Thursday, April 18, 2024

Now Hiring: Humbly Assured Director of Product


About Us and Why We’re Hiring

We’re YNAB (“why-nab”), a monetary training firm with a budgeting app. We train 4 Guidelines that create a brand new relationship with cash—one the place you’re keen on the way you spend and have a good time the way you save. For greater than a decade, folks have been utilizing YNAB after which telling their associates what a distinction it has made of their lives. Take a look at our neighborhood on Fb, TikTok, or Reddit (actually!), or learn a few of our app evaluations, and also you’ll see what we imply. We love constructing one thing that has an enormous constructive influence on folks’s lives.

YNAB is rising, and so is our management group. You’re the Director of Product we’re on the lookout for for those who perceive the cross-functional nature of product deeply. You’re adept at creating priorities and actions out of bigger concepts, serving to the mandatory work cascade all through our product org and reaching desired outcomes. You are taking possession of integrating parts of the product org, together with technique, execution, administration, and communication. 

Should you’re the one we’re on the lookout for, you will have excessive requirements for all facets of product growth. You nurture, evangelize, coach, and train these requirements—and maintain the group accountable for them. You don’t dictate roadmaps by fiat; you construct and nurture a system of empowered consultants and work alongside them to floor one of the best choices. You assist everybody to attain their greatest work—together with making the mandatory errors alongside the best way. 

Necessities (these are actual, precise necessities)

It mainly goes with out saying that we’re on the lookout for a frontrunner in product, however simply to be clear: That doesn’t imply you’ve held a sure title for a sure time. However we anticipate that you simply’ll be most profitable on this position when you’ve got deep and wealthy expertise as a member of a product org (whether or not that be in product administration, design, or engineering), together with alternatives to have exercised consequential management.

On this position, you’ll have 4 important tasks: 

  • Your main focus can be organizational readability, so you need to have expertise in search of and speaking readability in all instructions from a product org. 
  • You’ll accomplice with others to tell our product technique and—most critically—lead on making it actionable, so it’s good to be a grasp strategic decision-maker who can join the dots between our high-level mission and imaginative and prescient, firm technique, and enterprise wants.
  • You’ll foster a world-class product tradition at YNAB, which you realize out of your expertise means obsessing equally about our folks and our product. 
  • Lastly, you’ll be accountable for ensuring that everybody has the possibility to execute, particularly within the product administration group, so you have to be expert at collaborating with others throughout all firm capabilities to determine key routines and practices that take away roadblocks.

That’s an excellent temporary intro to what you’ll be engaged on. However first, it’s good to know for those who’ll even like working with us. Let’s discuss a bit about life at YNAB, after which we’ll go into extra element about what we’re on the lookout for. 

YNAB began in 2004 and we haven’t taken any exterior funding—we’re established, worthwhile, and on this for the lengthy haul. We’ve got one overarching requirement in the case of becoming a member of our group: our authentic Core Values Manifesto has to actually click on with you. Should you’re nodding emphatically whereas studying it, you’ll in all probability actually prefer it right here, and we are able to’t wait to listen to from you!

We stay our Core Values day-after-day at YNAB, and we imply it after we say we’re an equal alternative employer. We consider {that a} range of backgrounds, skills, beliefs, and experiences is essential to our success, and we’re keen about making a welcoming, supportive, and collaborative setting for all staff. All are inspired to use as we proceed to develop a wise, hard-working, and various group that loves working collectively to construct one thing that issues.

We additionally work actually arduous, collectively, to make working at YNAB a tremendous expertise, and we’re (humbly) proud to have obtained lots of Fortune’s “excellent place to work” awards during the last a number of years. We’ve got a group stuffed with really distinctive folks—the sort you’ll be excited to work with. We’d like to introduce you to a couple of them!

