Associate HR Business Partner

Website Williams-Sonoma

We hope you’re interested in building a home with us. Even if you don’t feel that you meet every requirement listed in this job description, we still encourage you to apply.

Overview of the role

As the Associate HR Business Partner, you will be in an individual contributor role that is responsible for advising associates and managers on various strategic and tactical HR programs with the support of other HR leadership.

This position is onsite in SF 4x a week (hybrid role).


With the support and guidance of a member of HRBP Leadership, your responsibilities include:

  • Administrative Functions: Support in various tactical HR functions including streamlining communications, process improvements for various ad-hoc HR programs, pulling reports for client requests, etc. Providing various support and answering questions related to policies and procedures, leaves of absence, and various other HR-related questions. Maintain org charts and associate employee lists, process associate changes, schedule meetings, etc.
  • Associate Relations: Advise and coach associates on various HR-related issues; support at a more detailed client level – with specific issues or concerns that are client specific
  • HR Collaboration: Partner with HR business partner and COE colleagues to leverage expertise and best practices across business teams. Partner with HR counterparts to facilitate and funnel HR programs across the client group. HR programs can include succession planning, performance management, internship program, etc.
  • HR Metrics: Analyze staffing, retention, exit interview data and other information to provide qualitative, quantitative, and actionable insights. Provide support to an HR Leader on presenting next steps and suggestions.
  • Onboarding & Offboarding – Provide support in welcoming and properly exiting associates at WSI. Create streamlined processes to properly bring onboard new associates through new hire orientation and support to management, as well as exiting employees through exit interviews.
  • Recognition Programs – Provide support by helping manage our recognition programs through coordinate communications and tracking nominations.
  • Supports clients at the Management level and below


  • Bachelor’s Degree, or equivalent experience (Business or HR preferred).
  • Minimum of 3 years of HR experience
  • Knowledge of HR practices, including employment law, compensation, performance management, leadership development, coaching, employee relations, change management, and organizational effectiveness.
  • Intermediate to advanced Excel skills
  • Strong technical acumen of Microsoft Office Suite and an HR Management system

Our Mission Around Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

We firmly believe that working in a culture focused on diversity, equity, and inclusion spurs innovation, creates healthy and high-performing teams, and delivers superior customer experiences. We will create and nurture a global company culture where we confidently bring our authentic selves to work every day: where the only criteria for advancement are the quality of our work, the contributions we make to our teams and the business, and our ability to lead; and where our individual differences—whatever they may be—are valued, explored and appreciated.

Benefits Just for You

Depending on your position and your location, here are a few highlights of what you might be eligible for:

  • A generous discount on all Williams-Sonoma, Inc. brands
  • A 401(k) plan and other investment opportunities
  • Paid vacations, holidays, and time off to volunteer
  • Health benefits, dental and vision insurance, including same-sex domestic partner benefits
  • Tax-free commuter benefits
  • A wellness program that supports your physical, financial and emotional health

Your Journey in Continued Learning

  • In-person and online learning opportunities through WSI University
  • Cross-brand and cross-function career opportunities
  • Resources for self-development
  • Advisor (Mentor) program
  • Career development workshops and learning programs
  • Speaker series

WSI will not now or in the future commence an immigration case or “sponsor” an individual for this position (for example, H-1B or other employment-based immigration

This role is not eligible for relocation assistance.

Williams-Sonoma, Inc. is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Williams-Sonoma, Inc. will consider for employment qualified applicants with criminal histories in a manner consistent with the requirements of the San Francisco Fair Chance Ordinance, or other applicable state or local laws and ordinances.

The expected starting pay range for this position is $95,000. Applicable pay ranges may differ across markets. Actual pay will be determined based on experience and other job-related factors permitted by law. In addition to competitive pay, compensation may include a variety of other components like benefits, paid time off, merit, and bonus opportunities.  


Our Company

Founded in 1956, Williams-Sonoma, Inc. is the premier specialty retailer of high-quality products for the kitchen and home in the United States. Our family of brands are Williams Sonoma, Williams Sonoma Home, Pottery Barn, Pottery Barn teen, pottery barn kids, Rejuvenation, Mark & Graham, west elm, or Outward. These brands are among the best known and most respected in the industry. We offer beautifully-designed, stylish and functional products for every area of the home, including the kitchen, living room, bedroom, home office, closet, laundry room and even outdoor spaces. We’ve seen some big changes since our first brick-and-mortar store opened more than half of a century ago. What hasn’t changed is our passion for high-quality products, functional design, outstanding customer service, and enhancing the lives of our customers and the communities where we operate. Today, we’re a multi-brand, multi-channel, global enterprise supported by state-of-the-art technology and some of the most talented teams in retailing – and we’re always looking for new energy and ideas.

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