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Patrick Traynor

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  • LevelSenior
  • LocationLondon, United Kingdom
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  • ProfessionsSales Director - Consultant - VP Client Services


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About me

My 25-year sales career includes 10 years leading recruitment technology sales at LinkedIn, YunoJuno, Syft and now The Dots. I was LinkedIn's first salesperson outside the US. I helped 100's of clients move to a direct sourcing model and leverage their employer brand. I've introduced greater efficiency to advertising agencies managing their freelancers, I've shown hospitality clients how to source better quality temps at a lower price and now at The Dots I'm connecting an amazing network of creative talent to the agencies & brands that want to hire them. Also, as a part-time consultant I advise startups on sales strategy, sales enablement and sales operations.

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  • SaaS
  • Sales
  • Leadership
  • Business Planning
  • Strategy
  • Business Development
  • Account Management
  • CRM

Work history


VP Talent Solutions

The Dots

Oct 2017
  • London, United Kingdom
  • Full Time
  • Customer success is everything! Helping companies find or attract the best creative talent is our daily goal and our measure of long-term success. As VP Talent Solutions I lead an account management team that advises clients on how to get the most from The-Dots' recruitment & employer branding tools and a new business team that reveals what an amazing source of talent The-Dots could be for companies searching for creative talent; freelance and permanent. Contact me at to find out more.



Silicon Growth Ltd

Sep 2015
  • London, United Kingdom
  • Freelance
  • Consultant / advisor / employee to tech startups. Silicon Growth is an independent consultancy I created to reflect the work I've done leading & scaling sales teams. It brings together my experiences as a Sales Director / VP Sales and as an advisor / consultant to startups. Clients typically engage me to fulfill the role of VP Sales - working directly with the founder/CEO to advise on business plans, to design sales strategies, activate sales enablement, structure sales operations and provide practical sales leadership. Start-up engagements: * The-Dots * Syft : on-demand, temp hospitality recruitment app (Advisory Board role) * YunoJuno : freelancer marketplace * 'Project E' : contingent worker management system * Motivii : employee management and feedback tool * Benivo : employee relocation platform * Fuse : user-generated e-learning platform


Sales Manager


Jun 2008 - Sep 2015
  • London, United Kingdom
  • Full Time
  • I was LinkedIn's 1st sales person outside the US, pioneering LinkedIn's enterprise tools that revolutionized the recruitment industry. LinkedIn's Talent Solutions business combined SaaS recruitment tools, advertising and employer branding campaigns to enable businesses to scale their direct recruitment activities and attract the best talent. Over 7 years I led a total of 30+ sales people in 4 teams and 3 countries. My wonderful new business team of energetic and intelligent sales people consistently exceeded goals, winning a global Top10 award, #1 in EMEA and #1 in UK in consecutive years. Although the UK was our focus, I personally won many early clients in 15 EMEA countries and later my team drove sufficient client volumes in Germany, Italy, Russia, South Africa and the Middle East to support dedicated country teams. My team culture was open and collaborative. I created opportunities to innovate, develop and lead, resulting in my team members being promoted into leadership, senior account management, sales effectiveness, new ventures and international roles.