Head of People


1 week ago

08/11/2019 10:21:23

Job type: Full-time

Category: All others


Balena's mission to unlock the potential of physical computing by removing friction for IoT fleet owners. We believe that edge computing is the next major computing paradigm, and every new computing paradigm needs a scalable development platform to match. We're building that platform with a complete, end-to-end solution that makes it easy for any developer to build applications for IoT and the Edge.

Our software platform helps developers build, deploy and manage code on connected devices. We brought Docker to embedded GNU/Linux devices in 2013 and have been building our toolkit ever since. Our core product is the balenaCloud platform, but we also maintain a variety of successful open source projects including Etcher, openBalena, balenaOS and balenaEngine and made contributions to high-exposure projects such as Docker, Electron, and AppImage. We've also recently released our first hardware product, the balenaFin.

Our technology is open, standards-based, and proven in production across a wide range of scenarios from robotics, drones, smart buildings, 3D printing, agriculture, medicine, and more. Our investors include OpenView, Threshold Ventures, Aspect Ventures, GE, and Ericsson.

Balena is a highly distributed, remote-friendly company We rely on clear communication and the rule of "assume positive intent" to help us work together across time zones, cultures and first languages. As an organization, we have little hierarchy, and organize as needed to build complex features and solve big problems.


As the Head of People at balena, you’ll lead the effort to make balena a great organization as we scale and help define what a highly successful remote team looks like. You’ll build and improve systems and processes for managing the full team member lifecycle including recruiting, onboarding, motivation, retention, growth, and offboarding.

You can think of the role almost as a product manager for the team, where the organization is the product and team members are the users. You’ll gather feedback, design the user experience, ship new features, and provide documentation - all with the goal of building and supporting an incredible team. This will be a full-time role.


  • Lead the effort to build a scalable, remote-first organization with a strong team and a great culture

  • Build and improve processes for recruiting, interviewing, and onboarding new team members

  • Create and maintain internal reference materials for existing team members

  • Invest in opportunities for team member growth, development, and continuous learning

  • Develop and improve benefits and policies such as time-off policies

  • Help plan and execute our annual team-wide summit and other teambuilding events, both in person and online

  • Implement systems to gather and act upon team feedback

  • Create tools to calculate and manage appropriate compensation across our global team

  • Manage compliance with global employment laws and guidelines, and help create the optimal legal structure for our team

  • Provide strategic input to company leadership on organizational structure, culture, hiring priorities, etc.


Need to have:

  • 5+ years of experience building teams and organizations

  • Track record of building processes across the employee life cycle including recruiting, onboarding, motivation, retention, growth, and offboarding.

  • Demonstrated ability to recruit, hire, develop and retain effective, diverse teams

  • A “product-led” approach to building a great organization

  • High EQ that shows both empathy and strength for your fellow team members

  • Able to communicate and work well with a highly technical team of primarily engineers

  • Open to finding unique solutions to existing problems using technology and automation; not afraid to challenge conventional approaches

  • Analytical mindset with ability to use data as an input to decision-making

  • Able to thrive under pressure in a fast-paced, dynamic environment

  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills, and fluency in English.

Nice to have:

  • Experience building and managing remote teams

  • Experience in a startup environment

  • Interest in or familiarity with IoT


  • Work with an extremely talented, diverse team

  • Equipment of your choice

  • Remote-friendly

  • Flexible working hours

  • Flexible vacation policy

  • Annual company gathering in an international location


We come from 15+ countries, and we embrace a remote culture with flexible hours. To us, this means being highly productive while still maintaining a healthy work-life balance. You need to be able to work remotely, and have a dependable internet access available so you can join video calls.

We are an equal opportunity employer and value diverse backgrounds. We maintain a work environment in which team members are treated with respect at all times and in which thoughts and ideas can be shared openly.

We communicate proposals, discuss with others in the team and accept feedback if it makes the result better. We value the ability to learn, which is more important to us than knowledge of specific technologies. We know that learning fast means being outside our comfort zone, which is OK -- we'd rather grow than let our assumptions get in our way.

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