Careers at Airbnb

Founded in 2008, Airbnb’s mission is to create a world where people can belong through healthy travel that is local, authentic, diverse, inclusive and sustainable. Airbnb uniquely leverages technology to economically empower millions of people around the world to unlock and monetize their spaces, passions and talents to become hospitality entrepreneurs. Airbnb’s accommodation marketplace provides access to 5+ million unique places to stay in more than 81,000 cities and 191 countries. With Experiences, Airbnb offers unprecedented access to local communities and interests through 15,000 unique, handcrafted activities run by hosts across 1,000+ cities around the world. Airbnb's people-to-people platform benefits all its stakeholders, including hosts, guests, employees and the communities in which it operates. 

 In order to build the world's most loved travel company, we need the world's most interesting and talented people. Are you one of them?  If so, we want to talk to you!

The Principal Engineer (PE) Recruiting Team is a small start-up team within Airbnb’s executive recruiting team that’s in the midst of a scale-out effort. The Team will hire Principal, Senior Principal, Distinguished Engineers and the occasional Fellow.  In order to scale Airbnb’s Principal Engineering Community, we are looking for a senior Tech IC recruiter who has a passion for building and bringing the best and brightest engineering talent to Airbnb.

The PE Recruiting Team will be working closely with the most senior engineering leaders inside Airbnb and will be responsible for helping to drive recruiting strategy for and owning and executing Principal Engineer searches. S/he will own relationships with senior executives and create robust hiring and candidate development strategies. They will be expected to identify, recruit and hire world renowned technical candidates.  S/he will need to be well-versed in all aspects of senior executive technical search particularly candidate identification, engagement, development, and creative sourcing. This team is an important part of Airbnb’s Executive Recruiting team and the right candidate will be entrepreneurial, agile, high level of comfort with ambiguity (and  sometimes chaos), creative, strategic, client-focused and a brilliant teammate.

Specific responsibilities include but, aren’t limited to:

Developing a robust, multi-channel, search strategy that will attract world class technical contributors.

Acting as a talent adviser to Technical leaders across Airbnb, including educating Hiring Managers about the external Principal Engineer demographic.

Clearly communicating status and progress against open searches. Providing strategic guidance to executive leadership in matters related to top technical talent.

Serving as an expert for technology recruiting.

Continuous company and talent mapping in key tech areas for the company.

Developing prospects into candidates leveraging passive engagement and nurturing strategies.

Ability to appropriately assess / evaluate candidates and provide an informed point of view on what strong principal engineering talent looks like.

Continually contributing to the knowledge base and market intelligence for senior technology talent.

Building out talent networks in technology and product sectors and tapping knowledgeable industry sources to develop an on-going pool of candidates.

Supporting client update meetings on active searches with market relevant content.

Coaching and partnering with leaders to improve our overall talent acquisition capabilities at the most senior level.

Attributes and Capabilities:

Research acumen and creativity; An individual who can learn new tech and product domains quickly and understand how to craft effective search strategies within those domains

Excellent communication skills; a compelling communicator able to engage the attention of busy, senior executives

Self-assured, not easily thrown, able to think on your feet; this individual may be called upon to work on highly confidential searches with very senior leaders

Inquisitive; a strong desire to learn

Demonstrated ability to work in a team environment, as a team leader and member.

Basic Qualifications:

5+ years of progressive in-house and/or search firm recruiting experience with a focus on passive engineering candidate generation in a high tech market.

3+ years of experience advising and influencing executive leadership at the highest level

Bachelor’s Degree or equivalent work experience