Careers

Careers2019-03-11T12:58:55+00:00

Interested in joining the Topa team?

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POSITION SUMMARY

The Corporate Recruiter is responsible for interviewing, testing, and referring applicants for clerical, technical, administrative and management positions throughout the Company and its subsidiaries. This position must possess considerable skill in interviewing techniques, a good knowledge of all clerical and specialized functions in the Company, a basic understanding of the Company’s organization structure as well as an extensive knowledge of personnel policy and procedure and federal and state laws regarding employment practices.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS

  • Process job requisitions for Topa Equities, Ltd and its subsidiaries.
  • Coordinate with hiring manager(s) to determine best recruiting process for position(s).
  • Act as liaison with area employment agencies and advertising agencies.
  • Screen and interview applicants.
  • Coordinate appropriate employment testing.
  • Conduct employment verifications.
  • Extend verbal and written contingent job offers.
  • Coordinate background checks.
  • Create and maintain recruitment collateral specific to the industry.
  • Ensure company social profiles and website recruitment pages are complete and maintained and in line with company brand.
  • Maintain employee referral programs.
  • Follow up with the related clerical aspects of employment such as notifying the department of the employee’s starting date, creating onboarding schedule and the requisition the employee is filling, etc.
  • Complete weekly report on employment activity.
  • Conduct exit interviews with terminating employees.
  • Complete unemployment claims and provide Company representation at unemployment hearings.
  • Other duties as assigned.

POSITION QUALIFICATIONS

  • Accountability – Ability to accept responsibility and account for his/her actions.
  • Accuracy – Ability to perform work accurately and thoroughly.
  • Business Acumen – Ability to grasp and understand business concepts and issues.
  • Detail Oriented – Ability to pay attention to the minute details of a project or task.
  • Ethical – Ability to demonstrate conduct conforming to a set of values and accepted standards.
  • Honesty / Integrity – Ability to be truthful and seen as credible in the workplace.
  • Organized – Possessing the trait of being organized or following a systematic method of performing a task.
  • Reliability – The trait of being dependable and trustworthy.
  • Responsible – Ability to be held accountable or answerable for one’s conduct.
  • Analytical Skills – Ability to use thinking and reasoning to solve a problem.
  • Communication, Oral – Ability to communicate effectively with others using the spoken word.
  • Communication, Written – Ability to communicate in writing clearly and concisely.
  • Problem Solving – Ability to find a solution for or to deal proactively with work-related problems.
  • Emotional Intelligence – Engaged, enthusiastic team member who motivates others to excel.

SKILLS & ABILITIES

Experience and Education:

  • Bachelor’s degree in human resources, business or a relevant field.
  • 5+ years of relevant recruiting experience.

Computer Skills:

  • Advanced knowledge of MS Office applications (Word, Excel and Powerpoint)

Behaviors:

  • Keen attention to detail
  • Collaborative working style and team player attitude
  • Ability to work independently with little supervision
  • Outstanding organizational skills and ability to prioritize tasks
  • Demonstrated desire to explore, discover and create.

POSITION SUMMARY

The Benefits Manager is responsible for administration of employee benefits in all company operations. As needed, this position provides special guidance and assistance to all locations on various employee benefits plans. Benefits manager surveys industry to determine company’s competitive program in employee benefits. This position develops, recommends, and installs approved, new or modified plans and employee benefit policies and supervises administration of existing plan. This plan develops cost control procedures to assure maximum coverage at the least possible cost to company and employee.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS

