VP, Human Resources

/VP, Human Resources
October 2, 2019
Valencia, CA
Job Type



The Vice President of Human Resources is key for Sunkist Growers and Fruit Growers Supply. It offers an opportunity to drive our human capital management to the next level by bringing best practices to our organizations, driving talent acquisition, development, and retention, and leading a team that partners with the businesses for all of our stakeholders. This position is based at our corporate headquarters in Valencia, and supports our base of approximately 500 employees located primarily in Southern, Central and Northern California, along with some based outside the U.S. Reporting directly to the CEO, this person will be and a member of the executive leadership team.

What you bring

  • A strategic aptitude for connecting human capital planning with the organizations’ vision and strategic plan.
  • Comfortable challenging the status quo and able to drive change, while respecting company values and culture.
  • A commitment to continuous improvement and promoting a culture of excellence.
  • The ability to prioritize among competing initiatives.
  • A positive “can-do” attitude that encourages and inspires others.
  • Demonstrated success working with company leadership.


  • Overall responsibility for the human resources function as it relates to all U.S. and international employees including employee relations, recruiting, compensation, benefits administration, development, implementation and administration of human resources team.
  • Work with CEO and senior leadership team in developing and implementing aspects of company culture and related change management.
  • Develop and implement HR strategies and initiatives aligned with the overall business strategy.
  • Lead the development and implementation of an employee performance management program.
  • Develop and administer the Human Resources budget.
  • Oversee benefits administration to include claims resolutions, billing, change reporting, approving invoices for payment; analyze benefits options and cost alternatives for providing employee benefits and implements benefit program design and modifications.
  • Oversee all aspects of payroll function and team.
  • Implement and annually update compensation program; establish job specifications and salary ranges for positions; rewrite job descriptions as necessary; conduct annual salary surveys and develop salary budget for merit increases; analyze compensation; monitor the performance evaluation program and revise as necessary.
  • Develop, recommend and implement personnel policies and procedures; prepare and maintain employee handbook and stand-alone policies.
  • Oversee affirmative action program; file EE0-1 annually; maintain other records, reports, and logs to conform to EEO regulations.
  • Ensure legal compliance by monitoring and implementing applicable human resource federal and state requirements; conduct investigations; maintain records; and work with inside and outside counsel on complex human resource matters.
  • Maintain management guidelines by developing, preparing, updating and recommending human resources programs, policies and procedures.
  • Oversee the recruitment, interviewing, selection and placement of all employees hired by in-house recruiter(s); supervise onboarding, career-pathing program; administer and conduct employee relations counseling, promotion, transfer and separation procedures of current employees; conduct exit interviews.
  • Maintain professional and technical knowledge by attending education workshops; reviewing professional publications; establishing personal networks; attending conferences and participating in professional societies.
  • Directly manage human resources and office services staff, including responsibility for hiring, firing, performance management, disciplining, planning, monitoring training, and appraising job results within those departments.
  • Develop and administer various human resources plans and procedures for all personnel.
  • Oversee administration and preparation of presentations including but not limited to: harassment prevention, diversity, and office safety.
  • Assist with retirement plans (including the frozen defined benefit plan and the current 401(k) plan) and evaluate deferred compensation and other qualified and non-qualified benefit options.


  • Maintains a neat work area; professional appearance and personal conduct at all times.
  • Attends meetings as requested.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS (Education, Certifications/Licenses, Experiences, Knowledge, Skills and Abilities)

  • Experience as a leader in a senior human resources role with at least 15 years of progressive experience.
  • Bachelor’s degree in HR, business, social sciences or related field; advanced degree is preferable.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills; confident public speaker; comfortable presenting and interacting with all levels within an organization.
  • SPHR, SHRM-CP certification.
  • Knowledge of federal and California labor laws, regulations, and best practices.
  • Skilled user of MS Office products, especially PowerPoint and Excel.
  • Solid working knowledge of administrating and implementing HRIS systems.
  • Highest ethical standards.
  • Knowledge of principles and procedures of health and welfare benefits, job evaluation and analysis.
  • Excellent active listening, negotiation, and presentation skills.
  • Competence to build and effectively manage professional relationships at all levels of the company.
  • Ability to plan, organize, and direct a complex, comprehensive human resources program.
  • Ability to analyze problems, identify alternative solutions, project consequences of proposed actions, and implement recommendations.
  • Ability to research, analyze and evaluate new service delivery methods, procedures and techniques.
  • Ability to be proactive, in taking actions to prevent problems from starting or growing.

