SVP, People Strategy at CB Insights

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First, some data on our team’s growth.

  • 2015 - 66 teammates
  • 2016 - 104 teammates
  • 2017 - 168 teammates
  • 2018 - 209 teammates
  • 2019 - target of 320

We’ve grown this fast without burning any money. Said another way, our revenue has grown very fast.

That’s the great news.

While attacking a massive market and having a great product have certainly helped, the #1 driver of our sustained and continued growth will be the team.

And for this reason, we are seeking an amazing SVP, People Strategy.

We will describe the role below a bit but first, it’s important to describe what this role isn’t. We are not looking for a classic head of HR whose focus is primarily on the administration and operations of HR. Those are clearly vital and are part of the SVP, People Strategy’s remit but that is not where the position’s responsibilities end.

We are looking for someone to manage strategy, processes, and execution related to building, developing and retaining an exceptional and empowered team.

We need a leader with a strategic, tactical and systems-driven mindset.

We are looking for someone who can help develop and recruit the next generation of leaders at CB Insights.

The SVP, People Strategy will lead and grow our overall People organization. 

Key responsibilities for the People Team (herein “PT”) which the SVP will lead are detailed below.

Building the team

We have ambitious plans to grow and that means we need a PT that can partner with leaders in the organization to align our people recruitment strategy and recruitment team with our business strategy.

In order to win the proverbial “war for talent”, the PT will need to strengthen our employer brand and make us an employer of choice. This is about storytelling and brand-building. We have a phenomenal story, technology, business model and team already so the ingredients are there to build a fantastic employer brand. We need the PT to bring this to life and then educate everyone involved in the hiring process so that they can communicate this to future teammates.

Once we’ve attracted candidates, from entry level to senior executive, the PT will use data and systems to ensure that we are consistently and rigorously identifying candidates that are most likely to succeed at CB Insights. PT will ensure the candidate experience with us is stellar and will develop strategies that help us increase offer acceptance rates.

PT will work with their peers at CBI to also recommend and evaluate strategies, when relevant, to grow the team beyond NYC by setting up remote teams, satellite offices or through other innovative structures.

Once a talented individual lands at CB Insights, the PT’s role shifts to talent management & development.

Talent Management & Development

This area entails a great deal.

It begins with onboarding which is absolutely critical but goes further as we are most interested in quick and successful integration of new teammates. The PT will work with business partners to develop strategies that help accelerate a new teammate’s time to proficiency and mastery in their role.

In addition, the PT will work to develop learning and development (L&D) programs at the company and function-specific levels that:

  • Develop future leaders at CBI
  • Improve decision quality and speed of decision-making at CBI

Function-specific L&D will be developed in partnership with business partners to ensure that the people at CBI are enhancing the skills they require to be successful in their areas of focus/expertise.

The PT will play a key role in the strategy and determination of CBI’s organizational design. In particular, we are looking for the PT to create a highly legible organizational design that scales with the organization and also creates clarity on roles, responsibilities and goals.

Talent management will be a key area of focus for the PT covering everything from our performance management processes to our review schedules and process (both up and down the organization). The talent management process should ensure there are appropriate feedback cycles within and across teams that enable us to identify, recognize and reward exceptional effort as well as proactively identify opportunities for learning & development or coaching and which also address more long-term challenges. Building compensation and incentives plans that recognize, reward & motivate our best talent is critical.

Finally, talent management & development will create strategies, processes, tactics and communication strategies that maintain CBI’s culture of high standards, humility, helpfulness and hard work.

Professional qualifications
  • Demonstrated experience leading a company through rapid growth
  • Demonstrated experience managing and building a high performance team
  • Must be forward-thinking with technology and understand how technology can be used as a strategic lever in the People organization
  • As a leader
    • 10+ years of formal people strategy / strategic human resources / recruiting leadership experience, preferably in a fast-growing, dynamic company
    • Track record leading high-performance teams of 10+ professionals
    • Impeccable ability to recruit top tier talent via traditional channels as well as creative ones
    • Experience building total rewards programs that drive strong output and employee retention
    • Strength in balancing the desires of the People department with the needs of the overall company
  • As a People professional
    • Track record of developing and leading high functioning recruiting and people teams
    • Detail-oriented, data-driven and analytical when making decisions
    • Strong business acumen and the ability to translate business strategy into people initiatives
    • Ability to adapt to ever-changing business priorities, exhibit flexibility and composure in ambiguity
    • Should thrive being a cultural agent of change. Experience leading through change is essential
    • Experience developing and overseeing the adoption of internal programs to support the organization
    • Ownership and past experience related to benefits, compensation, HR policies, immigration, compliance, diversity and inclusion
    • Strength in managing relationships with internal partners and third parties such as lawyers, insurance providers, and other service providers
Additional keys to success
  • Move fast - We are a challenger brand. Speed is a weapon. We believe an imperfect but mostly right answer today is better than a perfect answer tomorrow. We want to test and launch new ideas quickly. Being tenacious and relentlessly resourceful is key.
  • Magnet for talent - You must have managerial experience including building amazing teams and leading and developing teams with diverse skill sets
  • Humble - We have developed strong antibodies to arrogance or hints of arrogance
  • Helpful - This role will require building strong partnerships throughout CBI and with vendors. Being a helpful colleague is important.
  • High IQ - You will be developing and analyzing a number of markets and business ideas which may be quite varied. You should be able to deal with ambiguity, understand ideas quickly and use a systems thinking mindset to look at an opportunity to understand the constituent parts and where the opportunities and challenges may arise and how to prioritize.
  • Great communicator - You should be able to synthesize information quickly and cogently and present it via the appropriate medium (presentation, phone, blog post, etc).
  • High standards - This one doesn’t require much explanation