  • Administer employee benefits programs such as retirement plans; medical, dental, vision plans; life insurance plans; worker’s compensation plans; disability programs; and wellness programs.
  • Evaluate and compare existing company benefits with those of other employers by analyzing other plans, surveys and other sources of information. Plan, develop and/or participate in area and industry surveys. Analyze results of surveys and develop specific recommendations for review by management.
  • Develop specifications for new plans or modify existing plans to maintain company’s competitive position in labor market, and obtain uniform benefits package for all company locations, where possible.
  • Recommend classes of eligible employees for new or modified plans. Develop census data and solicit insurance companies for quotations. Evaluates quotation and make recommendations to management. Develop company cost information for new plans and make premium cost share recommendations to management.
  • Install approved new plans or changes to existing plans by preparing announcement materials, plan summary documents and other media for communicating plans to employees. Conduct employee meetings and arrange for enrollment. Advise and counsel management and employees on existing benefits.
  • Prepare and execute, with legal consultation, benefits documentation, such as original and amended plan texts, benefit agreements and insurance policies.
  • Instruct insurance carriers to effect change in benefits program. Ensure prompt and accurate compliance.
    Complies with federal, state, and local legal requirements by studying existing and new legislation; obtaining qualified opinions; enforcing adherence to requirements; advising management on needed actions.
  • Develop benefits information and statistical and census data for brokers, insurance carriers and management.
  • Assure company compliance with provisions of Employee Retirement Income Security Act and the Affordable Care Act. Supervise preparation of reports and applications required by law to be filed with federal and state agencies, such as Internal Revenue Service, Department of Labor, and other regulatory agencies.
  • Handle benefits inquiries and complaints to ensure quick, equitable, courteous resolution.
  • Supervise maintenance of enrollment and claims records for all benefits plans. Reconciles benefits accounts by maintaining and approving billing statements.
  • Responsible for developing, maintaining, and managing the company’s workers compensation program. Implements all matters of the program, including claim investigations, settlements, and litigation. Recommends loss control strategies, ensuring program conformance to applicable laws and regulations; preparing required reports; and monitoring and evaluating the program to ensure quality service.
  • Oversees preventative safety programs and works with management to develop relevant polices as needed. Participates in workplace safety and health planning meetings. Ensures managers and supervisors have the appropriate safety and health; accident prevention; and investigation training. Ensures that safety and health hazards are corrected, eliminated or guarded.
  • Other duties and projects as assigned.

POSITION QUALIFICATIONS

  • Accountability – Ability to accept responsibility and account for his/her actions.
  • Communication, Oral & Written – Ability to communicate effectively with others both verbally and written.
  • Decision Making – Ability to make critical decisions while following company procedures.
  • Business Acumen – Ability to grasp and understand business concepts and issues while possessing a strategic perspective.
  • Analytical Skills – Ability to use thinking and reasoning to solve a problem.
  • Adaptability – Adapts to changes in the work environment; able to deal with frequent change, delays, or unexpected events without being overly hierarchical.
  • Trust – Portray a positive and well-liked image, ultimately developing trust and synergy with the entire organization.
  • Leadership – Ability to influence others to perform their jobs effectively and to be responsible for making decisions in operational and financial departments.
  • Global and Cultural Awareness – Ability to understand how environmental, social, cultural, economic and political factors impact the organization.

SKILLS & ABILITIES

Experience and Education:

  • Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in Business Administration or Human Resource Management.
  • Five (5) years of experience in benefits administration.
  • Certifications / Designations: SHRM-CP, SHRM-SCP, PHR, SPHR and/or other related professional designation preferred.
  • Thorough knowledge of insurance, types of policies and coverage is a must. This includes health insurance, workers compensation, life insurance, and disability insurance programs.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills with an ability to interact with all levels of the organization.
  • Demonstrated leadership and management ability in a complex organization.
  • Demonstrated ability to manage a large geographically dispersed team to achieve corporate and business unit objectives.

Computer Skills:

  • Advanced knowledge of MS Office applications (Word, Excel, Access and PowerPoint)

Behaviors:

  • Collaborative working style and team player attitude
  • Ability to work independently with little supervision
  • Outstanding organizational skills, attention to detail and ability to prioritize tasks
  • Strong decision making, planning and problem-solving skills.