Who you’ll be working with:

You’ll be an in depth accomplice to Todd, our CEO, in the whole product course of. Todd began at YNAB in 2010 after a seek for a budgeting resolution ended up in a dialog with YNAB’s founder, Jesse. One job led to a different, and since then he’s been part of growing and scaling up Assist, Product Design, and Product Administration at YNAB till, in February of 2021, he turned YNAB’s CEO. He lives in a small New England city together with his spouse and three youngsters, the place he retains life so simple as he can—consuming, sleeping, sitting, feeding the birds, reducing flowers, and ultrarunning.

You’ll perform and lead most intently with Buffy, our Director of Engineering, and Dylan, our Design Director.

Buffy has been a Buffy since earlier than Buffy the Vampire Slayer, and one among her life regrets will not be shopping for buffy.com whereas she was in school. She loves a very good debugging session. When she’s not cleansing up our infrastructure, she’s in all probability knitting socks, biking, or in any other case frolicking outside along with her household. She’s a lifelong New Englander, so remember to inform her you’re keen on vacationing “in Cape Cod” after which please, watch her face very fastidiously for a response.

Dylan loves organizing design methods, obsessing over typographic particulars, and all the pieces in between. Above his desk (ahem, kitchen desk, it’s a small house in spite of everything) sits an not noticeable letterpressed card with Dieter Rams’ 10 rules of fine design on it. In his spare time he’s in all probability taking images or working—generally on the similar time.

In truth, you’ll have interactions and affect throughout the whole product org, and also you’ll additionally cross paths with—properly—in all probability everybody else at YNAB. We are able to’t even record all of them, actually. However we are able to say that individuals like Jacob and Brenda (a few our PMs), Kathryn and Jack (each designers), Sebastian and Lindsey (our Heads of Know-how  and Advertising), and Eva and Rachel (our information scientist and product operations specialist) positive are excited to work with you.

How You’ll Work at YNAB

Now that you simply’ve met a few of your potential future teammates, let’s discuss extra about YNAB as an organization. Right here’s how we function:

Stay The place You Need

We’re a distributed group, so you’ll be able to stay and work wherever you need. Proximity doesn’t affect productiveness. Taylor, our Technical Fellow, was touring who-knows-where for a few years earlier than he settled again within the U.S. Need to up and transfer to France for a yr? Positive, Todd did that. Don’t like France? How about browsing in Hawaii, the place Rachel trotted off to for a month. Tulsa Distant? Can do. Product supervisor Megan formally lists “nomadic” as her dwelling location on her Strava profile. The distant Canadian wilderness? We’ve obtained folks there, too. Not all of us transfer round, however the truth that these people have is completely okay as a result of we’re all adults. Simply be sure to have a willingness to make your location work for others, too. Oh, and a dependable web connection. Like, a very good one. Please.

Work 4 Days a Week

We’ve adopted a four-day work week (nonetheless 100% paid!) and barely work greater than that. There are events and seasons the place issues get busy and folks put some additional time in—however then we encourage them to take some additional day off, too. We work arduous and sensible and we care deeply about what we do, however we additionally love our households and about 2,000 different issues. We’ve got perspective and, in the end, we expect it makes us—and our work—even higher.

Flex Your Work Schedule

We’re absolutely distant, so a variety of our work is finished asynchronously, however we love working collectively in real-time when it is smart. We attempt to schedule most conferences between 12-3pm Jap time (16:00-19:00 UTC) Monday-Thursday. Exterior of your conferences, we belief you to set your individual schedule by balancing your group’s wants with your individual wants. You don’t must ask for permission to take off early one afternoon to see the physician, or be “energetic” on Slack for those who’re working deeply on a venture. We take a look at what you accomplish—not when or how lengthy you’re in entrance of a pc.

Take Trip (Significantly)

We would like you to take trip. The truth is, we now have a minimal trip coverage of three weeks per yr, and we encourage you to take as much as 5 weeks (plus you get an additional two weeks for our company-wide December Break yearly). It’s necessary to get loads of downtime and to get out and do one thing. We’ll sit up for seeing footage of your adventures in our #office_wall Slack channel!

