Located in the San Francisco Bay Area, Melbourne, Toronto, and Guildford, UK – we’re the videogame development team behind Call of Duty®: Modern Warfare 3, Call of Duty®: Advanced Warfare and Call of Duty®: WWII. Since our founding in 2009, our greatest passion has been making AAA games. The strength of our team makes us not only excellent at what we do but also how we do it. We truly believe in supporting our dedicated employees to be the best they can be. Here at Sledgehammer Games, everyone is a game maker.

We’re focused on constantly evolving, innovating, and taking risks – which are some of the most exciting aspects of game development. With best-in-class audio, design, engineering and art teams, we’ve been able to achieve some of the highest-quality game execution of any studio in the industry. We love what we do and work hard to make sure that each new game we make is even better than the last. Creativity is key, and we’re looking for dedicated game developers for our exciting next project.

Sledgehammer Games is wholly owned by Activision. To learn more about our studio, please visit us at or search for Sledgehammer Games on your favorite social media platform. Want to hear what it’s like at the studio directly from current employees? Check out our #LifeatSHG developer profiles: This role is anticipated to be a hybrid work position, with some work on-site and some work-from-home. The potential home studio for this role is Toronto, Canada.

Your Mission

We are seeking an HR Business Partner who will help our company succeed by supporting our teams with varied strengths. Our HR Business Partners play a key role in cultivating an inclusive team culture, driving company growth and revenue, and fostering a creative environment.

This position will lead and partner with centralized teams to support talent attraction, retention, succession, pipeline planning and workforce optimization; performance and total rewards management, employee productivity, and policy interpretation and application.

Additional responsibilities include organizational design and effectiveness; career progression initiatives; and coaching and training. This role will report to the Senior Director HR, SHG and will partner with Toronto Studio leadership team members to ensure Sledgehammer Games is supported in reaching its goals.

This position requires a mixture of people-focused and analytical skills. We are seeking somebody who can be data-driven, collaborative, influential, and can work effectively across a highly matrixed environment.

Key Accountabilities

  • Provide day-to-day support and coaching to leaders on a variety of actions to enable them to best lead their teams

  • Provide on-the-ground support on all things people and culture

  • In consultation with the Senior Director, HR, develop and deliver a people strategy driven by the annual and long-term commercial plans, translating the business requirements into effective and modern initiatives

  • Ensure employee and critical partners' impact are at the forefront of organizational decisions, and any changes are planned and thoughtfully implemented with strong integrity

  • Create and maintain strong networks and relations (informal and formal) with all team members, employee network groups, external artners, and industry communities

  • Work closely with our Centers of Excellence to drive integrity and accountability for the effective implementation of the annual HR cycle to facilitate beneficial delivery, including performance management, workforce and talent planning, and total rewards.

  • Partner with the DE&I team to build an inclusive culture and an environment where our people can come to work and ‘be their best.’

  • Ensure our EVP is relevant and driving the right behaviors/outcomes

  • Identify levers and develop strategies that measurably improve engagement, equity, inclusion, and retention (e.g. pulse/engagement surveys, talent assessments, exit surveys)

  • Key contact for Health and Safety issues to ensure a safe working environment and proper ergonomics set up for all (on-site and remote)

  • Actively participate in annual budget planning/staffing forecasting process

Player Profile

  • Bachelor’s Degree in HR, Organizational Behavior, or a related field.

  • 5+ years of progressive experience in all aspects of HR

  • Proven commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion

  • Experience directly supporting senior leaders, influencing leaders to make better people decisions

  • Highest level of integrity with a proven ability to gain trust from all levels of the organization

  • Experience assessing leadership and organizational talent; identifying talent gaps and successfully implementing initiatives to support

  • Comfort using facts and data to build people-centric cases; for example, the use of staffing models and other analytical tools

  • Creativity and out-of-the-box thinking

  • High EQ, passion, and strong critical thinking skills

  • Enthusiasm, commitment, and drive

  • Exceptional project management skills with a demonstrated track record of delivering high-quality results in a fast-paced and complex environment

  • Highly comfortable and effective using video conferencing tools to successfully conduct and participate in meetings

  • Prior experience in gaming is a plus!

We love hearing from anyone who is enthusiastic about changing the gaming industry. Not sure you meet all qualifications? Let us decide! Research shows that women and members of other under-represented groups tend to not apply to jobs when they think they may not meet every qualification, when, in fact, they often do! At Activision Blizzard, we are committed to creating a diverse and inclusive environment and strongly encourage you to apply.

COVID-19 Hiring Update

This role is anticipated to be assigned to work on-site at an Activision Blizzard office. However, we understand each person’s circumstances may be unique and will work with you to explore possible interim options.”

We are committed to working with and providing reasonable assistance to individuals with physical and mental disabilities. If you are a disabled individual requiring an accommodation to apply for an open position, please email your request to [email protected] General employment questions cannot be accepted or processed here. Thank you for your interest.”

Our World

Activision Blizzard, Inc. (NASDAQ: ATVI), is one of the world's largest and most successful interactive entertainment companies and is at the intersection of media, technology and entertainment. We are home to some of the most beloved entertainment franchises including Call of Duty®, World of Warcraft®, Overwatch®, Diablo®, Candy Crush™ and Bubble Witch™. Our combined entertainment network delights hundreds of millions of monthly active users in 196 countries, making us the largest gaming network on the planet!

Our ability to build immersive and innovate worlds is only enhanced by diverse teams working in an inclusive environment. We aspire to have a culture where everyone can thrive in order to connect and engage the world through epic entertainment. We provide a suite of benefits that promote physical, emotional and financial well-being for ‘Every World’ - we’ve got our employees covered!

The videogame industry and therefore our business is fast-paced and will continue to evolve. As such, the duties and responsibilities of this role may be changed as directed by the Company at any time to promote and support our business and relationships with industry partners.

We are an equal opportunity employer and value diversity at our company. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, marital status, veteran status, or disability status, among other characteristics.