SpaceX was founded under the belief that a future where humanity is out exploring the stars is fundamentally more exciting than one where we are not. Today SpaceX is actively developing the technologies to make this possible, with the ultimate goal of enabling human life on Mars.

Technical Recruiter (Software Engineering)

As a SpaceX recruiter, you will run a full desk with a variety of duties and responsibilities focused on the sourcing, screening, interviewing, and onboarding of top talent candidates to fill mission critical positions.  In many cases, you are the candidates’ first encounter with SpaceX and it’s your job to represent the company with professionalism, pride, and enthusiasm.  At SpaceX, we work in teams and focus on collaboration yet require a high degree of autonomy.  So while you’re not expected to simply go-it-alone, you are expected to show initiative, take responsibility, and run with tasks to completion.

Responsibilities:  

Your day-to-day routine will change often as hiring priorities shift, but there’s a basic set of activities you can expect to run with daily.  A typical day can and will consist of the following:

  • Meeting with your client groups to discuss headcount, new requisitions, hiring strategy, and/or interview feedback – you truly act as a partner to your clients and not merely as an order taker
  • Screening candidates who apply to our requisitions – as the SpaceX name brand grows, our job postings continue to fill up with stellar candidates
  • Sourcing candidates on sites such as LinkedIn, Stack Overflow, and Git Hub – often the best candidates are the ones not actively looking
  • Discussing candidates you’ve screened with your client groups and recommending top candidates for interviews
  • Giving tours to candidates before their onsite interview – with the majority of all rocket and spacecraft production taking place in our Hawthorne facility, this is a chance to showcase all the exciting things going on at SpaceX and bring to life the opportunity to work here
  • Attending interviews alongside your client groups to act as another set of eyes and ears in evaluating candidates
  • Once candidates are approved for hire, you’ll begin the HR onboarding process including initiating background checks, completing reference checks, negotiating offer packages including extending offer letters, and issuing new hire paperwork – you’ll have plenty of support from the HR, Benefits, and Compensation departments to make this process as seamless as possible

No day is the same here and the pace moves fast, but ultimately your job is to effectively attract, organize, and manage your pipeline of the country’s most talented individuals to help advance the mission to Mars!

Basic Qualifications:

  • Completed bachelor’s degree
  • 2+ years of technical recruiting experience
  • 1+ years of software engineering recruiting experience

Preferred Skills and Experience:

  • 2+ years of in-house recruiting experience 
  • Technical recruiting experience in avionics, supply chain, or manufacturing/production
  • Ability to distinguish between the top 50% and the top 5% of talent within their respective fields
  • Demonstrated expertise in non-standard recruiting methods: cold calling candidates and companies, organizing and executing ad hoc networking events, identifying industry experts and finding unique methods to engage with them, creating unique targeted sourcing campaigns, etc.
  • Comfortable interfacing directly with hiring managers including director and VP level technical leaders
  • Ability to build strong relationships with both hiring managers and candidates
  • Ability to accurately present but not oversell candidates to client groups; influence decisions by acting as the subject matter expert on talent but avoid dictating client decisions
  • Ability to multi-task and operate with little direction while still being an active team member
  • Strong sense of ownership, urgency, and accountability
  • Strong desire to be successful and make an impact

Additional Requirements:

  • Ability to work extended hours and weekends when needed

ITAR Requirements:

  • To conform to U.S. Government space technology export regulations, including the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) you must be a U.S. citizen, lawful permanent resident of the U.S., protected individual as defined by 8 U.S.C. 1324b(a)(3), or eligible to obtain the required authorizations from the U.S. Department of State. Learn more about the ITAR here

SpaceX is an Equal Opportunity Employer; employment with SpaceX is governed on the basis of merit, competence and qualifications and will not be influenced in any manner by race, color, religion, gender, national origin/ethnicity, veteran status, disability status, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, mental or physical disability or any other legally protected status.

Applicants wishing to view a copy of SpaceX’s Affirmative Action Plan for veterans and individuals with disabilities, or applicants requiring reasonable accommodation to the application/interview process should notify the Human Resources Department at (310) 363-6000.

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