Meet Your Workforce

A few of our greatest work (and bonding!) is finished in particular person. You’ll usually have the chance to fulfill along with your group a couple of times a yr, at a small-team work-focused meetup or at our firm retreat. On the YNAB retreat, we like to make amends for spreadsheets and powerpoints in a Greatest Western convention room. Simply kidding. (It’s really arduous to jot down that sentence, even understanding it’s such a very good joke.) Up to now, we’ve gone to Costa Rica, a gigantic cabin within the mountains, a seashore home within the Outer Banks, a ranch in Montana, Laguna Seaside, and most not too long ago, Palm Springs. We work collectively, play collectively, and reinforce the bonds we’ve made as a group and firm. Each time we meet up, we go away refreshed, motivated, and excited for the yr forward collectively.

Up Your Sport

We’re critical about serving to you enhance your craft. It’s crucial work of our managers, and we finances for it, too (hey-o!). Suppose conferences, on-line programs and subscriptions, devoted time away from work to study one thing new… It’s actually as much as you and your supervisor. However we like to see our folks rising. 

Different Advantages

Our group is unfold everywhere in the world—largely in the US, but in addition within the UK, Canada, Germany, Brazil, Mexico, and several other different international locations. Workforce members who stay within the US or UK are arrange as staff, and people who stay in different international locations set themselves up as unbiased contractors. Regardless of the place you reside, you’re eligible for our beneficiant paid household go away, trip, holidays, and sick time. 

Should you’re within the US, we additionally provide implausible well being, dental, and imaginative and prescient insurance coverage, the place we cowl 100% of the premium for you and your loved ones. No must examine your imaginative and prescient, you learn that proper—100%. (Though for those who did must examine your imaginative and prescient, NBD, we’ve obtained you coated!) We even have a Conventional and Roth 401(okay) choice, the place YNAB matches your contributions as much as six p.c, and matches vest instantly. (Are you a private finance junkie like our founder Jesse? He arrange YNAB’s 401k to have the bottom charge construction potential, the place all plan prices are paid by YNAB, not your retirement nest egg. The funding funds out there are implausible, passively-managed, extremely low-cost index funds. You’re not a PF junkie? Belief us, it’s superior.) Should you’re within the UK, we additionally contribute six p.c to your pension.

Aggressive Compensation

At YNAB, we’re dedicated to equitable, market-driven, data-based compensation and we purpose to supply a aggressive advantages bundle to our group members. The beginning wage for this position can be between $130,000 – $180,000 USD yearly (with the highest of that vary reserved just for essentially the most skilled candidates). If we resolve to make you a suggestion, we’ll decide essentially the most applicable quantity based mostly on what we learn about your expertise and competency for the position, after which we’ll make you our greatest provide and hope that you simply settle for! Should you be a part of our group, you’ll even be eligible for a increase every year and for our profit-share twice a yr. (YNAB wins, you win—that sort of factor.)

A Few Remaining Tidbits

  • When you begin, we DEMAND (in a pleasant, ALL CAPS IS YELLING approach) that you simply fill out your “Bucket Listing” spreadsheet with 50 objects. (That’s more durable than it sounds!) 
  • We like to have a good time with you if you full one thing in your bucket record—AND, we love utilizing your bucket record as inspiration on your greatest birthday current(s) ever. 
  • We would like you firing on all cylinders, so we’ll set you up with a shiny new laptop and exchange it each three years.  
  • Did we point out that YNAB makes an enormous, constructive distinction in folks’s lives? You might not suppose that issues a lot, however then a couple of months down the highway you’ll understand it’s made your job actually, actually fulfilling. Don’t underestimate this one!

If this appears like your preferrred setting, learn on as a result of now we need to discuss you, and the way you’ll play an enormous half in altering folks’s lives.

Now again to you, our new Director of Product….

