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Senior HR Manager, M&A

Palo Alto, California

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Job ID R1810842

VMware (NYSE: VMW) is the global leader in virtualization and cloud infrastructure, two areas that consistently rank as top priorities among CIOs. VMware delivers award-winning, customer-proven solutions that accelerate IT by reducing complexity and enabling more flexible, agile service delivery. Our solutions help organizations of all sizes, lower costs, increase business agility and ensure freedom of choice. We are searching for people who are ready to accelerate, innovate and lead to join our company of more than 22,000 employees in 40+ locations worldwide working to develop creative solutions that deliver the future of IT through cloud computing. Having the audacity to challenge constraints and problem-solve for tomorrow starts today, and it starts with you. Learn more at

Role Overview
Work within the HR team which manages mergers, acquisitions, joint ventures, and divestitures.  Ensure outstanding employee experience through effective deal management.  Partner with key stakeholders across VMWare including e-Staff, external leadership teams, and the HR community. Manage and track project deliverables of a global HR team.  Create program and process documentation and improvement.

Role & Responsibilities
Manage global mergers, acquisitions, joint ventures, and divestitures.  Lead cross functional, global HR teams, and to ensure an outstanding employee experience through effective planning and delivery. 

  • Manage all employment/employee aspects of Pre-LOI Corp Dev strategy sessions on Deal Terms (Retention and HC modeling), including special terms analysis and planning
  • Partner with Exec Sponsor on people planning
  • Participate in  technical diligence (Talent Assessment) and GTM diligence (Talent Assessment)
  • Lead HR Diligence meetings w/ target
  • Oversee Benefit diligence meetings with benefits lead
  • Review current employment contracts analysis readout from outside counsel
  • Manage employee mapping and sign off
  • Run operational discovery and due diligence processes to determine and mitigate deal risks
  • Review and provide input to legal deal documents
  • Lead global operational activities that achieve organization alignment and successful onboarding of employees into VMware
  • Effectively manage the engagement with key governance bodies, workstreams and cross-functional teams, including: the integration management office, legal, corporate development, and functional teams, the HR Acquisitions team and the broader HR community
  • Responsible for HR integration activities from early discovery and negotiations through employee integration
  • Design the HR integration strategy and plan for small, medium and large scale, global and/or local acquisitions
  • Deliver organization design, workforce planning, retention strategy design, job mapping and program/policy/process alignment
  • Plan the HR strategy and process for legal entity set-ups
  • Deliver presentations to employees in person and virtually
  • Develop project plans, and provide effective project management
  • Establish M&A and legal entity practices and gain stakeholder buy-in for processes improvements
  • Track, monitor, report, participate in the entire cycle of M&A projects
  • Support the control and administration activities performed by the HR Sr. Director of M&A
  • Coordinate all project-level measurement and reporting
  • Maintain program-wide approaches to plans and procedures
  • Create reports, presentations, analyze data, complete templates, respond to requests for information
  • Be the point of contact for project communications
  • Partner cross functionally – corporate development, legal, IMO, tax, finance, facilities, IT, sales, engineering
  • Complete post-program reviews, provide feedback and required needs for future projects
  • Stakeholder management

Minimum Qualifications

  • 15+ years of experience in Human Resources with progressive experience in HR roles
  • 5+ years of M&A experience
  • 10+ Years experience in Project Management
  • Must be extremely well-organized with attention to detail
  • Ability to think in terms of broader business implications, including tactical, strategic, and enterprise dependencies, with an awareness of the up/downstream requirements of HR
  • Demonstrated track record of tackling complex business problems and creating viable solutions
  • Must operate well in small and large group environments
  • Capability to facilitate effectively
  • Ability to work in project details, and turn that into a high level overview for a broad/executive audience 
  • Breadth across the corporate enterprise with the ability to connect the dots between functions and processes
  • Experience with organization design and workforce planning
  • A variety of experience in executive negotiations and executive coaching
  • Strong business acumen with the ability to link business strategy to organization design principles and integration approaches
  • Understand the impact of business decisions on the motivation, morale and retention of employees
  • High customer service orientation that constantly seeks creative solutions to produce a positive result for VMWare and the acquired company employees
  • Experience in change management and in handling a variety of issues in a climate of change
  • Executive influence and negotiation skills with the ability to quickly bring to closure decisions with multiple stakeholders with strong and varying views
  • Ability to be available at off hours during heavy deal execution times and travel at short notice as there may be unpredictable travel requirements at times, dictated by the location of the deals; Travel is up to 25% but could increase depending on deal activities

Desired Skills

  • Strong program management skills and ability to balance big picture with detail orientation
  • Effective communication skills both developing/delivering team presentations and writing/editing employee communications
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced environment with the ability to multi-task
  • Strong understanding of human resources functions and processes and their inter-dependencies
  • Understand cross-functional dependencies with key partners inside/outside of HR

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