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Director of Commercial Sales



Sales & Business Development
United States · Remote
Posted on Wednesday, May 15, 2024

Open Source has taken over the world of software development; however, the largest trade-off still persists: security. Companies spend an enormous amount of time and resources patching and fortifying open source software in order to ship with confidence & compliance.

Founded by the industry's leading experts on open source software, security and cloud native development, Chainguard has built the largest library of open source software that is secure by default. Customers including Snowflake, Canva, and HPE rely on Chainguard to build securely with open source software across the organization.

Chainguard is the safe source for open source.

About Us

We live and breathe our company values:

We are customer obsessed - Our true advantage is the strength of our relationships with customers through collaboration, empathy, and responsiveness. We establish trust as we educate, advocate, and listen to their needs. Our focus is on delivering solutions to our customers that create value and make their lives better.

We have a bias for intentional action - We’re a start-up and we need to move fast. However we need to move fast through intentional action to make sure we’re able to deliver quickly and efficiently on what is most impactful to our collective success. We prioritize, plan, try things, and fail fast. We think about how what we do impacts other teams and communicate our progress - owning the whole solution from start to finish. If we move fast enough, we can make two or three mistakes, learn, and correct them before competitors even make their first decision.

We don’t take ourselves too seriously (but we do serious work) - Though we are solving an important problem which takes focus and a degree of seriousness, we don’t take ourselves too seriously while we do. We laugh, have fun, embrace uniqueness, and enjoy the journey. Together.

We trust each other and assume good intentions - We hire great team members and trust them to do their work. We’re transparent with data, news, and decisions - positive or negative - to empower team members to make well informed decisions. Showing up for each other fully means we celebrate each other’s accomplishments as well as give compassionate direct feedback when needed. We always default to assuming good intentions.

The role, in a nutshell:

As the Director of Commercial Sales, you will hold a dynamic leadership position with a primary focus on building our velocity business first as an IC and then as a player/coach building out and managing a high-performing sales team.

Collaboration is at the core of this role, as the Sales Director will work cross-functionally with other teams, particularly product, operations and marketing, to align messaging and campaigns for maximum impact on pipeline growth as well as increasing overall deal velocity.. The role extends beyond strategy, encompassing the creation and maintenance of a robust talent pipeline. Involvement in recruiting, interviewing, and onboarding new team members is crucial.

To drive overall success, the Sales Director will establish and maintain strong alignment with supporting teams across customer success, marketing, solutions architects, and professional services. This role requires a strategic thinker with a keen focus on execution, team development, and cross-functional collaboration to achieve both short-term and long-term sales objectives.

What you’ll do:

  • Report directly to the VP Sales, close for your first quarter and then build and manage a team
  • Focus heavily on territory planning and execution with a dedicated emphasis on pipeline generation
  • Develop and implement sales strategies that focus on both short-term revenue goals and long-term pipeline development and work cross-functionally with other teams, like marketing, to align messaging & campaigns for maximum impact on pipeline growth
  • Build and maintain a strong talent pipeline for current and future needs and be heavily involved in recruiting, interviewing, and onboarding new reps
  • Foster a collaborative environment where account executives on your team can learn, grow, and seek professional growth under your leadership
  • Build and improve processes for team member on-boarding and ramping
  • Drive alignment with supporting teams across customer success, marketing, solutions architects, and professional services

What you'll bring:

  • 4+ years of experience in successfully selling a technical product (Cybersecurity, DevSecOps, OSS preferred)
  • 2+ years of experience successfully managing high performing software sales teams
  • Startup experience strongly preferred
  • Experience recruiting, retaining, and developing a team from the ground up
  • Enjoy coaching and motivating others, leading by example while demonstrating humility
  • Feel a deep sense of alignment with our company values

Salary Range: $300,000-$360,000 OTE

A few of the benefits we offer (for our full time employees):

  • Equity/stock options
  • Unlimited PTO
  • Remote work with flexible coworking and team meetup opportunities
  • Home office and internet stipend
  • 100% health/dental/vision insurance coverage for you and your family

If your experience is close but doesn’t fulfill all requirements, please apply. Chainguard is on a mission to build the best team. To achieve our goal, we are focused on hiring “Guardians'' with unique backgrounds, perspectives, and experiences.

Chainguard is an equal opportunity employer. We do not discriminate based upon race, religion, color, national origin, sex (including pregnancy, childbirth, reproductive health decisions, or related medical conditions), sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, age, status as a protected veteran, status as an individual with a disability, genetic information, political views or activity, or other applicable legally protected characteristics. We also consider qualified applicants with criminal histories, consistent with applicable federal, state and local law.

For US based roles - Chainguard participates in E-Verify and will provide the federal government with employee Form I-9 Information to confirm authorization to work in the U.S. Chainguard, Inc. only uses E-Verify once a candidate has accepted a job offer and completed the Form I-9. If E-Verify cannot confirm that an employee is authorized to work, Chainguard, Inc. will give the employee written instructions and an opportunity to contact the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) or Social Security Administration (SSA) so the employee can begin to resolve the issue before any adverse employment action is taken. For more information about your right to work, please see the Notice of Right to Work.

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