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VP People & Culture (H/F/X)

  • Full-time

  • Paris, Caen, Berlin, Full Remote

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VP People & Culture (H/F/X)

  • Full-time

  • Paris, Caen, Berlin, Full Remote

VP People & Culture (H/F/X)

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.

VP People & Culture @Yousign

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:

  • The Talent Acquisition team, led by our Head of Talent Acquisition and Employer Brand, who has a strong experience in Talent Acquisition Function. She manages a team of 4 people.
  • The People Team in charge of HR BP, Admin and Office Management who is led by our Lead HR with a team of 2 based on her solid experience in the HR function.

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:

  • hiring talent across the board (mainly Engineering/Product and Go-to-Market),
  • support M&A operation(s) by helping team integration,
  • ensuring team wellbeing and motivation is high at all times,
  • maintaining a strong and connected company culture as the business continues to expand internationally,
  • ensure HR compliance in France & internationally,
  • and reinforce the HR BP roles.

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.

 

Key Responsibilities

  • Own and lead the HR strategy, operations and team
  • Participate in the development of the Yousign’s strategy as a Comex member
  • Carry on and iterate on the good work done by the leadership team to establish Yousign as a business with market-leading employer brand
  • Drive and contribute to all aspects of human resources including recruiting and retention, onboarding, performance management, learning and development, managers’ skills development, employee relations and compensation strategy
  • Work with the CEO and wider executive team on defining/communicating the vision and culture of the company
  • Introduce robust career path processes and action plans for employees at all levels
  • Implement HR strategies for international talent acquisition and manage a team of recruiters in order to ensure a highly coordinated and impressive candidate experience
  • Ensure individual/team/company alignment and drive organizational design, development and effectiveness
  • Guide managers in hiring, leading and developing their teams - nurturing them into top performers
  • Maintain, upgrade and adapt Yousign’s policy around compensation transparency as it goes through different stage of maturity
  • Ensure compliance of every social policies & practices
  • Set people development strategies with every department, to ensure people growth and decrease (or maintain current) turnover
  • Establish processes to continuously measure and improve recruitment and internal happiness/motivation KPIs (monthly barometer, etc)

 

Key Requirements

  • Humble and able to constantly question her/himself
  • In-depth experience in a HR management position - ideally in a demanding and fast-paced environment
  • Experience of recruiting in EMEA, and of HR practices in the region
  • Experience implementing compensation, performance management, and leadership development
  • Experience working with, or in, internet/tech related businesses highly preferable
  • Be a hands-on leader with experience managing a teams of 10+ people
  • Great attention to detail combined with a data-driven mindset / working style
  • Able to be both strategic and operational, flexing between long-term business aims and day-to-day business requirements
  • Experience developing and leading org design projects in a rapidly moving environment
  • Experience leading recruiting programmes for cross-functional talent at all levels
  • Able to mentor, coach and develop human capital at all levels of an organisation
  • Charismatic yet fun and approachable
  • An open and honest approach with unquestionable ethics
  • High standards of written and spoken English, French is a plus

 

Hiring Process

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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