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Sr. HR Operations Manager

Date: Mar 16, 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.




This position is focused on making substantive contributions to the design and framework for financial and non-financial rewards that reflect the organization’s strategy to attract, motivate and retain team members. Responsible for ensuring the company’s traditional compensation and benefits offerings are compliant, competitive, compelling and differentiate Kia America as an employer of choice.  Partnering with the Director, Human Resources and General Affairs this role establishes the overall total rewards strategy and ensures effective delivery of all pay and benefits programs across the organization.  

Major Responsibilities

1st Priority - 30% 

In support of the management of the organization’s human resources activities, partner in the development of strategies and policies to meet business needs.  Plan, implement, administer, analyze, and review activities relating to compensation, benefits and HR systems.  Align rewards and programs with organization goals

2nd Priority - 25%

Manage and monitor the benefits programs including all annual health insurance renewal activities. 
Lead the health and wellness program for the organization through strategic partnerships and creative programs to incentivize consumerism and accountability.
Oversee the leave of absence and workers’ compensation programs to ensure compliance with company policy as well as all federal, state, and local regulations.  
Support the plan administrator for the company sponsored 401(k) retirement plan.  Coordinate internal administrative committee activities with recordkeeper and plan co-fiduciary.  

3rd Priority - 25%

Lead the compensation function including the annual merit/promotion budgeting, corporate and VP bonus planning process, job grading/market pricing, organization salary structure and internal equity evaluation. Recommend enhancements to current pay programs through research and analysis. 
Identify survey resources and opportunities to further refine the organization’s market compensation analysis.

4th Priority - 20%
Manage the HRIS/Payroll systems.  
Provide leadership and direction to staff regarding the day to day responsibilities of the function.  
Ensure system practices support data integrity of HRIS and payroll systems.
Monitor system readiness for reporting requirements of configured modules and interfaces including payroll, benefits, annual goal setting, annual compensation planning and annual performance appraisal activities.


Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration, Finance, Human Resources Administration required or equivalent work experience.  

Overall Experience

  • Prior leadership experience required.

Directly Related Experience

  • 10 years’ experience in the human resources preferred, including significant experience in the design and implementation of compensation and benefits program. 
  • Fluency and prior experience with HRIS and payroll systems
  • Knowledge of ERISA, HIPPA, COBRA and emerging regulatory issues preferred


Ability to interface and communicate effectively in a clear and concise manner to all levels of team members, management, vendors, etc.
Clearly understands fellow team members and efficiently conveys one’s thoughts using adequate communication channels and methods.
Effectively applies ideas and material resources by clarifying the priorities, activity sequences, and planning of projects/tasks.
Exceptional skills with Excel and PowerPoint required in order to produce various proposals.
Identifies and analyzes various issues related to present/future business and propose directional changes for the best interest of the company.
Strong analytical and organizational skills.
Strong collaborative leadership skills with experience to continually elevate and improve the company’s total rewards program
Strong project management skills which includes handling multiple projects simultaneously.
Uses prompt judgment and action based on professional experience to find solutions in unexpected situations.
Utilizes various persuasive methods to acquire desired objectives from opposing negotiators; negotiating and agreeing to conditions that mutually satisfy and benefit the negotiating parties from a long-term perspective.


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

Pay Range

$95,200.00 - $128,500.00 

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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