks provides competitive salaries and great benefits. If you are interested in this position, please apply online through the Amazon jobs portal at If you are unable to apply through the portal, please send your cover letter and resume, including where you heard about this position, to

We appreciate your interest in AbeBooks!