HR Business Partner

Sunnyvale, CA

Position Description

Blue River Technology serves the agricultural industry with ground-breaking computer-vision and deep learning based equipment. These machines are changing the future of farming by enabling farmers to optimize every plant in their fields. Our technology dramatically reduces the amount of chemicals used, improves farmer profitability, and collects valuable plant-by-plant data.

John Deere & Company, with over 180 years of experience in designing, manufacturing, and distributing innovative products to farmers, acquired Blue River Technology in the fall of 2017 as an independently-run subsidiary. In partnership with John Deere, Blue River has expanded rapidly and together both companies see many opportunities to apply advanced computer vision, machine learning, and robotics technologies to other areas in agriculture beyond spraying

Our office is located in Sunnyvale, CA and is home to 100+ team members with diverse experience including computer vision, machine learning, systems software, autonomous vehicles and precision agriculture. Our working environment is fast paced and highly collaborative, and employees are excited to use their talents to improve food production and protect the environment.

Position Description

The Blue River People team is seeking an HR Business Partner to join us as we build our awesome and talented People team.  The ideal candidate will support the entire organization, enable growth, help the People team provide high touch employee service and be an advocate of Blue River’s culture and values.  You will be a trusted advisor to our leaders, partnering to build and strengthen their high-performing teams and ensure we are making the right people decisions.  You will support our employees as a true advocate to help them grow and thrive - and you will work alongside the full People team to design, build and execute our talent strategy.  

The HRBP role will report into Blue River’s Director, HRBP and  Talent Management and be based in our Sunnyvale office with remote flexibility.  


  • Provide expertise and guidance  to the organization in the following areas
    • employee relations
    • career planning
    • performance management
    • coaching
    • compensation and rewards, and recognition programs
    • Employee engagement
  • Partner with other members of the People team to create a comprehensive and welcoming onboarding experience for new hires
  • Partner with HR team and others to implement and support initiatives that support a positive company culture
  • Drive planning and implementation of company-wide HR initiatives
  • Support HR Benefits Specialist with immigration visa applications and leaves of absence administration for supported teams

Required Professional Skills & Experience:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Business or related field
  • 3+ years of progressive experience in HR
  • General knowledge of HR practices including recruiting, employee relations, performance management, and manager coaching; familiarity with applicable state and local laws
  • Excellent organization and communications skills (both written and verbal) required
  • Must be able to build trust and respect of employee population
  • Extremely organized with a strong attention to detail and sense of urgency
  • Uses good judgment and makes thoughtful decisions
  • Demonstrated ability to respond to and resolve employee issues with a strong customer service orientation
  • Ability to maintain strict confidentiality
  • Ability to work independently and handle multiple priorities with limited hands-on supervision, prioritize work and projects, and respond to a changing and dynamic environment
  • PHR or SPHR a plus

Blue River offers competitive compensation and benefits, including a great 401(K) match. We believe in a work life balance and offer generous Paid Time Off and Sick Leave as well as Paid Parental Leave and an adoption benefit. Subsidized lunches, flexible work hours, CalTrain passes (with mobile Wi-Fi!) and a collaborative and supportive environment also contribute to making Blue River a great place to work.

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, sex, gender, gender expression, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, or disability status. We will ensure that individuals with disabilities are provided reasonable accommodation to participate in the job application or interview process, to perform essential job functions, and to receive other benefits and privileges of employment. Please contact us to request accommodation.


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