Head of Talent Acquisition at Cogo Labs

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At Cogo Labs, we build startup companies from scratch.

We're not just venture capitalists. We're an experienced, proven team of engineers, analysts, and entrepreneurs using innovative market-leading tools, combined with big data and intellectual curiosity to build a platform that spins up successful online businesses, fast!

Meet a few of our successful ventures to date: EverQuote, HopJump, and CareDash

The People & Culture organization is looking for an experienced recruiting professional to join our diverse and growing team. This is a newly created position reporting to the Head of People and will be responsible for managing the entire Talent Acquisition function from the strategic vision to execution on our hiring agenda. The ideal candidate will have deep recruiting and process management experience with the desire to step into a core leadership role that encourages autonomy and innovation.

This role will be remote until we are back in the office. This person will need to be able to commute into our Cambridge, MA office.

What to expect from Cogo:

  • A fun, supportive culture. Happy employees are the most successful. We take care of our own, and not just because it's good business.
  • Near obsessive use of data to inform business decisions. We believe that efficient growth happens when we make every decision based on solid, well directed analysis.
  • Unmatched opportunity. We believe in mentoring people to grow as quickly as they can. Today's new grad hires are tomorrow's trail blazers.
  • Flexibility and novelty. You have the autonomy to continuously define your role over time, as you identify the problems that you are uniquely capable of solving.
  • The ability to take big swings. We are a successful company today due to the great ideas that have been generated and executed by our phenomenal Cogo team.

What to expect from the role:

  • Own the end-to-end talent acquisition vision and execution. The Cogo TA leader will have a tremendous opportunity to establish and lead a best-in-class recruiting function as part of an integrated talent management strategy.
  • Manage full cycle recruiting for a small set of positions at any given time and helping the Cogo C-Suite to prioritize during higher volume times.
  • Design an exceptional candidate experience through direct, honest and meaningful engagement throughout the entire recruitment process.
  • Develop strong relationships with hiring managers and leaders across the enterprise serving as a trusted advisor.
  • Consult with business and HR professionals on talent gaps and create an effective and efficient full lifecycle recruiting approach to source, assess and ultimately hire the most qualified, most diverse talent.
  • Lead with data to tell the recruiting story. Using a multitude of sources to tell a story and impact the overarching strategy and the KPIs that matter. 
  • Build a small team of full-time recruiters -- establish and coach the team on recruiting best practices and effective stakeholder and candidate management, drive high performance and ensure team meets all KPIs and goals.
  • Co-lead the creation of a Cogo employment brand in partnership with the branding team.
  • Manage recruiting metrics and output, driving the team to success.
  • Partner with the Cogo C-suite and Diversity, Equity, & Belong council to develop strategic hiring practices that bring in diverse talent.

About you:

  • Minimum of 8+ years of talent acquisition and/or people ops leadership experience in positions of increasing responsibility.
  • Proven track record of team leadership and developing, mentoring and elevating a team with varying levels of experience and expertise.
  • Action-oriented and impact-centric with the ability to effectively influence and communicate at all levels of the organization and lead multiple stakeholder relationships.
  • Proven experience in building a strategic POV in an ambiguous environment and quickly moving to execution phase.
  • Strong process management experience, ideally having trained others in process.
  • Experience with an Applicant Tracking System, ideally Greenhouse.
  • Excellent communication skills and a passion for working across functions and with Cogo C-suite, synthesizing multiple points of view and owning a coherent action plan, all while negotiating and influencing others.

If you're reading this and questioning whether you should apply, apply! There's no such thing as a perfect candidate, and we don't expect you to check every box. We're inspired by the uniqueness that people like you bring to the table. The companies that we incubate are only as innovative as the breadth of lived experiences shared by the teams building them. We can't wait to read your application!

Cogo Labs is an equal opportunity employer and individuals seeking employment with us are considered without regards to race, color, religion, national origin, age, sex, marital status, physical or mental disability, veteran status, gender identity, sexual orientation, or any other characteristic protected by law.

