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Strategy and Operations

The Strategy and Operations team are GitLab's internal strategy consultants who move from problem to problem in different functional areas. This team also plays an operational role in helping to support key intiatives while supporting the Chief of Staff and CEO.

Levels

Staff Strategy and Operations

The Staff Strategy and Operations reports to the Chief of Staff.

Staff Strategy and Operations Job Grade

The Staff Strategy and Operations is a grade 8 role.

Staff Strategy and Operations Responsibilities

  • Fill in knowledge gaps of the Chief of Staff
  • Identify procedural gaps in existing workflows and work to resolve with optimization, automation, and data
  • Support the creation of prepared materials (documents, decks) for the Chief of Staff and the CEO
  • Translate practical needs into technical and/or business requirements
  • Support special projects that are urgent and important
  • Execute on projects and ongoing assignments for the Chief of Staff
  • Demonstrate GitLab values in all work

Staff Strategy and Operations Requirements

  • Detail-oriented forward thinker
  • Excellent written, verbal, and technical communicator
  • Experience making data-driven decisions
  • Able to manage multiple tasks with competing timelines and deliverables
  • Track record of leadership independent of role
  • History of working cross-functionally to move projects forward
  • Evidence of success in leading key business initiatives. Demonstrated ability to take a project from ideation through to implementation
  • Experience at a strategy consulting firm is preferred
  • Ideally, 2+ years experience in high growth startup environments
  • Familiarity with the industry is a plus
  • Ability to use GitLab

Principal Strategy and Operations

The Principal Strategy and Operations reports to the Chief of Staff.

Principal Strategy and Operations Job Grade

The Principal Strategy and Operations is a grade 9 role.

Principal Strategy and Operations Responsibilities

  • Extends that of the Staff Strategy and Operations responsibilities
  • Collaborate cross-functionally with counterparts throughout the business
  • Identify opportunities to improve business efficiency and make changes to improve the business
  • Translate practical needs into technical and/or business requirements

Principal Strategy and Operations Requirements

  • Extends that of the Staff Strategy and Operations requirements
  • Track record of success as an individual contributor or manager
  • Ability to work collaboratively and drive results with junior and senior team members
  • Strategic or operational work experience, preferably both
  • 5+ years of work experience. Ideally, 2+ years experience in high growth startup environments

Director of Strategy and Operations

The Director of Strategy and Operations reports to the Chief of Staff.

Director of Strategy and Operations Job Grade

The Director of Strategy and Operations is a grade 10 role.

Director of Strategy and Operations Responsibilities

  • Responsible for the success of 2-3 high priority, cross-functional initiatives at any given moment. For example, market entries, pricing and packing projects, important communications, and organizational realignments
  • Fill in gaps in other parts of the business when there are short-term vacancies or a lack of relevant skills or capacity
  • Collaborate cross-functionally with senior counterparts throughout the business
  • Identify opportunities to improve business efficiency and make changes to improve the business
  • Prepare materials (documents, decks) for the Chief of Staff and the CEO
  • Translate practical needs into technical and/or business requirements
  • Execute on projects and ongoing assignments for the Chief of Staff and/or CEO
  • Demonstrate GitLab values in all work

Director of Strategy and Operations Requirements

  • Track record of leadership independent of role
  • Ability to work collaboratively and drive results with senior leadership
  • Strategic and operational work experience
  • Detail-oriented forward thinker
  • Excellent written, verbal, and technical communicator
  • Experience making data-driven decisions
  • Able to manage multiple tasks with competing timelines and deliverables
  • History of working cross-functionally to move projects forward
  • Evidence of success in leading key business initiatives. Demonstrated ability to take a project from ideation through to implementation
  • Experience at a strategy consulting firm and/or working across multiple functions at a fast growing company
  • 8+ years of work experience. Ideally, 4+ years experience in high growth startup environments
  • Familiarity with the industry is a plus
  • Ability to use GitLab

Specialties

Strategy and Operations (Data)
  • Extends that of the Staff or Principal level Strategy and Operations
  • Experience stepping into a new data source and preparing new analyses
  • A familiarity with proxy metrics where actual measurements aren’t available
  • Ability to guide conversations related to strategic choices of performance indicators
Strategy and Operations (Operations)
  • Extends that of the Staff or Principal level Strategy and Operations
  • Experience leading ongoing projects and initiatives
  • Proven ability to manage cross-functional projects with folks at different levels of the business
  • Track record of moving key initiatives from idea to delivery
  • Experience in setting goals and driving toward quantifiable results
  • Ability to operate iteratively
Strategy and Operations (Technical)
  • Extends that of the Staff or Principal level Strategy and Operations
  • Deeply understands and is able to synthesize the market, competition, and upcoming solutions in the DevOps space
  • Proven ability to manage cross-functional projects. Need to not only excel in operating at a strategic level but also need to understand when to dive deep to keep the project on track
  • Readiness to partner directly with the CEO, CoST, or other senior leaders on high priority initiaties
  • Technical background and clear understanding of developer products. Familiarity with Git, Continuous Integration, Containers, Kubernetes, and Project Management software a plus
  • Ability to find opportunities where teams need to collaborate with each other and help them make those decisions that are optimal for the company even if they maybe sub-optimal in the short term for particular groups

Performance Indicators

Career Ladder

This is a cross-functional role, so team members will have exposure to broader parts of the organization. They may choose to join other teams. They may also be considered for the Chief of Staff role as the Chief of Staff completes the rotation.

Hiring Process

Candidates for this position can expect the hiring process to follow the order below. Please keep in mind that candidates can be declined from the position at any stage of the process. To learn more about someone who may be conducting the interview, find their job title on our team page

  • Qualified candidates will be invited to schedule a 30 minute screening call with one of our global recruiters
  • Next, candidates will be invited to schedule a 50 minute interview with a team member from another department
  • Then, candidates will be invited to schedule a 50 minute interview with the Chief of Staff and be asked to complete a homework assignment
  • Next, candidates will be invited to schedule a 50 minute interview with a member of our Engineering team and be asked to complete a product assessment
  • Then candidates will be invited to schedule a 50 minute interview with our CLO or another member of the executive team
  • Finally, candidates will meet with our CEO who will conduct the final interview

As always, the interviews and screening call will be conducted via a video call. See more details about our hiring process on the hiring handbook.

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