Global Head of People Operations at SendBird
Seoul, KR

At Sendbird, we are building the most scalable and powerful chat API in the world. We have customers from over 30 countries around the world and serve a wide-range of use-cases across communities, marketplaces, on-demand services, games, and e-commerce. We are working with some of the best customers in every industry, and since graduating Y Combinator in 2016, we have become one of the fastest growing startups in Silicon Valley.

Sendbird is headquartered in San Mateo, California and has offices around the world including Seoul, New York City, London, and Singapore.

We’re looking for a passionate, high energy, humble leader who gets excited about creating and implementing global, best-in-class programs and processes. You should love to bring structure and scale to complex growth challenges and be skilled at designing global strategic initiatives but also willing to roll up your sleeves to get stuff done! You thrive in a fast paced and collaborative environment where the work you do has a direct impact on the company’s purpose and growth.

Reporting to the Global Head of People & Culture, you will have strategic and operational oversight for global people programs and processes at Sendbird  across a variety of topics (systems & data, benefits, immigration, policy, process & compliance).

What you will do:

  • Building and professionalizing all people processes and systems that are set to scale domestically and internationally, while ensuring the highest data integrity.
  • Develop, maintain, interpret, and distribute worldwide and country-specific People Operations policies and procedures that will shape the employee lifecycle.
  • Ensure compliance with all applicable international, federal, state, and local employment laws by keeping up to date on the knowledge and understanding of regulations, laws and industry best practices.
  • Oversee employee onboarding experience from the very first touch through the first 3 months.
  • Partner with Finance, Legal and People to establish a scalable process for new country launch/entry as it relates to corporate functions
  • Manage all aspects of employee payroll including compliance with local law (tax, insurance, etc).
  • Manage all aspects of our global benefits programs, ensuring employee policies, education and support are consistent and clear.
  • Execute our immigration needs by working closely with Legal team and Immigration advisor to verify compliance with current policies.
  • Partner with global benefits brokers/vendors to review, update and administer benefits policies and programs, ensuring programs are competitive, compliant and scalable.
  • Establish and lead our immigration and relocation policies and programs, in collaboration with partners.

What You’ll Bring to Sendbird

  • Be a masterful designer and owner of processes, programs, and operations that scale to size.
  • Strong project management skills - ability to handle multiple projects at once and competing priorities. Organized, extremely detail oriented and execution focused a must!
  • Advanced knowledge of HR compliance, employment laws, best practices and industry standards
  • Understand and appreciate cultural differences and diversity when building global people programs and policies
  • A flexible leader who can operate at a strategic level but also perform all operational/tactical responsibilities
  • Superior communication skills and are comfortable talking to a wide range of people across all levels of the organization


  • 8+ years experience in HR/People Operations, preferably in a tech start-up environment
  • Experience managing people, preferably 5+ years and global management experience a plus


SendBird is the world's leading chat & messaging platform as a service. Our mission is to digitize human interactions for businesses. Our platform delivers billions of messages per month to help people connect through the products and apps they love.
We’re a Y Combinator alumnus (W16) and have raised over $120M from leading investors including ICONIQ Capital, Tiger Global Management, Shasta Ventures, August Capital, and FundersClub. We are headquartered in San Mateo, CA (40+ employees) with an Asia-Pacific office in Seoul (50+ employees).