- Category Advice for Employers blog Leadership Tech Events Uncategorized Waterloo Tech
- Writen by Nivedita Gajiwala
Letter from Kristina - Founder, Artemis CanadaIn today's blogpost I talk about how values-based organizations are winning the war for talent. As tech leaders focus on speed to market, increasing valuations and wooing investors, it can be tempting to sacrifice the best interests of great employees for short term delivery goals. We Canadians have a reputation for being nice - polite to a fault. In markets where customer and employee experience are critical, our inclusive and caring nature is starting to set our tech companies apart. When companies that proudly uphold values, it is this that motivates employees to delivery truly exception results. This month our update is filled with stories of these great Canadian tech companies and the leaders who are making a difference. Enjoy! Kristina McDougall Founder, Artemis Canada
WHO'S ON THE MOVEBart Piwowar formerly a Product & Innovation Lead at the Deloitte Innovation Lab recently moved to post of Director, Analytics at the CIBC Innovation Outpost. Oliver Fisher previously Director of Engineering at Shopify recently moved to the post of VP Engineering at Freshbooks. Ian McDonald former AVP at the TD Innovation Lab is now the Managing Director, Strategy & Marketing at InFlight. Simwave announced that Steven McCartney, former VP of Strategic Growth at Communitech, will be joining the company as President. Greg Barratt, former strategic sales leader at Miovision will fill in McCartney’s role at Communitech. Barratt formerly served as president of Communitech between 2000 to 2003, and has acted as an entrepreneur in residence.
INDUSTRY UPDATECongratulations to our partner companies that are featured on the Top 250 Canadian ICT Companies of the Branham Group Inc! Waterloo health tech company Medicalis has been acquired by the health-care unit of Siemens. Thalmic labs recently expanded into a former furniture store and has grown from 40 people in 2013 to over 200. They are working on products that "reinvent how humans interact with technology". After a “record-breaking year of growth,” VarageSale has added Kijiji founder Janet Bannister—now a partner at venture capital firm Real Ventures—to its board. SweetTooth has rebranded to Smile.io and has added a new dimension of rewards to the existing point based loyalty solution. Microsoft has announced a partnership with Waterloo's GainX to deliver a platform so that large enterprises can monitor and manage their innovation investments. Messaging app Kik will be the first mainstream application to integrate a Bitcoin-like cryptocurrency. Shopify announced that it is bringing “A Day with Shopify” to five cities in five countries later this year including Vancouver. The company is looking for speakers who want to share advice and insights with other Shopify Partners about industry related topics. Vector Capital is set to acquire Sandvine for $483 million. In March 2016, Sandvine received $15 million from the Ontario government, which it used to expand R&D and grow the team. Shortly after, Sandvine partnered with TextNow to power the company’s wireless services in the US. SaaS North is returning for the second year in a row to celebrate all things SaaS on 29-30th November.
MEET THE LEADERBrad Bierman is the Manager of Security Engineering at Arctic Wolf Networks. As a technical security consultant with deep experience in the industry, Brad is now responsible for a team of 11 security engineers at this California and Waterloo-based startup. We caught up with Brad recently to hear about their growth and the ever-evolving security industry…which is top of mind for everyone these days! Read about it here
ARTEMIS CANADA CONNECT
The Artemis Canada Connect program is a confidential and curated introduction service aimed at connecting returning tech talent with innovative tech companies in Canada. By flipping traditional recruiting upside down, we help individuals return to great jobs in Canada by giving our partners a first look at the best returning talent.Here's a preview of the senior talent looking to come home. Sign up to be a part of our hotlist and subscribe to candidate profiles!
#1 This VP, SaaS Operations led the AWS migration strategy, drove product automation and managed 30 engineers internationally. He has previous experience as Director of Data Operations for an online gaming platform with 1M simultaneous users. Strong in scaling data systems, analytics redesign and managing teams. I'd like to learn more
#2 This Group Product Manager has grown his career at a software company (web and mobile based) in the financial space that sells into the SMB segment. He’s played a pivotal role in helping them define their go-to-market strategy for new markets to shift from a US-centric company to a major global player. He currently manages a team of 4-7 product managers. I'd like to learn more
#3 An accomplished Senior VP, Sales & Business Development who has experience raising over $75M from VCs and strategic investors and is familiar with creating partnerships and managing complex ecosystems. He’s been the CEO of a startup, and has experience across ecommerce, IoT, financial technology, media & entertainment and security. I'd like to learn more
#4 SVP Engineering/Product who has built and managed distributed engineering teams of 125, budgets of $25M and grew operations of a yearly run rate of $200M. He has been through IPOs/acquisitions and has experience across content delivery, media and telecom. I'd like to learn more
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- Category Advice for Employers blog Leadership Uncategorized
- Writen by Nivedita Gajiwala
We're a high performing team working towards a common goal: building a kick-ass online cloud SaaS application to help small businesses. Known for extraordinary customer service and based in Toronto, Canada, serves customers in over 120 countries.In this key leadership role, you will be responsible for leading a highly talented and versatile software development team to develop a world-class SaaS application. Working closely with the CTO, you will ensure that the growth and development of our product is powering the strategic direction. You will mentor the senior leaders of the Development team and focus on the continued enhancement of the development process to drive speed, innovation and scale across existing and new product lines.