Cogo Labs Core Principles

  1. Take Big Swings: Thinking small is a self-fulfilling prophecy. Leaders strive to spend their time exclusively on what’s important, and they shed the rest. They seek out the highest return on their team’s time and effort.
  2. Data Driven: Leaders work backwards from the solution to generate plans. They use data to be sure their time and effort are always leveraged at the most impactful work. They admit when they are wrong and use the data to eliminate their blind spots.
  3. Make Moonshine: Leaders create value from spare and under-utilized parts. They’re resourceful and tenacious. They expect and require innovation and invention from their teams, and they find ways to simplify. They are situationally aware; they look for good ideas from anywhere.
  4. Insist on the Highest Standards: Leaders keep the standards relentlessly high. They demand high quality products, services, and processes because they deliver high quality products, services, and processes. Leaders solve root problems and ensure that when problems get fixed, they stay fixed.
  5. Bias for Action: Leaders run everywhere they go. Many decisions and actions are reversible and don’t need extensive study. Leader’s value calculated risk taking because they know that in business, speed wins.
  6. Have Integrity; Earn Trust: Leaders listen attentively, speak candidly, and treat others respectfully. They are vocally self-critical, even when doing so is difficult or embarrassing. Leaders are not arrogant. They benchmark themselves against the best and identify their gaps.
  7. Hire and Develop the Best: Leaders raise the bar with every hire and promotion. They want to work with other leaders. They recognize exceptional talent and enthusiastically propel them throughout the organization. Leaders are serious about their role in coaching others.
  8. Ownership: Leaders think long-term and don’t sacrifice long-term value for short-term results. They own all the inputs to their business. They act on behalf of the entire company, beyond just their own team.
  9. Disagree and Commit: Leaders respectfully challenge decisions when they disagree, even when doing so is uncomfortable or awkward. They have conviction; they do not compromise in the name of social niceties. Once a decision is reached, they commit wholly.
  10. Dive Deep: Leaders operate at once with immense perspective and granular detail. No task is beneath them. They audit frequently, and they are skeptical when metrics and anecdote differ.
  11. Deliver Results: Leaders focus their time on the key drivers for their business. They pursue them obsessively to deliver results with the right quality and in a timely fashion. They rise to the occasion and never compromise.
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Located in the heart of the renowned Innovation Mile in Cambridge, MA, Cogo Labs sits in a premier location ideal for entrepreneurs!

An Insider's view of Cogo Labs

What are some social events your company does?

Every year we have a Cogo cruise where we take the day off from the office and take a cruise around the Boston harbor. In addition, we have monthly women's dinners, LGTBQ centered events and much more!


Brand Marketing Coordinator

What does your typical day look like?

My top priorities are hiring for Senior level talent, looking into the recruiting funnel data to identify roadblocks, managing my team to help execute on goals, and continuing to build an efficient recruiting function to support Cogo as we scale.


Talent Acquisition Lead

What are some things you learned at the company?

I’ve always felt that my input is valued here, but also that I’m encouraged to use my voice and to make a difference in the growth of the business – whether that’s developing new partnerships or improving and owning new processes. People here are supportive, intelligent and kind. And fun. I’ve also enjoyed grabbing a drink with a colleague!


Account Manager

What unique initiatives do you have that encourage innovation?

One of the most exciting things about working at Cogo is the incredible variety I see in the career paths of my peers. As an employee becomes more experienced their responsibilities shift to follow their interests, whether in building cool stuff, analyzing crazy amounts of data, or managing a team.


Lead Analyst

How does the company support your career growth?

I have never worked in an environment where individual contributors have been appreciated and encouraged as much as they are here, and it shows people’s energy and optimism. This success is also fueled by Cogo’s commitment to transparency and easy access to our leaders who consistently make organizational goals clear."


HR Coordinator

What are Cogo Labs Perks + Benefits

Cogo Labs Benefits Overview

Cogo built a people program to achieve efficiency, promote community, and spur innovation. This is root for our company perks that includes above-market bonus programs + generous PTO, community and employee outings, and employee stipends for child care, gyms, and home costs.

Volunteer in local community
Partners with Nonprofits
Friends outside of work
Eat lunch together
Intracompany committees
Daily sync
Open door policy
Team owned deliverables
Team based strategic planning
Group brainstorming sessions
Pair programming
Open office floor plan
Documented equal pay policy
Dedicated Diversity/Inclusion Staff
Unconscious bias training
Diversity manifesto
Someone's primary function is managing the company’s diversity and inclusion initiatives
Mean gender pay gap below 10%
Diversity Employee Resource Groups
Hiring Practices that Promote Diversity
Health Insurance & Wellness Benefits
Flexible Spending Account (FSA)
Disability Insurance
Dental Benefits
Vision Benefits
Health Insurance Benefits
Life Insurance
Wellness Programs
Onsite Gym
Team workouts
Cogo Lab's offers group meditation sessions, yoga sessions and encouragement for working out together outside of the office!
Mental Health Benefits
Retirement & Stock Options Benefits
401(K) Matching
Company Equity
Performance Bonus
Match charitable contributions
Child Care & Parental Leave Benefits
Child Care Benefits
Generous Parental Leave
Flexible Work Schedule
Remote Work Program
Family Medical Leave
Restricted work hours
Return-to-work program post parental leave
Company sponsored family events
Vacation & Time Off Benefits
Generous PTO
Paid Holidays
Paid Sick Days
Perks & Discounts
Beer on Tap
Casual Dress
Commuter Benefits
Company Outings
Free Daily Meals
Game Room
Stocked Kitchen
Some Meals Provided
Happy Hours
Pet Friendly
Recreational Clubs
Relocation Assistance
Fitness Subsidies
Home Office Stipend for Remote Employees
Professional Development Benefits
Job Training & Conferences
Tuition Reimbursement
Diversity Program
Lunch and learns
Cross functional training encouraged
Promote from within
Mentorship program
Continuing Education stipend
Time allotted for learning
Customized development tracks
Paid industry certifications
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