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Talent Acquisition Manager

Lyka Pet Food

Lyka Pet Food

People & HR
Sydney, Australia · Australia
Posted on Tuesday, September 12, 2023

Who are we?

Lyka is an Australian founded pet wellness company that’s shaking up an outdated industry and paving the way for happier, healthier pets. Despite medical advancements, animal lifespans are on the decline. Today, the average pet only reaches 37% of their full potential lifespan — the oldest dogs live to 30+ years old, the average dog passes away at only 11 years old :( — and statistics have shown us that most suffer from dental disease, cancer, and obesity. Simply put, the status quo is not enough.

As humans, we’ve experienced firsthand the positive impact fresh wholefoods can have on our health and wellbeing, and we believe our furry friends deserve the same. We're on a mission to do just that, starting with nutritionally balanced, wholefood meals delivered direct to doors around Australia. As the world’s most sustainable pet wellness company, we’re putting pets and our planet first — one bowl at a time.

Today, we are proud to share we’ve served over 20 million meals to puppers and their parents across Australia, and this is just the beginning. Our vision is to create multiple nutritional products, adding disease prevention meals and supplements, and expand into new markets.

Currently, we have a team of 200+ pet-obsessed and we're continuing to grow (yes, looking at you!). These carefully selected people are dedicated to building the next generation of technology and products to help empower pet parents to take control over their pet’s wellbeing.

To date, we have raised over $60M in funding from our venture fund investments and pet industry insiders, who believe in our mission and ability to drive change in a stagnant industry, providing nutrition that nourishes puppers from the inside out.

Are you ready to shake things up and give pets the life they deserve? Come join our pack!

Who you are?

Lyka is actively seeking a skilled Talent Acquisition Manager to join our small but dynamic team and play a vital role in supporting the growth and development of our most valuable assets - our people. In this position, you will be responsible for building our team across different departments and driving our talent acquisition processes to provide a exceptional candidate and hiring manage experience.

What you will do?

  • Proactively identify and engage with top talent for priority roles through various channels such as LinkedIn, Community Groups, event pages, Github, and other creative avenues to attract world-class individuals to join Lyka.
  • Manage the end-to-end candidate journey, ensuring timely feedback, excellent communication, and clarity throughout the recruitment process.
  • Serve as a trusted advisor to leadership and hiring managers, providing guidance on best practices for hiring.
  • Utilise data and metrics to track and measure success and pivot search strategies as needed to achieve desired outcomes.
  • Stay current on market and industry trends by actively participating in communities, attending events, and contributing to the ecosystem.
  • Conduct training and workshops to support the broader hiring team in best practices for our interviewing process and standards.
  • Serve as an advocate for Lyka's values, consistently living and working in accordance with our principles in the workplace.


  • Proven experience in a high-growth startup environment, with a track record (ideally 3+ years) of successful hiring across diverse departments such as software engineering, marketing, and product management.
  • Familiarity with Applicant Tracking System (ATS) tools such as Workable, Lever, or Greenhouse (we use Workable!).
  • Strong proficiency in using tools like LinkedIn and LinkedIn Recruiter to search for talent and gain market insights.
  • Comfortable and effective in communicating and collaborating with key stakeholders at all levels to provide support and advice on all aspects of the hiring process.
  • Ability to identify process gaps and implement automation or efficiency improvements to support Lyka's ongoing growth.
  • Experience with stakeholder updates and reporting to provide visibility and insights into recruiting efforts across the business.
  • Self-motivated and proactive in bringing a problem-solving approach to address challenges.
  • Human-centric approach, recognizing the importance of care, empathy, and support when dealing with candidates and hiring stakeholders.
  • Love for dogs (a must, of course!)


  • Work in a fast-growing start-up, experiencing what goes behind the scenes to sustain hyper-growth for a start-up with a physical product!
  • Growth and Development – Lyka is growing extremely quickly, which means you will have the opportunity to experience different challenges every day and progressively acquire more responsibilities as our facility and team expands. We provide an annual L&D budget for you to continue your personal development.
  • Work for a sustainability focused company – we care about the health of our dogs and our planet. We’re proud to be Australia’s only carbon-negative and plastic-negative pet wellness company and we’re always looking at ways for us improve sustainability practices.
  • Be part of a diverse top talent team, coming from widely different backgrounds and geographies.
  • 12 weeks of paid parental leave for primary carers and 6 weeks for secondary carers, alongside 2 weeks of miscarriage leave in the first twenty weeks. We also offer 18 paid weeks to both primary and secondary carers if you have been at Lyka for over two years.
  • Wellbeing assistance & tools to take care of your mental and physical wellbeing so you can do your best work.
  • Flexible working: work from where you get your best work done. We have pet-friendly offices and industrial kitchens in Sydney and Melbourne and offer a working from home allowance for your home set-up.
  • Pupper parent support to care for your furry friends – flexible arrangements for new pets, pet-friendly offices, discounts, and financial allowance for dog training & care to help them live their best life!

We are committed to building inclusive and diverse teams

Lyka is an equal opportunity employer devoted to providing a working environment that embraces and values diversity and inclusion. We celebrate diversity, are devoted to creating an inclusive environment for all staff and encourage people of all backgrounds to apply. If you have any support or access requirements, we encourage you to advise us at the time of application.