Dawn Watson

Human Resources Manager

  • LocationLondon, United Kingdom



  • Film
  • TV
  • Recruitment
  • Training Development
  • Office
  • Powerpoint
  • Word
  • Video Games
  • Sourcing
  • Human Resource Management
  • Linkedin Advertising
  • Icims

Work history


Human Resources Manager

Phosphor Games

May 2014 - Dec 2014
  • Responsible for all human resource activities including: talent acquisition, university relations, performance management, compliance, risk management, organizational development, benefit administration, and payroll Key accountabilities: • Built candidate attraction strategies, interview process, and offer management • Analysed, modified and managed compensation and benefits polices establishing competitive programs and ensuring compliance with legal requirements • Performed difficult staffing duties, including dealing with understaffing, refereeing disputes, terminating employees, and administering disciplinary procedures • Crafted and negotiated employment contracts for full-time, contract, on-site and remote employees • Represented the company at local college events and career fairs, building relationships with college and university Career Services departments building a new graduate pipeline • Administered and monitored compensation and benefits including health, vision, dental, retirement plan, disability, life Insurance and paid time off Key achievements: • Recruited 20 full-time and contract employees within 6 months utilizing industry contacts and crafted postings on LinkedIn, Gamasutra, and the company website • Collaborated with management to compose a new employee handbook and new hire orientation presentation reviewing the company rules, regulations, history, benefits, and employee expectations


Career Services Project Manager

Tribeca Flashpoint College

Dec 2013 - Jun 2014
  • Oversaw and trained new department staff and managed special events including the annual Job Fair, Women in Media mentorship and alumni networking programs. In addition, led a Career Development course and operated as an in-house recruiter. Key accountabilities: • Worked as a member of an in-house recruitment team for collage graduates, building a network of industry employers while sourcing alumni to provide the best candidates for specific positions • Generated training materials on Career Services department polices, procedures, and best practices • Trained staff focusing on career curriculum, recruitment, employer, alumni, & student relations • Led and developed career development course for all students in their final year • Orchestrated a Job Fair hosting over 60 employers from around the United States in the industries of advertising, television, game design, audio, live events, VFX and interactive media. Oversaw employer invitations and attendance tracking, marketing materials, venue and day of event coordination • Organized and managed quarterly events and communication for the Women In Media program and Alumni Association Key accomplishments: • Consistently achieved over 70% student placement within six months after graduation • Traveled to industry events and conferences, such as SXSW, to promote school and expand network • Led Career Development courses for over 200 students


Career Services Advisor

Tribeca Flashpoint College

Dec 2012 - Nov 2013
  • Taught, developed curriculum, and managed accredited Career Development courses Key accountabilities: • Collaborated with subject matter experts to design and deliver professional development trainings in the industries of Film & Broadcast, Game & Interactive Media, Recording Arts, and Animation & VFX • Developed a robust curriculum focusing on topics such as resume writing, business correspondence, interviewing skills, industry research, and on-line networking • Cultivated and maintained course materials including course outlines, objectives, and overviews, handouts, presentation decks, facilitation guides and necessary reference materials utilizing Blackboard • Coached students and alumni on all career related questions Key accomplishments: • Instructed accredited Career Development course containing 12 sections a semester & over 260 students • Partnered with academic leadership to ensure classes were aligned with accreditor compliance perimeters


Career Services & HR Specialist

Tribeca Flashpoint College

Jul 2011 - Nov 2012
  • Coordinated files for the Career Services & HR departments, assisting with daily activities and leading trainings Key accountabilities: • Led new hire trainings to educate employees of the college on policies and procedures • Coordinated HR Handbook trainings to facilitate all faculty and staff of the academy • Created monthly HR Newsletter utilizing Adobe Illustrator to convey company news and information • Maintained HR personnel files for employees and faculty and assisted with monthly employee events


Admissions Representative

Tribeca Flashpoint College

Mar 2010 - Jul 2011
  • Guided potential students and their families throughout the admissions process Key accountabilities: • Utilized Salesforce to maintain a pipeline of prospective students • Practiced recruitment strategy while conducting personalized tours for students and their families • Led presentations to groups up to 50 prospective students to introduce the college and the program • Maintained application processing including assessing and making selection decisions on applications against agreed criteria; responding to queries from applicants, parents and schools, and preparing documentation Key accomplishments: • Successfully recruited students to the media arts program over five recruitment cycles


Online Consultant


Jul 2007 - Feb 2010
  • Consulted with C-level executives to meet company needs with a customized recruitment package via webinar Key accountabilities: • Utilized understanding of current hiring and business trends to relate to business owners, various executive level management and human resource managers • Helped clients position their businesses (< 250 employees) to be competitive against larger companies, from an employment perspective • Provided solutions for B2B and B2C marketing initiatives via targeted emails, direct mails, and display ads as well as other ways to utilize social media as a means of advertising • Consulted with clients to determine the most effective ways to increase ROI, productivity, and efficiency Key accomplishments: • Generated revenue to exceed monthly quota by closing and maintaining accounts • Remained agile during multiple promotions and restructurings during the economic recession • Presented an Account Review to the CEO outlining the sale and progress of the new team



Bachelors in Communication: Digital Media

Carthage College

Jul 2003 - Apr 2007