POSITION SUMMARY

The Corporate Risk Manager will have overall responsibility for the control, oversight, and enterprise-wide risk management across all business units and functional areas Of Topa Equities, Ltd. The Risk Manager will provide input and oversight in the establishment, monitoring and structuring of strong risk controls, assist the Executive team in identifying, quantifying, optimizing, and managing risk using applicable quantitative, operational, and financial risk management tools. The Risk Manager will be responsible for examining existing, as well as, proposed business / operational activities to determine potential risk exposures and participate in the development and execution of company risk management policies, practices, and processes.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS

  • Establish sound practices and principles for the identification, treatment and management of risks and vulnerabilities associated with Topa’s business.
  • Oversee the placement of all global Property & Business Interruption, Casualty, Umbrella & Excess Liability, Executive & Management Liability, Construction, Marine cargo, Business Travel Accident, Workers Compensation, and other necessary insurance and surety programs for Topa’s operations.
  • Prepare and present regular updates on Topa’s financial & strategic performance to key insurers to maintain long-standing relationships and ensure continuity of insurance coverages.
  • Manage the placement of property insurance including: gathering, compiling, and summarizing asset and exposure information from all properties prior to renewal; completing and reviewing marketing submissions; manage renewal marketing meetings; binding coverage and reviewing policies for accuracy; coordinating payment of premiums; and reporting material changes to carriers as necessary and coordinating any resulting endorsements.
  • Develop and manage department budget, and operating objectives. Prepare and communicate insurance forecasts, premium allocations, expense accruals and liability reserves.
  • Lead risk management efforts for merger/acquisition/divestiture due diligence and post-acquisition integration activities.
  • Manage insurance brokers, third party claim administrators, adjusters and all other consultants, vendors, suppliers associated with risk management initiatives.
  • In coordination with legal advisors, provide guidance on management of risks in contracts, agreements, leases and other legal agreements.
  • Provide oversight and leadership in the establishment, implementation, and monitoring of internal controls for risk management activities.
  • Identify and analyze risks associated with specific transactions by reviewing/conducting economic assessment for the quantification of benefits and risk exposures.
  • Collaborate with subsidiaries on Occupational Health & Safety, Environmental Management, Property Loss Prevention, Fire Safety Engineering and Asset Protection strategies.
  • Periodically review insurance products currently not purchased to ensure latest insurance product evolutions and offerings are evaluated and considered for continued self-insurance or recommended for purchase, as appropriate
  • Keep abreast of industry best practices and new insurance products/services, as well as promote Topa’s business by serving on trade association and industry advisory committees and boards.

POSITION QUALIFICATIONS

  • Accountability – Ability to accept responsibility and account for his/her actions.
  • Reliability – The trait of being dependable, trustworthy and possess the highest levels of integrity and character.
  • Responsible – Ability to be held accountable or answerable for one’s conduct with a strong work ethic.
  • Communication, Oral & Written – Ability to communicate effectively with others both verbally and written.
  • Decision Making – Ability to make critical decisions while following company procedures.
  • Business Acumen – Ability to grasp and understand business concepts and issues while possessing a strategic perspective.
  • Analytical Skills – Ability to use thinking and reasoning to solve a problem.
  • Adaptability – Adapts to changes in the work environment; able to deal with frequent change, delays, or unexpected events without being overly hierarchical.
  • Trust – Portray a positive and well-liked image, ultimately developing trust and synergy with the entire organization.
  • Leadership – Ability to influence others to perform their jobs effectively and to be responsible for making decisions in operational and financial departments.

SKILLS & ABILITIES

Experience and Education:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Risk Management, Business Administration, Finance or Accounting, preferred.
  • 10+ years of experience in Risk Management; insurance background required.
  • Certifications / Designations: ARM, CPCU, CSP and/or other related professional designation preferred.
  • Thorough knowledge of insurance, types of policies and coverage is a must. This includes professional, general, excess and auto liability, property, workers’ compensation, health insurance, D&O and EPL.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills with an ability to interact with all levels of the organization.
  • Demonstrated leadership and management ability in a complex organization.
  • Demonstrated ability to manage a large geographically dispersed team to achieve corporate and business unit objectives.
  • An ability to assess and value various risk and profit elements associated with proposed transactions and ongoing operations and the ability to translate this analysis into meaningful business decisions.
  • Ability to effectively matrix manage and influence across a large complex organization
  • Strong mathematical skills needed to understand underwriting, actuarial work, catastrophic modeling, cost-benefit analyses, cash flows, and budgets and expenditures.

