Senior Manager of Customer References at Upwork

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Upwork ($UPWK) is the leading tech solution for companies looking to hire the best talent, maintain flexibility, and get more done. We’re passionate about our mission to create economic opportunities so people have better lives. Every year, more than $2 billion of work is done through Upwork by skilled professionals who want the freedom of working anytime, anywhere. Top companies connecting with extraordinary talent around the globe? Upwork is how.

The Customer Reference Program helps cultivate a network of high-value customers who will serve as advocates for Upwork and flexible models of work to share their success stories and best practices through our marketing and sales channels.

The Senior Manager of Customer References will be instrumental in helping Upwork expand and scale it’s Customer Reference Program by delivering a multi-dimensional portfolio of advocates and stories that increase market awareness, accelerate the sales cycle and help articulate the journey towards adoption flexible workforce models. S/he must cultivate strong relationships with sales and marketing to identify, secure and nurture advocates. This person must have a proven track record of working cross-functionally with multiple stakeholders, establish relationships with VPs/Director level partners, and develop an exceptional client experience. Success in this role hinges on understanding business priorities, sales processes and customer perceptions and considerations.

This is an exciting role for professionals who are energized by building relationships, highlighting customer success stories and evangelizing them across the organization. This is an incredible year to join Upwork’s Customer Reference Program as companies increasingly see the value in showcasing how they are evolving their workforce to adapt to changes in the market. 

 Your Responsibilities:

  • Work closely with internal stakeholders to identify potential client advocates.
  • Secure advocates and develop plans for engaging individuals based on their ability to validate Upwork’s business value, establish confidence in new models of work. Marketing activities include: speaking engagements, case studies, video testimonials, to name a few.
  • Identify opportunities to acknowledge and reward ardent advocates by providing them with speaking opportunities, executive meetings, thought-leadership platforms, etc.
  • Develop comprehensive plans to amplify success stories across various marketing and sales channels. 
  • Manage and prioritize multiple requests for customers’ time and content across key initiatives and are a fit for customer(s) 
  • Oversee approvals for all client customer content across marketing, PR, IR, and internal channels to ensure is in line with customers’ expectations and communicated to support our partnership

What it takes to catch our eye:

  • 5-10 years of reference manager/customer and/or partner advocacy experience or sales, inside sales, customer support or marketing experience.
  • Excellent communication and project management skills and a consultative approach to identifying problems and finding solutions while always advocating for our customers
  • Passion for storytelling and sharing Upwork’s story to help bring in new customers
  • Exceptional interpersonal skills
  • Customer-service mindset and mentality
  • Team player who can work effectively and efficiently with others

How to really knock our socks off:

  • Sales and Marketing (or PR) experience working with all levels within organizations
  • Extraordinary communication who has the ability to connect, find stories, and build relationships across all levels within organizations 
  • Proficient in Excel, Powerpoint and CRM software
  • Experience in the staffing industry or interest in the changing world of work

Come change how the world works.

At Upwork, you’ll shape talent solutions for how the world works today. Whether you’re working from our offices in San Francisco, Santa Clara, and Chicago or are part of our globally distributed team, we’re working together to create exciting remote work opportunities for a global community of professionals. Our vibrant culture is built on a common mission and shared values. As we create economic opportunities so that people have better lives, our employees build amazing teams, put our community first and have a bias towards action. We encourage team Upwork to bring their whole selves to work through learning and development opportunities, mentorship, and employee resource groups. All that and amazing benefits too? We’ve got you covered (especially with our company favorite, Work Online Wednesdays). Check out our Life at Upwork page to learn more about the employee experience.

Upwork is proudly committed to recruiting and retaining a diverse and inclusive workforce. As an Equal Opportunity Employer, we never discriminate based on race, religion, color, national origin, gender (including pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical condition), sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, age, status as a protected veteran, status as an individual with a disability, or other applicable legally protected characteristics.

 
 
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Location

Our office is located in Chicago's West Loop. We are close to public transportation and restaurants galore.

An Insider's view of Upwork

What's something quirky about your company?

The best part of our company culture is our Work Online Wednesdays, it gives me a better understanding of the experiences many clients and freelancers have using Upwork to grow their business. It's also important to me that Upwork values championing the future of work by empowering its employees to work flexibly each week.

Maggie

Mid Market Account Executive

What's the biggest problem your team is solving?

The Enterprise team is solving for how organizations engage talent and how talent finds opportunity. In an "on-demand" economy, technology has changed the way we commute, lodge, and shop. The workforce is rapidly evolving and technology is fundamentally changing work now, too.

