Chelsea Bain

Head of EMEA Hire Ahead Recruitment Team

"Beyond the pipelines that we work with [...] my true passion is my team."

Interview with Aaron Saint John

21 April 2023

In the run-up to Talent Management Reloaded Europe 2023, we sat down with Chelsea Bain (Head of EMEA Hire Ahead Recruitment Team, Amazon) to ask some burning questions about her upcoming presentation.

we.CONECT: The pop in your job — Chelsea, you work as Head of EMEA Hire Ahead Recruitment Team at Amazon — which of your tasks and responsibilities would you highlight as particularly interesting?

Chelsea: The Hire Ahead Recruitment Team, HART, works with the most incredible pipelines across Apprenticeships, Internships, Graduates, Military Veterans, MBA’s and ‘Returnships’ bringing folk back into the workforce. Each of these pipelines are hired 6-12 months ahead of respective start dates, as we support their specific needs completing studies or exiting military positions. I give this context to demonstrate the complexity of managing the careful weaving of these folk into talent planning.

I am fascinated by the manner in which we can align hiring talent that may not fully qualify for another four years (Apprentices), alongside experienced industry hiring, to ensure the right people in the right place at the right time. The necessity to look ahead for future trends in market, intended investment and projected skill gaps whilst remaining close to actual headcount and balanced ratios of Early Talent alongside experienced, is one of the most delectable challenges I get to work on each day.

we.CONECT: What is most exciting about your role and why are you passionate about your job?

Chelsea: Beyond the pipelines that we work with, which are an incredible blend of new generations and indicators of the future across the business, my true passion is my team. Seeing each of them grow on their respective paths, deliver novel, inventive ideas, or challenge the status quo to keep the team evolving is the most formidable motivation I can ask for. I believe to be future proof, we need to […]

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