Senior Director of Engineering – Solutions

Senior Director of Engineering – Solutions

As a Senior Director of Engineering at Workiva, you will be accountable for strategic objectives in the areas of XBRL, Strategic Growth Initiatives, and Financial Services. Relevant experience in highly regulated industries is also desirable. You will collaborate with cross-functional partners, VPs, and Directors, and define the objectives against which your direct reports will operate. Direct reports for this position include Senior Level Individual Contributors (Architects and Engineers), Engineering Managers, and Directors. Ensuring the right balance of operational excellence, innovation, and a bias for action against company-level goals is paramount to the success of this position.



The Senior Director of Engineering is an established leader in the Engineering organization. This role may or may not have direct reports that they manage. The key attribute of a Senior Director is leadership – either leading the efforts to build better products or leading and developing the engineering staff to become a top notch software development organization and is responsible for helping to align those groups and individuals to move the entire organization forward. This individual is responsible for the technical vision and evolution of a significant portion of the product suite or product platform. They evaluate and manage the technical decisions and innovations to ensure that the work done across multiple product areas is well coordinated and aligned with the overall strategic plan for product development. The Senior Director of Engineering synchronizes product development of multiple teams and ongoing customer discovery work to ensure customer satisfaction and achieving revenue targets from new products.


What You’ll Do

People Management: Builds a strong sustainable organization with high levels of employee engagement by attracting and developing superior talent and rewarding superior performance of teams and individuals

  • Provides employees with coaching, feedback, and developmental opportunities including leadership development to enhance their skills, motivation, and performance
  • Maintains an atmosphere of respect, mutual support, flexibility, continuous learning, good humor, and commitment to business goals and customer needs to fulfill the company vision
  • Matches staff skills and talent to tasks to ensure optimal engagement and performance
  • Rewards superior team and individual performance in ways that enhance employee engagement, commitment, and satisfaction
  • Establishes and maintains relationships and effectively communicates with customers, business unit leaders and senior management to raise visibility and ensure collaboration with appropriate key stakeholders
  • Manages operations staffing, including recruitment, supervision, scheduling, performance management, development, evaluation, and disciplinary actions
  • Demonstrates the charisma and assessment capability to attract top talent
  • Identifies and resolves interpersonal conflicts and resource issues


Operations Management: Creates and implements processes and policies that optimize operational effectiveness and efficiency and that enhance employee engagement and performance

  • Translates company strategy to operational goals and metrics for the team or division that serve to align and motivate employee performance
  • Ensures sufficient resources and staffing levels to effectively deliver superior products and customer service
  • Demonstrates efficient and effective use of organizational resources and seek ways to improve systems and services
  • Aligns with other divisions to analyze, monitor, forecast and prioritize initiatives in accordance with organizational priorities and strategic plans
  • Establishes and maintains regular written and in-person communications with the organization’s executives, department heads, and end users regarding pertinent departmental or divisional activities
  • Facilitates continuous improvement of quality and productivity by leading the department in ongoing re-evaluation and revision of processes, tools, and standards


Fulfillment of Customer Requirements: Identifies and clearly articulates customer needs and requirements and ensures that the products meet those needs and also serves the larger business needs of the company

  • Provides leadership for the product team to fully understand and resolve issues, concerns, and problems that result in delivering high quality product components
  • Provides management oversight regarding the identification of customer needs and requirements
  • Uncovers opportunities for new product development that result in increased revenue, profitability, and market share
  • Recognizes the implications of work being done for addressing the needs and concerns of the larger customer base of Workiva and growing the business


Architectural Oversight: Evaluates and manages technology decisions to ensure that the work done across multiple product areas is well coordinated and aligned with the overall strategic plan for product development