Mandela

Enterprise Account Executive

How has your career grown since starting at the company?

I started my professional life in HR and due to the shifting labor market, I saw an opportunity to be part of something special with Upwork. I took a leap into the unknown as the second sales rep in the Chicago office. Fast forward a year and a half later, I’ve been able to grow my career from sales rep to leading the first Mid-Market sales team.

Angela

Sales Manager

How do you make yourself accessible to the rest of the team?

Making myself available before and after working hours demonstrates commitment to seeing them grow and succeed. Casual sit downs over coffee outside the office to get to know individual contributors and managers on a more personal level allow me to further understand what drives and motivates them inside and outside of work.

Natalie

VP, Enterprise Solutions

What are Upwork Perks + Benefits

Upwork Benefits Overview

Upwork proudly offers a comprehensive set of benefits to ensure employees are able to bring their whole selves to work. To allow for that, we aim to deliver world-class offerings and perks that cover your medical, dental, vision, emotional and family well-being. If you are an active, regular, full-time employee working a minimum of 20 hours per week you are eligible for all lines of coverage.

Health Insurance & Wellness Benefits
Flexible Spending Account (FSA)
Upwork provides an annual HSA contribution. You may also contribute pre-tax dollars to a Health Care FSA and Dependent Care FSA account.
Disability Insurance
Upwork offers both short term disability (STD) and long term disability(LTD) insurance.
Dental Benefits
Upwork provides your dental coverage through MetLife with a PPO plan offering.
Vision Benefits
VSP Vision offers a broad array of services for employees at Upwork.
Health Insurance Benefits
We offer Anthem Blue Cross PPO and HSA plans and you may choose the best plan for you and your family.
Life Insurance
Life Insurance coverage of 2X up to $300,000. Employees can also purchase coverage for a Spouse/DP and child(ren).
Pet Insurance
Nationwide Pet Insurance now provides coverage to all pets within your life!
Wellness Programs
Upwork offers an on demand mental health platform, Ginger.IO, along with a parenting support tool, Cleo.
Onsite Gym
Retirement & Stock Options Benefits
401(K)
Upwork offers a traditional pre-tax 401(K) along with an after-tax Roth IRA option.
401(K) Matching
Upwork matches 50% of every dollar contributed by employees into their 401(k) up to $5,000 per year. Employers match is fully vested after 1 year of service.
Company Equity
Upwork offers equity as part of our standard compensation package.
Employee Stock Purchase Plan
We allow qualified employees to purchase company shares at a discounted price.
Performance Bonus
Child Care & Parental Leave Benefits
Child Care Benefits
Upwork offers dependent care flexible spending accounts. In addition, we offer a $100 monthly credit from Trusted for backup and emergency child care services.
Generous Parental Leave
Upwork provides employees time to bond with their newborn and family. We offer up to 12 weeks of fully Paid Parental Leave.
Remote Work Program
Upwork encourages a healthy work-life balance. For your convenience we allow you to work from home on Wednesdays.
Adoption Assistance
Upwork will reimburse up to $3,000 for eligible fertility or adoption related expenses per plan year.
Vacation & Time Off Benefits
Unlimited Vacation Policy
Upwork provides an Unlimited Time Off policy to further enhance our culture of trust and empowerment.
Generous PTO
Paid Volunteer Time
The Upwork Foundation has asked that 1% of employees time be used for giving back to the community and volunteering.
Paid Holidays
Upwork offers all employees paid time off to observe all major holidays.
Paid Sick Days
Perks & Discounts
Beer on Tap
We offer a variety of Beer and Wine.
Casual Dress
Commuter Benefits
You can elect up to max of $260 pre-tax for transit and parking. Upwork will match 50% of your pretax contributions each month.
Company Outings
Free Daily Meals
Upwork provides lunch on a daily basis from local Chicago restaurants.
Game Room
Stocked Kitchen
Upwork has a fully stocked kitchen including unlimited snacks, coffee, tea and all of the flavored LaCroix you can handle.
Happy Hours
Pet Friendly
Fitness Subsidies
We reimburse employees up to $50 per month for fitness related expenses. We have a corporate partnership with 24 Hour Fitness, but you can apply to your preferred gym or approved wellness expense.
Professional Development Benefits
Job Training & Conferences
Diversity Program
Diversity, Inclusion and Belonging is critical to the success of our business and our ability to further our mission of creating economic opportunities so people have better lives.
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