Specifically this position includes:
Owning and evolving the architectural vision
Collaborating with the Product and Operations teams to ensure our technology platform drives business objectives and takes advantage of technology trends
Identifying and addressing gaps in the technical process to drive continuous improvement
Owning the SDLC and supporting tools
Building your leadership team by working closely with the Development Managers to develop their skills and careers
So, how did I get here?I’m a Maritimer turned Calgarian, who moved to KW to get in on the tech scene! I attended Saint Mary’s University where I completed a Bachelor of Commerce and a Certificate in Human Resources Management. In 2012 I packed up all of my belongings and moved to Calgary to pursue a career HR. In 2016 I was on the move again! I packed up an apartment, loaded a U-Haul truck and drove from Calgary to Waterloo with my fiancé. We then dropped off all of our belongings with family and took off to Southeast Asia for a three month trek! (PS- It was incredible, everyone should take the plunge and go travel!) After wrapping up our tour of the Banana Pancake Trail, we returned to Canada and I began my job search in Waterloo. I was looking for interesting start-ups with fresh ideas. What I found was the incredible team at Artemis Canada! I am thrilled to be joining a team of passionate professionals who are striving to make the world a better place with one great hire at a time. Let the hunt begin!
- Category Advice for Employers blog Uncategorized
- Writen by Kristina McDougall
“Job descriptions suck!”We’ve heard it a million times. With an abundance of job openings for the exceptional 90th percentile, every ad for tech talent looks and sounds the same: a list of demands sandwiched between flowery sentences describing creative work environments, snazzy perks, and products that will disrupt billion dollar markets. Since I started recruiting in tech more than 15 years ago, little has changed. To the talented individuals you’re looking to attract, your job ad is nothing but noise. I firmly believe that expecting success from a posting alone is insane, but I'll save that for another day. Invariably, a job profile of some sort fits into your overall strategy to hire for any role. And a bad one will sabotage all other efforts.
Why are job ads so wrong?Most companies forget that a job description and a job ad are two different things. Often written by a hiring manager, job descriptions are intended to communicate to the team the specific responsibilities and duties that a new employee will perform. They typically include a list of skills, experience and knowledge required to do the job well. The job description tells us "what's in it for the company":
What will the new employee do for us?
What does the new employee need to know and be really good at in order perform the tasks listed in above.It’s likely full of technical jargon and obvious catch-alls like “must be a team-player.” In most cases, it’s generic enough that it can be cut and pasted for every similar job opening for the next 3 years. Often, the writing of a job description is a painful and rushed exercise. The result is something resembling a purchase order. This approach to a job description is actually not wrong. Of course every search for a new teammate starts by identifying what needs to be done and by whom. What is wrong is that companies usually stop here and use this document as an ad.
So, what the heck is a job ad?A good job ad is a marketing tool. It is designed to attract and engage your ideal candidate. It is honest and inspiring. Most importantly, it focuses on "what's in it for the candidate".
Use these questions to get you started:
- - What exciting project/product/strategy will I be working on?
- - What will I be working on in the first 60-90 days, and what can I expect to learn?
- - Is this somewhere I’ll make a big impact on a market/company/technology?
- - Describe the leaders and teammates I’ll work with, are they smart, fun and inspiring?
- - What other interesting challenges will I get to tackle?
- - Describe the market opportunity. How does this role impact business objectives?
- - Your company is on an exciting path, tell the story of how this role plays a key part in the thrilling adventure.
Think about your dream candidate.What will make them excited enough to stop what they’re doing and pay attention to you? This is a marketing exercise. It needs to be full of excitement, authenticity and truth— no cheese, no fluff. You need to know your intended audience, and then give them a genuine summary of what you can do for them and how they’ll truly make an impact as a member of your team.
- Category blog Career Planning Leadership Uncategorized Women In Tech
- Writen by Kristina McDougall