Talent Acquisition Specialist

Application deadline
06 February, 2021
Cambridge, UK
Job type
Full Time
Contract length

About us

Riverlane builds ground-breaking software to unleash the power of quantum computers. Backed by leading venture-capital funds and the University of Cambridge, we develop software that transforms quantum computers from experimental technology into commercial products. We are a cross-disciplinary team of software developers, mathematicians, quantum information theorists, computational chemists and physicists – all world experts in their fields. Our collaborative, close-knit team has a track record of delivering high-quality R&D across the full quantum stack.

We are currently entering an exciting phase at Riverlane. With 24 staff, we want to double the size of the team over the next year to reach our ambitious goals. We need to attract the brightest individuals, from a range of technical backgrounds, who share our values and vision for the future. Riverlane is therefore looking for an experienced recruiter who can lead our recruitment efforts, building relationships with hiring managers and developing a pipeline of high-calibre candidates. We want Riverlane to become known as a workplace that welcomes everyone and that celebrates and promotes diversity.

We offer a competitive salary, equity options, and relocation costs.

About the role

In partnership with the VP People, business leaders and hiring managers, you will be responsible for implementing recruitment strategies to identify talented individuals with the right capability and skills in a timely and cost-efficient manner. Your role will involve proactively anticipating talent needs, executing sourcing plans, job postings, screening, interviewing, pre-selecting, offer management and overseeing the hiring administration process.

What you will do

  • Participate in all major activities in the recruitment life cycle including sourcing planning, job postings, screening, interviewing, pre-selecting, offer management, hiring and supporting onboarding
  • Manage relationships with PSL
  • Direct source candidates at all levels
  • Proactively build and develop relationships with hiring managers and other colleagues to educate and enhance the skills of those involved in the hiring process e.g., provide advice about recruitment responsibilities and legal requirements: support drafting of job descriptions, project management and service delivery
  • Coach hiring managers in interviewing techniques and recommend resources and tools to support the interviewing, assessment and evaluation of candidates
  • Develop strong partnerships with hiring managers and candidates, building a strong pipeline of qualified and diverse candidates to meet both current and anticipated business needs
  • Gather and analyse feedback and data from various sources to drive continuous improvement
  • Ensure that ways of working remain fit for purpose and exploit new ways of working and lean methodology to ensure a great candidate and hiring manager experience
  • Manage referral program
  • Keep diversity and inclusion at the heart of everything we do at Riverlane
  • Execute additional tasks to meet organisational, team and project-related objectives
  • Act as an external company ambassador to promote Riverlane’s culture

What we need

  • Substantial recruitment experience preferably gained in the technology sector
  • Expert in delivering full life-cycle recruitment services
  • Expert in identifying and securing candidates via various ‘direct’ channels – social media; LinkedIn etc., networking, market mapping, careers fairs, industry events etc.
  • Highly competent IT skills, including the Microsoft suite, to produce meaningful management information
  • Advanced communication, presentation and project management skills
  • Advanced stakeholder management and relationship building skills
  • Strong persuading, influencing, negotiating and consultation skills
  • Ability to build and maintain a vast network of professional relationships
  • Demonstrated business acumen
  • Resilient and able to manage a heavy and diverse workload
  • Comprehensive knowledge of government regulations regarding employment topics

How to apply

Please upload a CV and covering letter by clicking ‘apply now’

Your covering letter should explain why you are applying for the job and what skills and experience you can bring to the role.

If you have any queries, please contact jobs@riverlane.com.


Everyone is welcome at Riverlane. We are an equal opportunities employer and encourage applications from eligible and suitably qualified candidates regardless of age, disability, ethnicity, gender, gender reassignment, religion or belief, sexual orientation, marital or civil partnership status, or pregnancy and maternity/paternity.

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