Head of Talent

Head of Talent

Job Title: Head of Talent
Contract Type: Permanent
Location: London/Remote
Salary: £100000-£110000
Start Date: ASAP
Reference: PS2002
Contact Name: Paul Stevens
Contact Email:
Job Published: March 30, 2022 22:14

Job Description

Position:   Head of Talent

Company: Tech/VC sector  

Location:   London (Flexible home/office working)

Salary:        £100k-£110k - generous benefits & bonus  



Our client is a dynamic high growth technology venture capital & finance company, investing from day one through to Series A, focusing primarily on applied AI, marketplaces and e-commerce.

With an outstanding track record, the company also provide “people” expertise to support the growth of their investments, which include some of the most recognizable companies in the world!

As an integral part of our client’s product & technology development team, where you will manage a small & ambitious Talent team, we are looking for a proven Head of Talent, to shape the strategy and lead the execution of the Talent offering for their client’s investment portfolio.

As the Head of Talent this is a hugely exciting opportunity to deliver real impact across their tech driven portfolio of fast-growing start up/early-stage companies.

The Role

Talent offer & strategy

  • Shape and continuously refine a compelling and differentiated Talent offer that’s designed to add value to our business and portfolio of companies
  • Define, test and continuously improve the end-to-end talent acquisition experience from identifying a need to the end of probation for anyone we place. This should consider the ‘client’ business, hiring managers and candidates
  • Create and maintain materials and assets that allow us to communicate and sell our offer well.
  • Partner with hiring managers internally and across the portfolio to anticipate and scope hiring plans and roles, and position the Talent team as a go-to partner
  • Coach hiring managers and key stakeholders around best practices and approaches, building strong and trusted relationships along the way
  • Embed smart ways to accelerate the time to hire e.g. via partnerships, job boards, events, campaigns, remote talent pools and/or others.
  • Manage our weighted pipeline of Talent projects, and proactively lead efforts to source, scope and close work for future months

Talent execution & operations

  • Be hands-on and own roles yourself, role modelling best practices to the wider Talent team and pushing forward their offer at the same time
  • Set and maintain the highest of standards across our delivery, including writing (and coaching others to write) inspiring job specs, use of ATS software (they use Workable) timely and valuable reporting, candidate feedback & CSAT reporting, interview design & assessment frameworks
  • Embed D&I practices and strategies across their entire Talent offer and delivery.
  • You will join their company-wide working group to ensure Talent efforts align with their overall ESG agenda and be a key voice on this team
  • Champion stronger and more efficient data and metrics across the Talent function.
  • Define your teams’ OKRs, navigate that delicate balance between core and stretch objectives, and regularly report progress to the wider team
  • This role will also require a hands-on approach where you will recruit directly yourself & develop the team to ensure delivery against the recruiting requirements of the portfolio.
  • You will set the targets for the Talent function, alongside the Head of Technology, and it will be your responsibility to manage the team effectively in order to achieve these.

Team & leadership

  • Day to day management of the Talent Acquisition Manager and oversight of the broader Talent team
  • Active coaching and feedback delivery to build and nurture a strong/motivating culture of improvement and learning across the Talent team
  • Active co-development of objectives and progression plans, to ensure that the Talent team are progressing and that their work aligns with their broader goals

Your experience, skills and attributes

  • Excitement and passion for talent acquisition and belief in the value it brings to companies
  •  Considerable experience of leading a Talent function
  • Proven track record of recruiting in the tech and digital space at all levels
  • Experience of leading strategic efforts to deliver against metrics and objectives
  • Experience of driving/developing D&I throughout the hiring process
  • Strong relationship building skills
  • Proven ability to motivate, lead and develop a team to grow and deliver in the roles
  • empathise with the needs, motivations and challenges of client, candidate and colleague
  • Ability to balance competing priorities
  • A hands-on practitioner at heart willing to lead by example by managing roles yourself
  • Strong leadership and organisational skills
  • Excellent communication & people skills
  • A solid understanding of how to gain value tracking metrics and producing regular reports
  • A keen understanding of the role brand and marketing plays within recruiting efforts


For more information on this outstanding opportunity please forward your CV in the first instance to


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