Employee Experience Director

| Chicago

Solstice is a modern software engineering firm that helps Fortune 500 companies seize new opportunities through world-changing digital solutions. As strategists and consultants, we help organizations evolve their digital strategy to solve mission-critical problems. As designers and developers, we build incredible hardware and software solutions that transcend a standalone product and transform an organization’s relationship with its customers. As instructors and coaches, we help companies transform from the inside out by adopting a high-speed culture of innovation. We’re strategists, researchers, designers and engineers hell-bent on changing the way the world does business. We’re headquartered in Chicago and have delivery offices in New York, London, and Buenos Aires.

Solstice is seeking an HR Director with 10 years+ of generalist experience and a strong focus on total rewards strategy, process and compliance to lead our HR Operations group. You will lead a team of professionals to develop, implement, administer and communicate Compensation and Benefits philosophy and practices, and manage HR Systems. You will collaborate with leads from our People Network to ensure that we provide the best employee experience possible for Solsties. 

Here is a snapshot of what you may be doing:

Strategy & Leadership

  • Translate strategy into improved functional and operational changes aligned with HR organizational shifts
  • Continuously introduce and educate leadership and business stakeholders on new trends to support the overall strategic vision of HR services
  • Research market trends and industry best practice to augment functional operating model

Compensation & Benefits

  • Collaborate with the senior leadership team, to plan, design, implement, and administer a comprehensive rewards strategy, and programs.
  • Develop a compensation philosophy and guidelines, including the design of creative solutions to meet specific compensation related needs
  • Lead an analysis for base and variable compensation, job evaluation and other related activities, which may include but are not limited to, market data research, salary survey submissions, executive compensation, compensation guidelines, etc. 
  • Provide strategic recommendations with regards to benefit management
  • Monitor the effectiveness of existing compensation and benefits policies, guidelines and procedures recommending plan revision as well as new plans that are cost-effective and consistent with compensation trends and corporate objectives

HR Operations & Process

  • Operate as an internal consultant by analyzing and recommending solutions (processes and/or systems) by performing gap analyses
  • Support leadership and business stakeholders by assessing their needs and providing recommendations for process improvements or system enhancements; gather feedback on current state and present recommendations for future state; influence and drive change through compelling research, data, and presentations
  • Identify and develop process/system controls as we implement a new HRIS, to sustain implemented changes and solutions with HRIS/HR Operations; ensure quality and accuracy of controls in place
  • Map and re-engineer HR business processes to ensure that operations and systems are streamlined and user-friendly
  • Support change management related to policy and procedure change and implementation. You may help craft and lead internal and external communications, as appropriate. 

Legal & Compliance

  • Mitigating employer risk through managing employment law compliance, creating and administering tight system controls/processes and assisting with regulatory reporting
  • Collaborate with Sister Companies to ensure international employees with expatriate assignments have a best in class experience 
  • Provide oversight to our mobility and immigration functions. You will collaborate with our Immigration attorney regarding visas and ensure relocations, secondments and other mobility related experiences are seamless and positive for our employees.
  • Ensuring pay structures are compliant with federal, state, and local guidelines, including FLSA, exemption classifications for existing and new jobs

 What we are looking for in you:

  • Are a servant leader with proven experience leading a team. You provide strategy and vision while empowering a highly motivated and driven team 
  • Have the ability to establish collaborative relationships at all levels to identify needs and deliver solutions that achieve employee, department, and company goals
  • Exemplify superior organizational skills and the ability to anticipate needs and proactively act on them, using equanimity and professional judgment in complex situations in a rapidly shifting environment
  • Are experienced with successful HRIS implementation and adoption a plus
  • A go-getter with ideas and the follow-through to accomplish them from start to finish
  • Love of learning and always looking to add to your skill sets
  • Proven ability to handle confidential information with discretion and maturity
  • Bachelor’s Degree required, SPHR Certification a plus 
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We're in a great tech-focused building right by Ogilvie and Union Station in the West Loop.
How Solstice's inspired office helps employees innovate

An Insider's view of Solstice

What are some social events your company does?

Solstice celebrates holidays with our office in Argentina - our US offices have introduced Argentina to Halloween, and the Buenos Aires office introduced the US to “Friends Day” in July. We also have a book club, a board game club, football and a Bachelor fantasy draft, co-rec sports, wine tastings and happy hours to celebrate new hires.


