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  • Writer's pictureMonica Kay Royal

Session Review: Coalesce 2022 - Talk Talent to Me

Learn about the skills and abilities we seek at dbt Labs!

I have never seen this type of session before at a conference and think that it is especially helpful for those that are #opentowork right now! This is why it gets its own review 🤓

Meghan Colón and Rob Conklin introduce us to the various teams at dbt Labs. Rob even kicked off the session by sharing a pleasing poem (I wish I captured his art, maybe Rob will share in the comments).

Good luck to all those looking for their next journey with data!!

Interview Process

🧐 Application Review

💻 Talent Acquisition Interview: via zoom, ~30-45 minutes, talk about your recent projects and what you know about dbt Labs

🧠 Hiring Manager Interview: ~45-60 minutes, you will dig in on specifics on the role and how your experience fits. Also, this is should be a mutual fit so you should be interviewing them as well

✍🏻 Task (not included for all roles): a quick task that would be typical to the day-to-day tasks in the particular role

🚀 Panel / Team Interview: ~3-4 separate 1:1 interviews with members of the team

✅ Final Interview: w/ leadership team and will be values based, really get to know each other

🙌🏻 Offer > celebrate! Only fewer than 1% move into this space

Product Team (Rob Conklin)

Product Managers: usually embedded with an Engineering team

Product Marketers: create compelling messaging to attract new end users

Product Designers: create the UX and UI of dbt cloud

Hiring Managers

Kevin Jackson, Director Product Design

Margaret Francis, Chief Product Officer

Lauren Craigie, Director Product Marketing

Open Roles


  • Sr. Product Designer

  • Director of Product Management, Cloud

  • Sr. Product Marketing Manager


  • UX Web Designer

  • Sr. Product Manager

Engineering & Security Team (Kimi Mashhoon)

Platform Engineering, Infrastructure

Product Engineering

Enablement, Quality, TPM

Engineering Operations

Technical Strategy and Execution

Web Properties

Compliance: focuses on keeping the employees, customers, and vendors safe

Operations: focuses on enabling our teams

Engineering / Security Champions: focuses on building out the tools, validating, creating process and establishing champions

Hiring Managers

Sebastien Cuendet, Director of Enablement Engineering - Engineering, Quality, TPM

Heidi Brandenburg, Sr. Director of Product Engineering - Engineering

Chris Armstrong, Sr. Director, Platform Engineering - Engineering, Infrastructure

Open Roles

  • Software Engineer

  • Sr. Software Engineer

  • Staff Software Engineer

  • Engineering Manager

  • Technical Program Manager

  • Sr. Software Engineer, Product Security

  • Engineering Manager, Product Security

  • VP Security

Revenue Team (Kristen Bolton)

Partnerships: manages relationships with companies that integrate with dbt

Solutions Architects: dbt technical experts and consultants for our clients

Sales: operates in a solutionbased / consultative style of selling

Hiring Managers

Nick Erdenberger, VP of Sales, Solutions, and Partnerships

Becca Lindquist, Head of Sales

Ryan Segar, Global Head of Solutions Architecture

Amy Deora, Director of Partnerships

Open Roles


  • Director, SDR

  • Account Executive, East

  • Sales Director (UK) - French speaking role


  • Account Executive (across all territories)

  • Sales Director (across all territories)

  • Solution Architects

  • SDR’s

Marketing & Community Teams (Lauren Conk)

Marketing: includes Acquisition Marketing, Revenue Marketing, and Experiential Marketing

Community: includes Developer Advocacy, Developer Experience, and Product Documentation

Hiring Managers

Janessa Lantz, VP of Marketing

David Krevitt, Director of Acquisition Marketing

Mary Wleklinski, Director of Revenue Marketing

Heather Wilson, Director of Experiential Marketing

Anna Filippova, Director of Community and Data

Open Roles


  • Field Marketing Manager (DACH)

  • Manager, Conference Programming

  • Sr. Director, Brand Marketing


  • Managing Editor

  • GTM Event Coordinator

  • Community Development Lead

  • Sr. Technical Documentation Writer

Customer Success Team (Lauren Conk, a.k.a L-Boogie)

Customer Support

Customer Success


Professional Services

Hiring Managers

Erin Vaughan, VP Customer Success

Scott Barber, Director of Customer Support

Kyle Coapman, Director of Training

Allison Blanda, Customer Success Strategy Manager

Ilan Gendellman, Dr. Director of Professional Services

Jess Williams, Sr. Analytics Engineering Manager

Open Roles


  • Customer Support Specialize (AUS/NZ)

  • Manager, Customer Support Engineering

  • Strategic Support Engineer

  • Sr. Customer Support Engineer


  • Manager, Strategic Support Engineering

  • Customer Support Specialist

  • Manager, Technical Instructors

  • Analytics Engineer

  • Technical Instructor

People Operations Team (Kristen Bolton)

People Business Partners

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI)

Talent Acquisition

Total Rewards

Hiring Managers

Meghan Colón, Head of People

Alaina Lynch, Head of Talent Acquisition

Clyde Stackhouse, Global Total Rewards Manager

Vanessa Yeh, Manager, People Business Partners

Open Role

  • Sr. Manager, Distributed Experience

Finance & Accounting Teams (Giles Davey)

Finance & Strategy, GTM, Headcount planing, and Financial Analyst

Payroll, Quote to Cash, and Accounting

Hiring Managers

Sarah Riley, Head of FP&A

Mike Haruff, Head of Accounting

Vincent Wu, Director, Go-to-Market Finance & Strategy

Asta Kim, Senior Accounting Manager

Jamie Calkins, Order Operations Manager

Jason Sattar, Director of Revenue Accounting

Open Roles


  • Accounts Payable Manager


  • Director, Tax

  • Billings/Collections Analyst

  • Order Operations Analyst

  • Senior Accountant

  • AP Analyst

Data Team (Giles Davey)

Supports: Revenue & Sales, Operations & Strategy, Customer Success, Marketing, and Product by maintaining and building our current data infrastructure and provide strategic guidance based on well-formed data questions

Hiring Manager

Erica Louie, Head of Data

Open Roles


  • Analytics Engineer, Community

  • Analytics Engineer, Product

  • Data Analyst, Customer Success

  • Analytics Engineer, Marketing

Extra Tips for Interviewing:

How to Stand Out as a Candidate

  • Be your authentic self - be human

  • dbt skills are a plus, not a must have

  • Do not be afraid to say 'I don't know'

  • Lean into your strengths, show off your metrics

  • It is ok if you do not have all of the experience, show that you are interested and how you are actively working on the areas that you lack. There is always something to learn!

My favorite takeaways

dbt has a passion for people
dbt is a remote-first company (before remote work was cool)
Your thoughts, experience, and time are respected!

Resources from the dbt Team:

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Happy Learning!!

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