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Researcher, Strategic Growth



Sales & Business Development
San Francisco, CA, USA · New York, NY, USA · United States
Posted on Tuesday, January 30, 2024

Figma is growing our team of passionate people on a mission to make design accessible to all. Born on the Web, Figma helps entire product teams brainstorm, design and build better products — from start to finish. Whether it’s consolidating tools, simplifying workflows, or collaborating across teams and time zones, Figma makes the design process faster, more efficient, and fun while keeping everyone on the same page. From great products to long-lasting companies, we believe that nothing great is made alone—come make with us!

The Figma Research team is looking for a seasoned strategist or researcher to support the organizational identification and execution of strategic opportunities. Your work will help us evaluate opportunities, explore emerging technologies, and assess new product categories. There is plenty of space here for creative, strategic research that would help Figma prioritize long-term investments.
The ideal candidate has experience developing business-level strategy and vision in close collaboration with multiple other functions, from Business to Marketing to Product. We’re looking for someone who has experience using research findings or other data sources to make recommendations and influence company strategy for both the short- and long-term.

What you’ll do at Figma:

  • Help Figma grow and innovate by delivering strategic recommendations and/or research to explore and assess new opportunities, technologies, and markets
  • Partner closely with multiple functions to identify opportunities, generate strategy, and define success
  • Break down strategic, yet ambiguous questions into a clear agenda; designing and leading first-of-kind projects from start to finish, ultimately delivering meaningful impact to Figma’s business
  • Leverage your product mindset and storytelling chops to identify actionable opportunities and influence a variety of teams’ roadmaps from Business to Marketing to Product
  • Advocate for the role of Research as a strategic partner in the business process

We'd love to hear from you if you have:

  • Have at least 7 years of working experience in a consultancy, a design agency, an innovation or strategy department at a leading product company, or conducting research in a fast-paced product development environment.
  • Deep expertise addressing a variety of business problems, spanning opportunity identification to product development to go-to-market
  • Strong math and statistical skills, including experience in Excel modeling, financial analysis, and business case development
  • Proficiency in a variety of research methodologies, spanning qualitative and quantitative methodological boundaries, to appropriately address business problems when needed
  • Demonstrated success of identifying and delivering on growth opportunities and bringing products or services to market, including specific examples of actionable recommendations and meaningful impact resulting from your involvement
  • Excellent communication skills, both oral and written and visual.
  • Thoughtful approaches to developing trust and influencing a broad range of stakeholders, including senior leadership

While not required, it’s an added plus if you also have:

  • An MBA or an additional Master’s degree is a plus
  • Experience at or supporting a high growth B2B SaaS company
  • Comfort with Figma’s suite of tools
At Figma, one of our values is Grow as you go. We believe in hiring smart, curious people who are excited to learn and develop their skills. If you’re excited about this role but your past experience doesn’t align perfectly with the points outlined in the job description, we encourage you to apply anyways. You may be just the right candidate for this or other roles.

Pay Transparency Disclosure

If based in Figma’s San Francisco or New York hub offices, this role has the annual base salary range stated below.

Job level and actual compensation will be decided based on factors including, but not limited to, individual qualifications objectively assessed during the interview process (including skills and prior relevant experience, potential impact, and scope of role), market demands, and specific work location. The listed range is a guideline, and the range for this role may be modified. For roles that are available to be filled remotely, the pay range is localized according to employee work location by a factor of between 80% and 100% of range. Please discuss your specific work location with your recruiter for more information.

Figma offers equity to employees, as well a competitive package of additional benefits, including health, dental & vision, retirement with company contribution, parental leave & reproductive or family planning support, mental health & wellness benefits, generous PTO, company recharge days, a learning & development stipend, a work from home stipend, and cell phone reimbursement. Figma also offers sales incentive pay for most sales roles. Figma’s compensation and benefits are subject to change and may be modified in the future. You may view our Pay Transparency Policy by clicking on the corresponding link.

Annual Base Salary Range (SF/NY Hub):
$159,000$279,000 USD

At Figma we celebrate and support our differences. We know employing a team rich in diverse thoughts, experiences, and opinions allows our employees, our product and our community to flourish. Figma is an equal opportunity workplace - we are dedicated to equal employment opportunities regardless of race, color, ancestry, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, age, citizenship, marital status, disability, gender identity/expression, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. We also consider qualified applicants regardless of criminal histories, consistent with legal requirements.

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