Senior Director, Product, Search, Personalization & Recommendations

  • Ancestry
  • Oct 22, 2021

Job Description

About Ancestry:When you join Ancestry, you join a human-centered company where every person’s story is important. We believe that by discovering the struggles and triumphs of our past, we can foster deeper bonds and more meaningful connections among families and communities. Our talented team of scientists, engineers, genealogists, historians, and storytellers is dedicated to empowering customers around the world from all backgrounds on their journeys of personal discovery.
With more than 27+ billion digitized global historical records, 100 million family trees, and 18 million people in our growing AncestryDNA database, Ancestry helps customers discover their family story and gain a new level of understanding about their lives. Passionate about dedicating your work to enriching people’s lives? You belong at Ancestry.
Our Senior Director of Product, Search, Personalization, and Recommendations develops and oversees the product strategy, roadmap and execution of Ancestry’s search, data products, and personalization strategy. This is the beating heart of Ancestry’s Family History products. With a team of 5 product managers, you work closely with the data science, search and recommendations engineering teams to develop and optimize the most delightful and relevant search and personalized content discovery experience for our customers. You'll define metrics, lead the development of new algorithms, and build interfaces that highlight the best content that Ancestry has to offer customers. 
Ultimately your goal will be to ensure each time an Ancestry customer visits, they find compelling new content and learnings, relevant to their family stories and history.
This position can be based in either our San Francisco, CA or our Lehi, UT (corporate headquarters offices).

What you will do:

You will lead a team of PMs in defining the strategy and vision of our search, personalization and recommendation services, converting that strategy to a roadmap, then delivering it. You’ll be responsible for the home page, product manage our end-to end search and recommendations experiences, and partner with teams across the experience to ensure the entire experience is personalized to each user’s needs.You will tackle challenging, complex problems that play a central role in how customers find, search, navigate and receive recommendations to create an industry leading research experience. You will collaborate closely with stakeholders from engineering and core experience teams to provide customers the right product, at the right time. You will partner with experts in personalization, machine learning, and ranking across Engineering, Data Science, and Design to define innovative approaches to solve real business challenges leveraging the power of Data, AI and ML.In partnership with your colleagues, you’ll transform your strategy into a product that scales globally. This involves considering local customer needs, cultural nuance, and competitive environments to help our business grow and retain our loyal customer base

Who you are:

Minimum 10+ years of experience delivering highly successful and innovative consumer Internet or mobile data products coupled with a minimum of 5+ years of product leadership experience including hiring, managing, and developing product management teams.You have a proven track record of building algorithm based products at scale (serving millions of customers) through strong partnerships with engineering.Search, Personalization and/or Rankings Systems are among products you have successfully delivered and iteratively improved, utilizing machine learning to develop world class products.Passionate, creative customer problem solver using a combination of data and customer insights, while achieving business outcomes. You are known for delivering elegant solutions for true user problems.A high bar across the board - for your own contributions, for the people you work with, and for the products you work on. You are data driven to the point of pulling the data you need to inform your decisions. Experience working with experimentation to assess the effectiveness of feature and algorithmic updates coupled with great design instincts.Last but not least, you thrive in a collaborative environment and define personal success by the efficacy of your team, the regard of your colleagues, and the delight of our customers!
Additional Information:Ancestry is an Equal Opportunity Employer that makes employment decisions without regard to race, color, religious creed, national origin, ancestry, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, gender expression, age, mental or physical disability, medical condition, military or veteran status, citizenship, marital status, genetic information, or any other characteristic protected by applicable law. In addition, Ancestry will provide reasonable accommodations for qualified individuals with disabilities.
All job offers are contingent on a background check screen that complies with applicable law.  For San Francisco office candidates, pursuant to the San Francisco Fair Chance Ordinance, Ancestry will consider for employment qualified applicants with arrest and conviction records.  
Ancestry is not accepting unsolicited assistance from search firms for this employment opportunity. All resumes submitted by search firms to any employee at Ancestry via-email, the Internet or in any form and/or method without a valid written search agreement in place for this position will be deemed the sole property of Ancestry. No fee will be paid in the event the candidate is hired by Ancestry as a result of the referral or through other means.