VP, People - Ziff Media Group

Human Resources New York, New York Austin, Texas


Position at Ziff Media Group


Ziff Media Group (ZMG) is a leading, global digital media company operating in technology, culture, entertainment and shopping. ZMG reaches over 100 million digital content enthusiasts and online shoppers every month. ZMG includes ZMG Shopping Group (Retailmenot, Offers.com, BlackFriday.com, Techbargains.com) and ZMG Tech Group (Mashable, PCMag, Extremetech, Askmen). We build trust with our readers and fans through inspired and influential storytelling. This trust has led our readers to purchase over $5B of the products and services we’ve recommended each year. Ziff Media Group is a business unit of Ziff Davis, a subsidiary of J2 Global, Inc (JCOM). 

At Ziff Media Group, we believe that diversity fuels innovation, growth, and resilience both in business and in our personal lives and communities. We aim to amplify the perspectives and ideas that come with different lived experiences, and are committed to diversity and inclusion, to increase access to career and growth opportunities for marginalized and underserved people. We strive for equity and fairness in our policies and business practices, in order to foster an environment where every employee feels supported, welcomed, and heard, regardless of background or identity. 


Reporting to the EVP, GM of Ziff Media Group (ZMG), the VP, People will lead the development and execution of ZMG’s employee experience including recruiting, hiring/onboarding, learning & development, team building, performance management and general HR business partnership with the various brands and operating departments across ZMG. We are looking for an effective hands-on leader with a proven track record who can support the scaling of a nine-figure revenue operation, with over 700 employees across the world, through organic and M&A activities. 

This leader will be an executive team leader that complements the other ZMG executive leaders across Vertical brands (Shopping & Publishing), Product & Technology, Monetization, Operations, and Strategy & Growth, to deliver above average results for the entire ZMG business unit. This leader will manage a team of approximately 10 HR professionals across the US, UK, France, and India. They will be passionate about understanding our employees’ needs and creating solutions that maximize their performance at ZMG. The leader is a team player that lives our core values and is a benchmark for others across ZMG, while influencing upward through J2 Global. The ideal leader will be able to execute as a manager, while also leading key projects as needed and have the strategic vision and communication skills to inspire others. They are willing to challenge the status quo with a laser focus on outcomes. They bring an innovative spirit and continually design for equity and inclusion, exhibit curiosity, and strive to make ZMG a top employer in digital media. 

Specific responsibilities will include:

  • Vision and Strategy: Partner with strategic stakeholders (including the rest of the Executive team) to help establish and execute on the long-term vision for key people operation functions, drive future organizational design and change management initiatives to maintain a high-performing, motivated, and impactful team. Assist the ZMG executive leadership team in developing a “One ZMG” culture. Foster an environment which stimulates open communication, collaboration, imagination and engenders a team spirit in solving problems and achieving growth expectations. 
  • Values and Culture: Promote our core values, DE&I goals, while making ZMG an employer of choice in digital media. Reflect and enact the values of diversity, equity and inclusion by promoting representational diversity in our audiences and workforce, and fostering an equitable and welcoming environment where people from diverse backgrounds can participate and thrive. Act as a steward to ensure that all decisions, programs, and processes are aligned with those values and goals. Help us to scale the organization quickly (organically and through M&A) while maintaining our performance-oriented culture. 
  • Performance Management and Recognition: enhance our company-wide performance management program to help us identify high and low performers, promote and reward excellence, and drive continuous, transparent feedback across all disciplines 
  • Professional Development: Define levels and competencies across ZMG in collaboration with the operating teams. Build scalable professional development programs that aid in growing our team’s capabilities and drive employee retention. 
  • Management and Leadership Training: Drive scalable solutions around making our leaders better managers; provide coaching and feedback to our existing leadership team, and develop programs that prepare high-potential employees for management roles 
  • Recruiting: The core of your role is making sure we have the best people on our teams. This means you’ll own the recruiting function and work with our team and consultants to identify, recruit, and onboard the best talent to achieve our winning aspirations. 
  • Data and Compliance: Improve the collection and use of people-related data to aid in better decision making; develop key metrics to measure employee happiness, performance, engagement, and retention; ensure compliance with all federal, state, and local requirements across each of our offices. 
  • People Operations: Proactively identify areas where our people processes, tools, and technology can evolve. 


The ZMG - VP, People will be an independent, intelligent, data-driven, and dynamic executive who is highly results-oriented. They will bring the right combination of skills, experience, ambition and portfolio-mindset required to develop a high functioning people team. This leader will have a non-political, collaborative, fair, hands-on management style that emphasizes clear, direct, communication and transparency at all levels. The ideal candidate has demonstrable success in leading by example with a commitment to setting and achieving ambitious, but

realistic, employee experience goals. They should have a good balance between IQ and EQ, while relying on data for thoughtful and fast-paced decision making to drive velocity across the team. They must be a servant leader to their teams, with a track-record of developing talent at all levels that add to the culture and results of an organization. 


  • 10+ years direct Human Resources experience, with 5+ years leading HR teams in growth-oriented and multi-national companies 
  • The proven ability to influence and drive change with executive and operating teams through active communication of the people strategy. 
  • Proven success in delivering high-impact people operations programs around performance management, culture, employee engagement, and retention ● A track record of being a business partner to executives across a variety of functional areas and a demonstrated capability to interface and maintain effective relationships with all departments and staff 
  • Expertise in coaching across the full spectrum of seniority 
  • The ability to think strategically but also focus on tactical and operational issues. ● Comfortable with data, KPIs, and OKRs that measure the effectiveness of programs and strategies. Ability to build and communicate business rationale and financial impacts of people-based programs. 


Leadership: Proven track record as a leader of HR and people teams, with increasing complexity. Experience in driving increases in overall employee satisfaction (eNPS), engagement, and retention. 

Industry Experience: Experience in the digital media or consumer tech industries is a plus. Experience with commerce, performance marketing, content and/or advertising is also helpful but not required. 

Team Size and Composition Has overseen multinational teams and partnered with corporate/parent company HR teams. 

M&A Experience: Experience performing due diligence for M&A targets as well as proven integration and change management to ensure that we’re all better together. Experience within a corporate portfolio company or private equity-backed companies.


Driving Results 

  • Sets and surpasses continually higher goals that are ambitious but realistic for self and team, geared to organizational objectives. 
  • Focuses on people-based KPIs. Connects employee recruiting, engagement, development efforts to the overall business KPIs. Collaborates across groups to ensure overall team success. 
Leading People 
  • Engages people in discussion around the business direction, conveying the organizational vision and direction. 
  • Translates overall business goals into people-based initiatives, and vice versa ○ Communicates regularly about long-term goals to reinforce the larger intent. ○ Is a talent magnet. Identifies, recruits, and onboards new hires across their team and the organization with passion. 
Strategic Thinking 
  • Balances short term priorities with the long-term goals. Sets a people and purpose-based strategy that is actionable. 
  • Human-centered design thinker. 
  • Problem solver that can always find a way to get the job done. 

The ideal candidate will be focused, driven, detail-oriented, humble, curious, and loves to have fun while working hard. 


  • We embrace our individuality. 
  • We cultivate relationships. 
  • We pursue knowledge. 
  • We make informed decisions. 
  • We work with purpose.