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Director of R&D Operations

Abnormal Security

Abnormal Security

Operations
United States · Remote
Posted on Wednesday, January 31, 2024

About the Role

As the Director of R&D Operations at our Enterprise SaaS business, you will play a crucial role in ensuring the smooth functioning of our R&D organization. You will be responsible for overseeing and aligning the operational aspects of the R&D department. This includes the cross-divisional ownership of the employee journey within R&D, contributing to talent strategy, and ensuring operational excellence in our engineering processes.

What we offer: An opportunity to be part of a dynamic, cross-functional team in a rapidly growing SaaS enterprise; A culture of innovation and continuous learning; Competitive salary and benefits package; Career growth and development opportunities.

What You Will Do

  • Cross-Divisional Leadership: Lead initiatives to optimize the employee journey across multiple product divisions. This involves close collaboration with the People department to enhance the experience and productivity of our R&D personnel.
  • Operational Excellence: Implement and maintain a consistent operating system across standing teams, including the use of tools like Jira for sprint planning, standups, and overall project management.
  • Talent and Hiring Strategy: Work in conjunction with the People department to define roles, manage compensation, and develop organizational structures that align with our geo strategy and business objectives.
  • R&D Enablement & Onboarding: Oversee the enablement and onboarding processes for engineers, aiming to reduce the time to first code check-in and ensuring proficiency in code readability.
  • Knowledge Management: Act as the knowledge manager for R&D, maintaining and improving Confluence as a central repository for all R&D-related information.
  • R&D Execution Monitoring: Ensure the adherence of standing teams to a consistent process, monitoring the percentage of teams using this process effectively.
  • Business Operations Collaboration: Collaborate with the Finance department on R&D business metrics, focusing on productivity analysis, margin and cost programs, and investment strategies.
  • Metrics to Drive:
    • Time to first code check-in and time to code readability review.
    • Consistency and effectiveness of R&D operating processes.
    • Employee journey satisfaction and productivity within R&D.
    • Effectiveness of talent and hiring strategies.

Must Haves

  • Proven experience in R&D operations, ideally in a SaaS or technology-focused environment.
  • Strong leadership and people management skills.
  • Excellent organizational and project management abilities.
  • Familiarity with agile methodologies and tools like Jira.
  • Strong communication and collaboration skills.

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