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Sapna Benali

Senior Technical Recruiter

Seattle, WA, United States
Studied Biotechnology at Abertay Dundee University
Studied Zoology at University of Pune
Human Resources
Joined July 25, 2023



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I have over a decade of experience in technical recruiting, having started my career in agency recruiting before moving on to corporate roles at Amazon and DoorDash. At Amazon, I worked on the central sourcing team, managing the full recruitment cycle for software and machine learning roles. At DoorDash, I led the sourcing efforts for the product engineering team, partnering with key stakeholders and managing up to 25 requisitions simultaneously. I've also had the opportunity to lead several DEI initiatives, as well as mentor peer recruiters. Overall, my experience has allowed me to build a strong network, develop a data-driven approach to recruitment, and hone my skills in relationship-building and coaching.
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Jun 2021 – Mar 2023
Seattle, WA, USA
Senior Technical Recruiter
Maintained deep understanding of hiring practices and recruitment strategies to meet top of funnel and understand changing hiring needs of scalable product engineering team through weekly and biweekly executive collaboration. Managed projects and implemented processes with data-driven approach. Standardized process across all teams at company through collaboration with CTO, VP, Directors and Sr hiring managers. Performed exceptionally across sourcing, offer extensions, and onboarding and mentoring new hires and candidates. • Directed, analyzed, and communicated metrics, analytics, and reporting to team on weekly basis. • Trusted talent advisor to the stakeholders for various roles across Product platform. • Aided achievement of organizational goals for several locations by building opportunistic talent pipelines and proactive sourcing strategies for Product engineering teams. • Owned DEI strategies and Employee Resource Groups. This helped 40% DEI candidate hire in last two quarters. • Surpassed personal metrics each quarter and attained 95% of goals in hiring pipeline. • Created marketing and candidate attraction strategies with hiring managers for unique, hard-to-fill positions. • Sourced qualified candidates, performed market research and talent mapping, negotiated offers, and influenced management decision-making. • Built strong partnerships with executive leadership and key stakeholders in Operations & Corporate services. Tracked and communicated key performance indicators to executive leadership. • Increased candidate-to-hire conversion rate by 70% and reduced time-to-hire for technical positions by 50%. • Ensured efficient use of data, current hiring, and market trends with hiring teams around talent ecosystem. • Used various sourcing tools, such as LinkedIn, Greenhouse, GitHub, Gem, Hiretual, Indeed, Google, and LinkedIn X-ray.
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Jul 2018 – May 2021
Seattle, WA, USA
Technical Recruiter
Identified critical positions and built effective sourcing strategy to fill high-volume vacancies across national client base through collaboration with recruiters. Recruited and hired passive/active applicants while evaluating skillset and role fit. Built and maintained network of potential candidates through on-going relationship management. Anticipated hiring manager preferences through high offer-to-interview ratios. • Aided attainment of hiring targets by establishing and maintaining ongoing candidate pipeline for Operations tech teams (SDE, Hardware –Robotics, ML, TPM, SDM) • Directed and prioritized multiple searches and projects as well as complex client relationships. • Demonstrated efficient usage of MS Office Suite, including Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook. • Sourced across multiple tech and non tech roles, such as SDE, ML, SDM, Data scientist, and TPM roles. • Employed Contact Management System and Applicant Tracking System for sourcing, tracking, and managing candidates. • Supported achievement of hiring goals and fine-tuned standard processes that fit within Client's mission to deliver highest quality customer results.
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Smartworks LLC
Dec 2011 – Mar 2018
newark, NJ
Talent Acquisition Specialist
Formulated and incorporated strategic recruitment plans in accordance with company’s recruitment strategy. Recruited highly-qualified talent from universities. Identified new sources for hiring across multiple complex positions. Sourced and developed passive/active candidates through networking, social media, job portals, and research as well as career fairs at universities. • Established and sustained strong referral network of candidates. • Assisted hiring of 60-80 engineers in retail organization while serving as interim manager for two colleagues. • Boosted retention rates through close collaboration with executive leadership to identify and reward top performers. • Coordinated full-cycle recruitment process for IT candidates and sourced candidates through proven recruitment channels. • Led and oversaw Graduate Recruitment Program to aid graduates hiring from local schools/universities into organization.
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Abertay Dundee University
Sep 2005 – Oct 2006
Masters, Biotechnology
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University of Pune
Feb 2002 – Mar 2005
Bachelors, Zoology