Operations Manager, Product and Technology

| Greater NYC Area

About Better.com:

We’re one of the fastest-growing homeownership companies in America. Why? Because we’re making homeownership simpler, faster — and most importantly, more accessible for all Americans.

By combining smarter technology with a desire to not just change one piece of the journey but the entire makeup of what it’s like to buy and own a home in this country, we’re building things that don’t exist yet. 

Better.com by the numbers: 

  • We fund $600 million in home loans per month
  • Nearly $5 billion in loans funded since our inception in 2016
  • 2 years running, we’re one of Crain’s “Best Places to work”
  • We’re #11 on Fortune’s Best Places to Work in NYC
  • And #964 on Inc.’s 2019 “5000 Fastest-Growing Companies” 
  • We’ve secured over $254 million from our investors to date 
  • ...and counting

We continue to outpace the industry at every turn. We’ve recently joined forces in partnership with Ally Bank. Plus, our backers have helped build some of the most transformative tech and finance companies in history. Kleiner Perkins, Goldman Sachs, IA Ventures, American Express, Citigroup, Activant Capital, and others have all invested in our vision of redefining the entire home buying journey.

A Better opportunity:

The Product and Engineering teams at Better consists of about 100 engineers and 20 product managers. Together they are responsible for the end to end experience getting a loan at Better.com, as well as all the things behind the scenes automating and structuring the mortgage process. It’s a team that moves very quickly – we ship improvements to Better.com about 50 times daily, and we use tons of data to improve the experience and drive decisions.

The Product Operations Manager role will work with the Product, Design and Engineering teams along with their stakeholders to strengthen product feedback loops, operationalize processes and products, and to scale knowledge across the organization. As the team grows rapidly (we've grown >3x in last year) we want someone to focus on the product development process as if it were a product itself. Some examples of things you might be working on:

  • Build consistent communication and documentation processes across PDE to ensure successful communication within the team, the necessary sales/ops teams, executives, and other cross functional stakeholders 
  • Identify resource needs across the org and drive the headcount planning process
  • Create a consistent reporting plan for all teams KPIs metrics and work with the data team to build dashboards so that each team can track their goals quantitatively 
  • Work with product, design, engineering leads and stakeholders to help run the quarterly planning process.
  • Refine and own processes for how to deal with outages, bugs, and escalations from other teams
  • Set up and coordinate onboarding for new engineers and product managers
  • Map out an org chart and stay involved in designing the organization chart
  • Research vendors, onboard new ones, manage vendor relationships, and optimize costs
  • Identify gaps in cross-team knowledge or collaboration and create programs / processes to help our PDE team connect the dots of this incredibly complex product

About You:

  • At least 3 years of experience in product, technology, consulting, finance, or at a startup.
  • Ability to operate in fast-paced, hyper-growth environments
  • Comfortable with ambiguity, takes initiative with little to no direction
  • Strong communication and interpersonal skills
  • Strong stakeholder management skills
  • An interest in technology, although no formal knowledge is required.
  • Careful and accurate with details
  • A bias for action, as well as a strong sense of practicality and effectiveness.
  • You have strong analysis and modeling skills – you love taking a messy problem and figuring out a way to simplify it down to a spreadsheet
  • You communicate fluently through slide decks and documents when needed

Things we value: 

  • Curiosity. Why? How? Repeat.
  • Nerdiness. Financial news and trends are fascinating. Seriously.   
  • Relentlessness. No one here gives up. We try. We fail. We try again.
  • Passion. If you don’t get excited about homeownership, mortgages, and real estate, it simply won’t work.
  • Smarts: book and street. We have to use all the tools at our disposal to build Better.
  • Empathy and Compassion. You understand that people's biggest dreams are in your hands.
  • Communication. Can you ask for help or put your hand up when you don’t understand?
  • Building. Doing. Making. Yes, we have to do a lot of thinking and talking to figure this stuff out, but you can’t wait to leave the conversation and build it.
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Location

Across the street from the tallest building in the western hemisphere.

An Insider's view of Better.com

How would you describe the company’s work-life balance?

It's not a secret that at a successful start-up, you have to work hard. That's why we have a very liberal work-from-home and unlimited PTO policy at Better. We know that people perform their best when they're happy and healthy, and emphasize that your individual needs being met are what helps meet the needs of our customers.

David

Sales

What does your typical day look like?

First, I glance at emails and my calendar. Then, I put in my free Seamless order (lunch and dinner is covered). I then use the first few hours of my day for deep thinking and problem solving where I sit with my notebook to brainstorm and sketch out ideas and initiatives. After lunch is when I have all of my meetings with teams in the US and India.

Jillian

Collateral

How has your career grown since starting at the company?

I started as an Office Manager from Undergrad. A year later, I became a Customer Experience Associate for our Mortgage Operations team, and 3 months after that, I managed a team of 10 associates. Two years later, I found myself as a Customer Experience Strategist. I've had the opportunity to grow tremendously within and outside of my roles.

Kristin

Customer Experience Strategist

What are Better.com Perks + Benefits

Better.com Benefits Overview

Life/work, not work/life- All work and no play is a recipe for a breakdown. So we give our team members unlimited time off.

Community Feels- Happy hours, birthday parties, book clubs, and more. We believe in building a community, not just a company.

Tools of the Trade- From cozy couches to new computers, Better provides whatever you need to help us succeed.

Full Health Bars- We take care of our own. Better offers fully funded health, dental, and vision benefits, as well as a 401k plan and up to 20 weeks paid parental leave.

Food For Days- Hungry employees aren’t happy employees. That’s why Better team members get free lunch, dinner, and snacks. Every. Single. Day.

Competitive Compensation- Cash and equity. If you care about that sort of thing. Which we do.

Culture
Friends outside of work
Eat lunch together
Open door policy
Group brainstorming sessions
Open office floor plan
Diversity
Dedicated Diversity/Inclusion Staff
Highly diverse management team
Health Insurance & Wellness Benefits
Flexible Spending Account (FSA)
Dental Benefits
Vision Benefits
Health Insurance Benefits
Life Insurance
Retirement & Stock Options Benefits
401(K)
Company Equity
Child Care & Parental Leave Benefits
Child Care Benefits
Generous Parental Leave
Vacation & Time Off Benefits
Unlimited Vacation Policy
Paid Holidays
Paid Sick Days
Perks & Discounts
Casual Dress
Commuter Benefits
Company Outings
Free Daily Meals
Stocked Kitchen
Relocation Assistance
Professional Development Benefits
Job Training & Conferences
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