Talent Acquisition Partner (Technology) at KAR Global

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We power the world’s most trusted automotive marketplaces through innovation, technology and people.


KAR Global (NYSE: KAR) provides sellers and buyers across the global wholesale used vehicle industry with innovative, technology-driven remarketing solutions. KAR’s unique end-to-end platform supports whole car, financing, logistics and other ancillary and related services, including the sale of approximately 3.4 million units valued at more than $40 billion through our auctions in 2018. Our integrated physical, online and mobile marketplaces reduce risk, improve transparency and streamline transactions for customers in 76 countries.


Headquartered in Carmel, Ind., KAR has more than 15,000 employees across the United States, Canada, Mexico and Europe.



The Talent Acquisition Partner (Technology) will act as a consultative business partner for our Hiring Managers, HR Partners, and IT Leadership to anticipate, support and deliver the recruiting and hiring needs of the company. You will excel at talent identification, talent attraction, candidate assessment and delivering a positive candidate experience. The Senior Talent Acquisition Partner will create and execute a comprehensive talent strategy that aligns to the needs of the business as well as attract top talent to achieve immediate and long-term business objectives.


What You’ll Do:

  • Understand the vision and business objectives as it relates to Talent Acquisition, while influencing and executing recruiting strategies to support the talent needs of the company.
  • Lead the full life-cycle recruiting process from start to finish including sourcing, screening, scheduling, interviewing, recommending a qualified talent pool, and offer negotiation for technology positions at KAR.
  • Establish relationships with candidates through social networking, technology user groups, internet data mining, media channels, industry relationships, internal and external referrals, job fairs, and other means.
  • Understand and anticipate current market trends, compensation packages, and practices specifically in the Information Technology field, and their effects on talent acquisition and retention.
  • Proactively generate a continual, diverse pipeline of highly-qualified candidates.
  • May attend job fairs, tech meet ups, university events or other recruiting venues as requested.
  • Partner with other Talent Acquisition members on special projects to build and sustain strategies to continuously deliver a high level of customer service to the organization and meet the technology area and the Company’s goals and objectives. 
  • Work with established third-party vendors on an as needed basis.
  • Assist in immigration sponsorship and processes as needed.



  • Bachelor's degree or equivalent educational experience required.
  • A minimum of two (2) years of experience in information technology recruiting highly preferred.
  • Experience developing and executing fully comprehensive sourcing/recruitment strategies.
  • Experience using social media tools, research and personal network for sourcing and branding efforts preferred. Well established network of technology connections in the Midwest preferred.
  • Must have above average computer skills and at least five (5) years’ experience with an HRIS system (Workday a plus) and other software such as Excel, Word and PowerPoint, as well as use of the Internet and e-mail. 
  • Must possess ability to source and attract the right talent by effective interviewing, assessing candidates accurately and fulfilling talent needs in a timely fashion.
  • Exceptional interpersonal, social and communication skills with strong business acumen and demonstrated ability to quickly establish rapport, build credibility and create partnerships at all levels within the company.
  • Comfortable managing multiple and changing priorities, and meeting deadlines in an entrepreneurial environment.
  • Strong ability to operate independently.
  • Must have the emotional maturity and demonstrated patience / understanding to work with Hiring Managers, candidates and other coworkers; the need to react quickly under pressure is essential.
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Our Chicago office is located in River West on the North Branch of the Chicago River. We have free shuttles to major train stations and CTA lines.

An Insider's view of KAR Global

What's something quirky about your company?

Our culture is more like a family than colleagues. One of my favorite aspects about this office is our Parents-designated Slack channel—an online team collaboration site. It is a great reminder we aren’t just employees, but we can be moms and dads at work, shamelessly sharing fun stories about our personal lives.


Senior Product Manager

What's the biggest problem your team is solving?

KAR Global’s DevOps teams are always solving unique problems, but tackling complexity is the real challenge. We’ve found that meaningful solutions come when we don’t focus on fighting fires reactively and instead work collaboratively on building proactive frameworks and implementing forward-thinking processes.


Jr. DevOps Manager

What does your typical day look like?

We start the day with a 15-minute huddle to talk about progress from the day before, the day’s plan and barriers to success that need to be addressed. This gives us a clear understanding of our priorities for the day. Our teams are dynamic, so every member of our project team works together each day to discuss design approaches and share ideas.


Lead Backend Engineer

What are KAR Global Perks + Benefits

Volunteer in local community
KAR Auction Services gives every full-time employee a day with pay to volunteer with your favorite cause.
Friends outside of work
Eat lunch together
Intracompany committees
We have both a local culture and company-wide wellness committee.
Daily stand up
Open door policy
Team owned deliverables
Group brainstorming sessions
Open office floor plan
Dedicated Diversity/Inclusion Staff
Someone's primary function is managing the company’s diversity and inclusion initiatives
Diversity Employee Resource Groups
Hiring Practices that Promote Diversity
Health Insurance & Wellness Benefits
Flexible Spending Account (FSA)
Health Savings Account (HSA) also available for employees enrolled in KAR medical plan. Both individual and dependent FSA's available to everyone.
Disability Insurance
Dental Benefits
Vision Benefits
Health Insurance Benefits
The annual employer contribution to HSAs is $750 for employee only coverage and $1,500 for family coverage. Contributions are prorated based on hire date.
Life Insurance
Wellness Programs
Onsite Gym
Team workouts
Offering free weekly virtual workouts courtesy of River North Gym that are also available on demand after they take place.
Mental Health Benefits
Retirement & Stock Options Benefits
401(K) Matching
Employee Stock Purchase Plan
Child Care & Parental Leave Benefits
Generous Parental Leave
We provide up to 4 weeks of parental leave pay (full wage replacement) for employees within 6 months of the birth, adoption, or placement of a foster child.
Flexible Work Schedule
Remote Work Program
Family Medical Leave
Vacation & Time Off Benefits
Generous PTO
Paid Volunteer Time
Paid Holidays
Paid Sick Days
Perks & Discounts
Beer on Tap
Casual Dress
Commuter Benefits
Company Outings
Game Room
Stocked Kitchen
Some Meals Provided
Happy Hours
Fitness Subsidies
We partner with River North Gym to provide employees complimentary physical fitness options (virtual and onsite), as well as several sessions of 1:1 training with a health coach.
Professional Development Benefits
Job Training & Conferences
Tuition Reimbursement
Lunch and learns
Promote from within
Continuing Education stipend
Time allotted for learning
Customized development tracks
Paid industry certifications
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