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Michelle M.

Startups & Scaleup | Tech | Headhunting

Can work in or around London

  • 51.509648
  • -0.099076
  • Suggested rate € 450 / day
  • Experience 7+ years
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Location and workplace preferences

London, England, United Kingdom
Can work onsite in your office in
  • around London and 50km


Project length
  • ≤ 1 week
  • ≤ 1 month
  • Between 1-3 months
  • Between 3-6 months
  • ≥ 6 months
Company size
  • 1 person
  • 2-10 people
  • 11 - 49 people
  • 50 - 249 people
  • 250 - 999 people
+2 other


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Verified email


  • English

    Native or bilingual

  • German



Skills (8)

Michelle in a few words

- Over 12 years' experience in hands-on recruiting predominantly in Tech but also across Product, Operations, Central Functions and Creative/Design.
- Hired at grad level, all the way to C suite across Europe, Singapore and US.
- Scaled a Top 5 European Fintech by 250+ in under 1 year and built multiple Founding teams.
- Worked with first-time Founders as well as serial Founders, backed by VCs.
- Also worked with bootstrapped startups so have built teams with little to no hiring budget.
- Built out Talent Acquisition & People Operations functions from scratch and am comfortable leading a team, being an individual contributor or being in a standalone role.
- Stengths include matching values, working styles and personality differences between Founders/Teams and candidates - no candidate of mine has failed probation or left the company in their first 12 months of placement.

Irish passport - right to work in UK & EU)




Head of Talent & People Operations  - As a freelancer

London, England, United Kingdom

October 2021 - Today (1 year and 7 months)

Referred by Founder I previously worked with.
- First team member to join first-time Founder, my role covered everything under the Talent, - People Operations and Culture umbrella
- Designed Talent and People processes from scratch
- Built a team of 8 in 2.5 months (incl. 4x Founding Engineers, 1x Founding Designer, 1x Founder’s Associate, 1x Customer Success Engineer, 1x Operations Associate)
- Designed company benefits package and onboarding process
- Managed visa sponsorship licence application process
- Took on Chief of Staff responsibilities supporting Founder across all areas of the business, ideation, crafting core Kana values
- Implemented new HRIS system (Zelt)
- Identified and arranged company move to new office, reducing monthly costs by 50%
- Planned company off-sites across UK
- Provided support and relocation plans for team member impacted by the Ukraine/Russia war