Head of Product Design



Product, Design
San Francisco, CA, USA
Posted on Tuesday, April 18, 2023
About r2c
Our mission is to make world-class software security available to everyone. This means building program analysis tools that are open source, easy to use, powerful, and fast. It also means building a team with security expertise and a passion for great developer experiences. Most of all, it means working with honesty and respect in a diverse community of dreamers and builders. We’ve redefined static analysis tooling by committing to all of these, and turned our project, Semgrep, into an essential safeguard for code at Snowflake, Dropbox, and more.
We’re looking for an enthusiastic Head of Design to help grow our small, but mighty product team. Together, we’ll collaborate and build world-class developer-focused product experiences in a creative and iterative environment. As a leader on our product team, you’ll help mature our open source and paid products, taking them from a flawed “works end-to-end” state to an exquisite “I can’t believe they thought of that!” future. You’ll be instrumental in making complex workflows and technical topics accessible to a broad audience of security and software engineers, securing the world’s most important code along the way.
Through r2c’s culture of collaboration and impact, you’ll see, and influence, the decisions that make an early-stage startup successful. Your contributions and decisions will affect every aspect of what we build and do. Let’s define “great” in the security and developers tools space, together!
Also, we are not looking for someone with many many years of "Head of Design" or management experience. So if you are looking to make that next step in your career and are craving a good challenge, we want you to apply. We believe skills are transferable and passion for r2c’s mission goes a long way.
What you'll do
Strategy & Planning
-Report to and be accountable to the Chief Product Officer (CPO)
-Co-own the user experience with the Head of Product
-Partner with peers in Engineering, Product Management, Sales, and Marketing to ensure product success
-Collaborate with the founders and your team to shape and refine the design vision and priorities
-Team Leadership & People management
-Hire, mentor, and manage a team of world-class Designers
-Manage the Design career ladder and create a healthy team culture
-Evangelize design and a product design philosophy across the company
-Prioritize and staff design projects, taking into account business needs and designers’ growth
Execution & Impact
-While the team is small (< 3), take on design projects as a player-coach
-Drive operational excellence on the design team, ensuring week-after-week progress on design initiatives
What you have
-7+ years of design experience, managing software products from inception through launch and iteration
-Experience designing products for engineering audiences
-Experience building and managing design teams
-Experience at a growth-stage company
-Have excellent written and verbal communication skills in English
-Preferred: prior experience as an engineer or the ability to code, however rusty
-Preferred: work in person 2-3 days a week in our San Francisco office
What we offer
Our goal is to competitively and fairly compensate every r2cer with a system that equally rewards those who are vocal and those who are less comfortable making demands during the final steps of the hiring process. To that end, we generate internal compensation bands that are used when discussing and negotiating salaries. We update these based on market data to make sure they’re above the average for comparable roles.
We also invest in our employees’ well-being and long term success with comprehensive health plans, generous vacation time, learning stipends, and more. Our benefits are for everyone, so that you’re taken care of, and we work with individuals to make sure they have what they need, whether that’s quiet work space, adjusted hours, or any other accommodation.
Who we are
We have people from France and the Philippines, physics and philosophy, formal methods research and full fledged corporations. We’re new parents and new grads, aspiring authors and adrenaline addicts, dog lovers and dogfooders. We get together often to bike, bake, and meet up in parks. In our interactions, we believe respect and honesty go hand in hand, and prioritize both.
r2c is an equal-opportunity employer seeking a diverse range of backgrounds. We value who you are — including your cultural heritage, your socioeconomic status, your age, your race, your gender, your sexual orientation, your disabilities. We value what’s vitally important to you — your family, your religion, your politics. We value what you love in this world — your music, your weekend pursuits. We believe in welcoming varied professional backgrounds, educations, and interests. If you’re exceptional in your role, believe in r2c’s mission, and treat r2c’s values as your own, you belong here.
You will need working proficiency and communication skills in verbal and written English. We work as a hybrid on-site / remote organization. r2c primarily works in the Pacific, Eastern, and Central EU time zones.
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