VP of Engineering

Main Location
Ames, IA, United States
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Workiva is seeking a hands-on VP of Engineering to build, mentor, and lead the engineering teams responsible for the Workflow / Business Process Model and Notation (BPMN) portion of our platform. You will inspire teams to execute on objectives and partner with stakeholders to create a platform vision for this functionality. The ideal candidate would have experience working with the BPMN framework.

We are open to this role being remote or based in one of our main R&D office locations: Ames, IA; Denver, CO; Scottsdale, AZ; Bozeman, MT

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 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 maintain relationships and effectively communicate 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, development, evaluation, and disciplinary actions

Engineering Strategy, Vision, and Leadership: Develops and directs procedures and methods to ensure quality standards are met and maintained

  • Creates engineering strategy related to the decisions, definition, and implementation of software products
  • Identifies and works with Executive Management to recognize internal and external opportunities and solutions
  • Defines and executes strategies to support the vision and leadership of Workiva

Engineering Operations: Prioritizes and drives software development across multiple teams and phases to ensure that engineering solutions are aligned with business objectives

  • Prioritizes and drives software development across multiple teams and phases to ensure that engineering solutions are aligned with business objectives
  • Oversees the day-to-day activities of the team through staff development, planning and forecasting, and budgetary obligations
  • Minimize schedule and technical risk by foreseeing and addressing obstacles proactively and aggressively

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 seeks ways to improve systems and services
  • Ensures that organizational structures and processes support optimal efficiency and effectiveness in accordance with the company’s strategic, financial, and operational objectives
  • Aligns with other teams and departments to analyze, monitor, forecast and prioritize initiatives in accordance with organizational priorities and strategic plan
  • Establishes and maintains regular written and in-person communications with the organization’s executives, department heads, and end users regarding pertinent departmental or business unit activities
  • Facilitates continuous improvement of quality and productivity by leading the department in ongoing re- evaluation and revision of processes, tools, and standards

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

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

What You'll Need:


  • Excellent listening, written, and verbal communication skills
  • Demonstrated leadership in managing an engineering team
  • Excellent judgment and creative problem solving skills
  • Negotiation, influencing, and conflict resolution skills
  • Stature and confidence
  • Self-reliant and results-oriented


  • 15+ years experience in computer engineering, computer science, or related field


  • B.A./B.S. degree is required, MBA or Master’s degree preferred
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VP of Engineering