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Date: Mar 10, 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.




The Recruiter will be expected to own full cycle recruiting function from beginning to end for Kia America and Kia North America. This position will execute strategies to identify, qualify, and present candidates for specialized roles and be impactful in identifying extraordinary talent that will help shape Kia’s future.

The position reports to the Sr. HR Business Partner under the Talent Management Team within the Human Resources department. Recruiting will include, but is not limited to, sourcing, screening, interviewing and recommending primarily external candidates (internal candidates from time to time) for various level jobs, including entry level, experienced professional, technical, and management. This role will utilize the ATS to recruit for all corporate, technical, and field openings, approximately up to 25 positions.  This position will be involved in supporting college recruiting and attend various career fairs (in person and/or virtual) as needed.  

In addition, this position will be responsible for onboarding activities for all new hires including, but not limited to, new hire documents, background screening, new hire orientation, and I-9 verifications.

Major Responsibilities

1st Priority - 75%    

Maintain day to day recruiting, submit recruiting reports, and support associated administrative duties involving the recruiting function. Includes sourcing/screening candidates, scheduling interviews, and making recommendations for job offers, initiating relocation plans, and assists with. Drafts and publicizes recruitment efforts in appropriate and relevant places that may include online sources such as LinkedIn, and educational and professional journals and publications. Develop and implement sourcing and recruitment strategies that support the Kia’s hiring needs. Generate a robust candidate pipeline by working with leaders to identify focused posting needs, managing postings and outreach, and screening candidates.  Manage partnerships and participate in career fairs.

2nd Priority - 15%    

Partner with Talent Management team in various recruiting strategies that involve internal candidates, diversity recruiting, university relations and updates to systems and processes.

3rd Priority - 10%  

Process onboarding activities, occasional cross-boarding, and help lead all new hire orientations.


  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent work experience required.  
  • HR certification preferred.

Overall Experience

  • 5+ years recruiting experience required.
  • In-house/corporate recruiting experience required.
  • 2+ human resources or corporate experience required.
  • ATS and/ or HRIS experience required.

Directly Related Experience

  • 5+ years’ administrative work experience highly desired.
  • Technical recruiting preferred (engineering, data analysis, technical product management)
  • Recruiting experience in automotive industry preferred
  • Experienced user of LinkedIn Recruiter, Boolean search strings, and cold calling techniques.
  • Demonstrated track record with creative sourcing methods via networking.

Job Qualifications:

  • 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.


Ability to effectively present information to team members, senior leadership of Kia America and other related groups in an individual or group setting.
Strong interviewing/assessment skills and ability to influence and close candidates in highly competitive situations
Ability to read, analyze, and interpret complex data with strong critical thinking skills.
Strong credibility and presence, and the ability to influence hiring managers across a variety of personalities
Ability to respond to inquiries or suggestions from team members, the leadership team and outside vendors.
Ability to work with different cultures to effectively deliver results.
Able to switch from one assignment to another in a fast-moving business environment.
Must have excellent verbal and written communication skills.
Proficient with Microsoft Office Suite – Outlook, Excel, PowerPoint
Strong knowledge of proven recruiting strategies, stays up to date on the latest recruiting trends and compliance, and is able to maintain operational excellence at a high volume.


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

$55,800.00 - $72,600.00 

Pay will be based on several variables that are unique to each candidate, including but not limited to, job-related skills, experience, relevant education or training, etc.


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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