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Athena

Managing the hiring process

How The Lab17 managed Athena’s entire hiring process, prioritised roles, and scaled up without spending up.

About

Athena Home Loans launched in 2019 to help Aussie borrowers save money and pay down their home loan faster. Since launch, Athena has settled over $5B in home loans, and saved borrowers over $400M in interest savings – and grown to become one of Australia’s largest fintechs.

FinTech – Series D – Australia

Starting
Headcount
125
30
Total Hires

Results

0 1 Leadership hires
  • CMO
  • Head of Engineering (now CTO)
  • Engineering Lead
  • Head of Marketing Automation
  • Head of Website
0 2 Gender diverse hires
  • Head of Marketing Automation
  • Head of Website
  • Senior Product Owner
  • Engineering Lead
  • CMO
0 3 Build, delivery and maintenance of Athena’s Glassdoor profile

The partnership

Athena doesn’t want to rely on a legion of in-house TAs, so they partner with The Lab17 for hiring purposes. The Lab17 manage the entire hiring process, prioritising roles, and building teams for Athena.

Read more about our scaling journey with Athena here.

What we delivered

When we first kicked off with Athena we were engaged to fill the gaps in their cross-functional product teams across engineering and product development roles. As we progressed, we gained momentum and started expanding our support to include building their Salesforce Engineering team.

Our partnership continued to broaden when we collaborated with the CMO to recruit head of roles based in Sydney for the marketing team. Originally a 4-month partnership, it was extended to over 12 months. We paused during the RBA’s interest rate hike, but were later re-engaged to recruit senior hires, such as a Head of Broker Distribution, CMO, 2 BDM’s, and a Senior Product Manager.

Highlights

Total hires

30

Leadership hires
  • CMO
  • Head of Engineering (now CTO)
  • Engineering Lead
  • Head of Marketing Automation
  • Head of Website
Gender diverse hires

Athena’s Head of Marketing Automation, Head of Website, Senior Product Owner, Engineering Lead and CMO are all women.

The Lab17 team have been an exceptional extension to our team. They jumped in deep to understand our business, culture, and talent needs. The team worked seamlessly with our people team and hiring managers through the end-to-end talent acquisition process. Not only do they bring quality candidates to the table, but also help articulate our unique EVP to find a perfect match for both candidates and our business.

Liana Mawston Chief of People & Community Athena
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