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Head of Talent
📍 London, UK

Founders Factory

[Expired] - Head of Talent

Founders Factory
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Founders Factory
London, UK

As our Head of Talent, you are an integral part of the core incubation team in our rapidly evolving organisation. You will champion our culture, company’s beliefs and be an advocate of the company goals and mission. We’re on a mission to develop a repeatable and reliable methodology for creating successful early stage startups. 90% of startups fail globally, but we believe with our unique model that we can push the needle on this stat to develop a new way to launch tech startups worldwide. We expect you to be setting an example for others on the team, founders in our portfolio and the company at large. 

You have a curious and creative mind, eager to understand what makes people tick, but have the ability to focus on process and look at things from a business point of view. You should thrive in a startup environment and subscribe to lean methodologies and principles of product development. The talent team operates on working within short and nimble sprints to drive urgency within each startup that we touch. In the life of an early stage startup, the founding team is the most critical component so we optimise for speed as a key deliverable for the incubator. 

You have a high degree of emotional intelligence, especially as we deal with a diverse group of founders in our portfolio. Some know what it takes to hire an exceptional team, while others don’t. You will handle all relationships judiciously and empathetically. You will understand the need for a close working relationship with other teams in order to deliver great experiences and will seek out whatever you need to get the job done and will own the end-to-end talent acquisition process across multiple startups. You will need to challenge yourself to constantly think strategically and laterally across the portfolio to ensure that each founder you invest in has the right motivations and risk appetite to build a startup from scratch. 

You will use creative sourcing methodologies and experiment with new tools to attract world class talent. You will suggest smart approaches to solving the talent challenges we have as a business, particularly around scale. You will need to be a quick-thinker and resilient problem solver and must be flexible to the evolving business needs. We expect you to have a clear understanding of the talent market in London, specialising in tech, product, design and data science. 

You will have the ability to work independently and you will be responsible for managing your time and be confident in creating your own deadlines. This is a critical success criteria for the incubator that will create more urgency with spin out timelines that help us meet our contractual objectives with our investors. 

You will demonstrate leadership qualities outside of the team by clearly communicating your ideas and seeking feedback from relevant stakeholders or other people within the business. This includes your ability to influence stakeholders across the business. You will build and develop tactical relationships and be an intrinsic part of communicating the importance of talent within the company, especially when it comes to decision making around hires/investing in our incubator CEOs. 

Your role will encompass the following areas:

  • Representing our brand: you will spend a significant amount of time out in the market meeting prospective entrepreneurs and constantly pushing outwards. You will always have your finger on the pulse of the market in London and build your own network of exceptional talent
  • Effective interviewing: ability to intimately understand entrepreneurs and founders. You will speak the same language and identify candidates who have the right motivations and risk appetite for building a specific start within our incubator 
  • Powerful candidate experience: provide an efficient and high-touch experience for every entrepreneur from application stage to offer, including continuous feedback for the candidate, references to understand the biggest risks, complex salary negotiations, equity distribution for the entrepreneur and his/her cofounders

You will ultimately be responsible for:

  • Identifying the largest risk in each incubation concept we launch and mitigate that risk by investing in the right founder archetype 
  • Investing in 15 founders across 8 industry verticals annually for each startup idea that is conceived within the incubator 
  • Recruiting an additional 2 co-founders (total of 30 hires) for each incubation business and focusing on team composition and skills gaps 


  • At least 3 years in executive search, product studio or an agency environment
  • At least 5 years in a startup environment (bonus if you have founded your own startup)
  • Deep domain experience hiring for product, tech, growth and commercial roles
  • Passion for working with entrepreneurs and launching startups 
  • Ability to lead and attract a world class team 

Entrepreneurial attributes and values:

  • Creative problem solving 
  • Embrace uncertainty
  • Value momentum over perfection 

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