Computer Skills:

  • Advanced knowledge of MS Office applications (Word, Excel, Access and Powerpoint)

Behaviors:

  • Keen attention to detail
  • Collaborative working style and team player attitude
  • Ability to work independently with little supervision
  • Outstanding organizational skills and ability to prioritize tasks
  • Strong decision making, planning and problem solving skills.

POSITION SUMMARY

At the request of the Executive Team, the Project Specialist is responsible for the direction, coordination, implementation, control and completion of project, while remaining aligned with strategy and goals of the organization.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS

  • Plan and implement projects at the request of the Executive Team
  • Help define project scope, goals and deliverables
  • Develop written communication on various topics
  • Conduct research, compile data, and prepare documents for consideration and presentation to and by executives
  • Create schedule and project timelines
  • Track deliverables
  • Monitor and report on project progress to stake holders as well as problems and solutions
  • Implement and manage change when necessary to meet project outputs
  • Conduct research and investigations with oversight
  • Evaluate and assess results of project
  • Perform other duties assigned

POSITION QUALIFICATIONS

  • Accountability – Ability to accept responsibility and account for his/her actions
  • Accuracy – Ability to perform work accurately and thoroughly
  • Business Acumen – Ability to grasp and understand business concepts and issues
  • Detail Oriented – Ability to pay attention to the minute details of a project or task
  • Ethical – Ability to demonstrate conduct conforming to a set of values and accepted standards
  • Honesty / Integrity – Ability to be truthful and seen as credible in the workplace
  • Organized – Possessing the trait of being organized or following a systematic method of performing a task
  • Reliability – The trait of being dependable and trustworthy
  • Responsible – Ability to be held accountable or answerable for one’s conduct
  • Analytical Skills – Ability to use thinking and reasoning to solve a problem
  • Communication, Oral – Ability to communicate effectively with others using the spoken word
  • Communication, Written – Ability to communicate in writing clearly and concisely
  • Problem Solving – Ability to find a solution for or to deal proactively with work-related problems

SKILLS & ABILITIES

Experience and Education:

  • Associates or Bachelor’s degree in a relevant field
  • Theoretical and practical project management knowledge
  • Minimum 2 years’ relevant work experience

Computer Skills:

  • Proficiency in project management software tools
  • Advanced knowledge of MS Office applications (Word, Excel, Access and PowerPoint)

Behaviors:

  • Keen attention to detail
  • Collaborative working style and team player attitude
  • Ability to work independently with little supervision
  • Outstanding organizational skills and ability to prioritize tasks

POSITION SUMMARY

The Human Resources Director will serve as a strategic business partner to Topa Equities’ Automotive Group’s businesses and will be responsible for leading the overall strategy, administration, coordination and evaluation of the human resource function. This position will report to the Senior Director of Human Resources for Topa Equities, Ltd. and is based in Thousand Oaks, California. The incumbent will partner with the Topa Corporate HR Team in matters related to the following: Performance Management Systems and Processes, Compensation and Benefits, Workers Compensation, Leaves of Absence, Payroll, HR Information Systems and Technologies Platforms.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS

