The company is on the lookout for its first Entrepreneur in Residence (EIR) who will play a vital role in making the organisation the default career preference for the most ambitious technologists in Europe. As a EIR your primary responsibility is to engage smart, talented individuals with strong founder potential and encourage them to start companies.
Your experience as a tech entrepreneur and your background in a computational discipline will make you a credible source of advice to aspiring technical founders. For the highest-potential individuals we identify, you’ll be their point of contact from initial coffee meeting to their interview, offer, and the start of their programme.
This role sits within the employer’s Talent function and you will have the opportunity to help us shape the company’s Talent strategy going forward. You’ll work closely with the Global Head of Talent and local programme teams, but this is a role with lots of autonomy and self-direction day-to-day.
There are several possible growth opportunities which stem from taking on this role. Naturally though, it is expected most EIRs will want to start another company at some point in the future and the employer is very keen to support you on this journey.
You’re entrepreneurial and driven to solve problems and create new things which make a real impact. You have had experience building a tech company from scratch (whether successful or unsuccessful) and can talk through the early stages of creating a company to someone new to startups.
You have a technical background – either a Master’s degree or PhD in a computational subject related to Computer Science, Engineering, Maths or Physics. You may have experience working as a researcher or engineer in industry.
The organisation uses OKRs to set company and individual goals. You’ll be helping the company to reach the overall Talent team objective – attract the world’s best technical individuals to join and build deep tech startups. Your three Key Results will be set around:
- Engagement – the talent operations team focus on identifying, sourcing and curating the best profiles online and offline, and you will be given a selection of the highest-potential individuals to build relationships with. You will be meeting 500 people who the employer wants to talk to across 6 months and it will be your mission to get them intrigued to meet and find out more. Sometimes this means going to them (drinking lots of coffee at university campuses or jumping on planes for a week of meetings). You’ll also be a regular contributor to the content the employer produces, which helps engage specific communities of interest (and build on your personal brand).
- Conversion – currently the organisation ‘converts’ people to apply to EF through face-to-face meetings and invitations to exclusive events. It will be your responsibility to increase the conversion rate by meeting the best people face to face and building long-lasting relationships with them. The most interesting individuals are usually highly sought after talent, have many options to hand, and have lots of questions about EF. They require special attention and having you on the team means the employer can give it to them. Across your 6 month recruitment period, around half of your positive engagements would be expected to turn into applicants. In line with the employer’s data-driven approach to talent acquisition, you’ll also help set up a system to track interactions and measure effectiveness of different types of engagement.
- Cultivation – building effective relationships doesn’t end once someone applies to this organisation. You’ll also help the company get better at retaining the best individuals by cultivating them throughout the interview process, during the offer window, and the period between accepting an offer to starting the programme. Typically this involves answering their questions, giving them advice on what to prepare, and putting them in touch with alumni. Here you’ll also work closely with the Programme team to ensure a smooth handover of information for once they start. It is expecedt nearly all of your engaged individuals to start the programme, with the only dropouts owing to personal reasons beyond the organisation’s control.
Why join ?
The list of reasons to join this great company extends far beyond the salary package, pension and generous holiday allowance (20 days + 2 weeks at Christmas) you’ll receive.
You’ll also get to:
- Surround yourself with the world’s smartest and most ambitious individuals and have the opportunity to help start an institution that can change the way the most ambitious engineers think about their careers. The potential impact is enormous.
- Supercharge your learning – you’ll have a very steep learning curve and work in a talented, ambitious, and committed team of specialists.
- Embed yourself within the organisation’s network – the company works with the best technologists, founders, investors and high net worth individuals. When the time comes to launch your next venture the relationships you build at the company will be invaluable.
- Join a future cohort if you decide to build your next company with this employer’s support.
This employer’s contracts operate on a 6 month rolling contract to start, with the option to turn into a permanent role should you wish to build your career with the organisation in the long term.
How to apply:
Send your CV and cover letter explaining why you think you’ll be a good fit for this role.