Talent Specialist

  • Prodigy Finance
  • Cape Town, South Africa
  • Oct 08, 2017
Full time Communication Marketing Social Media

Job Description

Prodigy Finance is a platform that enables financing for international postgraduate students at the world’s best universities, whilst delivering competitive financial and social returns to alumni, institutional and private investors.

This borderless and innovative model enables education loan financing to students from across the globe, whilst using predicted post-degree affordability rather than present-day salary. Since 2007, Prodigy Finance has processed over US$300 million through the platform to fund students from 118 nationalities, with exceptionally strong repayment rates.

Our team of 110 (and growing) is already truly global. Our head office is in London but the majority of the team is based in beautiful Cape Town. We also have an office in New York plus team members based across Europe and Asia.

We are funded by some of the best, pre-eminent institutions and entrepreneurs in the world.

Why this is an amazing opportunity

This role is perfect for a highly organised individual who wants to supercharge their career by experiencing first-hand what it is like to be part of an energetic, extremely fast growing company.

The sense of impact and reward will be huge. Prodigy Finance can only achieve its goals with the best talent onboard, and the People function is responsible for recruiting and developing its most powerful asset – the team. You will help to recruit a global team, who will build a platform which makes it possible for students from more than 100 countries to obtain the finance to fulfil their dream of studying at the world’s top universities and schools.

Our team is international, non-hierarchical and very sociable; you will interact with everyone in the business around the world on a regular basis.

One of our goals is to build one of the top Fintech teams and cultures anywhere in the world. This means putting a lot of time into ensuring we only hire people with exceptional potential, and creating the best working environment possible. If you want to work somewhere where you're learning from some of the best brains in Fintech, this would be a good fit.

Why join Prodigy Finance

  • Be a part of a pioneering global growth company
  • Experience the excitement and learn from being part of an incredibly fast-growing young company. No kidding - exponential growth. Happening right now
  • Be pivotal in scaling the business by identifying smart solutions and partners with tech at the heart of it
  • Enjoy the agility and flexibility offered by a startup culture. A sociable, relaxed and friendly work environment (with a serious coffee culture where you can wear shorts to work)
  • We will help you make your mark. Make a real impact on the business and experience a steep learning curve with huge opportunities to grow and develop
  • Gain an inside perspective on the functioning of a venture-backed Fintech startup, backed by top VCs, learn day-to-day management and build functional expertise
  • Build a platform that helps to make a very real difference in the world

What you will do in the role  

This role will be a unique opportunity to help build the Technology and Product functions and power their exponential growth. You will play a significant role by helping us to recruit, retain and develop the best technical talent.

Key responsibilities are to:

  • Support Talent, in order to define and deliver a talent acquisition plan to directly source a number of key technology hires, negating the need for agencies
  • Work with the People Team to develop and execute of a world class recruitment process ensuring a productive, efficient, and enjoyable internal and external hiring process measured through on-boarding and employee feedback
  • Take responsibility for the tech recruitment process, working closely with the Head of People and the CTO to source and recruit the best talent. Daily tasks will include running ad campaigns for certain roles, maximising LinkedIn as a tool, sourcing candidates, managing the first filter of applications, initial response communications and assessing for culture fit
  • Be the social media champion for Talent Acquisition; use online and offline touch points and channels to identify and build a dialogue with the talent ecosystem most relevant to Prodigy Finance
  • Maintain the quality of our data capture and IP; be a Greenhouse super user, ensure the data inputted by the team and by you is always up-to-date and 100% accurate
  • Conduct analysis and desk research; identify target candidate pools and research market landscapes in order to build our talent pipeline
  • Execute background checks and references on all candidates
  • Execute, and seek to continuously improve, best practice talent at Prodigy Finance methodologies
  • Become the expert in understanding and communicating the current employment landscape, opportunities and challenges for hiring talent in all countries where Prodigy Finance has (or will have) a presence
  • Be a key stakeholder in the on-boarding and engagement process for a number of hires

What you need to be great at

  • Passion for all things technology-related; you are a super geek at heart and have a genuine interest in the tech space
  • Culture-maker - you are an evangelist of strong company culture
  • Highly organised, ability to multi-task and project manage; can correctly prioritise multiple issues, opportunities and process large amounts of data from disparate sources
  • Analytical thinking capability; strong attention to detail; logical, systematic, focus on 100% accuracy
  • High EQ; can read people, excellent listening skills, asks great questions, motivation to understand the needs and wants of others
  • Optimistic, positive outlook, highly likeable, upbeat and energetic. Enjoy building rapport and trust, can foster a sense of open communication
  • Bias to action; pragmatic, gets stuff done
  • Ability to work autonomously without micro-management and clear direction, in a rapidly changing and often ambiguous environment; possess the self-motivation and inner drive to set and deliver against tight deadlines. Breaks down tasks and problems into manageable components independently and is able to design and execute individual work plans in order to deliver on the overall team objectives
  • Takes initiative, is goal and achievement orientated and strives for results and excellence
  • Takes responsibility for personal actions and frames problems as opportunities
  • Startup DNA; resilient, gets things done, 80/20, carpe diem, adaptable to change, huge capacity for hard work in a relentlessly fast-paced environment

Who we are looking for; track record must haves

  • Bachelor’s Degree
  • Proven success as a recruiter; ideally within an in-house talent acquisition function or experience as a service provider

Experience that would be nice to have (but we’ll trade off if everything else fits)

  • Track record of recruiting across multiple locations (London and Cape Town preferred)
  • Experience of managing social media campaigns, communication and/or marketing strategies. If you haven’t done this before, you need to show us that you have the aptitude to learn it quickly
  • Track record of recruiting a range of technical functions and levels within high-growth companies
  • Demonstrable experience across online and offline recruitment initiatives and campaigns with an ability to lead candidate engagement and hiring across a range of audiences

The Prodigy Fit; attributes which run true in everyone at Team Prodigy

To be an A player at Prodigy Finance, you need to possess – in spades - the following attributes:

Innovative + Smart

Be curious enough to want to know more, think out the box, maybe even break the box, show initiative and be smart about it to find implementable, impactful solutions.

International + Accountable

Push yourself to be better every day. Work with others across the world, be resilient, add value and then hold yourself accountable. Encourage and celebrate each other.

Energetic + Fun

Sense of humour = survival. Bring energy and fun. Wear your heart on your sleeve. Work hard and find the time to play. We’re in this together.

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If this sounds exciting and you'd like to have an informal chat, get in touch below and tell us why you want to work at Prodigy Finance.