Talent Opening: HR Lead

At Strategyzer, our purpose is to unlock millions of people’s potential to create value for themselves, organizations, and society. We succeed when inspired people find the clarity to drive healthy growth and build invincible companies worldwide. To make this happen, we’ve designed the global standard and platform for solving universal business challenges. We believe our success in achieving this purpose, vision, and mission depends on the quality of our people and culture.

From our headquarters in Switzerland, we’ve developed global impact and reach with a fully distributed team that works remotely across 14 countries (with a strong growing presence in Ontario, UK and Ireland). Our team contributes directly to the unique company culture we have today and is committed to transforming traditional management practices to build a truly great place to work.

We’re recruiting a People & Culture Lead to join our leadership team, lead our growing P&C department and shape a progressive HR philosophy. We’re looking for an all-rounder candidate who can carry and implement a big picture vision and will also get heavily involved with the nitty-gritty.

You will be hands-on as we scale up and transform our organization into one of the best companies to work for.

Note: This is a full-time role; however, we are open to considering exceptional candidates with 80% working capacity.

Team members at Strategyzer enjoy:

  • World-Class Team: Be part of a highly visible, globally recognized organization, and contribute to a paradigm shift in strategy and innovation in the world’s leading enterprises.
  • Strong Company Culture: We strive to create an environment with strong psychological safety and frequent feedback structures to allow our people to do their best work.
  • Flexible Working: Work from anywhere globally or from our physical office hubs in Toronto, Canada, or Zurich, Switzerland. We offer flex hours for our team to work when they are most productive and support family needs.
  • Growth Allowance: Professional and personal development are vital at Strategyzer. All team members get an annual growth allowance for conferences, courses, certifications, coaching, and more. We also include a yearly book allowance.


The People & Culture Lead’s Mission & Outcomes

This role is for a driver who will be responsible for building and running an outstanding P&C function to support our scaling journey.

Your mission is to…

  • Build a world-class, practical, and agile human resources structure to support our scaling journey.
  • Distill the best international thought leadership on the future of HR to guide our thinking and approach.
  • Contribute to P&C thought leadership and best practices.
  • Inspire and drive the implementation of our internal P&C roadmap, and help us continue to build an amazing place to work.
  • Nurture, protect, and grow our strong company culture that values great human beings, excellent technical performance, and great collaboration.
  • Solve tough business decisions through a structure of trust and accountability.
  • Execute P&C operations with passion as you navigate between doing and strategic planning.

This is your chance to leave a mark on our goal to place Strategyzer in the top 3 spots of global best places to work lists and achieve our vision of pushing the boundaries of growth and innovation services.

The successful candidate will immediately contribute in the following ways:

1. Lead and grow our P&C function.

Our People & Culture Lead needs to be an effective partner with every level of the organization to develop our world-class team. You will be instrumental in building and scaling the pragmatic capabilities across the whole value proposition of our People & Culture function: P&C team management, rewards & benefits management, talent development/recruitment/management, people management, organizational effectiveness, staffing strategy.

You will suggest and implement effective and lean HR policies and pragmatic use of HR systems. You must possess the art of navigating labour-related laws and regulations in Strategyzer’s international and remote setup, in close collaboration with our legal counsel. We are an evidence-driven team, and this role will require the ability to make data-driven decisions to influence the company’s direction and mission of delivering competitive advantage through our A-team.

2. Drive company purpose and culture.

The People & Culture Lead will oversee the intentional nurturing and evolution of our company culture and mission, working closely with the management team’s vision while holding every level of our organization accountable. This role will require you to challenge the status quo, as well as support organizational changes, through an approach of transparency, idea meritocracy, and open communications. In this role, you are responsible for end-to-end HR ownership and execution.

3. Maximize leadership effectiveness.

You will need to be comfortable with challenging and developing leaders and team members at every level of the organization. This will require a thoughtful understanding of human dynamics and being able to nurture a radical candor and open feedback culture, based on extensive personal experiences working with proven tools and frameworks and powered by amazing personal skills. We want a sparring partner who can demonstrate high business acumen and understand how to support an awesome team to reach its highest potential.

Requirements For The Role

While this is a remote role, you must [generally] reside between GMT-5 and GMT+3 to be able to work synchronously with the majority of the Strategyzer team.

All potential candidates will be scored on the following competencies.

1. You strive to be a great human being.

We want world-class human beings who:

  • Strive to show deep care and empathy for your team members.
  • Have strong integrity and morals that drive your accountability.
  • Are open-minded to the views of others, and constantly work to improve themselves for the betterment of the whole team.

2. You perform at the highest level.

These are the technical qualifications we require:

  • Seasoned HR professional with 15+ years of experience, currently at a level of HR/P&C Lead who is able to lead and operate ALL the HR capabilities.
  • Proven experience in leading HR during a scaling phase across multiple geographies.
  • Very strong preference to candidates who worked at some point in a start-up in the scale-up phase and were hands-on in setting up and managing all the capabilities of the HR function and know how to drive a P&C roadmap
  • Ideally possesses consulting experience in human capital management where will has matured the ability to conceptually develop sound and innovative HR operating models.
  • Advanced degree in Human Resources Management, Organizational Psychology, Strategic Management, Business Administration preferred.
  • Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) certificate, Human Resource Information Professional (HRIP) certificate, or similar is a plus.
  • Strong interest in the state-of-the-art HR practices displayed at companies such as Netflix, WL Gore, and more.
  • Must be able to become fluent, very fast, in all general labour and HR-related legal regulations and principles of where Strategyzer is operating
  • Knowledge of Swiss, Canadian, or Irish labor legislation and payroll systems is a plus.
  • Advanced experience with selecting and implementing a complete and pragmatic HR software stack that fits the needs for a start-up/scale-up and be comfortable learning and being hands-on with new technology systems as needed.

3. You are a great collaborator.

Collaboration is key to our success as a team. We want a People & Culture Lead who is or has:

  • Incredibly hungry and wants to make an impact with our team.
  • A customer-first approach to delivering value. Our team will be your internal customers.
  • Enthusiastic about learning our methodologies and tools--especially the Team Alignment Map, Team Contract, and Culture Map.
  • Able to weave between autonomous and collaborative working styles.
  • A strong writer and communicator for a fully remote, global environment.
  • Not afraid to iterate on an idea or prototype if it means we create better value.
  • Able to focus on the bigger picture while paying close attention to the final details that will get us to success.
  • Is open to constructive conflict and can navigate radical candor feedback.

How We Hire At Strategyzer

We pride ourselves on a robust, fair, and diversity-focused recruitment process.

There’s no such thing as a perfect candidate, so don’t let imposter syndrome hold you back. You don’t need 100% of the preferred qualifications to add incredible value to our team. If you’re passionate about what you could accomplish here, and have the experience to match it, we’d love to hear from you. We are in particular looking to encourage women to come and build the next wave of leadership at Strategyzer.

The following steps allow us to find the best fit for this role. Finding the right person is much more important to us than adhering to any deadline, and therefore we will keep this position open until we fill it with the perfect match for us.


Step 1 - Intro from Candidate

Upload your CV in PDF format.

Create a 4-minute LOOM video intro of yourself answering the following questions:

  1. What are your career goals?
  2. What are you not good at or not interested in doing professionally?
  3. How do you understand the essence of this role and how would you approach it?

Step 2 - Three Interview Rounds

  • Career History
  • Mission and Outcomes
  • Role Traits

Step 3 - Reference Interviews

Step 4 - Cultural fit interview/coaching conversation

Step 5 - Working Simulation

Step 6 - Offer