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Anaïs Neumann

About me...

Hello, I'm a Recruiting Professional, Career Coach and Productivity Addict.

  • Over the course of 10 years in the recruitment field, I have taken my career across France, Luxembourg, Israel and most recently: Germany.
  • I've also felt drawn to the opportunity to build and scale, whether that meant developing Amazon's presence in Europe or growing high-performing teams and Facebook. It's only natural that my builder spirit took me to the startup scene where I am currently leading Talent Acquisition for Pitch, the best presentation software known to humanity (no joke!).
  • When I'm not Slacking, Zooming or Notioning, I can be found podcasting about my favorite topic (recruiting, duh!) through my podcast The Curious Recruiter.
  • Beyond my trade, I am also passionate about all things related to tech, design, and productivity. My 2 dogs play a huge part in my life, and so does eating (out), cooking great foods, and hosting boardgame nights with friends.
  • When nobody's looking, I can also be found playing zombie video-games or doing my nails.
What can I say... I have quite the "eclectic" taste!

Professional Experience

Head of Talent Acquisition

2021 - present

Pitch (Berlin, Germany)

Over 8 years working for the big tech and retail giants drove me to seek out a brilliant opportunity to build recruiting excellence up from scratch at Pitch. Pitch is the collaborative presentation software for modern teams. We're focused on making it fast and delightful for teams to create and deliver beautiful presentations, and easy for anyone to find inspiration from templates crafted by experts. Since we launched Pitch publicly in October 2020 and raised our Series B funding in May, over 100,000 teams have adopted Pitch as their presentation software of choice, including top brands like Intercom, Superhuman, and Notion.

As the Head of Talent Acquisition, I am looking after hands-on hiring across the company (of course!), but also spend much of my time laying out the recruiting ground for a fast-scaling business. This involves setting up and growth-proofing relevant processes, best practices, tools, and metrics - along with building out and nurturing a small, but highly driven team of recruiting experts.

Senior Business Recruiter, EMEA

2018 - 2021

Facebook (Tel Aviv, Israel)

After 5 years of recruiting for the world's largest online-retailer, I couldn't resist the temptation of joining a company whose mission is to bring people closer together. The Facebook apps family (Facebook, Messenger, WhatsApp, Instagram, etc.) connects over 2 billion people daily, and Facebook Tel Aviv's specific mission is to connect the next billion, which is mostly located in developing countries.

I first joined Facebook as a Senior Technical Recruiter, where I was responsible for the recruitment of Senior Software Engineers, Architects and Machine Learning for newly created Facebook teams.

I then decided to jump back into the “business” side of things. My remit then involved Senior G&A Recruiting (ie. non-tech positions in HR, Recruiting, Finance, Public Policy, Legal, Data Protection, Communications, etc.) across all of Facebook’s EMEA offices, including but not limited to London, Dublin, Paris, Amsterdam, and Berlin. I was also leading recruiting for R4R Hiring roles in Tel Aviv, Israel (which covered HR, Sourcing, Recruiting and Recruitment Projects).

Lead Technical Recruiter, Core AI & ML, EMEA

2017 - 2018

Amazon (Tel Aviv, Israel)

After years of hiring top executives into Amazon, I have decided to mix things up a bit by relocating to Israel and by joining one of the most exciting, innovative and fast-moving parts of the company: Alexa Shopping. There, I was leading the full-cycle recruitment of Software Development Engineers, Product Managers, Data Scientists and R&D Team Leads into our exciting locations of Tel Aviv and Haifa in Israel.

After successfully kicking off those two R&D centers in less than a year, my remit expanded to the full ownership of Amazon's Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence hiring across EMEA.This remit included the following specializations across 5 exciting Development Centers located in Berlin & Tübingen (Germany), Barcelona (Spain), and Tel Aviv & Haifa (Israel):
  • Machine Learning Platforms and Applications
  • Image & Video Classification
  • Speech Recognition
  • Natural Language Understanding / Natural Language Processing
  • Search & Recommendation Engines
Aside from leading the full-cycle recruitment for these sites from candidate identification to closing, I remained a certified Amazon trainer, company-culture evangelist and keeper of the high hiring bar, which was crucial to preserving Amazon's culture and company values as I helped scale the teams at an outrageously fast pace.

Executive Recruiter

2013 - 2017

Amazon (Luxembourg)

As an Executive Recruiter at Amazon, I was responsible for end-to-end execution of Director, Vice President and Country Head searches across Europe and Middle-East (Luxembourg, United Kingdom, France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Netherlands, Turkey, Israel and UAE).

My focus was on identifying and engaging with senior-level candidates across a multitude of Amazon businesses: Retail, Marketplace, Kindle, Amazon Web Services (AWS), Amazon Instant Video (AIV), Tech (Liquavista/Lab126/Alexa), and corporate functions (HR, Talent Acquisition, Marketing, Legal, Finance, Tax, etc...)

Recruitment Consultant

2011 -2013

Adecco (Luxembourg)

Acted as a regular recruitment partner to major companies such as Amazon, PayPal, Vodafone, European Investment Bank, KPMG, Deloitte, Loyens & Loeff, Anglo American, Arcelor Mittal and ExxonMobil.

Assignments included temporary and permanent placements for functional roles: secretarial workforce, marketing & sales, customer service, human resources and logistics.

Personal Projects

Podcaster & Career Coach

2020 - present

The Curious Recruiter

The Curious Recruiter is a podcast that covers a wide range of topics around recruiting and navigating the corporate world. Whether you’re a sourcer, a recruiter, a jobseeker, or simply looking to develop your career – there is probably something in it for you!

Find out more on TheCuriousRecruiter.com or head straight to the Podcast !

Freelance Designer & Illustrator

2015 - present

Designs by Anaïs

I like to design beautiful and dynamic Wordpress-based websites for businesses and private individuals, and also provide graphic design services for various purposes. Check out www.designs-by-anais.com for more information.

I also combine my love for lettering, drawing, sarcasm and graphs in a collection of life-experience-based illustrations. You can get a fill of my particular brand of humor by subscribing to my Instagram.

Education

MSc. in Business Administration

2011

IAE/ESM - Ecole Supérieure de Management, Metz (France)

Majored in Human Resources, Graduated with Honours

BSc. in Foreign Languages Applied to Business

2009

Université de Lorraine, Metz (France)

Majored in Human Resources, Graduated with Honours

Skills

Recruitment

Passive and active candidate sourcing through various channels, opportunity selling, behavioural interviewing and offer negotiation.

HR Consulting

HR & organizational consulting services based on strong business partnership and a thorough needs analysis (threats, opportunities and prospects). 

Career Coaching & Training

Recruiting training, HR training, Soft/Hard Skills training and Cultural Training, fully tailored to specific audiences.

Web Design

Functional and fully customized Wordpress-based blogs, websites, online-resumes/portfolios or online-stores.

Graphic Design

Graphic design for print or digital use, ranging from company logos to fully designed marketing material (banners, flyers etc.)

Brand Design

Creation of fully customized brand identity traits, including logo, typography, color schemes etc.

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