As we talked about earlier, you’ll be accountable for offering organizational readability and informing actionable technique, whereas fostering a world-class product tradition and ensuring that everybody has an opportunity to execute. That’s it, huh? We consider in you. 

Let’s discuss our imaginative and prescient for every of these a little bit bit extra.

To supply organizational readability, you’ll:

  • Facilitate key communication and resolution making buildings within the product org.
  • Join facets of imaginative and prescient to technique to concrete items of product work, throughout our product growth course of.
  • Present constant updates and suggestions on the execution of product work, utilizing metrics which can be applicable to our strategic objectives. 
  • Evangelize the aim, success, challenges, and wishes of the product throughout the corporate.

To tell actionable technique, you’ll:

  • Act as a accomplice and sounding board for the chief group, and our CEO Todd specifically, to develop an intensive understanding of our technique and its implications. 
  • Create and keep alternative roadmaps on the stage between firm technique and group problem-spaces.
  • Work with others to develop, talk, and make clear measures of success for our product, information us towards them, and construct collective accountability for reaching them.
  • Have plans and contingency plans for the long-term growth of the product past the quarter or the yr. Prioritize work based mostly on the long-term plan, together with what we need to emphasize sooner or later and what we’ll doubtless sundown.  
  • Take possession and act the place empowered to, and hand-off the place it’s good to.
  • Mine for battle, collaborate, and act as a sounding-board on product imaginative and prescient and technique.

To foster a world-class product tradition, you’ll:

  • Body our choices and actions within the context of key, enduring concepts.
  • Set up the buildings, practices, and expectations essential to do product properly. (Significantly, that’s an entire job proper there.)
  • Present mentorship and training to direct reviews and to particular person contributors all through the group.
  • Multiply the experience and fervour of others to assist them lead on necessary facets of product tradition.
  • Construct connections throughout the varied components of capital-p Product, from design to product administration, engineering, information science, product advertising, buyer help, supply, and extra.
  • Facilitate the alternate of concepts in each formal and casual methods.
  • Keep and enhance upon the options of our product course of which can be distinctive to us.

To verify everybody has the possibility to execute, you’ll:

  • Work most intently with the product administration group for management, administration, and accountability. 
  • Work with different useful leaders on useful resource allocation—at common cadences but in addition when the necessity arises off-cycle.
  • Work hand-in-hand with Rachel, our ProductOps Specialist, on routines and communication inside the product org.
  • Use 1:1’s, retros, and different instruments to repeatedly mine for blockers, obstacles, and bottlenecks within the group. Oh, and clearly, clear them.
  • Devour standing updates extra persistently than anybody else within the firm (and everyone is fairly good at this, so excessive bar!).
  • (Actually, to record the bullets right here could be a step overboard. Product organizations are extremely complicated, which you realize, even after we’ve made and stored them so simple as may be.)

That’s a whopping twenty-two-and-a-half bullets, however let’s nonetheless say that your success as our Director of Product comes all the way down to your capacity to strategy product growth as holistic, simultaneous, problem-solving of each consumer and enterprise objectives. You see the nuance in all the pieces, but in addition carry readability out of it. You handle to empower and nurture the folks in our product group—whereas additionally offering a transparent and compelling route. As a result of (if we haven’t but spilled sufficient metaphorical ink on this concept) we work collaboratively right here from backside to prime—not as a result of that’s good, however as a result of we see this as essential to our shared success. And inside that, we all know you realize your stuff and might eloquently and logically clarify choices and, not for nothing, make them when the rubber hits the highway. Full cease.

Need fewer phrases for a abstract? You’re amazingly real and genuinely wonderful, and along with your assist and management, our product and product group can be with out peer.

How one can Apply

Please apply at this hyperlink earlier than Sunday, September tenth at 11:59pm PST.

We’re excited to listen to from you!

Apply Now

P.S. Should you’re not on this place proper now, however know somebody who could be, we’d recognize you passing this alongside!

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