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Head of Compensation - Lambda

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Job Title
Head of Compensation
Job Location
San Francisco Bay Area
Job Description

Lambda's GPU cloud is used by deep learning engineers at Stanford, Berkeley, and Carnegie Mellon. Lambda's on-prem systems power research and engineering at Intel, Microsoft, Kaiser Permanente, major universities, and the Department of Defense.

If you'd like to build the world's best deep learning cloud, join us.

*Note: This position requires presence in one of our San Francisco Bay Area office locations (Currently San Jose, expanding to Peninsula/SF) 4 days per week; Lambda’s designated work from home day is currently Tuesday.

As the Head of Compensation at Lambda, you will be the visionary leader behind the design, implementation, and management of our compensation programs. Your role will be pivotal in attracting, retaining, and inspiring top talent while motivating our team to achieve extraordinary results. 


You’ll be a key player in developing a competitive and equitable compensation strategy that aligns with our company values and ambitious business objectives. This role requires a strategic thinker with a deep understanding of compensation best practices and trends, as well as strong analytical and leadership skills.


What You’ll Do

  • Develop and implement a comprehensive compensation strategy that aligns and supports Lambda's business goals and objectives
  • Utilize benchmarking data to make recommendations for adjustments to salary structures, incentive programs, and other compensation components that motivates our talented team to build enduring and fulfilling careers at Lambda
  • Conduct regular market research and analysis to stay current with industry compensation trends, competitor practices, and regulatory requirements, ensuring Lambda attracts and retains top talent, and positions itself as a leader in the competitive talent landscape
  • Partner with HR Business Partners, Recruiting, Finance, and senior leadership to establish guidelines and policies for compensation decisions across the organization
  • Oversee the design, implementation, and administration of all compensation programs, including salary structures, equity, benefits, and other compensation related processes
  • Respond to internal requests for review of existing jobs, pricing new positions, reviewing requests for promotions, salary adjustments, and external offer packages ensuring internal and external equity
  • Prepare regular reports and presentations for board and senior leadership to provide insights into compensation-related metrics and performance


  • Hold a bachelor's degree in Human Resources, Finance, Business Administration, or a related field; Master's degree preferred
  • Have 8+ years of compensation experience with at least 3 years within a public company or a high-growth, pre-IPO environment and a strong understanding of equity 
  • Demonstrate strong analytical skills with the ability to interpret complex data and make data-driven recommendations
  • Have experience leading compensation initiatives and a proven track record of designing and implementing compensation programs and driving organizational change
  • Showcase excellent communication and interpersonal skills, with the ability to collaborate effectively with stakeholders at all levels of the organization
  • Have extensive knowledge of compensation and HR laws, regulations and best practices

Nice to have:

  • Certified Compensation Professional (CCP) or similar certification

Salary Range Information 

Based on market data and other factors, the salary range for this position is $171,000-$283,000. However, a salary higher or lower than this range may be appropriate for a candidate whose qualifications differ meaningfully from those listed in the job description.

About Lambda

  • We offer generous cash & equity compensation
  • Investors include Gradient Ventures, Google’s AI-focused venture fund
  • We are experiencing extremely high demand for our systems, with quarter over quarter, year over year profitability
  • Our research papers have been accepted into top machine learning and graphics conferences, including NeurIPS, ICCV, SIGGRAPH, and TOG
  • We have a wildly talented team of 300, and growing fast
  • Health, dental, and vision coverage for you and your dependents
  • Commuter/Work from home stipends for select roles
  • 401k Plan with 2% company match
  • Flexible Paid Time Off Plan that we all actually use

A Final Note:

You do not need to match all of the listed expectations to apply for this position. We are committed to building a team with a variety of backgrounds, experiences, and skills.

Equal Opportunity Employer

Lambda is an Equal Opportunity employer. Applicants are considered without regard to race, color, religion, creed, national origin, age, sex, gender, marital status, sexual orientation and identity, genetic information, veteran status, citizenship, or any other factors prohibited by local, state, or federal law.

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Lambda Headquarters Location

San Jose, CA

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Lambda Company Size

Between 200 - 500 employees

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Lambda Funding Rounds

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  • Series C

    $320,000,000 USD

  • Series B

    $44,000,000 USD

  • Series A

    $15,000,000 USD

  • Debt Financing

    $9,500,000 USD

  • Seed

    $4,000,000 USD

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