Human Resources Specialist

Alameda, CA

As a Human Resources Specialist, you will play an integral role here at Penumbra providing human resources support, oversight, and management of our internal programs for leave of absences and accommodations. You would manage these activities from beginning to end working closely with HR Point of Contacts to ensure alignment between managers, employees, and our programs. You would also serve as the point of contact for our internal customers with vendors for leaves of absences and accommodations.

What You’ll Work On

  • Develop, improve, and maintain sound HR leave processes, ensuring appropriate approval levels are obtained and timely processing.
  • Explain applicable leave processes, pay and benefits to employees and management.
  • Manage appropriate documentation and generate related correspondence as required for leaves and work restrictions /accommodations.
  • Meet with HR, managers, and supervisors to evaluate and discuss concerns.
  • Coordinate leaves and work restrictions with HR and employees. Seek clarification for work restrictions and evaluate requirements with managers of return-to-work restrictions and process.
  • Administer, track, and report out leaves of absence to include medical disability, FMLA/CFRA, PDL, USERRA, personal, accommodations etc.
  • Escalate issues and concerns when necessary.
  • Update and maintain employee statuses in HRIS database.

What You Contribute

  • A Bachelor’s degree with 1+ year of relevant experience, or an equivalent combination of education and experience
  • Entry-level knowledge of HR regulations
  • Effective oral, written, and interpersonal communication
  • Conflict resolution and coaching skills preferred
  • Ability to use sound judgment, discretion, and diplomacy in dealing with highly confidential issues
  • Excellent organizational skills with ability to prioritize assignments while handling various projects simultaneously
  • Ability to work independently, consistently follow-up with employees on commitments and meet deadlines
  • Strong analytical, critical thinking and problem-solving skills
  • Ability to work effectively in a team environment
  • Ensure a high degree of accuracy and attention to detail
  • Proficiency with MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint, MS Teams, and Outlook
  • Previous HRIS experience; manufacturing or medical device industry experience preferred

Working Conditions

General office environment. The employee is often required to sit and use their hands and fingers to manipulate keys on a keyboard. Requires some lifting and moving of up to 25 pounds. The employee is frequently required to stand, walk, sit, and reach with hands and arms, and to use a computer, sitting for extended periods. Specific vision abilities required by this job include the ability to read, close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, and depth perception.

Annual Base Salary Range: $70,000 - $88,000 / year

We offer a competitive compensation package plus a benefits and equity program, when applicable.  

Individual total compensation will vary based on factors such as qualifications, skill level, competencies, and work location.  

What We Offer

  • A collaborative teamwork environment where learning is constant, and performance is rewarded.
  • The opportunity to be part of the team that is revolutionizing the treatment of some of the world's most devastating diseases.
  • A generous benefits package for eligible employees that includes medical, dental, vision, life, AD&D, short and long-term disability insurance, 401(k) with employer match, an employee stock purchase plan, paid parental leave, eleven paid company holidays per year, a minimum of fifteen days of accrued vacation per year, which increases with tenure, and paid sick time in compliance with applicable law(s).


Penumbra, Inc., headquartered in Alameda, California, is a global healthcare company focused on innovative therapies. Penumbra designs, develops, manufactures, and markets novel products and has a broad portfolio that addresses challenging medical conditions in markets with significant unmet need. Penumbra sells its products to hospitals and healthcare providers primarily through its direct sales organization in the United States, most of Europe, Canada, and Australia, and through distributors in select international markets. The Penumbra logo is a trademark of Penumbra, Inc.


Qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, disability, military or veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state, or local laws.

If you reside in the State of California, please also refer to Penumbra’s Privacy Notice for California Residents.

For additional information on Penumbra’s commitment to being an equal opportunity employer, please see Penumbra's AAP-Policy-Statement.

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