Commercial Talent Sourcer, North America, Remote

Job post summary
Location Americas
Team HR and Culture

About the role

The thing is, the best people are everywhere, and they often aren’t considering a career move. This is where Talent Sourcers come in. Talent Sourcers are the detectives of Shopify’s Talent Acquisition Team, scouring the internet and meeting people to introduce them to Shopify. Sourcing is more than sitting day in and day out on everyone’s favourite business networking site, building pipelines of passive candidates: it’s a valued technical craft that marries a deep desire to understand people and their motivations with the tenacity to find the right people in the best way. 

Commercial Sourcers at Shopify support our Revenue, Growth, Ecosystem, G&A, and Merchant Services teams - teams that are amplifying Shopify’s product globally. We work closely with internal partners on high-complexity go-to-market roles, and focus on strategic, top-of-funnel talent sourcing and engagement. This role requires critical thinking, problem solving, and creativity; building a deep understanding of Shopify’s product and go-to-market approach will be critical in this role as you will be working on a variety of roles, across teams.


Requirements for the Role

  • Experience with talent sourcing as a craft. You understand that this is not a bandaid or a quick fix sort of role. You’ve lived the experience, tried out the hacks, and unearthed the candidates no one knew about. 

  • Curiosity about people and their motivations. You want to know not just what people do, but why they do it. 

  • Constant prioritization and a sense of urgency. You know how to work with multiple competing priorities, to shift focus as needs or requirements change, and to manage the expectations of those you work with.

  • Technical fluency. You have a deep appreciation for the ways technology makes work better, and are comfortable learning/using different tools to accomplish a goal.

  • Solid communication skills. You understand the importance of keeping people apprised of search status by communicating along the way. You’re also keen and comfortable reaching out to and chatting with executive level talent, to learn more about what they do and to entice them further by sharing relevant information with them about Shopify. You’re able to paint a compelling picture and pique interest in folks who may not have been looking for a new role.

  • Methodical and goal-driven approach. You look for ways to break a problem down into smaller parts, work backwards from a desired outcome, and iterate based on what you’ve learned. Total addressable market, conversion rates, and LinkedIn Dark Matter are all familiar topics when searching.

  • Dedication to building diverse teams. You understand that a diverse team outperforms a homogeneous team, and that it takes active work to build a diverse pool of candidates. You’re keen to identify those technically skilled folks who may not come from a typical computer science background. 

  • Comfort with autonomy. You know that you don’t have all the answers, but you are pretty sure that you can find them. You enjoy the freedom of self-directed work, and relish the chance to figure things out for yourself. The prospect of working digital by design is exciting to you. 

Qualities you likely have to be well suited to this role

  • Resourcefulness and creativity when solving problems.

  • Tenacity to continue iterating on a search to find just the right person/people for a role.

  • Strong recall of details and ability to make connections between the current situation and those that have come before.

  • Anticipating future outcomes/challenges and building them into your plan (i.e. future proofing), and resilience when roadblocks emerge.

  • Interest in technology and the communities that emerge around it.

  • Optimism and sense of drive.

You’ll be working on things like

  • Mentoring teammates on new ways to deepen their technical craft.

  • Identifying companies to explore based on industry, financial state, recent acquisitions, product roadmap, etc. in addition to talent mapping.

  • Keeping a pulse on upcoming Shopify product changes or launches to inform your work. 

  • Researching future Shopify employees using LinkedIn, Twitter, Google, OSINT, News Sources, Professional and Social Networks, Conferences, etc. 

  • Coming up with, and executing on, creative ways to source and engage new candidates. 

  • Identifying and evaluating new data mining tools to be used to accelerate your work. 

  • Continually answering the question, “who should we be reaching out to”.

  • Projects related to improving the sourcing craft and commercial hiring at Shopify.

We know that looking for a new role can be both exciting and time-consuming, and we truly appreciate your efforts. Please submit your resume, or LinkedIn profile, and answer the questions below. 

This posting will close on Sunday, October 24th at 11pm ET.

At Shopify, we are committed to building and fostering an environment where our employees feel included, valued, and heard. Our belief is that a strong commitment to diversity and inclusion enables us to truly make commerce better for everyone. We strongly encourage applications from Indigenous peoples, racialized people, people with disabilities, people from gender and sexually diverse communities and/or people with intersectional identities. Please take a look at our 2020 Sustainability Report to learn more about Shopify's commitments.

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