Recruitment Principal
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Recruitment Principal

TDK Ventures is the Corporate Venture Capital arm of TDK Corporation, and invests in startups to bolster innovation in materials science, energy/power and related areas typically underrepresented in venture capital portfolios. Established in 2019 as a wholly owned subsidiary of TDK Corporation, the corporate venture company’s vision is to propel the digital, energy and environmental transformations of segments such as Cleantech, Energy, Materials, Industrial, Mobility and Medical and the wider IoT/IIoT markets. TDK Ventures invests globally in early stage hard-tech entrepreneurs to help accelerate their dreams and serves our portfolio companies by bringing the full “TDK Goodness” to them, including technical expertise and access to global markets where TDK operates. We believe in a sustainable world where digital, energy and environmental transformations will improve billions of lives. Our mission is to help accelerate learning and contributions to society, investing in start-ups with similar idealism.

TDK Ventures is seeking a highly experienced talent acquisition professional to provide full cycle recruitment for high level strategic roles. As a top tier Corporate Venture Capital (CVC), TDK Ventures will provide recruitment as a service for only the highest level executive and technical positions within our portfolio companies. You will utilize your many years of recruitment strategy and hands on recruiting experience to fill crucial roles that will help to ensure the success of our portfolio companies. TDK Ventures’ industry focus areas include Renewable Energy, Materials Technologies, Cleantech, Industry 5.0, Mobility, Computing & Connectivity. This is an exciting opportunity to work with an award-winning, top-tier CVC fund in Silicon Valley while partnering with early stage deep-tech startups. TDK Ventures continues to pioneer corporate venturing with “TDK Goodness” to entrepreneurs in the deep-tech space. Currently, TDK Ventures is investing with $200M AUM and is backed by TDK Corporation – a Japanese electronics conglomerate.

Reporting to the President, the Recruitment Principal will work closely with the TDK Ventures portfolio of entrepreneurs to strategize on key executive and technical positions to ensure they are prepared to have the right people in place at the right time. You will seek to understand their technologies and solutions and support the development of effective talent acquisition strategies and execute on them while applying, knowledge, experience and a deep network in the technology sectors. This position’s responsibilities will include but are not limited to:


  • Full cycle recruiting as a service for top technical and executive positions at assigned portfolio startups

  • Partner with entrepreneurs, learn their business plan, technology roadmap, product timelines, their short and long-term needs, and help to develop a strategic hiring plan

  • Develop innovative recruitment strategies and manage the end to end hiring activities of assigned entrepreneurs, delivering an efficient and effective service to all involved in the hiring process.

  • Advise and serve as a trusted advisor to entrepreneurs throughout the search process, providing regular updates and high touch experiences

  • Develop and document TDK Ventures’ strategic recruitment service offering to create boundaries, efficiencies and collaborations that can be repeated, adapted and scaled across our portfolio companies

  • Coach and guide hiring managers from our portfolio companies on Talent Acquisition related best practices, processes, interviewing/assessment strategies and tools

  • Conduct on-going market research and analysis to develop effective sourcing strategies, providing market intelligence to the business as required

  • Prepare, present, negotiate, and close competitive job offers partnering with entrepreneurs, investment team and BODs as appropriate

  • Select and leverage recruiting technology to find, track, and share candidate intelligence<

  • Monitor and ensure all pre-onboarding requirements are met

  • Capture key learnings and apply them to continuously improve the TDK Ventures’ recruitment service offering and share best practices with entrepreneurs and the wide corporate venturing ecosystem


  • 10-20 years of combined talent acquisition experience, with a minimum of 5 years of hands-on executive search and placement of senior technical leaders

  • Uncompromised customer service, consistently delivering 7 star white glove services

  • A technical undergraduate degree is highly desired and PhD degree or equivalent in a technology related field is preferred

  • Deep, hands-on recruitment experience in technical fields such as Physics, Electrical Engineering, Materials Sciences, Chemical Engineering with a proven professional track record

  • Ability to assess leadership capabilities and functional skills in candidates, demonstrated effective listening and questioning skills

  • Deep sourcing, interviewing, assessment and selection experience

  • Superior interpersonal and negotiation skills, and ability to build strong partnerships with leaders and stakeholders at all levels

  • Meticulous attention to detail and follow through, analytic ability to draw and document useful insights that can produce actionable results.

  • Demonstrated ability to work independently and to manage and handle multiple tasks of an urgent nature, while ensuring a professional level of tact and diplomacy

  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills in the English language

  • Superior work ethic, accountability, team mentality and uncompromising personal integrity


TDK Ventures offers competitive salary commensurate with experience, and comprehensive benefits package including medical, dental, 401(k), life insurance, vacation, and paid holidays.



Interested candidates should send a cover letter and resume to by clicking: Apply Here

Your qualifications should be highlighted on your resume and or cover letter, using examples by stating the problems you faced, the solutions you provided and the results it achieved.


TDK Ventures is an Equal Opportunity Employer