Hi 👋 I'm Benji, Co-Founder and CEO of Ashby. I'm looking to hire a Senior Product Manager who will be reporting directly to me and gradually taking over more and more of my personal product responsibilities.
We have very ambitious plans for the future and are building Ashby with a unique Product & Engineering philosophy - I want this hire to help me scale our approach.
Our current product offering consists of four major modules, ATS, CRM, Scheduling Automation and Analytics. From day one we have aimed to build "all-in-one and best-in class". Doing that with a relatively small team has required us to be smart about creating leverage within our product (via reusable modules), optimizing how our team spends time and maximizing ownership Engineers can take to own projects without many additional stakeholders.
In addition to building a multi-product foundation from day one, we have also put a lot of focus on allowing for customizability and power user features, while keeping Ashby easy to get started with.
We want to continue down this ambitious path in future and add multiple new products, which means we:
Are not just building a product, but building a platform
Need to find a balance between re-usable building blocks and feature-specific behavior
Blend enterprise customizability and ease of use
We also want to continuously delight users. We hear "I never thought one could fall in love with an ATS" quite often, and we want to keep that true for all future products we build.
In the long term, you will own the entire roadmap for a large portion of Ashby's existing modules. You will be a significant contributor to our overall product strategy and hugely impact our product velocity and quality.
In the short term, you will collaborate closely with me and focus more on execution of individual projects as you familiarize yourself with our space, customers, and how we do product at Ashby.
Because we give Engineers a lot of product ownership and autonomy you can focus on high leverage activities instead of spelling out user stories and managing sprints (we are decidedly low process on Product/Engineering).
For this role, past or aspiring Founders are likely ideal - but we're excited to evaluate candidates from other backgrounds.
👀 You have an unnatural curiosity and excitement about the end-user and the jobs they do
💻 You bring an Engineering mindset to product problems and can think through edge cases and understand how to extend our underlying platform to create leverage
🖼 You can demonstrate taste - you care about the quality of the products you build and use
✍️ You're an excellent writer and synthesizer; you bring product knowledge and clarity to the entire organization and enable Engineers with product insights
🧩 You can build a thesis for prioritization and communicate priorities using a sound strategy that combines principled thinking, research, and data
⚙️ You leverage tools and processes to build operational excellence into your product process
💼 You have a strong business sense and understand how product and GTM should collaborate, how your features may be monetized, and how product priorities fit into larger business priorities
Our culture is motivated by Abhik’s (my co-founder and VP Engineering) and my belief that a small talented team, given the right environment, can build high-quality software fast (and work regular hours!).
Our team consists of lifelong learners who are humble and kind (meet them here!). These attributes create an environment where collaboration happens naturally (we filter for it in interviews). We combine this with research, prototyping, and written proposals to see around corners and get feedback from the team across time zones. Focus time is sacred, and individual contributors have less than 2 hours of meetings per week (Abhik wrote about it here).
We built Ashby with the quality, breadth, and depth that many customers would expect from much larger teams over larger time scales. We’ve done this through investment in:
Great tooling. In engineering, for example, our CI/CD takes ~10m, and we deploy at least 5x a day.
Building blocks to create powerful and customizable products fast. At the core of Ashby is a set of common components (analytics modeling and query language, policy engine, workflow engine, design system) which we are constantly improving. Each usability improvement to a common component cascades throughout our app (short video on it here).
Abhik and I did our best work as individual contributors when we had a deep understanding of the end-user and the business and ownership over the solution. Our culture reflects this experience: individual contributors, including engineers, own projects end-to-end, from speaking with users to writing product specs to UX design. These are skills that we often don’t get to practice, and, at Ashby, we provide mentorship to grow them and help from the team where you want it.
Diverse teams drive innovation and better outcomes. Today, 39% of Ashby identifies as women or non-binary, 10% from underrepresented ethnic groups in tech. It’s not great, and we are taking conscious steps to improve, like sourcing diverse candidates, providing generous paid family leave, no leetcode interviews, and more.
Intro Call with Benji (Co-Founder and CEO) - 30 mins
Product Experience Deep Dive - 60 mins
Final Round Interview - 4 hours
Competitive salary and equity.
10-year exercise window for stock options. You shouldn’t feel pressure to purchase stock options if you leave Ashby —do it when you feel financially comfortable.
Unlimited PTO with four weeks recommended per year. Expect “Vacation?” in our one-on-one agenda until you start taking it 😅.
Twelve weeks of fully paid family leave in the US. We plan to expand this to employees in other countries as situations arise.
Generous equipment, software, and office furniture budget. Get what you need to be happy and productive!
$100/month education budget with more expensive items (like conferences) covered with manager approval.
If you’re in the US, top-notch health insurance for you and your dependents with all premiums covered by us.
Ashby’s success hinges on hiring great people and creating an environment where we can be happy, feel challenged, and do our best work. We’re being deliberate about building that environment from the ground up. I hope that excites you enough to apply.
Ashby provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, genetics, sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression. We are committed to a diverse and inclusive workforce and welcome people from all backgrounds, experiences, perspectives, and abilities.
To request reasonable accommodations please contact hiring [at] ashbyhq.com.
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