Director, Localization

Website SurveyMonkey

Power the curious.

About SurveyMonkey

SurveyMonkey (NASDAQ: SVMK) is a leading global survey software company on a mission to power the curious. The company’s People Powered Data platform empowers over 17 million active users to measure and understand feedback from employees, customers, website and app users, and the market. SurveyMonkey’s products, enterprise solutions and integrations enable 335,000+ organizations to solve daily challenges, from delivering better customer experiences to increasing employee retention. With SurveyMonkey, organizations around the world can transform feedback into business intelligence that drives growth and innovation.

SurveyMonkey is a place where the curious come to grow. By embedding inclusion into our processes, policies, and culture, we are building a workplace for our 1,000+ employees across North America, Europe, and APAC where people of every background can thrive. We’ve won multiple awards and received recognition for our forward-looking policies, including extended parental and bereavement leave, vendor benefits standards, and Take 4 sabbaticals.

SurveyMonkey was recognized by Great Place to Work® and FORTUNE as a top workplace in 2018 and 2019, and the company has also won numerous awards as a leader in global survey software, including being named among CNBC’s Disruptor 50 and the Forbes Cloud 100.

Over the past two years we’ve become a public company and expanded our platform with enterprise-grade features in privacy, security and compliance, putting SurveyMonkey on the path to rapidly expand our presence within the Fortune 500. We have ambitious goals to grow our international footprint as well, and every member of our troop plays a critical role in driving this growth and transformation. It’s an incredible time to join the company and be a part of our next chapter!

The Role

The ideal candidate will be an experienced Localization leader, well versed in setting up processes and understanding the latest localization technologies, with expertise in language quality, process improvement, and vendor management.  As the Localization leader, you and your team will continue to improve the quality of SurveyMonkey localization and expand localization scope to new countries and languages. You will use good judgment and critical analytical skills to evaluate localization opportunities, balance priorities, and make tradeoff decisions. In addition you will champion process changes to improve team efficiency and localization quality. You are passionate about localization and obsessed with improving the SurveyMonkey experience for non-English speaking customers.


-Define and drive SurveyMonkey’s localization strategy to support localization for critical SurveyMonkey assets, including websites, documentation, email content, marketing material, software, multimedia, etc.
-Lead a cross-functional localization team including product, engineering, QA, and customer operations
-Drive Internationalization best practices with upstream engineering and content teams
-Manage localization budget, from planning and forecasting through final invoicing
-Drive prioritization of multiple, simultaneous localization projects, to ensure the team delivers the highest yield on effort
-Manage relationships with SurveyMonkey’s teams around the globe to understand and prioritize localization needs
-Negotiate contracts and manage relationships with LSPs and other external vendors
-Manage and oversee the localization budget for your projects and use data to evaluate the efficiency of cost, timeliness, and quality.
-Help core product teams, designers, and engineers to recognize international requirements and integrate coding world-ready processes to be able to create a culturally and linguistically appropriate product.
-Provide up-to-date visibility and communication for large projects, as well as progress for team goals.


-8+ years experience in SaaS, e-commerce, or consumer web businesses
-10+ years experience in localization program management working on language launches, creative content
-Proven experience managing high quality, high volume localization projects
-Ability to successfully communicate and influence executives, technical, and business teams in a cross functional environment
-Ability to think big and drive localization strategy, while diving deep into tactical details to execute tasks
-Ability to lead large scale technical, and cross functional programs to delivery
-Excellent English-language communication skills, both written and verbal
-Demonstrated experience optimizing web businesses with analytics tools like Google Analytics
-Prior experience in production or program management at senior levels
-Familiarity with Content Management Systems (CMS), document management systems and software repository and build systems
-Evangelize Globalization to all cross functional stakeholders
-Solid in-depth knowledge of internationalization and localization is a plus
-Working knowledge of industry standard localization tools

Preferred Qualifications:

-Deep understanding of localization processes and technologies such as TM recycling, terminology management, machine translation, etc.
-Experience hiring, managing, and promoting localization professionals across a variety of functions, including project managers, loc engineers, testers, linguists, etc.
-Experience working in Agile development environments
-BA or BS in engineering, applied linguistics, computer science or equivalent experience

At SurveyMonkey, we offer competitive salaries, medical/dental benefits, PTO, 401k, paid holidays and parental leave, and equity compensation.

SurveyMonkey is an equal opportunity employer. We celebrate diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees.

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