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Senior Director of Strategy and Innovation

Company: Proofpoint, Inc
Location: Pittsburgh
Posted on: September 13, 2020

Job Description:

Senior Director of Strategy and Innovation Pittsburgh, PA

It's fun to work in a company where people truly BELIEVE in what they're doing!

We're committed to bringing passion and customer focus to the business.

Company Overview

At Proofpoint, we have a passion for protecting people, data, and brands from today’s advanced threats and compliance risks. We hire the best people in the business to:

Build and enhance our proven security platform

Blend innovation and speed in a constantly evolving cloud architecture

Analyze new threats and offer deep insight through data-driven intel

Collaborate with customers to help solve their toughest security challenges

We are singularly devoted to helping our customers protect what matters most. That’s why we’re a leader in next-generation cybersecurity—and why more than half of the Fortune 100 trust us as a security partner.

The Role

We are seeking a Senior Director of Strategy and Innovation who will be reporting to the SVP and General Manager of ProofPoint’s Security Awareness Training (PSAT) division. This role offers a unique opportunity to assist us in accelerating our PSAT growth.

It will involve guiding and facilitating the ProofPoint Security Awareness Training leadership team in formulating its strategy and then operationalizing it into a set of product and innovation streams. In terms of product, you will act as a mentor and resource to product leaders in decomposing the business strategy into key thematic areas that provide focus to the different product roadmaps. With regards to strategy, you will work with the leadership team to identify key strategic imperatives – based on an ongoing synthesis of market dynamics, and customer needs – and operationalize them with the right processes and operating mechanisms.

Your day to day

Primary responsibility is to drive the development of the PSAT’s long-term strategic direction

Organize & facilitate strategy process across PSAT stakeholders in order to develop and maintain the PSAT business strategy

Work with product management and engineering leaders to translate strategic imperatives into product and innovation focus areas.

Curate & synthesize Market & Competitive intelligence in order to identify new growth opportunities

Manage the overall funnel of potential growth initiatives across the PSAT organization

Conduct market research on selected initiatives to determine which are viable

Build business plans around viable options for launch consideration

Facilitate the executive level dialogue and decision-making about growth options

Enable the launch of growth initiatives through cross-functional team leadership

Build market models to identify future trends in core and adjacent markets

Build out and manage a light-weight cross-functional end to end innovation process designed to curate an innovative culture

Drive technology and business process improvements that are managed by metrics and communicated across teams.

Build out a process to discover un-met and underserved customer needs using jobs-to-be-done methods and tools.

Work with leadership to identify and drive focus areas for innovation by facilitating innovation discovery sessions across the PSAT and broader Proofpoint teams to harvest product ideas and align strategy to innovation

Develop repeatable organizational test & learn processes & tools to rapidly validate ideas and solution prototypes.

Drive a culture of design thinking and experimentation

Provide a data informed view of market dynamics and customer needs that informs decisions around buy/build/partner

What you bring to the team

MBA or equivalent experience.

Over 10 years in progressive leadership roles

Collaborative leader with stellar stakeholder management skills

Proven experience setting strategy, managing complex strategic projects and innovation teams, driving business and technical alignment, and communicating with both internal and external stakeholders

Collaborative, cross-functional, action-oriented approach

Highly curious with a customer-centric mindset

A proponent of all things Agile - ability to fail fast and apply learnings

Experiencing coaching and mentoring at all levels of organization

Highly effective interpersonal effectiveness with strengths in communication, persuasion, influence

Self-starter who thrives and can multitask in fast-paced and often ambiguous environments

A background in education and cybersecurity preferred

Why Proofpoint

As a customer focused and driven-to-win organization with leading edge products, there are many exciting reasons to join the Proofpoint team. We believe in hiring the best the brightest and cultivating a culture of collaboration and appreciation. As we continue to grow and expand globally, we understand that hiring the right people and treating them well is key to our success! We are a multi-national company with locations in 10 countries, with each location contributing to Proofpoint’s amazing culture!

If you like wild growth and working with happy, enthusiastic over-achievers, you'll enjoy your career with us!

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About Us At Proofpoint, we have a passion for protecting people, data, and brands from today’s advanced threats and compliance risks. We hire the best people in the business to:

Build and enhance our proven security platform

Blend innovation and speed in a constantly evolving cloud architecture

Analyze new threats and offer deep insight through data-driven intel

Collaborate with customers to help solve their toughest security challenges

We are singularly devoted to helping our customers protect what matters most. That’s why we’re a leader in next-generation cybersecurity—and why more than half of the Fortune 100 trust us as a security partner.

Proofpoint is an equal opportunity employer, we hire without consideration to race, religion, creed, color, national origin, age, gender, sexual orientation, marital status, veteran status or disability.

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