Director - Product, Infrastructure, and Systems

The Block



Founded in 2018, with employees across the world, The Block is the leading research, analysis, and news brand in the digital asset space. The Block's team is spread across 5 continents and 15+ time zones, covering the global cryptocurrency space 24/7. The Block delivers deep insight into how the emerging digital assets sector interacts with traditional finance, technology, governments, and markets. We reach hundreds of thousands of technologists, financial market participants, Fortune 500 professionals, global service providers, policymakers, and more through our main website, dedicated Research Portal, podcast, and events. As a Director, Design at The Block, you will be responsible for building and leading a team of world class designers charged with crafting highly engaging and accessible user experiences across The Blockโ€™s core products. You will build the team, the design process, and help drive product development. The Director will shape and evangelize the user research and testing functions. As a Director, Product โ€“ Infrastructure and Systems at The Block, you will lead the evolution of the products and systems that span across our B2C and B2B product lines. You will build the team, support in creating product processes,and drive product strategy for our platforms and systems. The Director will be tasked with managing products that cross nearly every department within the company You will report to the VP, Product, who will work with you to set the Product strategy and vision for the Infrastructure and Systems team. You will be uniquely positioned to build this new team from the ground up. The responsibilities for this team will include partnering with the Editorial department to buildout our story telling capabilities, partnering with Marketing to optimize our Newsletter product, and partnering with the Data and Research teams to build world class data products for our customers. This role is central to the development of the products which power our B2B and B2B offerings.  The hiring range for this role is $160,000 - $190,000 in base salary, plus equity and benefits. Base salary pay within the provided range will be refined based on candidateโ€™s experience and location.

You will:

    • Partner closely with leaders from Design and Engineering to build high-quality experiences at scale across several product lines 
    • Collaborate with Sales and Account Management to truly understand our customers and the value proposition of our products 
    • Partner cross functionally with the stakeholders of each of your supported product lines 
    • Develop and organization structure, hire and attract talent to the team, mentor team members. 
    • Collaborate with VP, Product to develop companywide product processes 
    • Individually contribute when required to meet deadlines 
    • Support B2C and B2B product teams on their respective product initiatives 
    • Be obsessed with the competitive landscape and strive to identify gaps between our products and theirs. 
    • Build out world class systems to support our editorial and marketing teams 
    • Lead brainstorming and ideation sessions with stakeholders across the company 
    • Contribute to the culture of quality, healthy collaboration and leading by example 

Qualifications:

    • Experience with B2B and B2C product development 
    • Experience in building out scaled newsletter products 
    • Expertise in WordPress 
    • Understanding of complex data infrastructures โ€“ Ability to synthesize into user friendly interfaces 
    • Ability to carry out work from concept to production 
    • Management and mentoring experience 
    • Experience in working collaboratively 
    • Receptive to feedback and critique

The following are not required, but are nice to have:

    • Experience in conducting user interviews and user testing 
    • Strong relationships with design and engineering teams in past work environments 
    • Experience working with front-end coding technologies (HTML, CSS, Javascript) 
    • Experience working with component-based libraries 
    • Experience with Video Player products 
    • Interest in digital assets, crypto, and blockchain technologies 
Who We Are: The culture of The Block lies in our key behaviors. Itโ€™s who we are and itโ€™s how we show up everyday.We are confidently humble. We jump in and roll up our sleeves. We know thereโ€™s always more to learn and we operate without egos.We are actionably curious. We strive to be an expert in our field and always seek opportunities to expand our knowledge and skill set. We put our learnings into practice every day. We practice tenacious ownership. Every day when we show up we are contributors, teammates, and owners. We rotate through those three hats with agility and without sacrificing accountability or consistency.We practice respectful partnership. We treat others as weโ€™d expect to be treated - with respect, concern, understanding, and patience.Why You Should Work Here:We take care of our employees and we have the benefits and perks to support it. Our full-time, US based employees are eligible for Unlimited PTO, remote first environment, high health plan employer contributions, monthly wellness stipend, generous parental leave policy, 401k match, fitness partnerships, fertility benefits, One Medical membership and Citibike membership. Weโ€™re a remote first company which allows us to hire the best person for the job regardless of location. Impactful work. Regardless of your role at The Block youโ€™re making a meaningful contribution to our mission in accelerating the evolution of financial systems through independent reporting and technical research of all projects influencing the future of financial services.What Else Should You Know?The Block is an equal employment opportunity employer.  Qualified candidates are considered for employment without regard to race, religion, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, age, military or veteran status, disability, or any other characteristic protected by applicable law.During our application process we collect completely anonymous diversity information. Providing this information is voluntary but we want you to know what we do with it. We use the data to ensure that our recruiting practices are bringing diverse talent to the organization and we are reacting where we are coming up short. We strive to use the data to ensure we have the tools and resources for all employees both during the interview process and should those employees choose to join us at The Block. 

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