Principal Executive Recruiter, AWS Executive Recruiting


Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada Remote

Full time

Human Resources / People

May 3


Job summary

Our Amazon Web Services (AWS) Executive Recruiting team is a highly dynamic and fast paced organization responsible for driving the executive talent acquisition for our cloud services business. We are proud to accept the challenge of hiring the best for our business - AWS is the largest and most profitable public cloud on planet earth and we have a critical seat at the table in driving that ongoing success.

Our team continues to grow and evolve to keep pace with our business and we're looking for an exceptional executive recruiter to help us scale the organization even further. This role will partner closely with AWS tech executives to build out their leadership bench strength - one fantastic hire at a time. You'll work closely with Hiring Managers, VPs & HR Business Partners to set search strategies, drive hiring results, refine recruitment processes and closely monitor metrics & search health to ensure we're in the best position to hire the right talent at the right time.

As a Principal Specialty Recruiter with us, you will be responsible for owning and executing on Director and Vice President level searches across AWS, with a primary focus on hiring deeply technical business leaders. Our ideal hire is well-versed in all aspects of an executive search including creative candidate sourcing/research, candidate generation and development, executive customer management and offer negotiation.

Some of the core components of this role include:

· Conducting & managing research to identify and cultivate candidates that enable our ability to effectively scale the way we hire and develop the best

· Creating custom search strategies that will identify and deliver the right leaders for the right roles at the right time

· Developing innovative ways to raise the bar on how Amazon connects with the executive level engineering and product management talent

· Continually contributing to the knowledge base of both our team and the broader executive recruiting by sharing intelligence related to relevant industries and talent pools/profiles

· Building out talent networks in technology and product sectors, tapping knowledgeable industry sources to develop an on-going list of evergreen candidates

· Owning & cultivating HM relationships (you're their go-to and trusted advisor)

· Conducting informational calls, phone screens, interviews & references. You'll actively participate in hiring decisions throughout the candidate life cycle.

· Providing strategic guidance and coaching in close partnership with executive hiring managers & their teams

Critical success factors for this role include:

· Research acumen and creativity - you learn new tech and product domains quickly and understand how to craft effective search strategies within those domains

· Superb communication skills - you're a compelling communicator able to effectively engage the attention of busy, senior executives both internally and externally

· Able to convey complex arguments (at times without the luxury of complete data) and engage with senior level executives with conviction and confidence

· Combine tenacity with tact and high judgement; know when to apply the right pressure and when to move on

· Self-assured, not easily thrown, able to think on your feet; you will be leading complex & highly confidential searches with some of our most seasoned leaders

· Inquisitive; a strong desire to learn & be curious

**This position has the flexibility to be located near any AWS Office nationwide.**

A day in the life

You'll partner closely with internal and external stakeholders to identify, engage, assess and hire deeply technically engineering and product executives. We're a highly collaborative team with a passion for finding the right talent for the right team at the right time.

About the team

Our Tenets:

Business Partners: We engage with our clients in a strategic way, educating the business on talent pools, create deep pipelines and provide data needed to make the best decisions for the org.

Candidate Obsessed: Every candidate, whether offered a job or not, will have a remarkable experience with us.

Hiring Bar: We never sacrifice quality of hire to meet a short term business need.

Forward Thinking: We think bigger about leadership talent beyond today’s needs. We place great talent in the most appropriate role for the candidate and Amazon.

Innovative: We identify creative approaches to the leadership talent market that evolve with the needs of the business, leveraging custome processes & tools.


• 10+ years of relevant recruiting & business experience

• 5+ years’ experience advising, influencing, and/or recruiting at the executive level

• Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience


• 7+ years progressive corporate and/or search firm executive recruiting experience

• Demonstrate a growth mindset; willing to disprove their own beliefs, and curious about new possibilities.

• Results oriented

• Clear and concise in verbal and written communication

Amazon is committed to a diverse and inclusive workplace. Amazon is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, national origin, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, disability, age, or other legally protected status. If you would like to request an accommodation, please notify your Recruiter.

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