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Learning & Culture Manager

Date: Mar 18, 2023

Location: Irvine, California, US, 92606

Company: Kia America, Inc.

At Kia, we’re creating award-winning products and redefining what value means in the automotive industry. It takes a special group of individuals to do what we do, and we do it together. Our culture is fast-paced, collaborative, and innovative. Our people thrive on thinking differently and challenging the status quo. We are creating something special here, a culture of learning and opportunity, where you can help Kia achieve big things and most importantly, feel passionate and connected to your work every day.

Kia provides team members with competitive benefits including premium paid medical, dental and vision coverage for you and your dependents, 401(k) plan matching of 100% up to 6% of the salary deferral, and time off starting at 14 days per year. Kia also offers company lease and purchase programs, company-wide holiday shutdown, paid volunteer hours, and premium lifestyle amenities at our corporate campus in Irvine, California.




Responsible for leading the learning, culture, and internal brand transformation for Kia North America companies as a trusted expert. Drive innovation and change to create Kia workplaces and programs where team members feel inspired, empowered, and connected to the company’s mission of creating “Movement that inspires”. 

Oversee and manage learning and development programs from a companywide perspective, employee engagement programs, culture-driving communications, and support strategic change management initiatives related to technology, ways of working, flexibility, talent management, operations, and inclusion and diversity. 

This position will be responsible for bringing expertise and proven experience to push our thinking, share fresh, innovative ideas and elevate the quality of programming we deliver for our team members. This position will be responsible for solutions that drive faster adoption of change, and support enterprise-wide initiatives acting as a strategic thinker, leader, and practical advisor.

Major Responsibilities


Learning & Development 
Design, lead, and implement strategic learning and development programs including; new team member onboarding, performance, leadership development, compliance, e-Learning, and Kia HQ/Hyundai Motor Group programs. Manage related vendor partnerships and administrative support functions. (40%)



Culture & Team Member Engagement 
Create, manage, and champion team member engagement programs, culture surveys/team member feedback, and culture-driving communications and information. (30%)



Change Management & Workplace Transformation 
Build change management strategy and action plan.  Implement and oversee all aspects of the change management strategy. Lead workplace transformation initiatives designed to influence Kia culture.  As a member of the HR team develop cross functional partnerships to reach all areas of the company. (30%)


  • BA /BS HR Development, Business, Adult Learning, Organizational Development or other applicable field of study 
  • Master’s degree desirable
  • Training certifications a plus

Overall Experience

  • 10+ years of relevant hands-on experience in talent development, learning, or organizational development within a large organization
  • 5+ years of experience within a large organization leading the development and execution of a comprehensive employee engagement and employee retention strategy where quantifiable improvements were achieved
  • Strong background in company-wide program development, experience in instructional design and course/program facilitation desired
  • Experience with the performance management best practices

Directly Related Experience

Other Requirements

  • In-person work is performed at the Kia North American Irvine campus
  • May need to work additional hours outside of normal business hours as required by the job, including weekends or holidays
  • Perform other duties as assigned


A desire to continually improve processes and research and implement best practices.
Ability to read, analyze, and interpret complex data.
Ability to respond to inquiries or suggestions from team members, the leadership team and outside vendors.
Ability to work with different cultures to communicate and work together effectively.
Current knowledge of technology best practices, learning and engagement systems, intranet, and collaborative office/team systems.
Demonstrated ability to develop organizational strategies and plans from discussions with team members and senior leadership to address business needs.
Demonstrated ability to draft company-wide communications, presentations, and learning material.
Demonstrated ability to partner with and influence leaders; comfortable interacting with all levels in the organization.
Excellent communication and presentation skills with the ability to engage the audience. Course facilitation skills desired.
Excellent interpersonal skills; demonstrated success building and maintaining strong internal and external relationships.
Exercises good judgment and maintains strict confidentiality.
Must possess compliance training knowledge to ensure Kia is compliant with state and federal laws.
Proven ability to innovate to meet the needs of the business and to advance culture.
Strong business acumen, decision making, and organizational skills.
Strong organizational and time management skills.


CHALLENGE - Solving Complex Problems
COLLABORATION - Building and Supporting Teams
CUSTOMER - Serving Customers
GLOBALITY - Showing Community and Social Responsibility
PEOPLE - Interacting with People at Different Levels

Pay Range

$86,700.00 - $116,900.00 


Equal Employment Opportunities

KUS provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, ancestry, national origin, sex, including pregnancy and childbirth and related medical conditions, gender, gender identity, gender expression, age, legally protected physical disability or mental disability, legally protected medical condition, marital status, sexual orientation, family care or medical leave status, protected veteran or military status, genetic information or any other characteristic protected by applicable law.  KUS complies with applicable law governing non-discrimination in employment in every location in which KUS has offices.  The KUS EEO policy applies to all areas of employment, including recruitment, hiring, training, promotion, compensation, benefits, discipline, termination and all other privileges, terms and conditions of employment.


Disclaimer:  The above information on this job description has been designed to indicate the general nature and level of work performed by employees within this classification and for this position.  It is not designed to contain or be interpreted as a comprehensive inventory of all duties, responsibilities, and qualifications required of employees assigned to this job.

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Nearest Secondary Market: Los Angeles

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