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03 December 2018

CHIEF OF STAFF, PRODUCT DEVELOPMENT

Location: New York

Reports To: Director of Product Development

The Drone Racing League (DRL) is a premier, global drone-racing league and producer of world-class drone sports content. We are seeking a Chief of Staff for the Director of Product Development to manage projects across the organization, oversee the budget, spend, and cash burn, and manage other strategic projects. This position offers a unique opportunity to have a key strategic role in building the sport of the future. The ideal candidate has 1-3 years experience in corporate strategy, management consulting, and/or high-growth start-up companies. This position is based out of our headquarters in New York City and reports to the Director of Product Development

Overview: Drone racing & DRL

Drone racing is a fun and exciting sport in which quad-copter drones fly around a pre-set 3-dimensional course. Pilots control the drones via remote controls, wearing FPV (first person view) goggles to steer from the drone’s point of view. The drones travel at high speeds and can fly inches off the ground to several hundred feet in the air, depending on the course.

The races give the thrill of first person flight mixed with the high speeds and competitive dynamics of car racing. The events create fast, short, exciting content. The drone pilots come from all walks of life and are diverse, colorful personalities with compelling life stories.

DRL is the premiere brand in FPV drone racing. It is the “Formula 1” of the drone world, producing exciting content for both enthusiasts and those new to the sport.

Responsibilities:

  • Oversee daily operations and help oversee projects of high importance
  • Keep Dir. Product Dev. abreast on current company climate (employee wellbeing, project statuses, new proposals etc.)
  • Create, manage, and track department budget and cash burn
  • Work with the Controller to track actual revenue and spend relative to targets on a monthly basis
  • Manage all communication and reporting for stakeholders
  • Be the first point of contact for new vendors, partners, and advisors
  • Assess inquiries directed to the department, determine the proper course of action and delegate to the appropriate individual to manage
  • Be a go between for staff, stakeholders, contractors and Department Management
  • Help coordinate business wide procedures and work to improve existing processes for maximum clarity, efficiency and success

 

Desired Skills and Experience

  • Bachelor’s in Business or related field
  • 1-3 years experience in investment banking, consulting, private equity, and/or another high growth startup
  • Impeccable managerial and interpersonal skills
  • Proven track record of effectively interacting with senior management
  • Ability to work strategically and collaboratively across departments
  • Effective, versatile and action-oriented
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Expert Excel and Powerpoint/Keynote skills
  • Ability to identify and communicate issues with senior management
  • Knowledge of drone and drone racing a plus
  • Desire to work at a high growth, early stage company

Compensation

  • DRL offers a compensation package that is commensurate with experience and abilities
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