VP of Product & GM, Axon VR

at Axon
Published October 3, 2022
Location Seattle, WA
Category Default  
Job Type Full-time  


Join Axon and be a Force for Good.

At Axon, we're on a mission to Protect Life. We're explorers, pursuing society's most critical safety and justice issues with our ecosystem of devices and cloud software. Like our products, we work better together. We connect with candor and care, seeking out diverse perspectives from our customers, communities and each other.

Life at Axon is fast-paced, challenging and meaningful. Here, you'll take ownership and drive real change. Constantly grow as you work hard for a mission that matters at a company where you matter.

We are an equal opportunity employer that promotes justice, advances equity, values diversity and fosters inclusion. We're committed to hiring the best talent - regardless of race, creed, color, ancestry, religion, sex (including pregnancy), national origin, sexual orientation, age, citizenship status, marital status, disability, gender identity, genetic information, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by applicable laws, regulations and ordinances - and empowering all of our employees so they can do their best work. If you have a disability or special need that requires assistance or accommodation during the application or the recruiting process, please email [Click Here to Email Your Resumé]. Please note that this email address is for accommodation purposes only. Axon will not respond to inquiries for other purposes.

We write code to save lives. Every single day.

Your Impact

Virtual Reality Training - and more specifically using VR/XR technology and experiences as a means to fundamentally reimagine how law enforcement and other first responders prepare for the unrelenting demands of their jobs - is Axon's newest and fastest-growing line of business, and is pivotal to delivering on our mission in the years and decades ahead.

The existing multi-billion dollar public safety training market is ready for reinvention and disruption - providing more (and more effective) training, at more affordable prices, with democratized access for agencies and precincts of all sizes and in all locations. Virtual and mixed reality experiences are poised to deliver on this promise in many fields where professionals need to learn complex skills that combine physical and fine motor expertise and rapid, dynamic decision-making. And with Axon's existing global leadership and expertise in partnering with and selling to public safety agencies, we are confident in our opportunity to lead this charge.

As the VP and GM of this nascent and incredibly high-potential product line and business for Axon, you must be a fearless leader who relishes taking on bold challenges, and who is truly passionate about driving transformative societal outcomes while also building a thriving global business that further drives the flywheel of the broader Axon ecosystem.

The Role

As the VP/GM of Axon VR, you will report directly to the Chief Product Officer and have end-to-end responsibility for this line of business. You will directly own the P&L, and serve as the single-threaded leader of Axon VR's Product, Engineering, Content Production, and Design teams while partnering intimately with Sales, Professional Services, Finance, and your peer VP/GMs of our other lines of business to invent, build, operate, and scale our future in VR Training.

This role requires a very special combination of (1) displacing traditional legacy technology and business models with disruptive modern solutions, (2) inventing true "0 to 1" experiences that earn new buyers for new scenarios, (3) successfully delivering end-to-end solutions that require extensive co-development and tight partnerships with 3P partners such as VR headset providers, (4) fostering a successful and high-quality content ecosystem to maximize scale while guaranteeing quality; and (5) doing it all with world-class customer obsession and operational rigor.

So, why bring your considerable talents to Axon?

We are all here at Axon because we are both deeply passionate about our mission - and equally passionate about being creative builders to deliver results.

We are already the world's leading provider of both de-escalation tools like TASER, and police Body-Worn Cameras powered by cloud-based Digital Evidence Management. We are still Founder-led after nearly 30 years, and we have a world-class team of builders who are dedicated to re-imagining the rest of the technology stack that underlies public safety. From IoT devices like cameras and other sensors, to high-scale and high-security SAAS services, to an ethics-first approach to applying Machine Learning and AI to our extraordinarily compelling data sets and customer scenarios, to the underlying platform infrastructure that powers it all - if you're a builder, and if you're passionate about aligning your work with your values and impact in the world, we'd love for you to come build with us.

Once again, we write code to save lives. Every single day.

Your Day to Day

* Lead the vision, plan, execution and operations of our current and future products in Axon VR
* Own the P&L for the VR line of business
* Grow our business across all key metrics - financial, engagement/adoption, customer delight, internal team health
* Delight customers and earn their trust by forging close personal relationships and delivering world-class execution on commitments
* Directly manage a diverse team (currently 40 people) including Product Management, Engineering, Content Production, and Design
* Own our partnerships and successfully co-develop end-to-end solutions with our key 3P partners including VR headset providers
* Bring your industry expertise to challenge existing assumptions and introduce new technologies and mechanisms, as well as developing a collaborative and inclusive team that fosters a culture of ownership, experimentation, and innovation

What You Bring

* 15+ years of Software Product Management experience of high-scale products with proven results driving revenue, engagement, and customer delight in Enterprise and/or Consumer environments
* 10+ years in leadership roles, with proven experience managing teams of at least 100 people, including having directly managed both Product Management and Engineering
* Direct P&L accountability and ownership experience, preferably for combined HW + SW product lines and preferably for SAAS/subscription business models
* Proven experience leading HW + SW product lines
* Proven experience building and leading globally distributed teams
* Proven experience forging close personal relationships and delivering on complex end-to-end solutions with enterprise customers and/or strategic partnerships
* Ability to strategically execute within a fast-paced, deadline-oriented and complex environment
* Possesses critical thinking and analytical skills, including the capacity to identify, assess and prioritize competing deadlines and needs
* Ability to strategically execute within a fast-paced, deadline-oriented and complex environment
* Excellent problem solving skills, written and verbal communication
* Outstanding leadership presence and ability to question and challenge the status quo at all levels of the organization
* Bachelor's Degree in Computer Science, Engineering, or a related field
* Experience at both early- or mid-stage startups, as well as large global tech companies is a plus
* Experience with Training and/or Education is a plus
* Experience with Learning/Curriculum technologies and product lines is a plus
* Experience with VR/XR technologies and product lines is a plus
* Experience building both Consumer and Enterprise products is a plus

Benefits that Benefit You

* Competitive salary and 401k with employer match
* Discretionary paid time off
* Paid parental leave for all
* Medical, Dental, Vision plans
* Fitness Programs
* Emotional & Mental Wellness support
* Learning & Development programs
* And yes, we have snacks in our offices

Benefits listed herein may vary depending on the nature of your employment and the location where you work

Axon requires employees be vaccinated against COVID-19 as a condition of employment, unless a medical or religious accommodation is approved. As such, newly hired employees will be required to provide proof of their COVID-19 vaccination.

Don't meet every single requirement? That's ok. At Axon, we Aim Far. We think big with a long-term view because we want to reinvent the world to be a safer, better place. We are also committed to building diverse teams that reflect the communities we serve.

Studies have shown that women and people of color are less likely to apply to jobs unless they check every box in the job description. If you're excited about this role and our mission to Protect Life but your experience doesn't align perfectly with every qualification listed here, we encourage you to apply anyways. You may be just the right candidate for this or other roles.

NOTE: The above job description is not intended as, nor should it be construed as, exhaustive of all duties, responsibilities, skills, efforts, or working conditions associated with this job. The job description may change or be supplemented at any time in accordance with business needs and conditions.

Some roles may also require legal eligibility to work in a firearms environment.