VP of People at VergeSense (S17)
AI-Powered Building Management
Boston, MA / San Francisco, CA
11+ years
About VergeSense

Our Company

The future of work is increasingly complex — remote workers, distributed teams, flexible multi-tenant office space — and the dynamic of how workers interact with each other and how workers interact with their physical space is changing.

VergeSense is building an easy-to-deploy space utilization & sensing platform that helps real estate professionals monitor foot-traffic within buildings. Data from our platform is used to improve building layout & design, execute dynamic workforce strategies, and reduce energy costs. For large clients, the financial impact is in the tens of millions per year. We provide a full-stack solution comprised of easy-to-deploy AI-sensors, fleet management tools, analytics software, and APIs that integrate with the leading workplace management systems on the market.

Current Events

We are in unprecedented times, and workplace tech is especially needed to help companies plan for a post-COVID workplace. Our AI-powered sensing products and platform are being called on more than ever to serve commercial real estate operators and employees of the modern workforce. We have been at the center of space planning conversations focused on helping companies comply with public health guidelines of social distancing, sanitation, among other applications. As companies plan the return to work for their teams, we are working with speed, accuracy, and care to deliver a crucial service in this transitional time.

Our Product

Deployed in minutes, our high-accuracy quick-installation sensors are able to identify the presence of people and key objects in the context of an office environment that signal how space is being used. Our analytics platform creates a sphere of intelligence within properties and provides actionable insights and AI-powered recommendations to help building managers make effective space planning decisions.

We’re building and training our sensors to become even smarter, with the goal of catering to an even wider range of customers, use cases, and industries. Our sensor-as-a-system and intuitive analytics dashboard provide a real-time view into what is happening in a space, and over time our sensors automatically learn to detect new types of events on the go.

Our Community

We are a lean, fast-moving, impact-focused (and fun!) team of 60+ across San Francisco HQ, Minneapolis, Boston, and remote locations. We count the Fortune 500 among our customers and are backed by leading investors including Y Combinator, Allegion Ventures, JLL, Bolt, Pathbreaker Ventures, with strong financial runway. We're always looking to add amazing individuals to our team.

We believe in allowing people to apply their strengths toward doing work they find meaningful. We value creativity and resourcefulness in team members, and would love to hear where you believe your contributions would be most impactful.

About the role

Our Company

The workplace is undergoing a complete transformation. Today with the rise in hybrid working and expectation of employee personal choice, use of the workplace has become completely unpredictable. In order for workplace and real estate leaders to effectively manage space and serve today's employees, they need to fully understand physical space and how people are using it in real-time. This ability is called spatial intelligence, and VergeSense is the leader in providing these insights, which lead to reduced real estate costs, improved employee retention, and better sustainability.

VergeSense is the leading workplace analytics platform used by innovative Fortune 500 companies across the world. These businesses use VergeSense to transform their static office into a dynamic workplace that matches today's employee needs and expectations. Powered by intelligent sensors and AI-driven insights, customers rely on VergeSense to reduce or reinvest real estate, improve building operations, and create spaces that meet today's employee expectations.

The Role

The Vice President (VP), People is responsible and accountable for developing and executing the human resources strategy in support of the overall business plan and strategic direction of the company, specifically in the areas of recruitment, succession planning, talent management, change management, organizational and performance management, training and development, and compensation and benefits. The incumbent functions as a strategic business advisor to executive and senior management regarding key HR matters. Provides overall leadership and guidance to the HR function, develops, and implements People/HR programs, policies and processes to achieve strategic business goals. The VP, People serves on the executive leadership team and reports directly to the CEO.

What You'll Do: Leads a team of employees providing HR and talent acquisition operational support. Oversees the relationship and activities of the Company’s PPE partnership. In collaboration with the executive leadership team, formulates long-term HR strategies and enhances employee and organizational capabilities needed to sustain and grow the company. Provides strategic direction and guidance on the development and revision of HR policies and procedures. Identifies key performance indicators for the organization’s human resource and talent management functions; assesses the organization’s success and market competitiveness based on these metrics. Advise and coach management on employee relations matters, disciplinary actions, performance improvement plans, and terminations in accordance with company policies. Researches, develops, and implements competitive compensation, benefits, performance development/management, and employee incentive programs. Ensures compliance with employment, benefits, insurance, safety, and other laws, regulations, and requirements. Maintains knowledge of laws, regulations, and best practices in employment law, human resources, and talent management. Manages employee engagement surveys, analyzes results, and works with senior leadership in developing recommended actions to improve employee engagement and overall work environment. Knowledgeable in international employment law and immigration. Regularly reviews software tools for relevance and applicability. What We're Looking for: Leads, inspires, and develops team with a vision toward expanding on our “People First” model. Sets and ensures achievement of goals and highest standard of performance. Models our company core values, leads with expertise with a focus on a vision with strong cultural values. Build a rewarding and engaging culture where creativity, quality, diversity, and inclusion are nurtured. Promote collaboration, communication, and commitment across the organization. What You'll Need: Results oriented. Excellent verbal and written communication skills. Excellent organizational and leadership skills. Strong expertise in HR policies, procedures, and laws. Strong background of hiring processes, personnel management tools, and training and development programs. Strong knowledge of performance management systems and programs. Skilled in recurring and developing high potential talent and fostering high performing teams. Ability to execute on and motivate a team around HR and talent acquisition. Experience in working cross functionally with different teams. Strong analytical skills in targeting, acquiring, and synthesizing key HR data. Ability to imagine new ways of working and new business models and apply and develop creative and innovative solutions. Education and Experience Bachelor’s degree in Human Resources, Business Administration, or related field required. At least fifteen years of human resource management experience highly preferred. Certifications such as SPHR, PHR, SHRM-CP, or SHRM-SCP strongly preferred.


On the software-side, our current stack uses Rails, React, Heroku, a variety of AWS Services (AWS IoT, Redshift, DynamoDB), Docker (for managing fleets of IoT devices) and Tensorflow for machine-learning.

For the hardware-side piece of our product, we're using ESP MCUs, gateway devices that run Ubuntu Core, Raspberry Pis (for prototyping), and a variety of different sensors (image, PIR, temperature / environmental, etc).

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