Do Good Work: Join RedMonk

We’re hiring, in case you haven’t heard. Specifically, we’re on the hunt for a new analyst.

What does that mean, and what does an analyst do? Let’s talk RedMonk first.

Who We Are

Founded in 2002, we’re four years younger than Google and four years older than AWS. We exist because of developers. Our core thesis is simple: developers are the new kingmakers. From open source to mobile to cloud to big data to DevOps, developers are in our view the audience most likely to determine success. We therefore strive to learn from, hang out with, and advocate for practitioners as a key part of the job.

Smart companies have realized the critical importance of developers, and try to serve them better, with better working environments, tools and platforms. We call these companies clients. We need you to help us help them.

Why Work For Us

Lots of reasons. You’ll get to work with the best and brightest companies in the technology industry. You’ll never be bored, stuck working on a single product in a cubicle that you don’t care about, for months or years. Instead you get to learn about (and often, work with) all the best new tech the industry has to offer. You’ll have a significant say into your own research agenda. Hours are flexible.

You will be going to many of the most interesting conferences in the country, and helping to run ours. You will publish research that will be widely read, consumed and acted on. We’ll provide you with nice equipment. Our clients are absolutely tremendous to work with. Whether you’re working with a two person startup or the largest firms in the world, they will believe in what you do because they believe in our mission. We try to have fun at work but also encourage a good work/life balance.

The most important reason to work for RedMonk, though, is because the work we do matters. We’ve been working since day one to improve the lot of developers the world over, and it’s working.

It’s a pretty good gig if you can get it, as they say.

Where We Are

Technically, we’re based in Portland, ME (America’s Coziest’s City!), but we’re also in the UK, New Hampshire, and Colorado.

We’re a distributed team, but for this role given its travel requirements we’re probably looking for someone based in the US. If you’re outside the US but can travel here regularly, however, please don’t be afraid to throw your hat in the ring.

Why You Don’t Have to be an Analyst Already

On the software side, our analysts have previously been a journalist, a research scientist, software developers, a financial analyst and a systems integrator. So the short answer is that we have no idea what you’re doing right now. We care less about your current role than we do your skill set, attitude and appetite for learning.

The Role

We’re looking for someone that will make the role their own, working alongside those of us with a little more experience to define the future of the business – data-driven tech analysis and advisory services.

What You Will Do

  • Conduct briefings with vendors from across a range of geographies, technical areas and disciplines.
  • Install yet another GoToMeeting or Webex client and wonder why it still won’t work.
  • Build relationships with practitioners of all types, be they developer, designer, ops or all of the above, and more locally and worldwide.
  • Analyze market trends, both macro and micro, and output clear, digestible research.
  • Help clients understand competitive threats they don’t currently perceive, business models they’re not taking advantage of, how their messaging should be optimized by audience, the impact of wider market shifts and more.
  • Present and speak at conferences, on webinars, in screencasts or hangouts.
  • Become absurdly familiar with San Francisco’s SOMA neighborhood, without having to “relocate to SF”.
  • Meet with developers, vendors and clients at industry conferences or events.
  • Organize developer meetups (AKA buy developers craft drinks, or craft coffee, or sushi (probably sushi) or craft whatever).

What You Need to Have

Normally this is the section where the employer asks for 15 years of experience covering AWS and 10 building Android applications. We try to be 3% more reasonable with our asks. Our must haves:

  • You don’t have to be an extrovert, but you do need to like people.
  • A rational, fact-based based approach. Opinions are fine. Data is better.
  • A residence in the US, given that a majority of the travel will be US-based. As noted above, however, exceptions can be made.
  • A sense of humor. Not joking.
  • The ability to synthesize disparate data from different sources, both quantitative and qualitative.
  • Excellent communication skills, and ideally, but not necessarily, experience presenting.
  • Storytelling matters.
  • The ability to write clear, digestible and insightful analysis of complex technology – and not take months to do it.
  • A reasonable online presence. You don’t need to be Taylor Swift, but if you don’t know what Twitter is there’s a problem.
  • The ability to self-motivate, to identify and complete work independently – even when working at home in your PJ’s.
  • Relevant technical expertise and experience in technology infrastructure.
  • A personality that both we and our clients enjoy working with. You can call this the no assholes rule.
  • The ability to travel regularly to industry events and client sites.
  • A passion for developers.

It’d Be Nice If You Had

  • A background in statistics, economics or both.
  • Exposure to/training with statistical programming languages (R or Python if you must).
  • Experience as a developer, whether as a hobby or profession.
  • A broad range of technology exposure (as opposed to being expert in a tiny niche).
  • Familiarity with media creation and editing; audio, video or both.
  • An ability to meet regularly in person in Portland, ME.
  • A deep, abiding hope that the Boston Red Sox win every game they play.
  • A solid meme and GIF game.

The Legal Stuff

Employment opportunities at RedMonk are open to all qualified applicants solely on the basis of their job-related experience, knowledge, skills, and abilities. Qualified applicants are considered for all open positions for which they apply and for advancement without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identification, national origin, age, marital status, the presence of a medical condition or disability, or genetic information. RedMonk complies with all applicable federal, state and local laws with regard to equal employment opportunity.

How to Apply

Send a CV and any materials you believe we should consider – your blog, testimonials, etc – to our attention at hiring @ redmonk.com. Tell us why you’re interested in working at RedMonk and how you’re a good fit.

Please do not email staff directly; consider that a first test.