HR Director

February 11, 2015

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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 as, 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: 

AbeBooks, an Amazon company, is looking for a senior HR professional to join our team. This is an HR leadership role at AbeBooks. The role provides both hands-on and strategic human resources leadership in the areas of employee relations, management coaching and development, succession planning, strong project management of HR initiatives & company-wide HR projects including automation projects, and policy review and implementation, etc. This role will report to the CEO.

Key responsibilities:

  • Work with senior management to develop and implement HR plans and solutions to achieve strategic business initiatives and deliver results
  • Partner with business on organizational design, workforce planning, succession planning, skills assessment, and talent development
  • 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 support the delivery of appropriate training and development programs
  • Implement, administer, and ensure consistent application of HR policies/programs/procedures
  • Provide leadership for employment practices
  • Maintain a strong focus on employee relations, performance management, engagement and retention strategies and activities
  • Ensure outstanding customer focus by delivering value-add, best in class HR support to internal customer groups
  • Manage the onsite HR team providing career development and performance management support
  • Provide compensation support including salary planning, approval of salary actions, promotions and job re-leveling

The ideal candidate will have the following 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 HR 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

The following qualifications are preferred but not mandatory:

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

If you are interested in this position, please apply online through the Amazon jobs portal at

We look forward to receiving your application!