  • Experience as a strategic advisor and tactical business partner
  • Broad knowledge of HR practices including change management, employee relations and employment law, performance management, talent acquisition, is essential
  • Builds strong business relationships with business leaders, management, and employees
  • Understands the key drivers of the business and how effective HR can assist with achieving organizational goals
  • Serves as a coach, advisor and change agent within the company, demonstrating the ability to influence, negotiate, and gain commitment at all levels of the organization
  • Partners with business leaders to actively assess staff to identify team strengths and gaps and determine appropriate solutions to bridge gaps and mitigate risks
  • In partnership Topa’s Recruiter, leads the automotive talent acquisition strategy to create viable internal and external talent pools
  • Delivers HR initiatives, programs, and processes to the business including performance management, payroll, compensation and headcount planning, talent review and succession management processes
  • Partners with HR Corporate Teams to deliver solutions that address the needs of the business and enable organizational success
  • Leads the Automotive HR Team and ensures all operating procedures are current and in compliance
  • Manages employee relations issues/concerns as needed, to resolve and manage risk
  • Promotes an environment of inclusion for all employees
  • Practices candid dialogue to resolve differences of opinion and build stronger solutions
  • Operates with unquestionable integrity and confidentiality
  • Offers objective and timely feedback to colleagues
  • Confronts difficult situations and problems promptly without avoidance
  • Quickly adapts to change and leads others through change
  • Sees and pursues opportunities for improvement within his or her basic duties
  • Takes the initiative to do what needs to be done without being asked; is proactive
  • Stays informed of developments and emerging trends in his or her field or business
  • Completes all assigned tasks on-time with minimal oversight
  • Consistently meets or exceed milestones and commitments

POSITION QUALIFICATIONS

  • Accountability – Ability to accept responsibility and account for his/her actions
  • Accuracy – Ability to perform work accurately and thoroughly
  • Business Acumen – Ability to grasp and understand business concepts and issues
  • Detail Oriented – Ability to pay attention to the minute details of a project or task
  • Ethical – Ability to demonstrate conduct conforming to a set of values and accepted standards
  • Honesty / Integrity – Ability to be truthful and seen as credible in the workplace
  • Organized – Possessing the trait of being organized or following a systematic method of performing a task
  • Reliability – The trait of being dependable and trustworthy
  • Responsible – Ability to be held accountable or answerable for one’s conduct
  • Analytical Skills – Ability to use thinking and reasoning to solve a problem
  • Communication, Oral – Ability to communicate effectively with others using the spoken word
  • Communication, Written – Ability to communicate in writing clearly and concisely
  • Problem Solving – Ability to find a solution for or to deal proactively with work-related problems
  • Emotional Intelligence – Engaged, enthusiastic team member who motivates others to excel

SKILLS & ABILITIES

Experience and Education:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Human Resources Management, Business Management or related fields preferred
  • PHR or SPHR preferred
  • Minimum of 10 years’ experience in a Human Resources leadership position
  • Experience working within a multi-branded mid to large size organization
  • Experience in leading a team of HR professionals including payroll
  • Experience in working with advanced HRIS systems
  • Ability to objectively coach employees and management through complex, difficult, and emotional issues
  • Ability to create and analyze people related metrics, presentations, and present to HR and Business leaders
  • Must have the ability to make recommendations to effectively resolve problems or issues, by using judgment that is in consistent with standards, practices, policies, procedures, regulation or government law
  • Strong understanding of employment law and other government compliance regulations.
  • Detail orientated with excellent organizational skills
  • Although minimal travel is required, must have the ability to assist in ad hoc projects that may require travel to Los Angeles corporate offices and/or other Topa locations as needed

Behaviors:

  • Collaborative working style and team player attitude
  • Ability to work independently with little supervision
  • Outstanding organizational skills and ability to prioritize tasks
  • Strong decision making, planning, and problem-solving skills

POSITION SUMMARY

The President provides senior level oversight of the day to day operations of the 10 automotive dealerships and business office of the Silver Star Automotive Group in Thousand Oaks, CA. The President will lead the brands and team to standardize and centralize best practices from each store to deliver an excellent customer experience and consistent performance for the Group.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS

