Now Hiring: Humbly Assured Director of Product


About Us and Why We’re Hiring

We’re YNAB (“why-nab”), a monetary schooling firm with a budgeting app. We educate 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 mates what a distinction it has made of their lives. Try our neighborhood 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 constructive affect on folks’s lives.

YNAB is rising, and so is our management staff. You’re the Director of Product we’re on the lookout 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 mandatory work cascade all through our product org and reaching desired outcomes. You’re taking possession of integrating parts of the product org, together with technique, execution, administration, and communication. 

For those who’re the one we’re on the lookout for, you could have excessive requirements for all points of product improvement. You nurture, evangelize, coach, and educate 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 the perfect choices. You assist everybody to realize their finest work—together with making the mandatory errors alongside the best way. 

Necessities (these are actual, precise necessities)

It principally 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 just’ll be most profitable on this position you probably 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 position, you’ll have 4 important obligations: 

  • Your main focus will probably be organizational readability, so you must have expertise searching for and speaking readability in all instructions from a product org. 
  • You’ll associate 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 out of your expertise means obsessing equally about our folks and our product. 
  • Lastly, you’ll be liable for ensuring that everybody has the possibility to execute, particularly within the product administration staff, so you have to be expert at collaborating with others throughout all firm features to ascertain key routines and practices that take away roadblocks.

That’s a brilliant temporary 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 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 now have one overarching requirement in relation to becoming a member of our staff: our unique Core Values Manifesto has to essentially click on with you. For those who’re nodding emphatically whereas studying it, you’ll most likely actually prefer it right here, and we will’t wait to listen to from you!

We reside our Core Values every single day at YNAB, and we imply it after we say we’re an equal alternative employer. We consider {that a} range of backgrounds, talents, beliefs, and experiences is important to our success, and we’re captivated with making a welcoming, supportive, and collaborative atmosphere for all workers. All are inspired to use as we proceed to develop a wise, hard-working, and various staff that loves working collectively to construct one thing that issues.

We additionally work actually laborious, collectively, to make working at YNAB an incredible expertise, and we’re (humbly) proud to have obtained lots of Fortune’s “excellent place to work” awards over the past a number of years. We now have a staff stuffed with really distinctive folks—the type you’ll be excited to work with. We’d like to introduce you to some of them!

Who you’ll be working with:

You’ll be an in depth associate 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 creating 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, 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 certainly one of her life regrets is just not shopping for whereas she was in faculty. She loves a great debugging session. When she’s not cleansing up our infrastructure, she’s most likely knitting socks, biking, or in any other case frolicking outside along 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 fastidiously for a response.

Dylan loves organizing design programs, obsessing over typographic particulars, and every little thing in between. Above his desk (ahem, kitchen desk, it’s a small condominium in any case) sits an not noticeable letterpressed card with Dieter Rams’ 10 ideas of excellent design on it. In his spare time he’s most likely taking pictures or operating—generally on the identical time.

In truth, you’ll have interactions and affect throughout your entire product org, and also you’ll additionally cross paths with—properly—most likely everybody else at YNAB. We will’t even checklist all of them, actually. However we will say that folks like Jacob and Brenda (a few our PMs), Kathryn and Jack (each designers), Sebastian and Lindsey (our Heads of Expertise  and Advertising), and Eva and Rachel (our knowledge 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 staff, so you may reside 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 yr? Certain, 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 house location on her Strava profile. The distant Canadian wilderness? We’ve received 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 you 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 time without work, too. We work laborious and sensible 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, in the end, we expect it makes us—and our work—even higher.

Flex Your Work Schedule

We’re absolutely distant, so a whole lot of our work is completed asynchronously, however we love working collectively in real-time when it is sensible. We attempt to schedule most conferences between 12-3pm Japanese time (16:00-19:00 UTC) Monday-Thursday. Outdoors of your conferences, we belief you to set your individual schedule by balancing your staff’s wants with your individual 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 take 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. The truth is, we’ve 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 vital to get loads of downtime and to get out and do one thing. We’ll stay up for seeing photos of your adventures in our #office_wall Slack channel!