Client Principal

What does your typical day look like?

No day is the same! The strategy team is the ideas hub within Solstice. We provide our clients with innovative digital approaches to their business challenges through hands-on ideation workshops as well as business, consumer and market insights. We partner closely with our cross-functional teams to drive and develop these recommendations.


Sr. Digital Strategist

What makes someone successful on your team?

To me, what makes individuals on my team successful is a recognition that there is always something new to learn and always more room for growth. An open, honest desire to not only learn from your teammates' expertise, but also to share your own, is a huge part of what makes a teammate at Solstice successful.


Technical Principal

What unique initiatives do you have that encourage innovation?

As a digital innovation firm, creativity is in our DNA. We hold an annual 24-hour innovation blitz to harness the creativity of our employees. We stop all client work and self-organize around employee ideas in solving problems with emerging technologies. Many of these ideas have gone on to become part of our Solstice Labs initiative.



What are Solstice Perks + Benefits

Volunteer in local community
Solstice's value of "Make A Difference" is shown through quarterly events and activities. One in particular, Pay It FWD, is our annual day of volunteering where Solsties combine forces & give back!
Partners with Nonprofits
Friends outside of work
Eat lunch together
Intracompany committees
Our Diversity, Philanthropy, Wellness, and Social Committees can be joined by any Solstie who wants to collaborate on events and make an impact upon our culture!
Daily stand up
Open door policy
Team owned deliverables
Team based strategic planning
Group brainstorming sessions
Pair programming
Open office floor plan
Highly diverse management team
Diversity manifesto
Health Insurance & Wellness Benefits
Flexible Spending Account (FSA)
Disability Insurance
Dental Benefits
Vision Benefits
Health Insurance Benefits
Life Insurance
Wellness Programs
From sponsored 5Ks, Lunch & Learns, and a discounted gym membership, our Wellness Committee enables a workplace that encourages environmental and social support of a healthy lifestyle.
Onsite Gym
Team workouts
Acme Co.'s team fitness initiatives include Sponsored race teams.
Retirement & Stock Options Benefits
401(K) Matching
Child Care & Parental Leave Benefits
Child Care Benefits
Flexible Work Schedule
Family Medical Leave
Vacation & Time Off Benefits
Generous PTO
Paid Holidays
Paid Sick Days
Perks & Discounts
Beer on Tap
Casual Dress
Commuter Benefits
Company Outings
Some of our favorites include our New Hire Happy Hours, our company-wide holiday party, our annual volunteer event (Pay It FWD), and team outings!
Game Room
Solstice's game room is decked out with snacks, a ping pong table, Wii games, a shuffleboard, and board games for all employees to use when they need a break.
Stocked Kitchen
Our Office Management team helps to ensure that we always have fruit, coffee (brewed & a fancy espresso machine!), tea, snacks available, and all of the flavored LaCroix that we can handle.
Some Meals Provided
Solstice celebrates our employee's birthdays with a monthly breakfast or lunch that the whole company is able to attend.
Happy Hours
Company-wide happy hours, as well as team happy hours are common at Solstice. The themes and locations differ, but they are always a good time!
Recreational Clubs
Professional Development Benefits
Job Training & Conferences
We offer a wide range of training programs like Solstice University and a mentor program. All full-time employees also receive $5,000 annually to pursue professional development.
Tuition Reimbursement
Diversity Program
Solstice is committed to positively impact, promote, support, and raise awareness of diverse communities in the Technology industry with the leadership of our Diversity Committee.
Lunch and learns
Solsties plan and host lunch and learn meetings weekly.
Promote from within
Mentorship program
All Solsties are assigned a mentor who provides 1-to-1 support, career mentoring, and leadership advocacy.
Continuing Education stipend
We offer $5000 annually for continuing education.
Time allotted for learning
Employees are allotted two extra PTO days to use for their own personal training and development.

Additional Perks + Benefits

We have a variety of fun perks at Solstice, but our favorites focus on employee development! We know that investing in employee development is crucial to our success as a growing and forward thinking firm. All full-time employees have an annual personal training budget and time off. Employees will use this to take classes, buy materials, and go to conferences. We also have our internal training program Solstice U, a mentorship program, and knowledge sharing through discipline circles and Lunch and Learns!

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