  • Assume immediate ownership for the Group’s strategic plan, with specific focus on centralizing, standardizing and aligning business process and practice to prioritize profitable actions that build on exceptional customer experience and customer service. Based on diverse input (from customers, manufacturers, company leaders and the Board), the new President will define the optimal strategic plan, secure Board approval and deploy the strategy.
  • Oversee company operations of ten dealerships to insure customers have an excellent buying experience across the brands. Support the sales team in building long term relationships with customers that keep them coming back for service, trade-ins and repeat purchases. The President will establish high standards, key metrics and scorecards to ensure the business achieves the high standards. He/she will review activity reports and financial statements to determine progress and status in attaining objectives and revise objectives and plans in accordance with current conditions.
  • Assess, centralize, standardize, implement and operationalize company operational systems, procedures, selling process, policies and standards. Evaluate performance for compliance with established objectives of the company and contributions in attaining objectives. Provide strong oversight over all regulatory and compliance matters, including the management of operational risk. Partner with Risk Manager to ensure adherence to regulation. Serve as the key operational contact in working with Risk, Internal Audit, and state/federal regulators and HR to ensure all employment practices and policies are implemented and followed.
  • Maintain oversight of key relationships including manufacturers, civic and professional associations, lending institutions, collections and repossession vendors, print vendors, credit bureaus, building and facilities relationships, and key data providers to name a few. He/she will work to establish new business contacts, network and represent the company at industry events, formal functions and in the community.
  • The President will partner with the HR Director to provide vision and leadership to staff at all levels, creating a great place to work. He/she will evolve the organizational structure and the existing silo’d approach to a team environment that works to best serve customers with the Groups strong brands and resources. Assess what talent is needed in order to successfully execute against the plan which will require recruitment, managing headcount, salaries, etc. to ensure appropriate ROI. Inspire and train Company leaders to consistently deliver outstanding results. Equally, ensure functional leaders are inspiring and developing those beneath them. Additionally, partner with HR leadership on compensation plans and build an environment that recognizes, appreciates and rewards exemplary performance.

POSITION QUALIFICATIONS

  • Accountability – Ability to accept responsibility and account for his/her actions
  • Accuracy – Ability to perform work accurately and thoroughly
  • Business Acumen – Ability to grasp and understand business concepts and issues
  • Detail Oriented – Ability to pay attention to the minute details of a project or task
  • Ethical – Ability to demonstrate conduct conforming to a set of values and accepted standards
  • Honesty / Integrity – Ability to be truthful and seen as credible in the workplace
  • Organized – Possessing the trait of being organized or following a systematic method of performing a task
  • Reliability – The trait of being dependable and trustworthy
  • Responsible – Ability to be held accountable or answerable for one’s conduct
  • Analytical Skills – Ability to use thinking and reasoning to solve a problem
  • Communication, Oral – Ability to communicate effectively with others using the spoken word
  • Communication, Written – Ability to communicate in writing clearly and concisely
  • Problem Solving – Ability to find a solution for or to deal proactively with work-related problems
  • Emotional Intelligence – Engaged, enthusiastic team member who motivates others to excel

SKILLS & ABILITIES

Experience and Education:

  • Masters or Bachelor’s degree in business administration
  • Minimum 10 years hands-on experience overseeing multi-store dealerships
  • Proven track record of leadership of large teams of non-exempt staff as well as identification and development of strong management teams including supervisors, managers and directors
  • Significant experience with large change-management efforts such as: systems replacements/changes, implementation of significant strategic initiatives within the business
  • Customer oriented with the ability to respond effectively to the most sensitive inquiries or complaints
  • Intellectual horsepower (highly analytical and strategic), a complex problem solver (analyze, create options, then converge) and a creative thinker
  • Hands-on leader who is detail oriented with strong tactical execution, is highly resourceful (stretches people and money; compresses time) and will take on crucial and/or time sensitive tasks (roll-up sleeves). Values opportunity to work independently with little supervision
  • Strong relationship management, influencing, negotiating and conflict management skills
  • A collaborative leader who develops and creates an engaged and winning team who are sensitive and successful to the local culture
  • A leader who is an avid learner, assesses his or her own strengths and weaknesses and pursues all appropriate training and development opportunities
  • Impeccable references and industry track record that reflects high ethical standards, integrity and an appropriate professional image

Computer Skills:

  • Advanced knowledge of MS Office applications (Word, Excel, Access and Powerpoint)
  • High degree of competence with dealer management software systems such as CDK Global

Behaviors:

  • Keen attention to detail
  • Collaborative working style and team player attitude
  • Ability to work independently with little supervision
  • Outstanding organizational skills and ability to prioritize tasks
  • Makes good decisions based on a mixture of analysis, experience, judgement, and partnership
  • Strong attention to customer service