Director, Product Management

| Greater NYC Area
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Foursquare is the leading independent location technology company, powered by our deep understanding of how people move throughout the world. Our solutions help businesses make smarter decisions, developers create more engaging experiences, and brands build more effective marketing strategies.

Foursquare’s platform includes Attribution, Audience, Pinpoint, Proximity, Places, Pilgrim SDK and Visits. As the industry’s first and only accredited company for location data from the Media Rating Council (MRC), this foundation powers all our solutions — those that exist today and those we have yet to build. Over 14 billion consumer-verified place visit confirmations help us keep our map and models fresh and up-to-date, building a phone’s-eye-view of the world with 105 million unique places of interest worldwide.

About this Position:

Foursquare is looking for a Director/Senior Director of Product for our Places product and venues database. Our POI data is at the core of all of our location services with over 100mm locations built through a wide range of sources including our 50k+ user base. From restaurants to bars, stores to parks, hotels to colleges, our database spans every type of point-of-interest across the world. The Foursquare places database (now combined with Factual) is considered the largest and highest quality independent dataset in the world. In addition to powering our branded products, Places is the location layer for the internet, powering the location features of tens of thousands developers, including Apple, Microsoft, Uber and many more.  

You’ll be responsible for managing a team of product managers, working cross-functionally with the senior management team and developing a strong vision for Places. Your role will be to continue to develop our Places database into the most comprehensive and highest quality source of location data for use by both Foursquare products as we look to further grow revenue from external developers.  

Responsibilities:

  • Develop long term strategy, vision and priorities for your team
  • Partner with engineering leads to ensure team of PM’s, designers and engineers are operating effectively at all levels
  • Manage cross-team dynamics to ensure the entire team is successful, proactively instituting process improvements across your team, e.g., review and provide feedback on roadmaps, strategic plans and feature specs
  • Plan the structure of your team, managing headcount, succession planning, external hires and internal transfers 
  • Motivate your team through a variety of strategies to ensure they are engaged and connected to the larger company mission
  • Communicate status and challenges to upper management and across to stakeholders as you work cross-functionally with other teams to execute features and ensure a cohesive integration across the broader organization.
  • Present a compelling narrative of the division and company strategy to large groups both internal and external to Foursquare
  • Own the OKR setting process for your teams, working closely with business partners to ensure all teams working towards the same goals
  • Manage the performance of your team of product managers, including providing regular feedback, holding recurring 1:1’s, writing performance reviews, determining compensation, making promotion decisions, evaluating team against ladder, leveling up the skill set of your PMs, helping PMs set career goals, coaching through difficult situations, providing honest critical feedback.
  • Create a transparent, collaborative and dynamic team culture, embracing Foursquare’s core values and serving as a model to the organization
  • Work closely with the product leadership team to set standards for the product team
  • Serve as the subject matter expert for the domains in your division and provide guidance to the leadership team into customer needs, business strategy, marketplace dynamics and competitors
  • Attend conferences and customer calls, gathering information from current and prospective customers as well as helping close deals
  • Stay up to date on product development across the company, identifying dependencies, potential impact to your team, and opportunities for to drive larger impact

Qualifications:

  • Experience: You have 7-10+ years product management experience on developer platform products.  Bonus: experience in location space and/or with APIs.
  • Management: You have directly managed a team of 2+ product managers
  • Execution: You have led multiple product teams which are able to execute consistently, delivering quality projects of the broadest scope and impact on time
  • UX: You are passionate about creating intuitive, simple user experiences.  You have a strong eye for usability and quality design.  You are a strong partner to and advocate for design
  • Technical: You are comfortable working with engineering leadership to prioritize broadly and you understand technical complexities of your product areas
  • Analytical: You have a good grasp of experiment design, statistical analysis and multivariate testing.  You can use data to set OKRs, create dashboards to monitor product health, review analyses from across the company and develop basic models. You can construct a narrative for using data in order to drive the decision making process
  • Organizational skills:  You are able to manage multiple teams with stakeholders across the organization.  You have experience working closely with business & marketing partners
  • Communication: You’re a strong communicator, both written and orally. You enjoy working with complex concepts and distilling them down so that anyone can understand them. You’re comfortable working cross functionally with stakeholders and can manage competing needs to drive alignment and resolution
  • Diplomatic: You know how to work with all different types of personalities, and can navigate tough conversations
  • Adaptive: You are curious, optimistic and a skilled problem-solver.  You embrace the unknown and are able to adapt to shifts in priorities.You look outside your day to day to ensure you keep learning and growing

