At Cypress, we’re on a mission to build an essential testing platform that makes automated testing delightful and effective. Cypress provides better, faster, and more reliable testing for anything that runs in a browser. Hundreds of thousands of developers and QA professionals use to write better code faster and release with confidence.

Cypress is currently used in over 90 countries by hundreds of thousands of developers across more than 30,000 organizations. Cypress has over 1,800 customers in more than 58 countries across 45 industries and includes marquee names like Atlassian, Crunchbase, GitHub, PayPal, and Slack.

The company was founded in 2015 and has raised $55M in capital to date, including a $40M Series B financing in November 2020, led by OpenView Partners, with participation from Bessemer Venture Partners, Battery Ventures, Sapphire Ventures and 

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The Head of Talent & Community opportunity at Cypress redefines what finding and attracting new talent is, and creates a community of people to nurture from. Cypress’ community is deeply engaged and enamored by the offering we’ve provided to the market. We are seeking a Talent Acquisition leader that thinks differently about the recruiting process - you think of it as a holistic community of people with unique and dynamic skills and seek to nurture it in a long-term manner. You want to approach the TA function like a headhunter/executive firm, creating meaningful, long-term partnerships, embedding ourselves into the community authentically, and offering them a career changing experience. You want to source and engage differently than companies usually do, partner closely with leadership to define and outreach to candidates, and scale the employer branding of Cypress. When talent acquisition is done well we treat it like a marathon and not a sprint - quality of candidate is far more important than quantity and finding the best people is the priority.

This role provides the right person a career changing opportunity to establish, build and grow the Talent Acquisition function within an innovative, collaborative, and dynamic People team as an integral part of an inclusive, respectful, and category defining organization. This role is ideal for someone who has been part of and grown in the Talent function in a hyper growth company and wants to take a fresh and unconstrained perspective to support Cypress’s growth through building and leading the Talent  function. Cypress will grow from 40 to over 120+ world-class employees this year and double in 2022, providing significant growth and exposure. 

During your first year your role will be broad and include:

Talent Strategy: define overall talent strategy to scale Cypress, create feedback loop with leadership to enable Cypress’ internal programs and culture to scale and attract people

Team Growth & Hiring: define team growth and select highly skilled world-class talent partners, sourcers, and operations team members to grow. You are an exceptional people manager, and give consistent feedback, focus on career growth and opportunities. You appropriately allocate roles to the team and focus on balance - we currently focus on 4-6 positions per Talent Partner to achieve success in the hiring process.

Sourcing: you create defined, repeatable places to source from but also innovate to take on new approaches to find and reach talent that fall outside the bounds of traditional recruiting.

Analytics: partner with Data Science on data collection/ingestion and analysis for the Talent function - deciding where and how we collect data, how often we report it and to whom, and what types of analyses are most important.

DE&I: you understand the multi-faceted and complex nuance of DE&I, and understand how to authentically engage talent from various backgrounds. You don’t treat DE&I as a statistic but rather a holistic approach to deepening the success of Cypress that is qualitative and reliant on real, meaningful, and supported experience at Cypress. You will partner with our external and internal DEI partners to ensure we mitigate any biases that would be harmful to hiring, coach your team to ensure there are checks and balances to allow candidates to feel respected and decisions to be made with mindfulness.

Community Engagement: create a community program to identify communities where Cypress can authentically have a voice, partner internally with DX, Engineering, Product and other organizations to facilitate speaking engagements and other events.

Employer Branding: manage overall vision for Cypress external Employer Branding and voice partnering with consultants and the internal team at Cypress to create content, branding, and identify places for Cypress to be elevated and featured.

Business Partnership: you are the keeper of Talent and can articulate the needs of the Cypress and align with leaders to achieve the right outcomes. You are the right hand to the People and Talent Development Lead, People Operations Lead, and the Head of People, communicating and over-communicating to ensure strategic alignment.

Talent Attributes - what we look for in all hires at Cypress

Self awareness: you seek to understand your own behaviors, actions, emotions and traits in an effort to continually improve and develop.

Collaboration: you work together towards a shared goal, not in service of individual needs.

Stage Appropriateness: you have experienced growth and scale and understand the impact it has on individual roles, decision making, prioritization and our vision.

Intrinsic Motivation: you are driven by an internal desire to achieve, succeed and contribute

Intellectual Curiosity & Agility: you have a perpetual need to learn new information, and with exposure to it you’re able to adopt and modify your thoughts, solutions and outcomes.

Role Attributes - what we are evaluating candidates for with this opportunity

Analysis: you are able to balance quantitative and qualitative data to inform decisions in both a reflective and predictive manner. Experience with Excel required. 

Business Acumen: you drive initiatives from a strategic level through business goals and objectives. You create awareness in digging into the business details and by partnering closely with the organization.

Collaboration: you naturally embed yourself into the teams you work with and seek to become part of their organization.

Vulnerability: you create trust through vulnerability and honesty to form genuine relationships with employees built on transparency and advocacy. 

Innovation: you go beyond  “best practices” and discover new ways to solve challenges by diagnosing issues and gathering information. 

Communication; you value over-communication vs. under-communication. You make sure people are kept up to date on information, ensure everyone has a seat at the table and is heard. 

Project Management & Organization; must have structured and organized workflow, and ability to project manage lengthy projects with multiple deadlines and stakeholder needs.


- Demonstrated success in high-growth technology organizations

- Experience in Marketing 

- Experience managing talent acquisition either vertically within Technology/Engineering/Product or holistically

- People management skills - must have experience managing people and programs previously

- Demonstrated experience partnering with leaders from Manager to Executive level on company initiatives to impact change across organizations.

Although we list out what we generally look for, we are very likely missing other attributes and skills that you have that could make you a great addition, but are not currently listed. Research has shown this especially applies to women and other marginalized groups, who tend to apply if they check 100% of every box, versus men who apply if they hit roughly 60%. The point we’re getting at, it doesn’t hurt to take a chance and apply!

We are an inclusive employer and value diversity at our company. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, or disability status.

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