HR Business Partner at sweetgreen

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This role can work remotely from Boston, Philly, or DMV

About sweetgreen:

sweetgreen is on a mission to build healthier communities by connecting people to real food. We passionately believe that real food should be convenient and accessible to everyone. Every day in each sweetgreen restaurant, our 4,000+ team members make food from scratch, using fresh ingredients and produce delivered that morning. And in our local communities, we’re committed to leaving people better than we found them. We’re in the business of feeding people, and we’re out to change what that means. Our people are our most valuable ingredient - the heart of our company, the face of our brand, and what truly makes the sweetgreen experience special and unique.

The People Business Partner will work with various Field Operations leaders along with their respective leadership teams to develop and execute people strategies and planning activities and work seamlessly with centers of excellence to help build the future of sweetgreen. This position will serve as a trusted advisor and build leadership capabilities.

We are looking for a leader who is able to influence and build capabilities in our field leaders, using objective diagnosis, data-driven recommendations, and a consultative approach to solutioning. This leader will help us advance an inclusive environment, coaching leaders through difficult situations and advocating for our team member experience while keeping an eye towards our strategic vision for the people function and sg culture.

Our mission as a People Team is to obsess over the employee experience to enable sweetgreen employees to do the best work of their lives.

What You’ll Lead (Essential Functions of the Role)

  • Lead workforce planning routines for multiple levels of leadership
  • Leverage data to help tell a compelling people story
  • Challenge placement, identify and support leaders with developmental strengths and gaps
  • Plan for talent moves and identify internal, external, pipeline and bench candidates
  • Partner with Talent Acquisition and Operations team to ensure staffing goals align with business objectives
  • Support the New Restaurant Opening (NRO) strategy with people needs assessment and placement
  • Partner cross-functionally to ensure sourcing and staffing strategies are in place to support the needs
  • Lead and/or consult on employee relations investigations and provide recommendations on resolution
  • Utilize business insights and trends in reporting to inform strategies to improve retention and engagement
  • Teach, coach and train leaders on cultivating an inclusive environment and balanced business
  • Execute compensation and benefits programs (annual salary planning process, salary surveys and analysis, benefit programs and employee services)
  • Build incredible cross-functional relationships to support a culture that aligns with our core values
  • Build leadership capabilities to ensure local people practices comply with sweetgreen handbook, federal, state and local laws
  • Partner cross-functionally to develop strategies targeted to mitigate risk through and support the team member experience
  • Support the development and evolution of company policies and training that address people priorities

Desired experience

  • 5+ years of experience working in an HR business partner role
  • Experience creating and delivering a People Strategy to senior leaders
  • Organizational development expertise to inform recommendations and decision-making
  • Experience working with a multi-state employer and large hourly population a plus
  • Ability to navigate complexity in a regional capacity and successfully lead change initiatives
  • Experience leading the end-to-end execution of projects of all sizes
  • Excellent communication skills

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Experienced in building business partnerships, investing in relationships, and quickly building trust amongst teams and leaders
  • Results-driven, intrinsically motivated with a passion for people and business.
  • Role model for integrity and champions culture
  • Excellent critical thinking, analytical, problem solving and decision making skills
  • Ability to embrace and promote company’s Core Values in your compliance solutions
  • Natural problem solver who gains energy from creating solutions
  • Sound judgment and the ability to handle highly sensitive and confidential information relating to HR
  • Ability to multi-task and manage more than one cross-functional and mission-critical project at one time
  • Has a passion for navigating complex employee relations situations
  • Appreciates ambiguity and autonomy in an incredibly fast-paced environment
  • Provides clear feedback to peers, partners, and senior leadership to protect the brand
  • Ability to travel in market and out of market a minimum of 25% of the time 

What you'll get:

  • Competitive pay + bonus plan granted based on performance 
  • Health, dental + vision insurance
  • Flexible PTO, because we respect the need for work/life harmony
  • An opportunity to make a real impact on the people around you, both by growing them and by connecting them to real food
  • To live the sweetlife and celebrate your passion + purpose
  • A collaborative family of people who live our core values and have your back
  • A clear career path with opportunities for development, both personally and professionally
  • Free sweetgreen swag
  • Complimentary sweetgreen

Come join the sweetlife!

sweetgreen provides equal opportunities for everyone that works for us and everyone that applies to join our team, without regard to sex or gender, gender identity, gender expression, age, race, religious creed, color, national origin, ancestry, pregnancy, physical or mental disability, medical condition, genetic information, marital status, sexual orientation, any service, past, present, or future, in the uniformed services of the United States (military or veteran status), or any other consideration protected by federal, state, or local law.

sweetgreen participates in the federal government's E-Verify program to determine employment eligibility. To learn more about the E-Verify program, please click here.

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Our office is positioned in the centerpiece for LA's newest creative generation, PLATFORM and directly across the street from the Metro Station.

What are sweetgreen Perks + Benefits

sweetgreen Benefits Overview

sweetgreen is committed to offering a benefit package with flexibility and options to help you live your sweetlife. Our suite of benefits includes the core options of medical, dental, and vision as well as other voluntary benefit options to help you create the benefit package that best meets the needs of you and your family.

We believe that our employees are the most important ingredients in our restaurants and aim to support you throughout your journey at sweetgreen. FAMILY FUND

Volunteer in local community
Partners with Nonprofits
Friends outside of work
Eat lunch together
Open door policy
Team owned deliverables
Team based strategic planning
Group brainstorming sessions
Pair programming
Open office floor plan
Dedicated Diversity/Inclusion Staff
Unconscious bias training
Health Insurance & Wellness Benefits
Flexible Spending Account (FSA)
Disability Insurance
Dental Benefits
Vision Benefits
Health Insurance Benefits
Life Insurance
Pet Insurance
Wellness Programs
Retirement & Stock Options Benefits
401(K) Matching
Company Equity
Employee Stock Purchase Plan
Performance Bonus
Child Care & Parental Leave Benefits
Generous Parental Leave
We provide up to 5 months of parental leave for the primary caretaker. We believe in fully supporting new parents.
Flexible Work Schedule
sweetgreen provides employees with a flexible work schedule that includes flexible start and end times. Do what you love on *and* off the clock.
Return-to-work program post parental leave
Vacation & Time Off Benefits
Unlimited Vacation Policy
Paid Volunteer Time
Our employees Give back with 5 paid volunteering hours per year.
Perks & Discounts
Casual Dress
Commuter Benefits
Company Outings
Free Daily Meals
Stocked Kitchen
Some Meals Provided
Happy Hours
Pet Friendly
Fitness Subsidies
Sweetgreen has partnered with Classpass to offer a different kind of gym membership. All benefits-eligible employees receive a subsidy per month to use towards your membership.
Professional Development Benefits
Job Training & Conferences
Tuition Reimbursement
Diversity Program
Lunch and learns
sweetgreen hosts lunch and learn meetings once per month.
Cross functional training encouraged
Promote from within

Additional Perks + Benefits


The family fund provides emergency financial aid to employees experiencing financial hardship caused by catastrophic events outside of your control, like a natural disaster or life altering personal crisis.

Every person in the sweetgreen family can elect to donate part of their paycheck to the family fund pool of money. This is the money that will be distributed to individuals who apply for funds that will help them cope with an unfortunate situation.

With your continued support, we can truly make an impact in the lives of our sweetgreen family members who are experiencing hardship.

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