The People Factor Podcast | Episode #56

Breaking New Ground in Talent Acquisition: A Guide from Andreea Lungulescu

Talent acquisition is a field that presents unique challenges and opportunities for career growth. Professionals often face a ceiling, especially when trying to move beyond senior roles. Andreea Lungulescu, the founder of TA Crunch Berlin and a seasoned Talent Acquisition Specialist at Wayfair, offers a unique perspective on breaking through this ceiling. Focussing on creating new career opportunities in talent acquisition, combining leadership, strategy, and entrepreneurship. She has led important global talent acquisition projects, including setting up Wayfair's Tech Development Centre in India. Besides work, she enjoys cars, architecture, music, arts, and acrylic painting. She blends her professional skills with her interests to offer a unique view in talent acquisition.

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Thomas Kohler

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Andreea Lungulescu - Founder of TA Crunch Berlin & SM Talent Acquisition at Wayfair and guest at the 56th episode of Thomas Kohler's The People Factor Podcast.
Andreea Lungulescu

Founder & SM Talent Acquisition

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Talent acquisition is a field that presents unique challenges and opportunities for career growth. Professionals often face a ceiling, especially when trying to move beyond senior roles. Andreea Lungulescu, the founder of TA Crunch Berlin and a seasoned Talent Acquisition Specialist at Wayfair, offers a unique perspective on breaking through this ceiling.

With 13 years of experience in engineering and technology recruitment, Andreea has been instrumental in various large-scale talent acquisition projects, including setting up Wayfair’s Tech Development Centre in India. Her journey through the ranks of talent acquisition, blending leadership with strategy and entrepreneurship, is a testament to her innovative approach to career development.

Understanding the Ceiling in Talent Acquisition Careers

In the talent acquisition realm, progressing beyond senior roles can be challenging. However, it’s possible to break through this ceiling. Key to this is focusing on large-scale, impactful projects and fostering collaborative relationships with business leaders. This approach can lead to growth beyond traditional roles.

The Dynamics of Large-Scale Launch & Operations

Launching major projects, like a tech development center, demands a strategic and operational balance. It’s essential to align talent acquisition strategies with the company’s broader objectives, ensuring recruitment efforts significantly contribute to overall growth.

Growing Beyond the Senior Function

Progressing beyond senior positions in talent acquisition isn’t just about climbing the corporate ladder. It involves a comprehensive understanding of the business, developing strong influencing skills, and evolving into a strategic partner. This advancement is about impact and strategic influence rather than traditional hierarchical progression.

Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) in Talent Acquisition

In talent acquisition, selecting the right KPIs is critical for measuring success and informing strategy. These metrics should reflect the true impact of recruitment efforts on the organization, focusing not only on the number of hires but also on the quality and long-term contributions of these hires.

Mastering Talent Attraction

In summary, the field of talent acquisition offers a pathway for significant career development. By focusing on strategic, impactful initiatives and developing key skills, professionals in this field can transcend traditional career limitations and make a meaningful impact in their organizations.

Conclusion

In summary, the path to leadership and organizational development in the SaaS industry is intricate, characterized by the need for adaptability, proactive communication, and a strong alignment with core values. Understanding these dynamics is essential for startups aiming to navigate the complexities of growth while fostering an environment that champions innovation and inclusivity.

Andreea Lungulescu - Founder of TA Crunch Berlin & SM Talent Acquisition at Wayfair and guest at the 56th episode of Thomas Kohler's The People Factor Podcast.

About the guest

Andreea Lungulescu

Andreea is a talent acquisition professional with 13 years of experience in engineering and technology. She founded TA Crunch, a talent acquisition community in Berlin, and has worked on significant projects at Zalando and Wayfair. Focussing on creating new career opportunities in talent acquisition, combining leadership, strategy, and entrepreneurship. She has led important global talent acquisition projects, including setting up Wayfair’s Tech Development Centre in India. Besides work, she enjoys cars, architecture, music, arts, and acrylic painting. She blends her professional skills with her interests to offer a unique view in talent acquisition.