Research Operations Principal

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Job Description:
The Opportunity:
Pluralsight has been working hard to deliver results for our customers through our product development teams. We're ready to take this effort to the next level and are looking for a skilled leader who will broaden user research proficiency and excellence across Pluralsight's products. The Research Ops Principal will create and implement the vision and strategy for User Research at Pluralsight in partnership with other peers in the organization. This individual will be a strategic and operational leader that builds and nurtures relationships across the organization.
Research Ops at Pluralsight is focused on leading and operationalizing the processes, tools, principles, and standard methodologies that holistically support effectiveness, efficiency, quality, consistency and repeatability in user research at Pluralsight.
As a Research Ops Principal, you will play an important role in our efforts to uphold high governance standards, to create opportunities for collaboration throughout the research process, and to track the impact research has on our digital products and the experiences they create for our customers.
You have:
  • A proven track record of successfully leading operationally sophisticated research projects with cross-functional, distributed teams
  • Experience advocating for user research as a key driver of efficiency and business results
  • Demonstrable experience in structuring and implementing research initiatives with design and product teams
  • Experience creating lean and scalable workflows and implementing process improvements
  • A deep knowledge of and appreciation for Product Design, user research, and engineering practices and processes and how to support them
  • Ability to balance long-term critical thinking and near-term execution
  • Motivation to continuously seek opportunities to create efficiencies and are passionate and enthusiastic about organizational excellence

What you will own:
  • You'll own operational aspects of the user research process
  • Develop, standardize and maintain UX research methods and supporting documentation, including a single internal repository, training materials, standard methodologies, playbooks, and commonly used resources
  • Work with UX research and design leadership to identify team needs (process, tools, learning and development needs, etc.), make recommendations for improvement, and assist with the planning and execution of related projects
  • Mentor UX researchers, product designers and product managers in crafting research studies, taking care to understand the research goals, constraints, and country-specific considerations in order to realize the most effective outcomes possible
  • Partner with UX researchers, product designers and product managers to develop a communications strategy for keeping collaborators and teams better informed, synthesizing and sharing research findings and success stories to elevate awareness and impact of research at Pluralsight
  • Ensuring research ethics are understood and upheld by individual researchers across studies

About Pluralsight:
Founded in 2004 and trusted by Fortune 500 companies, Pluralsight is the technology skills platform organizations and individuals in 150+ countries count on to build progress for the world. Our platform helps technologists master their craft and take control of their careers. We empower businesses everywhere to build adaptable teams, speed up release cycles and become scalable, reliable and secure. We come to work every day knowing we're helping our customers build the skills that power innovation.
Working at Pluralsight:
And we don't let fear, egos or drama distract us from our mission. Our mission to democratize technology skills is what drives us and our values are at the helm of how we work together. It's our commitment to practicing them day in, day out that enables our performance. We're adults, and we treat each other that way. We have the autonomy to do our jobs, openness to eliminate office politics and trust each other to do the right thing. We thrive in an environment with creativity around every corner, challenges that keep us on our toes, and peers who encourage us to be the best we can be. We bring different viewpoints, backgrounds and experiences, and united by our mission, we are one.
EOE Statement:
Bring yourself. Pluralsight is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, age or veteran status.
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What are A Cloud Guru Perks + Benefits

A Cloud Guru Benefits Overview

We treat our people well, simply because it's the right thing to do.