Meet Your Workforce

A few of our greatest work (and bonding!) is completed in particular person. You’ll usually have the chance to satisfy along with your staff 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 atone for spreadsheets and powerpoints in a Finest Western convention room. Simply kidding. (It’s really laborious to write down that sentence, even figuring out it’s such a great joke.) To this point, 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 lately, Palm Springs. We work collectively, play collectively, and reinforce the bonds we’ve made as a staff and firm. Each time we meet up, we go away refreshed, motivated, and excited for the yr forward collectively.

Up Your Sport

We’re severe about serving to you enhance your craft. It’s an important work of our managers, and we price range for it, too (hey-o!). Assume conferences, on-line programs and subscriptions, devoted time away from work to be taught one thing new… It’s actually as much as you and your supervisor. However we like to see our folks rising. 

Different Advantages

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

For those who’re within the US, we additionally provide improbable 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 received you lined!) 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 charge construction attainable, the place all plan prices are paid by YNAB, not your retirement nest egg. The funding funds accessible are improbable, passively-managed, extremely low-cost index funds. You’re not a PF junkie? Belief us, it’s superior.) For those who’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 staff members. The beginning wage for this position will probably 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 proposal, we’ll decide essentially the most acceptable quantity primarily based on what we find out about your expertise and competency for the position, after which we’ll make you our greatest provide and hope that you just settle for! For those who be part of our staff, you’ll even be eligible for a elevate yearly and for our profit-share twice a yr. (YNAB wins, you win—that type of factor.)

A Few Remaining Tidbits

  • When you begin, we DEMAND (in a pleasant, ALL CAPS IS YELLING method) that you just fill out your “Bucket Listing” spreadsheet with 50 objects. (That’s more durable than it sounds!) 
  • We like to have fun with you once you full one thing in your bucket checklist—AND, we love utilizing your bucket checklist as inspiration in your finest birthday current(s) ever. 
  • We wish you firing on all cylinders, so we’ll set you up with a shiny new pc and exchange it each three years.  
  • Did we point out that YNAB makes an enormous, constructive distinction in folks’s lives? Chances are you’ll not assume that issues a lot, however then a couple of months down the street you’ll understand it’s made your job actually, actually gratifying. Don’t underestimate this one!

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

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

As we talked about earlier, you’ll be liable 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 somewhat bit extra.

To offer organizational readability, you’ll:

  • Facilitate key communication and choice making buildings within the product org.
  • Join points of imaginative and prescient to technique to concrete items of product work, during our product improvement course of.
  • Present constant updates and suggestions on the execution of product work, utilizing metrics which are acceptable to our strategic targets. 
  • Evangelize the aim, success, challenges, and wishes of the product throughout the corporate.

To tell actionable technique, you’ll:

  • Act as a associate and sounding board for the manager staff, and our CEO Todd particularly, to develop a radical understanding of our technique and its implications. 
  • Create and keep alternative roadmaps on the degree between firm technique and staff 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 improvement of the product past the quarter or the yr. Prioritize work primarily based 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 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 buildings, practices, and expectations essential to do product properly. (Critically, that’s an entire 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 various parts of capital-p Product, from design to product administration, engineering, knowledge science, product advertising and marketing, buyer assist, supply, and extra.
  • Facilitate the change of concepts in each formal and casual methods.
  • Keep and enhance upon the options of our product course of which are distinctive to us.

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

  • Work most intently with the product administration staff for management, administration, and accountability. 
  • Work with different purposeful 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.
  • Eat standing updates extra constantly than anybody else within the firm (and all people is fairly good at this, so excessive bar!).
  • (Actually, to checklist the bullets right here is likely to be a step overboard. Product organizations are extremely complicated, which , even after we’ve made and saved them so simple as will 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 capability to method product improvement as holistic, simultaneous, problem-solving of each consumer and enterprise targets. 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 path. 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 important to our shared success. And inside that, we all know 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 along with your assist and management, our product and product group will probably be with out peer.

The best way to 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. For those who’re not on this place proper now, however know somebody who is likely to be, we’d recognize you passing this alongside!


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