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Director of Product Research, Monetization

  • San Francisco, California, United States / Remote, United States
  • Design
  • Regular
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About Pinterest:

Millions of people across the world come to Pinterest to find new ideas every day. It’s where they get inspiration, dream about new possibilities and plan for what matters most. Our mission is to help those people find their inspiration and create a life they love. In your role, you’ll be challenged to take on work that upholds this mission and pushes Pinterest forward. You’ll grow as a person and leader in your field, all the while helping Pinners make their lives better in the positive corner of the internet.

Creating a life you love also means finding a career that celebrates the unique perspectives and experiences that you bring. As you read through the expectations of the position, consider how your skills and experiences may complement the responsibilities of the role. We encourage you to think through your relevant and transferable skills from prior experiences.

Our new progressive work model is called PinFlex, a term that’s uniquely Pinterest to describe our flexible approach to living and working. Visit our PinFlex landing page to learn more.

Pinterest is looking for a Director of Monetization Product Research to lead our team of managers and researchers that are designing the future of our ads products and tooling. We’re looking for a proven leader in the advertising space — a cross-functional, cross-organizational team player who thrives on teams that bias for action and results so teams ship fast at a high-quality bar. With this role you’ll have the opportunity to build world-class ads products that enable Pinners (consumers) to manifest their life on Pinterest and take action at the right points of that journey through sponsored products.

What you’ll do:

  • Manage, build, mentor, and inspire a team of qualitative and quantitative product researchers, providing product direction and pushing the quality of the user experience.
  • Build relationships with cross functional team members and executives across organizations, and effectively speak to process, product goals and team vision as a leader and a strong representative of research.
  • Influence product strategy and lead your team in planning and executing research with a high strategic impact
  • Contribute beyond the Monetization pillar to the Design team as a whole (Product Design, Product Research, Content Design, Foundations, DesignOps). You’ll work to up-level the entire design team through your strong skillset and work closely with the other Directors and the Head of Design to build a world-class design team.
  • Hungry to learn and evolve. From leadership skills to design craft to process to industry and market trends — you never stop pushing into the next big challenge.

What we’re looking for:

  • 10+ years in Product Research (or equivalent) and 3+ years experience recruiting, hiring, and retaining multi-disciplinary design teams.
  • 3+ years of being an influential research leader on enterprise software, ideally in the advertising space.
  • Proven track record of being able to have strong conviction and the ability to influence across executive stakeholders and cross-functional partners that leads to drive toward a unified vision of a strong user experience.
  • Proven ability to work closely with Product, Engineering, PMM, Research, and Sales to paint both the long-term, holistic vision of our Ads products.
  • Strong ability to work closely with consumer teams, across Research, Design and cross-functional partners, to deeply understand the consumer experience and how to build a thriving ads experience that leverages existing user behavior and needs.
  • Proven track record of being able to balance ambiguity, fast iterative sprints, business awareness, technology, organizational agility, research and data insights, and high design quality.
  • Proven ability to accelerate team efficiency by improving processes and workflows within the research team and cross-functional teams.

Relocation Statement:

This position is not eligible for relocation assistance. Visit our PinFlex page to learn more about our working model.



At Pinterest we believe the workplace should be equitable, inclusive, and inspiring for every employee. In an effort to provide greater transparency, we are sharing the base salary range for this position. The position is also eligible for equity. Final salary is based on a number of factors including location, travel, relevant prior experience, or particular skills and expertise.

Information regarding the culture at Pinterest and benefits available for this position can be found here.

US based applicants only
$187,000—$385,000 USD

Our Commitment to Diversity:

Pinterest is an equal opportunity employer and makes employment decisions on the basis of merit. We want to have the best qualified people in every job. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic under federal, state, or local law. We also consider qualified applicants regardless of criminal histories, consistent with legal requirements. If you require an accommodation during the job application process, please notify for support.

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