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS (List not all inclusive) Measurements: 67-100% of time = Continuously, 45-66% of time = Frequently, 66% of time = Occasionally


  • Ability to safely and successfully perform the essential functions consistent with Sunkist and Fruit Growers standards, and ADA, FMLA, and other federal, state and local standards, including meeting qualitative and/or quantitative productivity standards.
  • Ability to maintain regular, punctual attendance consistent with Sunkist and Fruit Growers standards and the ADA, FMLA and other federal, state and local standards.
  • Must be able to: talk, listen, and type effectively on telephone; read, write and understand written documents and policy; sit for sustained periods of time.


  • Ability to type or otherwise work primarily with fingers rather than the whole hand or arm.
  • Must be able to spend extended period of time viewing computer screen and/or operating a keyboard.




  • Moderate Carrying – must be able to lift and carry up to 25 lbs.
  • Able to stand; walk short distances; pull and/or push; grasp; reach; bend; stoop; kneel; crouch.
  • Must be able to travel to different work sites and conferences; some overnight travel.




  • Standard office equipment such as computer, phones, photocopiers, filing cabinets, calculators and fax machines.


Must have the ability to:

  • Ability to recognize areas of concern relating to human resources issues and propose or recommend appropriate solutions to problems.
  • Understand, remember, and apply oral and/or written instructions or other information.
  • Organize and prioritize own work.
  • Use critical thinking and problem solving skills.
  • Work individually and in a team for the purpose of collaborating and completing projects.
  • Compose letters, outlines, memoranda, and reports.
  • Communicate with individuals by utilizing a telephone, computer, or interpersonal skills.
  • Add subtract, multiply, divide and to record, balance, and check results for accuracy.
  • Compute, analyze and interpret data for reporting purposes.
  • Make informal and formal presentations, inside and/or outside the organization.
  • Speak in front of groups for the purpose of educating employees on benefits, policy, paperwork, etc.


  • Office environment subject to continuous interruptions and background noises.
  • While performing the duties of this job, the employee is occasionally exposed to moving mechanical parts and vehicles. The noise level in the work environment is usually quiet to moderate.
  • Work may include extended periods of time viewing a computer monitor an/ or operating a keyboard.
  • Must work in office Monday – Friday. A regular telework schedule will not be considered.


This job description indicates in general terms, the type and level of work performed, as well as, the typical responsibilities of employees in this classification. The duties described are not to be interpreted as being all-inclusive to any specific employee.  Management reserves the right to add, modify, change or rescind the work assignments of different positions and to make reasonable accommodations so that qualified employees can perform the essential functions of the job.  Nothing in this job description changes the at-will employment relationship existing between Sunkist and its employees.

Well now that all the boring stuff HR makes us put in the job description is out of the way, what is this job really about? We are looking for an individual who values hard work, fresh ideas and a commitment to excellence.  At Sunkist, we value trust, respect for each other, communication and sharing information, generating ideas and creative solutions, working in teams and developing people to add value.

Behind our history of innovation and commitment to market leadership is a company devoted to providing continued education, excellent benefits and good working conditions. We provide all the resources you need to support your professional development, including:

  • A variety of choices for Medical, Dental, Vision, Life and Disability insurance
  • Health Care and Dependent Care Spending Accounts.
  • 401K retirement savings plan, Match+
  • Generous paid holiday and vacation benefits
  • Internal and external training
  • Generous educational assistance
  • An open job posting system

Sunkist is an equal opportunity employer and will consider qualified applications with criminal histories in a manner consistent with the Los Angeles Fair Chance Initiative for Hiring




Bachelors or better in Human Resource Administration or related field.



Experience as a leader in a senior human resources role with at least 15 years of progressive experience.

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