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Autodesk Chief of Staff in Boston, Massachusetts

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Position Overview

Autodesk is seeking a Chief of Staff to join the Shotgun team as part of the Media and Entertainment organization. We are seeking a highly motivated individual who will work in direct partnership with the VP, to establish effective operating models, planning processes, and be responsible for operational efficiency of this team.

Autodesk is the global leader in design and make technology, including industry-leading 3D design, engineering, and entertainment software and services, that offer customers better outcomes though automation and insights for their design and make processes.

With over $3.5 billion in revenue and more than 12,000 employees, Autodesk has established itself as the leading provider of design and make technology that empowers innovators everywhere to achieve the new possible – for products, their businesses and the world. If you've ever driven a high-performance car, admired a towering skyscraper, used a smartphone, or watched a great film, chances are you've experienced what millions of Autodesk customers are doing with our software.

Our VP will create and execute strategies that accelerate the future of Industry marketing teams.

The successful candidate must have the ability to effectively facilitate discussions to help the VP and team, make impactful decisions and create an inclusive and collaborative environment for the leadership team. S/he will build and nurture the right processes and operating model for a high performing team and must be a collaborative and influential figure within the company, working across businesses and functions. S/he will have a proven ability to establish strong relationships and trust. Strong communication skills and the ability to effectively lead and manage the organizations strategic initiatives effectively are essential to this role.


  • Manages the organization’s strategic roadmap by tracking all initiatives and verifying execution, updating metrics and providing report outs as needed

  • Creates, plans, and facilitates staff meetings to accomplish clear and effective decision making, tracking, and reporting on follow-up actions. Creates strategic messaging, both written & spoken, to provide an overall view across teams for better collaboration across the organization

  • Serves as a trusted advisor the leader. The Chief of Staff acts as a sounding board, serves as liaison or proxy when needed, and manages executive communications for the leader being supported

  • Coordinates opportunities for efficiency by conducting research, benchmarking & analytics, proposes new systems/processes to streamline as needed

  • Prepares decks for large customer-facing events (eg. AU, OTC, TechX). Prepares decks for C-staff presentations/all-hands for team

  • Co-develops and maintains an integrated business plan and operating model, including key performance indicators (KPIs) and progress measures for the business

  • Champions and drives efforts across the team to improve effectiveness and contribute to making Autodesk and this team a great place to work

  • Manages strategic communications on behalf of leadership, distilling and communicating key messages to extended team, executives, & collaborators across the company

  • Leads and drives an ongoing, agile business planning process, including:

  • Defining, implementing, and managing an ongoing and evolving business planning process

  • Driving team towards deadlines, acting as a thought partner, and structuring or jump-starting deliverables as required

  • Building alignment on the plan, KPIs, and operating model and resource implications

  • Driving and managing cross-team strategic initiatives in support of the business plan

  • Contributing to communicating our strategy, plans, and progress concisely and inspirationally via presentations, documents, blogs, videos, townhalls, and other channels

  • Managing quarterly business reviews, processes and related deliverables, including developing and managing analytics and dashboards that track progress to results, preparing the extended team for internal executive reviews, and celebrating milestones and successes

  • Helping lead and manage effective leadership meetings on a wide variety of topics, including; defining agendas, facilitating, capturing decisions & actions, and follow-ups as needed

  • Coordination of product initiatives between the various engineering functions, product management and Go-To-Market

  • Responsible for coordinating the analytics that will enable us to accurately track progress towards financial goals

  • Ensures an appropriate resourcing model is structured to meet financial goals

Minimum Qualifications

  • BS or equivalent, MBA strongly preferred, software development or consulting experience desirable

  • 15+ years management experience preferred, including staff and budget responsibility

  • Experience in business planning, strategy & operations

  • An activator; action-oriented, results-driven, and relentlessly outcome-oriented

  • Outstanding facilitation, collaboration, and influencing skills

  • Skilled diplomat with elevated levels of professional confidence, business acumen, and relationship-building

  • Proven, applied data-driven, decision-making skillset and ability to manage an analytics program

  • Deep experience in complex, mission-critical program management roles

  • Effective communication skills and strong executive presentation development and delivery skills

  • A bias for action and ability to manage short-term decisions with longer-term vision

  • Ability to assess needs, influence, collaborate, deliver and partner at all levels in the organization

  • Demonstrated ability to build collaborative, trustworthy relationships across functions and geographies

  • Exceptional Organizational Skills

  • Ability to transform complex strategies into key initiatives and establish strategic planning processes for the team to build execution plans against them

  • Ability to identify complex issues, put plan and processes in place to resolve

  • Ability to organize teams and plans, establish and manage supporting KPIs, track progress and establish report out vehicles

  • Action Oriented

  • Ability to pragmatically prioritize importance of work based on impact on business objectives in both the short and long term

  • Ability to influence and drive the organization to make informed business decisions using a defined framework that documents stakeholders, risks and dependencies

  • Can articulate, clarify, and amplify the intent and priorities of the leadership team to the rest of the organization.

  • Impactful Communicator

  • Ability to communicate clearly and concisely about deeply complex and often technical topics to executive audiences as well as organization at large where knowledge of the industry and technical topics will vary

  • Exceptional written communication skills

  • Courage

  • A bility to discuss, debate and push back on the VP and leadership team when necessarily

  • Ability to challenge status quo effectively and respectfully

  • Ability to implement new processes and drive team through change management

  • Provides support to VP’s leadership team to maintain continuity in messaging and support for execution

The Ideal Candidate

  • An exceptionally organized and well-spoken individual who can provide a unified approach to helping the organization deliver against our vision and strategy with the right processes, communication channels and metrics in place to measure and ensure success.

  • A forward-looking individual who can work collaboratively across the organization to get things done

  • A strategic individual who can understand the vision and strategy and lead through influence, the organization to execute

  • An individual who likes to problem solve and will identify issues, partner with peers and stakeholders to solution and define operating and engagement models as an output.

At Autodesk, we're building a diverse workplace and an inclusive culture to give more people the chance to imagine, design, and make a better world. Autodesk is proud to be an equal opportunity employer and considers all qualified applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, national origin, disability, veteran status or any other legally protected characteristic. We also consider for employment all qualified applicants regardless of criminal histories, consistent with applicable law.

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With Autodesk software, you have the power to Make Anything. The future of making is here, bringing with it radical changes in the way things are designed, made, and used. It’s disrupting every industry: architecture, engineering, and construction; manufacturing; and media and entertainment. With the right knowledge and tools, this disruption is your opportunity. Our software is used by everyone - from design professionals, engineers and architects to digital artists, students and hobbyists. We constantly explore new ways to integrate all dimensions of diversity across our employees, customers, partners, and communities. Our ultimate goal is to expand opportunities for anyone to imagine, design, and make a better world.