Culture
Volunteer in local community
To celebrate our value 'Be Hungry, Stay Humble' we plan a day of charity each year. We volunteer around the city, and are active environmentalists.
Partners with Nonprofits
Our vision is to enable anyone, anywhere to become a cloud guru. We live this by partnering with nonprofits like Women Who Code and gifting money to all employees to donate to charity.
Friends outside of work
Eat lunch together
Intracompany committees
We stay connected through our Culture Committees, A Proud Guru, Anti-racism DIG (Diversity and Inclusion Groups), and Women-In-Tech DIG.
Daily sync
Open door policy
Team owned deliverables
Team based strategic planning
Group brainstorming sessions
Pair programming
Open office floor plan
Diversity
Highly diverse management team
From ex-6th street bar owners to ex-Silicon Valley, our management team, lead by our fearless leader and President Katie Bullard, is not only diverse in gender, but also background.
Unconscious bias training
All employees go through unconscious bias training annually, as well as when they become a people manager and interviewer. Plus we have tons of bias reminders trickled into our day-to-day.
Diversity manifesto
Mean gender pay gap below 10%
Diversity Employee Resource Groups
Our anti-racism and women in tech groups are the first of our employee resource groups. We also have A Proud Guru lead by our LGBTQIA community!
Hiring Practices that Promote Diversity
We use Greenhouse Inclusion which is paid software to help remove unconscious bias from our hiring practices.
Health Insurance & Wellness Benefits
Flexible Spending Account (FSA)
Put aside up to $2,700 bucks to spend on yourself, or $5,000 on your dependents. $$$
Disability Insurance
Dental Benefits
A Cloud Guru pays for 100% of employee dental up to a cap dollar amount.
Vision Benefits
A Cloud Guru pays for 100% of employee vision, up to a cap dollar amount.
Health Insurance Benefits
We offer medical, dental, and vision insurance plans that fit your needs, whether it’s just you or you’re supporting a family.
Life Insurance
Wellness Programs
Team workouts
Mental Health Benefits
From free headspace licenses and daily meditation to our Employee Assistance Program and manager hotline, wellness means physical AND mental health!
Retirement & Stock Options Benefits
401(K)
401(K) Matching
Company Equity
Performance Bonus
Child Care & Parental Leave Benefits
Generous Parental Leave
We provide 12 weeks of parental leave, so go on and have a little one.
Flexible Work Schedule
Remote Work Program
Our remote work program includes work from home Work remotely on occasion as needed.
Family Medical Leave
Employees who have been with the company for 12 months are eligible for 12 weeks of family medical leave.
Adoption Assistance
We reimburse up to $10,000 for eligible adoption expenses and 12 weeks of paid leave.
Restricted work hours
Company sponsored family events
Work to live, don't live to work!
Vacation & Time Off Benefits
Generous PTO
Even when your office is your living room, it can be good to get away from it. All Gurus get four weeks paid time off, 10 sick days, and enough holidays to make a banker blush.
Paid Holidays
Paid Sick Days
Sorry you're sick. Here's 80 hours of paid sick leave a year.
Perks & Discounts
Casual Dress
Commuter Benefits
Are you a train or bus person? When we're in the office, we offer free parking for our drivers, and if you're a walker we reward you with $125 monthly stipend.
Company Outings
Get to know the Gurus with good times, like get-togethers inspired by our values, virtual drawing sessions, or a socially distanced drive-in movie.
Free Daily Meals
Family lunch is our favorite office tradition. When we are in the office we don't eat at our desks, we eat together.
Stocked Kitchen
We eat a lot of cheese, and have heated debates over LaCroix vs Waterloo. The hard-boiled eggs are a bit watery, but people eat 'em!
Some Meals Provided
Happy Hours
Parking
We have your Downtown parking covered. We offer paid garage parking nearby the office.
Pet Friendly
Our office doggo Lady will greet you at the door and steal food out of your trashcan.
Recreational Clubs
Relocation Assistance
Fitness Subsidies
If you walk, train, or bus to work, you get money monthly that can be put towards a gym membership.
Home Office Stipend for Remote Employees
To make WFH a little more awesome, you get $$$ to build out or improve your home office set up.
Professional Development Benefits
Job Training & Conferences
Training is in our DNA. Every Guru is given $250 a quarter to spend on professional development, and given 2 hours EVERY week to put aside their daily work to focus on training.
Tuition Reimbursement
Gurus get $1000 annually to use towards any personal development including tuition, textbooks, and classes.
Diversity Program
Lunch and learns
Improve your sales skills, branding skills, learn how to not get your passwords stolen, figure out what the heck is going on with your benefits... we love a good lunch and learn!
Cross functional training encouraged
Promote from within
Continuing Education stipend
We offer $1000 annually for continuing education.
Time allotted for learning
Every Friday for 2 hours, we put down our normal work and spend time learning something new.
Online course subscriptions available
Customized development tracks
Paid industry certifications
Within months of joining, all Gurus take their Certified Cloud Practitioner exam, so that we can empathize with our students. After that, use your training budget for all the certs you need!

Additional Perks + Benefits

We were always really proud of the in-office experience we created for people. The space, the location, and what we offered internally was really key. Then COVID happened, and that all went out the window. That's why it was important for us to recreate this experience virtually for our new hires and our existing team. We wanted to take our best-in-class office experience and make it a best-in-class at home experience.

To learn more about our remote culture and perks, check out this article: https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/cloud-guru-launches-new-wfh-perks-benefi…

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