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Sonic Solutions, Inc.


Vice President, Human Resources

Reports to:

Senior Vice President, Operations

Company Background

Based in Marin County, California, Sonic Solutions is (http://www.sonic.com) is the world’s leading supplier of DVD creation software. Sonic’s professional DVD authoring software is used to produce the majority of major film releases on DVD. Sonic’s desktop DVD creation software powers most of the world’s DVD burners, and Sonic’s CD and DVD mastering software is the top-rated OEM solution for transferring and backing up data to CD and DVD media. Sonic’s core strengths include in-depth knowledge of the DVD and CD digital media formats and the video and audio data types that they require, and the design of friendly, yet powerful, authoring and editing applications for the consumer, desktop and professional CD and DVD markets.

The company's international sales and distribution network spans more than 40 countries, with headquarters for Europe in London, England, and Pacific Rim in Tokyo, Japan. Independent distributors provide sales and support throughout Europe, South America, Asia, Australia, Africa and the Middle East. The company has approximately 600 employees worldwide and is traded on NASDAQ under the symbol SNIC.

Sonic distributes its software globally through strategic partnerships with original equipment manufacturers (OEMs), retail distributors and directly over the Internet. Sonic’s Roxio division, based in Santa Clara, California, sells its products through major retailers including Best Buy, CompUSA and Staples; Internet and direct marketers such as Amazon.com and CDW; membership warehouses such as Costco and Sam’s Club; and mass merchants Target and Walmart.

Key Responsibilities

As a key member of the management team, the Vice President, Human Resources will be directly responsible for creating and implementing the strategic global “people” vision of the Company. He/She should be very hands-on and will contribute to and manage the worldwide staffing, employee relations, organizational development, training/development, compensation, benefits, and EEO/AAP activities that are required to develop and implement both the strategic and tactical plans and solutions to make the Company a world-class employer. As Vice President of Human Resources, this individual will be responsible for global Human Resources of the Company, reporting directly to the Senior Vice President of Operations and with direct communication with the CEO and CFO. The position may be located in Santa Clara at the Roxio facility (a division of Sonic) or in Novato at Sonic Solutions HQ. Specifically, on a global basis he/she will:

  • Establish a “best of breed” and cost-effective HR function to support the Company’s growth plans and operating principles that proactively foster and support the company’s high performance culture.
  • Set standards and align priorities related to job design, training requirements, administrative/HR policies, organizational structure, recruitment strategies and methods to minimize or resolve employee relation issues and maximize productivity.

  • Provide guidance and input to the executive management team on human resource and organizational development issues. Counsel management and staff and interpret issues related to HR policies, practices and laws.
  • Organize and implement global hiring procedures. Evaluate, participate in and direct the Company’s staffing requirements, including manpower assessment, career development, training, succession planning, as well as executive selection and recruiting activities. Develop and implement approved employment processes and offers, as well as manage immigration policies and practices. Ensure new employee assimilation, orientation and training – develop a new orientation program.

  • Partner with senior management to define the staffing and development plans that compliment the short and long-range business objectives. Develop procedures to not only predict future staffing requirements, but also methods for filling requisitions on a timely basis. Assist in merger and acquisition, as well as merger transition and assimilation.

  • Provide leadership in developing and maintaining competitive and cost-effective compensation, incentive and benefit plans that will assist in attracting and retaining staff members as well as increase shareholder value. Actively participate in compensation and benefit plan definition, selection and administration, as well as manage the company’s stock option plan. Develop and manage exempt and non-exempt salary guidelines.

  • Develop and implement programs to ensure maximum staff performance through creative practices and initiatives for incentive compensation, training, development, evaluation and organizational design, particularly as it applies to high performance teams. Ensure a timely and thorough annual employee development and review process.

  • Define and implement an enterprise-wide HR Information System to support the strategic plan and to accurately report personnel data and employee profiles. Recommend the use of new technologies and techniques wherever appropriate.

  • Recommend and sustain appropriate resources, strategies and techniques for accomplishing the HR plan, budget and objectives. Measure, report, and interpret key statistical data, i.e., employee hiring, cost per hire, turnover trends, productivity, etc. Develop and implement termination and exit interview processes and procedures that ensure fair and confidential treatment of all staff members.

Ideal Experience and Background

The successful candidate will be very hands-on contributor and have ten years of Human Resources experience with 5 years in a global senior management role within dynamic high technology companies. His/her record of accomplishment should clearly identify him/her as an outstanding manager and individual contributor. The ideal candidate will have played a significant and key role in the growth of professional HR organizations and internal customer organizations.

The Vice President of Human Resources should have a well-rounded HR background having managed and/or been an individual contributor in one or more key functional HR disciplines such as: organizational development, staffing, training or compensation and benefits, as well as hands-on merger and acquisition due diligence and transition management. He/She should possess a B.S. with a MBA or an advanced degree preferred.

The successful candidate should have a demonstrated capability in an extremely fast paced environment in software, semiconductor, peripherals, telecommunications, systems or other high technology environments. He/She should have a record of establishing and maintaining effective communications with other members of the management team as well as possessing unquestioned personal and professional integrity.

The Vice President of Human Resources will provide the leadership that creates a work environment where the HR organization is properly moti­vated and will assure the required professionalism, discipline and customer ser­vice attitude throughout the HR organization. The successful candidate will be a good businessperson with excellent interpersonal skills and judgment. He/She should possess excellent communications skills (verbal and written) and well-developed “influence” skills.


The successful candidate will have the overall responsibility for the Human Resources function and will play a crucial role in helping the Corporation to focus on “Human Capital” in order to make the Company more competitive. The Vice President of Human Resources will provide guidance to the executive team regarding the “people” vision of the Company and will be responsible for defining and implementing policies and programs to meet the Company’s strategic “people” objectives.

(For additional information on Sonic Solutions, contact their home page at www.sonic.com)

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