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Now Hiring: Humbly Assured Director of Product

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 like the way you spend and have fun the way you save. For greater than a decade, folks have been utilizing YNAB after which telling their pals what a distinction it has made of their lives. Try our group on Fb, TikTok, or Reddit (actually!), or learn a few of our app critiques, and also you’ll see what we imply. We love constructing one thing that has an enormous optimistic impression on folks’s lives.

YNAB is rising, and so is our management crew. You’re the Director of Product we’re searching for should you perceive the cross-functional nature of product deeply. You’re adept at creating priorities and actions out of bigger concepts, serving to the required work cascade all through our product org and attaining desired outcomes. You’re taking possession of integrating parts of the product org, together with technique, execution, administration, and communication. 

If you happen to’re the one we’re searching for, you could have excessive requirements for all points 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 specialists and work alongside them to floor the perfect choices. You assist everybody to attain their greatest work—together with making the required errors alongside the way in which. 

Necessities (these are actual, precise necessities)

It principally goes with out saying that we’re searching for a pacesetter in product, however simply to be clear: That doesn’t imply you’ve held a sure title for a sure time. However we count on that you just’ll be most profitable on this function if in case you have 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 function, you’ll have 4 foremost tasks: 

  • Your main focus will probably be organizational readability, so it’s best to have expertise searching for 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 you should 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 answerable for ensuring that everybody has the possibility to execute, particularly within the product administration crew, so you ought to be expert at collaborating with others throughout all firm capabilities to ascertain key routines and practices that take away roadblocks.

That’s a brilliant transient intro to what you’ll be engaged on. However first, you should know should you’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 searching for. 

YNAB began in 2004 and we haven’t taken any outdoors funding—we’re established, worthwhile, and on this for the lengthy haul. We now have one overarching requirement relating to becoming a member of our crew: our authentic Core Values Manifesto has to essentially click on with you. If you happen to’re nodding emphatically whereas studying it, you’ll in all probability actually prefer it right here, and we will’t wait to listen to from you!

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

We additionally work actually exhausting, collectively, to make working at YNAB an incredible expertise, and we’re (humbly) proud to have acquired a lot of Fortune’s “great spot to work” awards during the last a number of years. We now have a crew stuffed with actually 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 your entire product course of. Todd began at YNAB in 2010 after a seek for a budgeting answer 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 Help, Product Design, and Product Administration at YNAB till, in February of 2021, he grew to become 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, slicing flowers, and ultrarunning.

You’ll operate 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 in all her life regrets just isn’t shopping for buffy.com whereas she was in school. She loves a superb 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 together with her household. She’s a lifelong New Englander, so be sure you inform her you like vacationing “in Cape Cod” after which please, watch her face very rigorously for a response.

Dylan loves organizing design methods, obsessing over typographic particulars, and every little thing in between. Above his desk (ahem, kitchen desk, it’s a small condominium in spite of everything) sits an not noticeable letterpressed card with Dieter Rams’ 10 ideas of fine design on it. In his spare time he’s in all probability taking pictures or operating—typically on the identical time.

Honestly, you’ll have interactions and affect throughout your entire product org, and also you’ll additionally cross paths with—nicely—in all probability everybody else at YNAB. We will’t even checklist all of them, actually. However we will 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) certain are excited to work with you.

How You’ll Work at YNAB

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

Dwell The place You Need

We’re a distributed crew, so you possibly can dwell 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. Wish to up and transfer to France for a 12 months? 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 residence 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 of us 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 other people put some further time in—however then we encourage them to take some further break day, too. We work exhausting and good and we care deeply about what we do, however we additionally love our households and about 2,000 different issues. We now have perspective and, finally, we predict it makes us—and our work—even higher.

Flex Your Work Schedule

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

Take Trip (Critically)

We wish you to take trip. In truth, now we have a minimal trip coverage of three weeks per 12 months, 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 vital to get loads of downtime and to get out and do one thing. We’ll stay up for seeing footage of your adventures in our #office_wall Slack channel!

Meet Your Staff

A few of our greatest work (and bonding!) is finished in particular person. You’ll usually have the chance to fulfill together with your crew a few times a 12 months, at a small-team work-focused meetup or at our firm retreat. On the YNAB retreat, we like to atone for spreadsheets and powerpoints in a Finest Western convention room. Simply kidding. (It’s truly exhausting to jot down that sentence, even realizing it’s such a superb 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 Seashore, and most lately, Palm Springs. We work collectively, play collectively, and reinforce the bonds we’ve made as a crew and firm. Each time we meet up, we depart refreshed, motivated, and excited for the 12 months forward collectively.