  • Provides leadership for the Development team in generating innovative solutions and exploring new approaches that will provide optimal solutions to identified issues
  • Supports Product Architects and Senior Software Engineers in leading the build effort and developing their leadership expertise
  • Establishes alignment across Product Development teams to a consistent vision, approach, and set of principles to identifying and resolving technical problems
  • Evaluates technical decisions driven by the Software Architects and Principal, Staff, and Senior Software Engineers to ensure alignment in approach and effective communication across product teams


Organizational Product Development Planning: Marshals the talent, resources, organizational structures, and processes to effectively build and deliver high quality software products

  • Manages dependencies between teams in forecasting and planning
  • Knows team’s capabilities and the scope and level of anticipated effort to produce intended results
  • Identifies and staffs the teams required for development of new products
  • Ensures that Product Development Managers and teams have the resources they need to be successful and that they work within planned budgets and timelines
  • Ensures quality of finished product


Financial Management: Demonstrates understanding of financial management principals to ensure decisions are fiscally sound and responsible

  • Demonstrates careful stewardship of resources and avoid unnecessary expenses and waste
  • Is aware of budgets relating to area and support management to ensure budget targets are met
  • Considers most cost effective approaches to work and resource utilization consistent with quality and service values
  • Fosters an environment that encourages fiscal responsibility


What You’ll Need


  • Undergraduate Degree or equivalent combination of education and experience in a related field.



  • Excellent verbal, written, and interpersonal communication skills
  • Ability to influence at all levels and in various departments
  • Ability to set priorities, meet deadlines, and manage multiple projects in a fast-paced, changing environment
  • Strong technical capacity and attention to detail
  • Ability to collect and analyze data
  • Ability to build internal and external relationships, partnerships and business development
  • Demonstrates a solid understanding of programming and computer science and software design principles
  • Ability to manage teams
  • Ability to build and ship product
  • Demonstrated leadership skills



  • 5+ Years of management experience with demonstrated effectiveness building and managing an organization or team
  • Product development experience strongly preferred
  • Preferred industry related experience



  • B.S./M.S. in computer science, software engineering or a related field, preferred


Travel Requirement

  • 25% – 50% travel by car/plane to meet with customers and Workiva personnel


Working Conditions & Physical Requirements

  • Reliable internet access for any period of time working remotely, not in a Workiva office.


How You’ll Be Rewarded

  • Base Pay Range in Colorado: $193,000 – $250,000
  • A discretionary bonus typically paid annually
  • Restricted Stock Units granted at time of hire
  • 401K match


The base pay range represents the low and high end of the hiring range for this job. Actual pay will vary and may be above or below the range based on various factors including but not limited to relevant skills, experience, and capabilities.


Where You’ll Work

Our values drive how we work and who we hire. You will see these values ingrained in how we support our customers, work with team members, build our products and in the work environment we’ve created.

  • Customer Success:  Always delight our customers.
  • Trust: Rely on each other.
  • Integrity: Do the right thing, every time.
  • Collaboration: Share resources and work together.
  • Innovation: Keep creating solutions and finding better ways.
  • Inclusion: Support a diverse community where we all belong.
  • Accountability: Be responsible for your success and failure.

We believe our people are our greatest asset, and our unique culture gives employees the opportunity to make an impact everyday. We give our employees the freedom and resources they need—backed by our culture of collaboration and diverse thought—to continue innovating and breaking new ground. We hire talented people with a wide range of skills and experiences who are eager to tackle some of today’s most challenging problems.


At Workiva, you’ll enjoy:

  • Fantastic Benefits: With coverage starting day one, choose from competitive health, dental, and vision plans on the largest physician networks available.
  • Casual Dress: Workiva has a casual work environment, most people wear jeans to the office.
  • Involvement: Ability to participate in Employee Resource Groups, (Women in Tech, Women in Sales, Ethnic Diversity, Veterans, Rainbow (LGBTQ), Remote Employees, Caregiving) Volunteering, Company wide celebrations, and more
  • Work-life Balance: We have competitive PTO, VTO and Parental Leave. We encourage employees to spend time enjoying life outside of work.

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Posted on

June 15, 2022