The Perks:

  • Amazing culture: Happy, Helpful, Humble, Hungry. Learn more here
  • A newsletter that 600k people follow: Sign up here.
  • Be Healthy: Health with HSA and FSA options, dental, and vision insurance along with unlimited/take what you need sick day policy
  • Plan for the future: 401k with up to 4% match
  • Continued Learning: $1,000 yearly continuing education stipend
  • Rest and Relax: Competitive vacation and holiday plans 
  • Refuel: Daily lunch stipend, unlimited snacks/coffee

We know that diversity makes for the best problem-solving and creative thinking. We are dedicated to adding new perspectives to the team and encourage everyone to apply if your experience is close to what we are looking for.

Equal Opportunity Employer: CB Insights is committed to creating a diverse environment and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, age, or veteran status #LI-DNP
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498 7th Avenue, 14th Floor, New York, NY 10018

An Insider's view of CB Insights

What are some social events your company does?

To help foster cross team communication & collaboration, here are some things CB Insights does:

- yearly company offsite
- monthly company-wide team building events (past events include: bubble ball, game night, talent show, spelling bee, wine tasting, field day, etc.)
- monthly anniversary socials
- volunteer
- Ladies Lunches
- holiday party


Senior Associate Recruiter

What's the biggest problem your team is solving?

Our team brings new datasets to the platform. A few valuable ones are patents, earnings transcript & press articles from special verticals.Instead of just surfacing the data, we run topic modeling, sentiment analysis & improving recommendation systems.The innovative way of feeding info helps clients to be sensitive to trends moving in the industry.


Software Engineer

What does career growth look like on your team?

Our Sales Development Representative team has had tremendous growth over the past couple of years. Our career path is clear, we offer coaching and mentorship in order to successfully promote the team. Our SDRs know exactly what they need to accomplish in order to move up the ladder and grow both personally and professionally.


Senior Manager, Sales Development

How do your team's ideas influence the company's direction?

Customer Success at CBI acts as the intermediary between our clients and the org. Because of this, we are in a position to voice opinions that influence the product, events we host, and the intelligence we publish. With our fingers on the pulse of emerging tech, we are equipped to become strategic advisors for our customers and also the org.


Senior Manager, Customer Success

What projects are you most excited about?

I'm excited to accelerate our ability to ingest existing data sets. As we continue to expand our data sources, the Product and Data team have worked together to come up with solutions to manage the volume of data that enters the CBI database. I'm eager to work with engineers to start incorporating more automation to boost efficiency in our tools.


Technical Project Manager

What are CB Insights Perks + Benefits

CB Insights Benefits Overview

Subsidized health, dental, and vision insurance
401k with up to 4% match
$1,000 continuing education stipend
One Medical
Daily lunch stipend
Unlimited sick days
vacation + holidays

Volunteer in local community
Friends outside of work
Eat lunch together
Daily stand up
Open door policy
Team owned deliverables
Team based strategic planning
Group brainstorming sessions
Pair programming
Open office floor plan
Unconscious bias training
Mean gender pay gap below 10%
Health Insurance & Wellness Benefits
Flexible Spending Account (FSA)
Up to $2,000 towards towards your FSA with up to $500 rollover.
Dental Benefits
Two different plan options to select from.
Vision Benefits
Health Insurance Benefits
3 different plan options through Empire Blue Cross Blue Shield
Life Insurance
Retirement & Stock Options Benefits
CB Insights 401(K) program allows employees to starting contributing their 4th month of employment.
401(K) Matching
CB Insights 401(K) program matches upto 4% of an employee's contribution with immediate vesting.
Performance Bonus
CB Insights offers a performance bonus for all non-commissioned roles based on company and personal performance.
Child Care & Parental Leave Benefits
Generous Parental Leave
We provide up to 12 weeks of maternal leave and 8 weeks of paternal leave.
Remote Work Program
Family Medical Leave
Return-to-work program post parental leave
Company sponsored family events
Acme co. sponsors family oriented events Annually.
Vacation & Time Off Benefits
Generous PTO
Paid Volunteer Time
Paid Holidays
Paid Sick Days
Perks & Discounts
Casual Dress
Commuter Benefits
Company Outings
Free Daily Meals
Stocked Kitchen
Snacks, coffee, tea and all the goldfish you can handle.
Some Meals Provided
$8 off towards seamless for lunch every day!
Happy Hours
Recreational Clubs
We have different culture clubs you can join including hiking and book clubs.
Professional Development Benefits
Job Training & Conferences
Diversity Program
Lunch and learns
Acme Co. hosts lunch and learn meetings once per month.
Promote from within
Continuing Education stipend
$1,000 towards education stipend after you have been with us for 6 months.
Customized development tracks

Additional Perks + Benefits

Subsidized Health Insurance, 401(K) with Matching, Yearly Education Stipend, Lunch Stipend, 3D Printer, Office Gong, Awesome Team Building Events

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