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HR Manager

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About the role


Our team has more than doubled in size every year over the past few years and we’re excited to hire our first ever HR manager. As we look ahead to growing the team to several hundred employees in the next two years, the foundational HR team member will help us implement the systems, practices, and expertise to make Retool a great place to work, and grow. 


As the first HR manager you’ll work with business leaders, managers, and employees across Retool to strategize and implement systems, processes, and programs to help people succeed. You’ll bring your creativity and deep expertise in people systems to help us make and keep Retool a fantastic place to work. Because you’ll start out as a team of one, you’ll wear many hats. In any given week you may be working with a manager think through how to give hard feedback, work with the leadership team on compensation philosophy, or create new employee processes and Retool experiences.

You’ll also lay the groundwork for a growing team. We’ll look to you to help us understand the HR, systems, and process needs across the business, and propose ways the team should grow to execute this strategy. 


You’ll join an effective and growing operations team who believes in efficiency, great process, and serving the business. We care deeply about the service we provide the business and we welcome new ideas, innovation, and iteration as we grow.


  • Be the first member of the HR team at Retool!
  • Act as an advocate and resource for Retool employees
  • Partner with, and advise, leaders and managers on all things people-related, such as performance management & coaching, employee relations, and organizational development
  • Develop and implement HR policies and programs
  • Work with leadership to think through, and implement, our talent retention and compensation philosophy
  • Work with legal counsel and external consultants to help ensure Retool’s compliance with other federal, state, and local labor regulations
  • Own onboarding execution and our tools to ensure each new hire has a seamless experience from offer acceptance through their first day
  • Help build out the HR team


  • A background of 6+ years as an HR business partner, preferably with experience at fast-growing technology companies
  • A clear, approachable, and friendly communication style and strong customer service orientation.
  • Experience implementing people programs including performance coaching, employee relations, compensation review process, HR compliance, and employee development/growth.
  • Strong analytical and project management skills, proven ability to design clear processes, and a very detail-oriented yet flexible approach to problem solving.
  • Proven ability to influence across diverse groups and levels.

Retool is a fast way of building internal tools through our low-code drag-and-drop platform. We were founded in 2017 and graduated from YC the same year. Our Series A was led by Sequoia and we're backed by Daniel Gross (whose company is right upstairs from us!), John and Patrick Collison of Stripe, and Elad Gil, among others.

Why you should join Retool

Retool's a fast way of building internal tools (to manage deliveries, for customer support, etc.). We just hit profitability, have raised money from some great investors, including John + Patrick Collison (Stripe), Elad Gil (Color), Nat Friedman (Github), Greg Brockman (OpenAI), etc. We're looking to scale our engineering team from 15 people to around 25 this year.

Our thesis is that all internal tools have the same building blocks (tables, textinputs, dropdowns, etc.). So Retool gives you those building blocks, which you can combine and compose to make any sort of internal tool you might want. That's a lot faster than writing the same custom code, over and over again. Here's a 3 minute demo.

Our actual goal - though - is to build the future of programming. We think building boring, internal enterprise apps represents most of programming. And if you can make building these boring things a lot faster, you have a good shot at becoming what "comes after programming languages".

Team Size:40
Location:San Francisco
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