Paris, Caen, Berlin, Full Remote
Paris, Caen, Berlin, Full Remote
Yousign is a leading European SaaS player in the e-signature space, mainly active in France, Germany, and Italy. Having anticipated the shift towards paperless long before any European competitors, Yousign helps thousands of sales, purchasing, HR, legal, IT teams to digitalize and automate their contract processes.
Yousign seeks to support SMBs of various sectors through its easy-to-use electronic signature application. It also features a powerful API that is easy to integrate and facilitates adoption by smaller companies. The e-signature company aims to expand its product further up the value chain into document automation, approval management, and additional workflows.
Founded in 2013 by Luc Pallavidino and Antoine Louiset, Yousign has more than 9 000 customers, 3M+ monthly signers, 150+ employees, growing at a x2.5 rate YoY, making it the most performing e-signature scale-up in Europe.
After a successful seed round in 2019 with eFounders, one of the best SaaS seed investors in Europe, the company just closed a $35M Series A round, led by Lead Edge Capital, a tier-1 US based growth investment firm (Algolia, Blablacar, Asana, TransferWise, Toast, ...) to support its ambition of becoming the dominant European player in its category.
Role & Opportunity
Reporting into Luc Pallavidino (CEO), your role as VP of People & Culture will be, among other things, to design a robust HR organisation/structure and strategy for Yousign. In addition, you’ll be a member of the Comex and will participate actively in the definition of the strategy. This will happen in the context of a company expected to double in team size in the coming year, and target more than 500 people by 2024. Through your exposure to similar hyper growth businesses, you will build strong ties with the founding team and rest of the leadership (including all management layers). You will also act as a true business partner to the whole organisation and will help all managers - often first time managers - to be successful and blossom in their respective roles.
We have already launched the structuration of the HR function with:
As the manager of the People organisation, you’ll have to support the growth of this function in order to help the business hit its growth objectives. The HR team is expected to grow in line with Yousign’s organic and external growth and geographical expansion. For the right entrepreneurially-minded leader, there will be a huge opportunity for impact by setting up best-in-class working practices and building a “future-ready” people and culture strategy.
Upon joining Yousign, you will quickly assess the existing HR structure, familiarise yourself with people practices and with the company as a whole. You will set up new strategies and processes around talent acquisition, onboarding, productivity, happiness and retention of Yousign employees (retention is not an issue today but it will evidently become a topic to work on as the business grows). The main challenges for Yousign’s HR function in 2022 will relate to:
Some of the key longer-term aims will be to establish clear talent management processes and procedures, continue to focus on employee retention and build the right tools/methods for future succession planning issues. You will also bring experience in internationalisation and potential M&A topics, where you will serve as an advisor to the executive team when entering new markets or when considering potential acquisition targets - anticipating the HR requirements that will follow as a result. Finally, you and your team should strive to embody the innovative, creative, high-energy, international, rapidly-growing nature of the business at all times.
1st stage: First conversation with Luc Pallavidino, CEO and Cofounder, to explore the role, the business, the candidate’s profile and reconfirm interest is mutual
2nd stage: Follow-up interview with Alban Sayag, COO, to go deeper into the role and assess the candidate’s knowledge, skills and experiences
3rd stage: Interview with Antoine Louiset, CTO and Cofounder, to confirm cultural fit and motivation, as well as answering candidate’s questions on the company vision
4th stage: Interview with Guillaume Loudenot, Finance Director, who used to lead the HR function and can share more insight
5th stage: Interview with Kristina Colak, Head of TAM, and Margaux Asseline, Lead HRBP, to confirm cultural fit and explore more in details the HR skills
6th stage: Interview with one or two Board Members / investors.
Worth knowing: Yousign’s attitude towards hiring at leadership level is collaborative, transparent and adaptable by nature. The business and all stakeholders involved in this recruitment process are keen to get challenged to ensure the best fit between a candidate, the role, the business and the team.
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