Head of People // ResearchGate
ResearchGate is the professional network for scientists and researchers.
Not a scientist or researcher? Never heard of us? That’s okay.
Accelerating science is what drives us – we’ve built a platform that gives the world’s scientists the tools and services they need to connect, collaborate, and advance their research. Over 15 million members from 193 countries use ResearchGate to share, discover, and discuss research. Our investors include Bill Gates, Benchmark Capital, Founders Fund, Tenaya Capital, Goldman Sachs, Wellcome Trust and Four Rivers Group.
We are a global company, with clients, users and colleagues from all corners of the world. Our team of 175 people is located at the heart of Berlin, one of the most exciting cities in the world – a place where everyone feels welcome. We’re guided by our mission to connect the world of science and make research open to all.
We are looking for a talented, dedicated and experienced Head of People to report to our CEO and drive our mission through the strategic management of Human Resources, Recruiting, Company Culture, Internal Communications and Workplace initiatives and projects. Our team consists of 15 dedicated individuals who work hard to deliver on our People and Culture and Workplace-related needs. Now, we are looking for a senior level HR professional to lead the team and take us to the next level!
The successful candidate will possess at least 8 years experience, with demonstrated success across a range of HR specialist areas and at least 3 years in a Director/Head of level. You will have a strong bias for action, accompanied by excellent team management skills and a proven ability to interact with, and influence senior leadership.
Some of your experience in managing and leading change will ideally have been gained in a rapidly scaling environment – with exposure to both success and failure. You will have a strategic view, an entrepreneurial approach, and ideally, exposure to a tech environment. Interpersonally, your transparent style will complement your ability to drive leadership accountability, culture and excellence throughout organisations. Your record of achievement will include change and transformation planning, execution and measurement, and your guidance and coaching of leadership teams will have established your reputation as a trusted senior advisor.
You will possess strong communication and interpersonal skills, with an aptitude for managing sensitive situations and building trust. Your previous experience will have assisted you to develop strong analytical and problem-solving skills and an affinity for data-driven approaches. As a result, you will have the ability to assess multiple aspects and impacts of organisational issues and opportunities, anticipate long-term implications, and devise and execute coherent and comprehensive strategies and plans.
Curiousity will drive you, and your empathetic style will be balanced by a high level of commercial acumen. Working with smart people, in environments where change is constant will have enhanced your resilient nature and your ability to cope with ambiguity. Like us, you will be driven by our mission of opening the world of science and seeking to contribute in a more globally impactful way.
Our company values embody who we are, and why we do what we do.
Embrace pragmatic optimism
We believe that science can and must be changed. We leverage this optimism to find pragmatic solutions that bring us closer to our goal.
To change science, we have to keep challenging the status quo. We keep an open mind, stay curious, and never stop finding new ways to improve the product, ourselves, and the company.
To build a product that scientists trust we first have to trust the people we work with. We share knowledge, communicate openly, take ownership, and trust in each other’s’ skills.
Impact over hype
Science isn’t going to change overnight, so we’re in it for the long run. We are committed to tackling the big problems, so we can build a successful company with a lasting and positive effect on the world.