Research Operations Lead at Front (Remote)

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Front is a hub for customer communication that allows companies to offer tailor-made service at scale. Front looks and feels like your email inbox with a few very important differences: teammates collaborate in the same place where external messages are sent and received, and behind the scenes, robust workflows and integrations power the efficiency and insights typically found in a CRM. More than 6,500 businesses use Front to work together to send out the best replies faster, keep messages organized across channels, and always maintain a personal touch. The result is premier, personalized service that scales with your business — and a team that works together as one. 

With $138M in funding, Front is backed by Sequoia Capital, and other leading venture capital firms, as well as independent investors including top executives of Atlassian, Okta, Qualtrics, and Zoom. Front was recently named to Forbes Best Startup Employers 2022 List, Inc. Magazine's 2022 Best Workplaces list, and Y Combinator's list of Top Companies in 2022. We have also been recognized on Wealthfront’s Career-Launching Companies in 2021.

We’re looking for a Research Operations Lead to join our team in SF and provide first class support for all user experience and market research. As the founding lead of research operations at Front, you’ll drive the development of the practice at a rapidly growing startup. You’ll be expected to wear many hats: establishing Front’s first digital knowledge management system or insights repository, building and evangelizing the culture and brand of the research team, as well as working with Research Operations Coordinators to maintain oversight of all research processes and tools. You are organized, efficient, and enthusiastic about the role research plays in an organization. This role may evolve into people management.

What you'll do:

  • Be astrategic operations leader —oversee the systems to manage the workflow, advise on recruitment resources, and identify new opportunities to improve the effectiveness of how we work
  • Foster awareness of ongoing research, key insights, and outcomes in order to build support and enthusiasm for research throughout the organization
  • Shape the culture of research and research operations as the team grows
  • Develop Front’s first digital archive management system; own the strategy for how we manage research documents and reports, document processes, best practices, and any necessary templates 
  • Support Researchers in generate summary reports from past research to provide context and inform future research initiatives
  • Work with researchers to identify team needs(process, tools, learning and development needs, etc), make recommendations for improvement, and support the planning and execution of projects

What we're looking for:

  • Minimum 5 years working in technology or related fields as a UX research practitioner or operations expert.
  • Minimum 3 years of experience working in operations, project management, or as a producer, ideally with a UX design or UX research team 
  • Experience building a research repository, or working with an archives collection with digital assets or as a digital asset management professional
  • Experience creating and documenting new processes, standards, and workflows
  • A bias for action coupled with a sense of urgency
  • A passion for process improvement and a desire to leave things better than you found them
  • Comfort working with a great degree of autonomy and ambiguity in a rapidly evolving environment
  • Advocacy for research insights
  • Experience with SaaS, B2B, or other complex technical systems is a plus

Front provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age or disability.

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Technology we use

  • Sales & Marketing
    • SalesforceCRM
    • Front, of course! Email

An Insider's view of Front

How would you describe the company’s work-life balance?

Honestly, amazing. A new program we rolled out is "Flexible Fridays", which is a dedicated day where all Fronteers can focus on their work, projects, or just overall well-being with no internal meetings. We're unreachable from any distractions so can be really heads down on our work, or take the day to spend time with family & recharge.

Aya

Recruiter

How do you collaborate with other teams in the company?

When starting at a company, onboarding could seem challenging, especially during a pandemic. However, onboarding at Front was seamless. The teams that I would collaborate with were willing to dive in and help me get up to speed. Everyone from leadership to cross-functional partners provided a support system equivalent to a close-knit family.

Omar

Mid Market Account Manager

What makes someone successful on your team?

The curiosity to learn, the grit to overcome, and the belief in themselves and those around them! Our team is constantly knowledge-sharing, which allows everyone to learn from one another and put new ideas to the test.

Deena

Manager, Sales Development

How do you collaborate with other teams in the company?

As an SE, we sit at the intersection of many different functions here at Front - partnering with AEs on deals, supporting marketing with content for new campaigns, and even relaying feedback to product while collaborating on what the future roadmap will look like.

AJ

Solutions Engineer

What are Front Perks + Benefits

Front Benefits Overview

• Competitive compensation

• Healthcare - we take care of your premiums for medical, dental and vision

• Unlimited PTO - take time to recharge so you can bring your best self to work!

• Unreachable Days - a dedicated focus day where employees can focus on their work, projects, and overall well-being with no expectations to respond to emails, messages, etc. and are essentially unreachable from distractions

• Wellness Days - supplemental days during months that don't already have a holiday or 3-day weekend dedicated to relaxing, recharging, and taking care of yourself

• 401k - invest in your future by saving for retirement

• Volunteer time off - take time to give back to our communities

• Commuter benefits - flexible options to make getting to work a little easier

• Wellness benefits - we help you prioritize your physical and mental wellness

• Flexible Spending Account (FSA) for medical and dependent care

• WFH Stipend - reimburse up to $500 to improve your work-from-home setup

• Monthly Lifestyle Stipend - receive a $100 flexible stipend to spend how you see fit (gym expenses, health and wellness, or education – anything you want that will improve your quality of life!)

• Parental leave - paid time off for birthing and non-birthing parents

• Maven - support and care on your path to and through parenthood

• Modern Health - comprehensive mental health care

• Journey Meditation - live guided meditation sessions with a guide

Culture
Volunteer in local community
Friends outside of work
Eat lunch together
Open door policy
Group brainstorming sessions
Open office floor plan
Diversity
Dedicated Diversity/Inclusion Staff
Highly diverse management team
Female-founded and led with 75% women in executive leadership – including CEO, CRO and CFO.
Unconscious bias training
Mean gender pay gap below 10%
Diversity Employee Resource Groups
• OutFront (LGBTQIA) • Front Ladies Circle (Women) • Front Parents (Parents) • FrontAsia (Asian Fronteers) • Womxn in Tech (Women in tech roles) • Black at Front (African-American)
Hiring Practices that Promote Diversity
Health Insurance & Wellness Benefits
Flexible Spending Account (FSA)
Disability Insurance
Dental Benefits
Front's dental plan covers 100% for Employees, 50% for Dependents
Vision Benefits
Front's vision plan covers 100% for Employees, 50% for Dependents
Health Insurance Benefits
Front's medical plan covers 100% for Employees, 50% for Dependents.
Life Insurance
Wellness Programs
$100 per month to spend how you see fit – gym expenses, health and wellness, or education.
Mental Health Benefits
Comprehensive mental health care. With Modern Health, you’ll have access to 8 therapy sessions and 8 coaching sessions per year + unlimited texting with your coach, and digital content all in MH app
Retirement & Stock Options Benefits
401(K)
Company Equity
Employee Stock Purchase Plan
Child Care & Parental Leave Benefits
Generous Parental Leave
Flexible Work Schedule
Vacation & Time Off Benefits
Unlimited Vacation Policy
Generous PTO
Paid Volunteer Time
Paid Holidays
Paid Sick Days
Perks & Discounts
Casual Dress
Commuter Benefits
Company Outings
Free Daily Meals
Stocked Kitchen
Happy Hours
Recreational Clubs
Relocation Assistance
Fitness Subsidies
Home Office Stipend for Remote Employees
Professional Development Benefits
Lunch and learns
Promote from within

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