Up Your Sport

We’re severe about serving to you enhance your craft. It’s crucial work of our managers, and we funds 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 crew is unfold everywhere in the world—principally in the USA, but in addition within the UK, Canada, Germany, Brazil, Mexico, and several other different nations. Staff members who dwell within the US or UK are arrange as workers, and those that dwell in different nations set themselves up as unbiased contractors. Regardless of the place you reside, you’re eligible for our beneficiant paid household depart, trip, holidays, and sick time. 

If you happen to’re within the US, we additionally provide incredible well being, dental, and imaginative and prescient insurance coverage, the place we cowl 100% of the premium for you and your loved ones. No have to verify your imaginative and prescient, you learn that proper—100%. (Though should you did have to verify your imaginative and prescient, NBD, we’ve obtained you coated!) We even have a Conventional and Roth 401(ok) 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 price construction potential, the place all plan prices are paid by YNAB, not your retirement nest egg. The funding funds accessible are incredible, passively-managed, extremely low-cost index funds. You’re not a PF junkie? Belief us, it’s superior.) If you happen to’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 goal to supply a aggressive advantages package deal to our crew members. The beginning wage for this function will probably be between $130,000 – $180,000 USD yearly (with the highest of that vary reserved just for probably the most skilled candidates). If we resolve to make you a proposal, we’ll decide probably the most applicable quantity primarily based on what we learn about your expertise and competency for the function, after which we’ll make you our greatest provide and hope that you just settle for! If you happen to be a part of our crew, you’ll even be eligible for a increase annually and for our profit-share twice a 12 months. (YNAB wins, you win—that form of factor.)

A Few Ultimate Tidbits

  • When you begin, we DEMAND (in a pleasant, ALL CAPS IS YELLING means) that you just fill out your “Bucket Checklist” spreadsheet with 50 objects. (That’s tougher than it sounds!) 
  • We like to have fun with you while you full one thing in your bucket checklist—AND, we love utilizing your bucket checklist as inspiration to your greatest birthday current(s) ever. 
  • We wish you firing on all cylinders, so we’ll set you up with a shiny new pc and change it each three years.  
  • Did we point out that YNAB makes an enormous, optimistic distinction in folks’s lives? You could not assume that issues a lot, however then just a few months down the street you’ll notice it’s made your job actually, actually pleasing. Don’t underestimate this one!

If this seems like your excellent setting, learn on as a result of now we need to speak about 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 answerable 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 imagine in you. 

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

To offer organizational readability, you’ll:

  • Facilitate key communication and resolution making constructions within the product org.
  • Join points 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 desires of the product throughout the corporate.

To tell actionable technique, you’ll:

  • Act as a accomplice and sounding board for the chief crew, and our CEO Todd particularly, to develop an intensive understanding of our technique and its implications. 
  • Create and keep alternative roadmaps on the degree between firm technique and crew 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 attaining them.
  • Have plans and contingency plans for the long-term growth of the product past the quarter or the 12 months. Prioritize work primarily based on the long-term plan, together with what we need to emphasize sooner or later and what we’ll seemingly sundown.  
  • Take possession and act the place empowered to, and hand-off the place you should.
  • 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 constructions, practices, and expectations essential to do product nicely. (Critically, that’s a complete job proper there.)
  • Present mentorship and training to direct experiences and to particular person contributors all through the group.
  • Multiply the experience and fervour of others to assist them lead on vital points of product tradition.
  • Construct connections throughout the varied parts of capital-p Product, from design to product administration, engineering, information science, product advertising, buyer assist, supply, and extra.
  • Facilitate the trade 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 ensure everybody has the possibility to execute, you’ll:

  • Work most intently with the product administration crew for management, administration, and accountability. 
  • Work with different practical 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 throughout 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 all people is fairly good at this, so excessive bar!).
  • (Actually, to checklist the bullets right here may be a step overboard. Product organizations are extremely advanced, which you realize, even after we’ve made and stored them so simple as could 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 right down to your capability to method product growth as holistic, simultaneous, problem-solving of each consumer and enterprise objectives. You see the nuance in every little thing, but in addition convey 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 high—not as a result of that’s good, however as a result of we see this as crucial to our shared success. And within 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 street. Full cease.

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

How you 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. If you happen to’re not on this place proper now, however know somebody who may be, we’d admire you passing this alongside!



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