Sr. Assessment Scientist, Korn Ferry Institute

​Zach Roberts, based out of New York, works as a Senior Assessment Scientist within the Korn Ferry Institute (KFI). 

In this role, Zach partners closely with other experts within and outside KFI to support the enablement, enhancement, and integration of existing and new Korn Ferry assessment tools. In doing so, he works to modernize and future-proof Korn Ferry’s ability to assess, coach, and develop individuals and teams to achieve optimal performance.

Prior to joining Korn Ferry in Oct. 2021, Zach was with Twitter working as a People Research Scientist within the Applied Sciences – People Analytics team where he led a company-wide competency architecture and agile skills talent system initiative. This involved consulting internally across HR sub-functions to establish and design the firm-wide framework used in establishing success criteria across all major HR programming (e.g., hiring, performance, promotions/leveling, etc.) and building success content by leveraging job analysis and NLP techniques. He also conducted and delivered several people data studies examining equity in promotions and guided internal functions in building interview protocols used to support Twitter’s largest hiring cycles.

Previously, Zach was with Pymetrics (known for their use of AI and gamification techniques for high-volume pre-hire talent assessment), where he had both operational and consulting responsibilities, including establishing a global PMO, delivering end-to-end R&D projects, and leading go-to-market team enablement. He also partnered with clients to upgrade their selection practices and conduct job analysis, adverse impact, validation, and ROI studies.

Preceding that experience and working within PepsiCo’s Global Talent Assessment and Development team, Zach supported senior leader developmental and coaching efforts as well as succession planning initiatives. This involved validation of diverse assessments (e.g., multi-rater, behavioral interview, self-report personality, simulation), designing and managing a specialized multi-rater development check-in, and creating stakeholder-specific aggregate assessment reports. Zach has also established his own consulting firm, partnering with organizations to support their pre-hire assessment offerings and advise on legal defensibility, fairness, validation, and EEOC (and OFCCP) requirements.

Zach holds a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from DePaul University and a Master of Arts and PhD in Industrial-Organizational Psychology from the University of Houston. Ultimately, Zach’s interests are in discovering commercially fruitful assessment innovations and practices that enable more objective, predictive, and fair talent decisions.