Finance | Operations | People

Guild Talent is a leading executive search firm focused on the G&A function. We place Director through CXO leadership hires within venture & P/E backed start-up companies.



Retained/Contained Search

Guild Talent focuses on leadership hiring (Director, VP, CXO and 'Head of' level) largely with the G&A function (office of the COO and office of the CFO). We focus on Function leaders and one level below.

Personal Approach

We're not a massive firm, in fact, we're quite small and focused. We know the roles we're good at and we know the ones we're not. Each project has multiple sets of eyes on it, weekly pipeline reporting, and an expectation from us that our clients are equally involved in the process.

Startups and Large Orgs

With a collective 35+ years of recruiting experience in the tech ecosystem that spans stealth startups to public companies, if you need to hire leadership onto your team, give us a ring. We won't take on a project if we can't add value.

Flexible Billing

As a small and agile team, we can be flexible with our clients. Based on the seniority and specifics of each project, we can tailor our billing model to what makes sense, so you don't have to worry about the stricter commercial terms seen with larger firms.

Exclusive Recruiting Partner of the Operators Guild

The Operator's Guild is a nationwide association and ecosystem of Finance and Operations leaders for VE/PE backed startups and scaleups. With 30 chapters and 750+ members across the country, by engaging our members (and their networks) we have unparalleled ability to get in front of candidates. Access that far surpasses that of a traditional search firm. Parts of the recruiting process have become commoditized; Sometimes it actually is about who you know, and it’s also about who you’re able to get in front of!

Search Process

A big part of success in executive search is guiding both hiring teams and candidates through a well-designed process. Our method comes from completing hundreds of searches with all sorts of variables. Sticking to a process, but allowing for flexibility, drives to successful outcomes.

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Finance & Operations

Through our involvement in the Operators Guild, deep networks, and personal experience, Guild Talent was originally built to help connect great companies to the best Operations, Finance, and Strategy talent in the market. These 'back office business' roles are fundamental to any organization. We have a proven track record of successfully helping growing companies make leadership hires within the Operations and Finance functions. Common projects include, Chief of Staff, Chief Operating Officer, VP of Finance, VP of Operations, Head of FP&A, Head of Strategy, COO/GM, Head of Real Estate, Head of Biz Ops & Sales Ops.

People & Talent

People leaders help stitch together the cultural fabric of a company. They allow a company to scale with compassion and empathy without losing its values or identity. People & Talent leaders take the reins when a company experiences exponential staff growth. Guild Talent has placed numerous People/Talent leaders across highly successful companies.
Recent placements include Head of Global Comp, Head of Talent, VP of People, and HR business partner.


Jamie Ceglarz, Founder & Managing Director

Jamie has over a decade of recruiting experience in the Bay Area, largely focused on startup/technology companies, and is also co-founder of the Operators Guild Network. With a deep network and years of experience working with and placing operations & finance executives, he has developed deep domain expertise and a strong, focused network in that vertical.

Ken Stakis, Senior Principal Recruiter

Prior to joining Guild Talent Ken previously served with several of the multi-national contingent firms as a producer as well as a Managing Director. Ken cut his teeth in the search business with a boutique retained firm where he spent nearly 6 years recruiting mainly for the C-Suite - CFO, COO, CMO, CHRO, CEO, and Board positions. He has worked with companies of all sizes and all situations; Fortune 500, start-ups, turnarounds and private equity/venture capital. Ken is versed in all areas of business and industries and will never shy away from any search.

Melissa Heller, Senior Principal Recruiter

Melissa joined a global leader in retained executive search where her primary focus was in the financial services sector. She eventually left the industry and founded a successful retail company. Following the sale of the company, Melissa worked with non-profit organizations for a while. Melissa brings a sense of humor and diversity of industry experience to her work with Guild Talent.


Guild Talent is a boutique executive search and placement firm with a combined two decades of recruiting and operations experience in the tech industry. Our proprietary network and agile team drive awesome results. ​

We leverage our unique partner reach, influence, and domain expertise developed over more than a decade. The Operators Guild supports the Operations, General Management, Finance, Partnerships, and BizOps communities. ​


Top leadership roles and top talent—the two of you should meet. At Guild Talent, we are experts at facilitating that connection. Reach out to us today.
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