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Operations Lead

Job Description

At Railway, we make it extremely simple for engineers to deploy logic without thinking about servers. Our goal is to make developers orders of magnitude more efficient by becoming the operating system for modern development.

By building tooling for infrastructure automation, we seek to make people 100x more effective, and build 100x more impactful systems. Building leverage is a core part of what we do.

This role is a multiplier on that leverage.

As our Operations Lead, you will work directly with our CEO to intelligently implement systems which empower our employees to ship faster, build better, and ultimately be 100x more effective themselves.

“Give me a lever long enough and a fulcrum on which to place it, and I shall move the world”. Archimedes

About the Role

This is a high impact, high agency role with direct effect on company culture, trajectory, and outcome. You’d work directly with the CEO to:

  • Implement a killer hiring process to make sure every new hire feels at home, from Day 1
  • Create meticulous financial and reporting systems based on quarterly goals, strategic planning, and growth watermarks
  • Negotiate vendor contracts, legal affairs, board reporting, fundraising and/or debt financing, other operations affairs
  • Work in an ambiguous environment to create levers for operational excellence, using process sparingly but effectively
  • About You

    We value and love to work with diverse persons from all backgrounds.

  • A keen eye for detail. Ideally you’ll have experience working with legal, policy, vendors, and finance teams.
  • A strong sense of empathy. Ideally you’ll have experience operationalizing and streamlining people/teams
  • A great sense of direction and prioritization when it comes to dealing with the ambiguity of an early stage startup
  • A sense of grit to dive into a problem, implement a solution, scale that solution, and replace it when needed
  • A great set of communication skills for getting your point across, solution implemented, and beyond
  • Things to Know

    For better or worse, we're a startup; our team dynamics are different from companies of different sizes and stages.

    • We're distributed ALL across the globe, and that's only going to be more and more distributed. As a result, stuff is ALWAYS happening.
    • We do NOT expect you to work all the time, but you'll have to be diligent about your boundaries because the end of your day may overlap with the start of someone else's.
    • We're a small team, with high ownership, who are not only passionate about what we do, but seek to be exceptional as well. At the time of writing we're 7, serving tens of thousands of users. There's a lot of stuff going on, and a lot of ambiguity.
    • We want you to own it. We believe that ownership is a key to growth, and part of that growth is not only being able to make the choices, but owning the success, or failure, that comes with those choices.

    Benefits and Perks

    At Railway, we provide best in class benefits. Great salary, full health benefits including dependents, strong equity grants, equipment stipend, and much more. For more details, check back on the main careers page.

    Beyond compensation, there are a few things that we believe that make working at Railway truly unique:

    • Autonomy: We have very few meetings. Just a Monday and a Friday to go over the Company Board. We think your time is sacred, whether it's at work, or outside of work.
    • Ownership: We're a company with a high ownership, high autonomy culture. We hope that you'll come in, help us, and over the course of many years do the best work of your life. When we bring you onboard, we expect you to change the company.
    • Novel problems/solutions: We're a startup that's well funded, with cool problems, which lets us implement novel solutions! We abhor “busywork” and think, whether it's community, engineering, operations, etc there's always opportunity for creative and high leverage solutions.
    • Growth: We want you to grow with us, but we know that talent is loaned, so when you figure out what area you want to grow in next, whether it's at Railway or outside, we'll make sure you land there.

    How We Hire

    No tricks. No surprises. Here's the entire process.


    1

    Talk with the CEO about the role

    This is completely open ended and we're just trying to see who you are, what you want to do, and where you wanna go.

    2

    Pick a small project to discuss on the interview

    Async, pick and implement one of the following:

  • Plan a company retreat
  • Mock Financial Reporting for the company
  • Create a first day onboarding experience
  • You can, and SHOULD! ask us questions ahead of time. What our prior solution looks like, what ideas we have to improve it, etc. Ask away!

    3

    Review your solution with the Team

    You'll sit down with 2 people and go over the above. We'll poke into your solution, as well as get you acquainted with two more members of the team.

    Looking for: Learn about your problem solving skills. How you break down a problem and how you present a solution.

    4

    Meet the Team

    You'll meet the Team, which will be comprised of 4 people from vastly different sections of the company.

    Looking for: How you work with the rest of the team and communicate.

    5

    Offer and Details Chat with CEO

    Finally, we will go over the process, the role, and hammer out the details about your position, onboarding, and all the deets.


    Final Note: The interview goes both ways. Once again, please ask us things. Many things! Hard things. That's what we're here for.

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