Learning & Development Manager

| Chicago

SPINS is seeking a world class Learning & Development Manager to create and deliver learning solutions that build SPINS’ talent and leadership capabilities.

Who we are.

For 20 years, our mission has been to increase the presence and accessibility of natural and organic products to encourage healthier and more vibrant living. By leveraging SPINS’ industry-leading proprietary data and analytics, our technology enables deeper, more engaged relationships between Retailers, Brands and Consumers through our platform, web, and mobile products. At the core of our work lies a passion to create a culture of sustainable health & wellness.

What you will do.

The Learning & Development Manager will create and deliver learning solutions that build SPINS’ talent and leadership capabilities. This is a newly created position in a high growth organization. This role is critical to ensuring we actively leverage strategies and programs focused on employees’ continuous learning and development. As a member of the People Operations (PO) team, the Manager will collaborate with PO team members, as well as directly with leaders throughout the company, to implement talent initiatives that engage, align, develop and retain the necessary talent to achieve SPINS’ strategic goals. Ultimately, you will help our company succeed by training and developing our people.

Design & Development

  • Partner with the Chief People Officer to establish organizational development and talent management strategies that will ensure leadership continuity and career progression for employees
  • Conduct organizational needs analyses, collaborating with business unit leaders, and recommend proposed solutions to meet business challenges
  • Design innovative learning and development programs to strengthen individuals’ industry and product knowledge, business acumen, and leadership skills, and drive a culture of continuous learning and improvement
  • Leverage instructional design methods to deliver engaging, outcome driven learning experiences

Delivery, Facilitation & Project Management

  • Expertly facilitate training programs and blended solutions
  • Manage the successful delivery of projects and initiatives, balancing development work with time in the classroom.
  • Establish pre-training and post-training metrics, training evaluation tools, program effectiveness assessments and address needs for improvement where necessary
  • Partner with People Operations team members to scale content and delivery
  • Contribute to the building of a performance based organizational culture by deploying learning programs that challenge and reward talent
  • Help managers develop team members by creating career path frameworks and aligning content to support the desired progressions.

Learning Administration

  • Create and maintain learning events and activities; maintain course descriptions, calendars, rosters, and schedules
  • Identify opportunities to streamline, simplify, and improve learner / participant experiences

What you bring.

  • 8-10 years’ experience developing and delivering talent development and training programs, including leadership development
  • Highly collaborative with the ability to build strong relationships across all levels within the organization
  • Create/maintain credibility and positive relationships and effectively influence directions and strategies
  • Excellent facilitation skills
  • Experience using a variety of e-learning approaches; basic abilities in Articulate, Captivate or other e-learning development tools
  • Desire to build and be an individual contributor
  • Previous experience starting up a training function
  • Simultaneously manage several projects and deliver timely results
  • Passion, leadership, intelligence and determination to succeed
  • Adjust to changing priorities and a fast-paced environment

The SPINS Way: The right candidate for us will be…

  • Vibrant – You’re passionate about doing meaningful, impactful work.
  • A Disruptor – You’re not afraid to do things differently
  • Connected – You work well as part of a team, and you build strong relationships with colleagues
  • Be Yourself – We are open & honest with each other; we take responsibility for our actions, and for our work


  • Health, dental and vision insurance
  • 401k (Traditional and Roth) + Company Match
  • FSA for medical and commuter expenses (SPINS contributes 25%)
  • Life Insurance
  • Short and Long Term Disability
  • Paid Maternity & Paternity Leave
  • Bike Storage
  • Fresh and Healthy Snacks
  • Vibrancy 360 Wellness Program: Yoga and fitness classes, onsite massage, volunteer opportunities, company happy hours, product demos, outings, and more.
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Technology we use

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We are just steps from the Merchandise Mart, located in the bustling River North neighborhood of Chicago.

An Insider's view of SPINS LLC

How do you collaborate with other teams in the company?

If you work on the engineering team, you get to understand the end to end process. You are not siloed to one team, you can move into areas you’re interested in. It helps you understand the business

Subha Adusumalli

Engineering Manager

How has your career grown since starting at the company?

I’ve worked with corporate companies for many years and I really love the organic feel of SPINS. I have opportunities and encouragement to do what I need to do to get my work done. If you’re willing to put in time and work hard and passionate, you can do so much more than your job, I get to touch so many things.

Janice Yee

Senior Software Engineer

What are SPINS LLC Perks + Benefits

Health Insurance & Wellness Benefits
Dental Benefits
Vision Benefits
Health Insurance Benefits
Onsite Gym
Retirement & Stock Options Benefits
401(K) Matching
Child Care & Parental Leave Benefits
Generous Parental Leave
Flexible Work Schedule
Vacation & Time Off Benefits
Generous PTO
Paid Volunteer Time
Perks & Discounts
Casual Dress
Commuter Benefits
Company Outings
Game Room
Stocked Kitchen
Happy Hours

Additional Perks + Benefits

Paid Maternity & Paternity Leave: SPINS provides six weeks of paid maternity leave (or more broadly speaking, primary caregiver leave), and two weeks of paid paternity leave (or secondary caregiver leave).
Flexible Schedule: Our teams offer flexible options to serve business goals and accommodate personal needs.
Full access to SPINS’ comprehensive wellness program "Vibrancy 360" which includes: chef led cooking demonstrations, yoga, natural/organic fare in kitchens, office gym with personal training sessions, running club, volunteer opportunities, massages, meditation, in-office happy hours

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