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Head of Talent, BrightDrop

  • Location
    • Palo Alto, California
  • Schedule Full time
  • Posted


At BrightDrop, we are reshaping e-commerce by developing smarter, greener, and more efficient ways to deliver goods and services to your door, while delivering a brighter future for the cities where we live. We are building an ecosystem of all-electric, zero-emissions delivery solutions – from electric vehicles, to ePallets and software that leverages real-time data to drive intelligent optimizations for e-commerce. To deliver on our mission we are growing fast and building a team, based in Palo Alto, with offices in Atlanta and Detroit, that is customer-focused, agile and passionate about innovating for a more sustainable future.

From engineering to product management to operations, BrightDrop is looking for people who can combine a passion for technology and sustainability with high doses of curiosity and rigorous thinking to deliver a better future.

Backed by General Motors, BrightDrop is striving to improve the communities where we live and deliver a better future for generations to come. We hope you’ll join us.

BrightDrop is looking for an experienced Head of Talent to lead our overall talent strategy, recruiting, and talent marketing organization. The ideal candidate will bring a deep understanding for how technical talent delivers and grows business outcomes and quickly translate BrightDrop’s strategic direction and product roadmap into a full-scale talent strategy. This person must be a builder at heart, deeply passionate about delivering on the BrightDrop mission, who can not only operate at the strategic level but also be hands-on in leading and guiding the team.

This role will oversee talent strategy and execution for BrightDrop, lead and manage a best-in-class team of recruiters and talent specialists to attract top talent in a dynamic environment. 

  • Design, build, and execute innovative Talent programs to attract, evaluate, and hire world-class people (e.g., brand, referral programs, referrals sourcing, diversity and inclusion initiatives, candidate experience). 

  • Lead headcount planning and management processes, working with senior leaders across the company to anticipate their organizational needs and achieve hiring and performance goals.  

  • Establish appropriate business processes to support our scale, especially in the areas of forecasting, pipeline analysis, and financial planning. 

  • Partner with our diversity, equity and inclusion team to systematically attract underrepresented profiles to our team. 

  • Continuously improve the overall candidate experience and help us build a phenomenal employer brand. 

  • Grow and lead a best-in-class Talent Acquisition Team, filled with ambitious recruiters, coordinators, and specialists. 

  • Use data to garner insights and understand business needs, adjusting plans as needed; drive thought leadership around how and where to make business investments and trade-offs. 

  • Play "high and low", operating at both a strategic and tactical level with ease and often. 

  • Provide subject matter expertise and accurately interpret, counsel, communicate, and educate individual contributors, hiring managers, and executives on the Talent function and status. Build relationships and trust coming from a “One Team” orientation.

  • Understand current and emerging market trends to identify potential opportunities and gaps to differentiate BrightDrop in the market. 

Ideal Experience   

  • 8-10+ years of proven experience managing and scaling a recruiting team across business channels. 

  • Successfully built or helped build a global recruiting team in high-growth envrionment. 

  • Strong analytical and systems-thinking approach, with a preference for managing through the data. 

  • Proven experience having delivered exceptional outcomes for client groups and candidates, elevated recruiting capacity, and streamlined processes. 

  • Experience with HR and Talent/ATS systems and tools, with strong expertise in quantitative analysis for tracking and measuring Talent metrics. 

  • Ability to meet independently with senior leaders and present to them with confidence, impact, and influence. 

  • Strong organization, interpersonal, and communication skills (verbal, written, and presentation). Confident in interacting with teammates of all levels and functions, and ability to connect with a variety of personalities.  

  • Develop, inspire and lead a growing, best-in-class, team of talent specialists and recruiters that will coach hiring managers on impactful talent identification and engagement strategies to deliver top technical talent in a hyper-growth environment.

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