Head of Talent Acquisition at Virtual Internships


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Are you looking for full ownership and leadership of a Talent function in a growing scale-up that's making a positive change in the world?


Virtual Internships is an EdTech scaleup that delivers global work experience programs that help young people to pursue their dream careers.

We’re proud to be in ‘Tech in Asia’s Top 50 Rising Startup’ List (No.6 in Vietnam) and a winner of The Escape 100: the top purposeful organizations to ‘escape’ to in 2022. Backed by some of the world’s top investors who were early investors in Airbnb, Zoom and LinkedIn, you'll be joining a diverse and passionate team of 130+ working in our hub office in HCMC, and across 25+ countries that believe that remote work is here to stay.


Our team is growing, fast, in every area, and we plan to increase the global team to up to over 250 people by the end of 2022. It’s going to be an extremely exciting few years, and we’re looking for someone equally excited to tackle all of this growth. That’s where you come in!

The Role

You’ll join our Talent/ People team of 6, which is made up of an Interim Head of Talent from the UK, Head of People and HR Intern from India and a TAM, HR Associate and HR Intern from Vietnam.

We’re looking for a Head of Talent Acquisition to take us through the next stage of growth and enable us to hire an additional 100 people by the end of 2022.

Working with a world-class globally distributed team, you will:

  • Collaborate with hiring managers to understand the requirements and also provide education on recruitment processes

  • Continually refine our employer branding and marketing recruitment strategies and activities

  • Partner with the Head of People on our benefits and package offering to ensure we’re competitive in the market

  • Working with the COO and hiring managers, anticipate likely resource needs in each team and develop sourcing strategies - including optimizing the use of external recruiters vs. other channels

  • Improve upon the recruitment and interview process- developing scorecards, training the TA and hiring managers, creating better structures etc.

  • For Heads of and C suite positions- manage the end-to-end recruitment process, including sourcing, screening and - jointly with the hiring manager - selecting and converting new hires

  • Lead initiatives to increase “top of funnel” job applicants such as working with university careers services, proactive outreach, employee referral programmes etc.

  • Network online and offline with potential candidates to promote our employer's brand

  • Track and analyze metrics and report on hiring progress; and drive continuous improvement in those metrics, such as reducing time-to-hire

  • At least 6 years of extensive full-cycle recruitment experience, both agency and in-house, with proven ability in hiring senior leadership
  • Someone who has worked in both small startups and large global organizations and now wants to find that sweet spot at a scaleup

  • Minimum of 2 year’s experience recruiting Product Managers, Software Engineers and UI/UX Designers internationally

  • A ‘growth mindset’- instead of finding reasons why something cannot be done- you uncover ways to make things happen

  • A leader- you’re someone who motivates and inspires others and you’re confident in giving your team the training, mentorship and guidance they need

  • Comfortable creating targets, working to ambitious deadlines (we move very fast) and providing regular progress reports to senior management

  • Someone proactive and always looking for ways to improve, taking feedback very seriously and knowing when to push back on decisions

  • Creative when it comes to candidate attraction. You don’t rely on job ads, you find those ‘star’ candidates and ensure you find a way to attract them!

  • Fluent English language skills (you don’t need an IELTS, but if you did it would be 6.5+)

  • Ability to work at least 4 hours of crossover with Indochina working hours

  • Experience working with a globally distributed remote team is a huge bonus

What do we offer?

Flexibility- flexible work schedule where you manage your own working hours

Remote working - work from anywhere with a budget to support your productivity and your choice of where to work from

Open-minded leaders- with colleagues who care about your career goals. There are monthly global virtual events including town halls, ask me anything sessions, virtual coffee chats, and virtual team building

Professional Development- with a budget that you can utilize however you wish

Company Laptop- paid for by VI

Birthday Leave- go enjoy yourself on your birthday without needing to use your annual leave

Direct contribution- ideas and solutions are encouraged from everyone. Your input is valued and you have a unique opportunity to directly impact the success and help shape the future of VI

Meritocracy- a culture that prides itself on internal promotions and meritocracy. The majority of our managerial team have risen up (quickly) through the company, including our COO, CAO, CFO, Head of Company Experience and Head of Intern Experience

More about Virtual Internships

We’re on a mission to bridge the gap between education and the workplace by making internships accessible to all and preparing young people for the future of work.

To do this, we partner with innovative universities, foundations, governments, and companies from around the world.

Some Highlights include:

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