People Operations Manager


Sound is an innovator of bio-inspired chemistry and plant genetics. We leverage natural plant diversity to grow crops more sustainably and create differentiated, nutritious food. Sound is a Series C startup funded by leading investors in food and agriculture such as S2G Ventures, Fall Line Capital, Cultivian Sandbox Ventures, Cavallo Ventures and Syngenta Ventures. 

Sound is in a period of rapid scaling. In the past 6 months we’ve gone from 25 to 40 people, and will be looking to double in another year. We are seeking a People Operations Manager to support building, developing and maintaining an effective and engaged team at Sound. The role reports to the Chief Administrative Officer.

Location: company headquarters in Emeryville, CA


  • Design and implement our people operations programs, processes, and policies so they can effectively scale with the company
  • Build and manage our recruiting strategy, including management of multiple outside recruiters
  • Act as a liaison to resolve issues regarding employment and benefits administration, and any employment-related legal concerns
  • Manage day-to-day people operations of the business, including, benefits, time off, contracts, and compliance
  • Own the management of Rippling, Sound’s HRIS program, to keep it up-to-date and effective
  • Craft and manage our global benefits programs and compensation strategy using data-backed insights and analysis
  • Develop and deploy initiatives to drive employee engagement and a strong sense of team across our company
  • Welcome and onboard new team members so they are integrated successfully into the team and can hit the ground running

Skills & Experience

  • BA or BS with record of high academic achievement
  • 5+ years of people ops, human resources, or related experience in VC-backed startup or growth stage company
  • Passion for mission-based work, especially in sustainability in food and agriculture
  • Experience setting up internal people policies, systems, and procedures in a growing company
  • Knowledgeable on employment compliance and compliance management
  • Excellent organization skills, attention to detail, and ability to prioritize actions
  • Ability to write and communicate verbally in an effective and compelling manner
  • Strong interpersonal skills and a deep ability to understand what motivates others
  • Demonstrated ability to work in a fast-paced, growth-oriented organization
  • Comfort with ambiguity and the ability to work through challenging situations
  • Willingness to whip up excitement for fun, team-building activities

Sound is based in Emeryville, CA and Research Triangle Park, NC, with a number of employees working remotely. We have a mission driven culture and a fast-paced, collaborative work environment. We are looking for someone to join the team who will bring a passion for sustainability along with a deep expertise in the business of food and agriculture.

Equal Employment Opportunity

We seek a diverse pool of applicants and consider all qualified candidates regardless of race, ancestry, color, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, religion, national origin, citizenship, disability, Veteran status, marital status, or any other protected status.

To apply for this position, please send a resume and cover letter to