VP/Head of Human Resources

Focal Systems

Burlingame, CA, US
  • Job Type: Full-Time
  • Function: HR
  • Post Date: 06/03/2021
  • Website: focal.systems
  • Company Address: 2157 Harkins Avenue, Menlo Park, CA, 94025

About Focal Systems

Focal Systems was founded in 2015 with a very clear mission – automate and optimize brick and mortar retail.

Job Description

Focal Systems is the industry leader in retail AI solutions. We are a Silicon Valley based startup that has more than doubled in size every year since inception. We are a Deep Learning first company. Our mission is to automate and optimize brick and mortar retail using deep learning computer vision. Focal Systems has been deployed at scale with the top retailers in the world. We are looking for smart, creative and passionate people who want to help build a great and enduring company and deploy Deep Learning to the world! 


Job Summary

We seek a Human Resources Leader to help define and execute a transformational People strategy to match the growth of our rapidly scaling business. As a newly created executive team position, the VP/Head of HR will define how we develop and support our growing team as we enter an exciting new phase of growth. You will empower Focal Systems to continue doubling in size every year by building and implementing robust, innovative HR processes, solutions and development programs aligned with our business objectives. 


About you

  • You are passionate about HR, and you treat employees and results as your most treasured assets
  • You enjoy a mission-driven, fast-paced environment where the work you do directly impacts organizational growth 
  • You are experienced with the inner workings of a startup business and are proactive in driving the organization towards continuous improvement
  • Relationship building is critical to your leadership style, and you thrive on building and executing a retention-focused People strategy 
  • As a leader, you focus on coaching, developing, and mentoring employees in order to build high-performance teams 
  • You have an analytical mindset; you seek to understand and solve a problem and instinctively ask for data
  • You believe in rolling up your sleeves and digging in when needed, regardless of org structure or boundaries
  • You feel at ease driving discussions and decisions around direction and strategy at the highest level of the organization and you know how to focus on winning the war vs. fighting every battle


What You Will Do

  • Build our culture by driving and managing business-critical HR strategies for the teams of today and tomorrow
  • Define and lead scalable, effective and proactive HR initiatives, including but not limited to performance management; policy management, employee lifecycle management, leadership & people development; retention; diversity & inclusion; business filings; state & federal account management; culture; workplace & employee experience
  • Collaborate closely with the executives and managers as a thought leader for HR philosophies, processes, tools and tactics 
  • Enable healthy scaling, productivity and business expansion by defining and executing an HR strategy aligned with our business objectives and company values



  • BS degree
  • PHR certifications required
  • 5+ years of HR leadership experience with proven experience designing and implementing HR programs and building and leading high-performing HR teams
  • Proven success scaling organizations (ideally from 50 to 200+) 
  • Ability to work through ambiguity, think creatively and get into the weeds
  • Strong relationship building skills with ability to influence and communicate across all levels of an organization
  • Understanding of various employment laws and their impact on day-to-day matters (experience with Canadian employment law is ideal, but not required)
  • Startup mentality, team player and willing to work 40+ hours a week


Why Focal Systems

Strong Values and Mission
We are a tightly-knit team with an ambitious mission and a strong set of core values, which define our approach to business and have successfully guided us since inception.

Exceptional Team
We are a team of hard-working, fun-loving professionals from some of the most eminent universities, research labs, and tech companies of our time. We pride ourselves on recruiting exceptional individuals to help us redefine the state-of-the-art.

Outstanding Partners
We work with 10+ of the largest retailers in the world and have a world-class roster of investors, advisors and partners to support & advise us in our endeavors.



We care deeply about the health, happiness, and wellbeing of all of our employees. We offer:

  • Competitive Salary & Attractive Stock
  • Health Insurance
  • Catered lunches
  • Paid Time Off 
  • Quarterly Team Retreats
  • Education grants
  • Large equity grant of a very fast growing startup

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