Foursquare is proud to foster an inclusive environment that is free from discrimination. We strongly believe in order to build the best products, we need a diversity of perspectives and backgrounds. This leads to a more delightful experience for our users and team members. We value listening to every voice and we encourage everyone to come be a part of building a company and products we love.

Foursquare is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, protected Veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

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Location

Our office is located in Flatiron, a central neighborhood in Manhattan with numerous trendy restaurants, shops, and workout studios!

An Insider's view of Foursquare

What are some social events your company does?

We have a strong history of fun events in our offices like an annual talent show and outside trips such as sporting events! Since going remote, there have been awesome monthly curated events such as terrarium making and Japanese water marbling classes. Not to mention all the fun competitions for big prizes that happen in between!

Garrick

Operations Manager

What projects are you most excited about?

Foursquare's working with the best location intelligence data in the industry and we're putting together the sorts of tooling that our customers are going to love! I can't divulge exactly what we're working on yet, but it’s going to be exciting.

Javier

Senior Sales Engineer

How does the company support your career growth?

I'm continuously encouraged to connect with colleagues across different teams to discover new opportunities and explore those that interest me. I also appreciate having recurring 1:1 discussions with my manager about what's happening with the company at large and how I can set myself up for success and continuous growth throughout my career.

Emily

Senior Account Manager

How do you empower your team to be more creative?

Creativity most often come from spending time with our customers, and thinking about how we as a business can solve their problems. So I encourage my team to maniacally focus on solving our customer's problems. And out of that type of focus comes new product ideas, new features and ultimately bigger and more interesting client relationships.

Jim

SVP, Client + Partner Solutions

What are Foursquare Perks + Benefits

Foursquare Benefits Overview

Learning and development programs from ICs to managers

Individual, professional coaching for all full-time employees

Flexible time off - rest and recharge when you need it!

Comprehensive and competitive health, vision, dental, life insurance

401(k) with company match

Home office setup: you get all necessary hardware and internet reimbursement

Family planning programs via Carrot and Maven

Employee Resource Groups to help you stay connected

And much more!

Culture
Friends outside of work
Eat lunch together
Intracompany committees
Team based strategic planning
Open office floor plan
Diversity
Dedicated Diversity/Inclusion Staff
Someone's primary function is managing the company’s diversity and inclusion initiatives
Diversity Employee Resource Groups
Hiring Practices that Promote Diversity
Health Insurance & Wellness Benefits
Flexible Spending Account (FSA)
Disability Insurance
Dental Benefits
Vision Benefits
Health Insurance Benefits
Life Insurance
Wellness Programs
Mental Health Benefits
Retirement & Stock Options Benefits
401(K)
401(K) Matching
Company Equity
Employee Stock Purchase Plan
Performance Bonus
Child Care & Parental Leave Benefits
Generous Parental Leave
Family Medical Leave
Vacation & Time Off Benefits
Unlimited Vacation Policy
Generous PTO
Paid Holidays
Paid Sick Days
Perks & Discounts
Beer on Tap
Casual Dress
Commuter Benefits
Company Outings
Stocked Kitchen
Some Meals Provided
Happy Hours
Fitness Subsidies
Home Office Stipend for Remote Employees
Professional Development Benefits
Diversity Program
Lunch and learns
Cross functional training encouraged
Promote from within
Time allotted for learning
Online course subscriptions available

Additional Perks + Benefits

Full coverage for medical, dental, and vision insurance · Flexible vacation and sick days · Competitive salaries and equity packages · Discounted gym memberships and $50/month gym reimbursement · Subsidized dinner every night, delicious catered lunches, and tons of fattening snacks

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