Manager, Design and Research Ops

Department: Product Design

Req ID: R29548

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Manager, Design and Research Ops

  • Prague, Czechia
  • Remote, Czechia
  • Estonia
  • Remote, Greece
  • Remote, Poland
  • Full_time

Citrix builds the secure digital workspace technology that frees 400,000 customers to do their very best work from anywhere. By joining our award-winning workplace, you’ll be included in the globally diverse, collaborative team that values work-life balance. Come see why Fortune named us one of the 100 Best Companies to Work For®. Let’s innovate and grow together!

What we're looking for:

As a Manager for Design and Research Ops you help enable Wrike’s Product Design and Research group to run effectively to make products that are usable, enjoyable, and scalable for our customers. Partnering closely with Product Design, Product Management, Engineering, and business leaders, you help drive Wrike’s priorities through seamless day-to-day operations and strong stakeholder alignment, with an eye towards scale and efficiency. Wrike is a leading project collaboration cloud software with an innovative product that helps thousands of customers in 130 countries manage their projects, businesses, and employees. It is loved by global brands like Google, Airbnb, L'Oreal, Western Union, Fitbit, Hootsuite, Greenpeace, and startups around.


Role Overview

In this role, you’ll be a key leader for the product design team, leading end-to-end planning, execution, and operations of programs to make our team members successful in executing our product initiatives. You anticipate how decisions are made, persistently explore and uncover new ways of doing things, and work collaboratively with stakeholders. You have demonstrated strong performance in your prior roles; you thrive in ambiguity and demonstrate problem-solving leadership with limited oversight.


What you'll do

  • Drive consistency and harmony in our teams operating rhythm partnering with Product and Engineering operations, and continuously improving our Software Development Lifecycle.

  • Optimize interaction models between Product, Engineering, Design, Creative, and Marketing, influencing cross-functionally to identify opportunity, unlock productivity, and accelerate execution.

  • Ensure recurrent functional meetings are well prepared, such as: design reviews within design team and with stakeholders and executives, Show and Tell, Design Leadership weeklies.

  • Help with ensuring functional goals and metrics are well set for both product and functional initiatives.

  • Manage the Design Debt backlog so that it represents the delta between the reality and the desired state in a priority order.

  • Recruit participant for Research studies and organise customer visits.

  • Research, advocate and plan budgets for best-in-class tools and services. Manage procurement.

  • Enhance team members development plans, looking for training and mentorship.

  • Document processes and decisions (Guru, Design System, Wrike).

  • Manage Product Design and UX Research Spaces in Wrike.

  • Manage and improve the process for new team member onboarding and their experience while going through onboarding.

  • Helping manage budgets.

  • Help organize team events.

  • Support Employer branding activities being the first point of contact.

  • Initiate and run projects across multiple simultaneous projects that significantly improve the Design org’s operations and create cohesion across Design disciplines.

  • Help with attracting and nurturing the best talent.


What we are looking for

  • Significant professional design experience.

  • Demonstrated ability to work through ambiguity to detailed solutions. You can take a vague problem, crisply frame the challenge, identify a path forward, and drive an initiative over the finish-line.

  • Track record of managing and shipping impactful design initiatives in a large digital product org.

  • Long-term strategic thinking balanced with near-term execution skills. Distinctive problem-solving skills.

  • Proven ability to build strong relationships and influence business leaders.

  • Demonstrable leadership skills and experience in mediation, negotiation, and conflict resolution. 

  • Demonstrated track record successfully managing ambitious and operationally complex projects with cross-functional teams.

  • Experience in structuring and implementing initiatives at scale with design and product teams.

  • Background in establishing systems: experience developing process where little exists, and demonstrated flexibility to get things done.

  • Passionate and enthusiastic about organizational excellence and attention to detail.

  • Thrives in ambiguity in a fast-paced, hyper-growth organization.


Additional skills that will help you to stand out

  • Excellent interpersonal skills, with the capability to distill complex ideas to their essence.

  • Experience with agile software design methods.

  • Deep knowledge of and appreciation for the Product Design process.

  • Experience with or understanding of cross-functional (Design, Product Management, Product Marketing, Engineering) product-driven organizations.

Functional Area:

Product Design

What you’re looking for:

Everyone is welcome at Citrix. We prioritize diversity, equity, inclusion, and a culture of belonging, and celebrate bringing our courageous, authentic selves to work. We believe this way of working helps us innovate, and it’s just one of the reasons why our employees continuously recognize Citrix as a great place to work.

Citrix helps make work more sustainable to benefit the planet, our business, and our communities. For more than 30 years, we have empowered individuals and organizations to work remotely or work from anywhere, reducing commuting emissions and energy consumption in the process. 

We are the #1 leader in Virtual Client Computing (VCC) and #2 in the Application Delivery Controller (ADC) space, and we have key partnerships with top cloud providers. We’ll give you the tools, learning opportunities, mentorship, and flexibility to achieve your goals. Come see why you belong at Citrix, with our culture supporting purposeful innovation and growth from within. 

The Benefits

We offer a competitive total rewards package* that includes:

  • 18 weeks of paid parental leave
  • Health and wellness benefits
  • Employee assistance program
  • Retirement benefits
  • Time off and absence programs
  • Professional development and mentorship opportunities
  • Paid volunteer time and charitable matching of employee donations
  • Employee resource groups
  • And more!

**Please note that benefits may vary based on location.

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