Director of Strategy

Marqeta   •  

Oakland, CA

Industry: Accounting, Finance & Insurance


8 - 10 years

Posted 171 days ago

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Position Summary

Marqeta is looking for a rock star Strategy executive who will be accountable for ensuring Marqeta maintains a strong, ongoing Product Market Fit. 

Among other important questions, the ideal candidate will always be asking and answering the following:

  • Given Marqeta's current platform and underlying capabilities, which market verticals hold the most promise?
  • Within these verticals, where are the most easily converted pools of volume? Who are the top targets and how should we get to them?
  • Where is Marqeta's product offering ahead of market, at market, behind market?
  • What are Marqeta's competitors up to and how should Marqeta respond?
  • What are the likely evolutions of Marqeta's product / market fit and how should Marqeta invest to ensure this fit is preserved, expanded, optimized, etc.?
  • How should we think about expanding geographically?
  • Which new market verticals should we be aware of?
  • How should we price our products and solutions to optimize revenue?

Ultimately, Marqeta's Executive Team will be relying on you to provide information, insights and recommendations on the most important questions it faces in advancing Marqeta's business into the future. You'll be expected to lead Marqeta's annual ongoing strategic planning process, coordinating efforts across the organization that result in clear goals, business and product strategies, action plans, dashboards and monitoring feedback loops. 

As you explore existing and additional market verticals for Marqeta, you will support Marqeta's BD team in populating target customer lists, contact names and approach strategies, leveraging your industry expertise and contacts. 

You will be collaborating closely with other key players on the Marqeta team, including Business Development, Technology, Product, Customer Success, Risk, Legal and Operations. 

The ideal candidate will possess a strong business background that enables them to interact productively and compellingly at the VP/C-level. A demonstrated understanding of B2B card programs, prepaid card payments, and overall digital-enabled commerce is a must. The candidate should also have a demonstrated ability to think strategically and analytically about business, product, and technical challenges, with the ability to build and convey compelling value propositions, and work cross-organizationally to build consensus. A keen sense of ownership, drive and scrappiness is a must.

Primary Responsibilities

This role is about owning our key channel relationships, generating and closing new opportunities, while playing a key role supporting the Revenue Team - here are are a few key expectations:

  • Know the Product and Tech: Quickly get up to speed on Marqeta's technical capabilities, the unique features and customer benefits our platform offers and how to speak with confidence, knowledge and credibility about what we bring to our customers. 
  • See Around Corners: Use your expertise in payments and your relationships with our channels to ensure Marqeta is staying ahead of the curve in terms of key industry trends, our key partners' evolving needs and how our product can improve to meet the market. Be a voice for Marqeta in key market forums, conferences and industry events. 
  • Produce Regular Insights and Recommendations: Based on conversations with the Revenue and Product teams, with input from the Executive Team and others, produce regular deliverables in the form of reports, key insights, recommendations and suggestions for the Marqeta team.
  • Manage Key Processes: Manage the annual strategic planning process for Marqeta, as well as establish a regular cadence of input / output for intra-year adjustments to the strategic plan. 
  • Identify Market and Customer Opportunities: Be obsessed about identifying new verticals and customer opportunities for Marqeta, such that on at least a monthly basis, you are collaborating with our BD team to ensure the team is focused on the highest ROI opportunities you are seeing in the market. 


In addition to proven strategy consultingexperience, we’re on the hunt for the following attributes:

  • 7+ years experience in strategy and/or business development roles
  • Familiarity and ease with technology, B2B technology applications and how technology platforms serve customer businesses
  • Strong understanding of the payments ecosystem, with a particular focus on the card issuing side
  • Ability to prioritize, manage, and deliver on multiple projects simultaneously; highly motivated and able to work against aggressive schedules
  • Superior communication skills (interpersonal, verbal, presentation written, email)
  • Positive attitude, team player, adaptable, resourceful, and self-starter who is able to work independently
  • A person of strong character and integrity, who can consistently represent Marqeta’s values, contribute to Marqeta’s culture and inspire direct reports and our entire organization to exceed expectation
  • Self-driven, results-oriented with a positive outlook and a clear focus on high quality deliverables. A natural forward planner who critically assesses own performance and craves high quality feedback from colleagues. Reliable, tolerant, and determined. Empathic communicator, able to see things from the other person's point of view. At home in a high-paced, intense but informal start-up environment.
  • Revenue Orientation: You truly love customer interactions, diving deep into the numbers and influencing people and outcomes. You make things happen and simply put, produce results. You excel in your communications, whether face-to-face, email, phone or otherwise, and can successfully navigate inter-personal dynamics with a variety of business owners, managers and stakeholders. 


  • Be a member of an exceptional team -  we’re growing and your career and opportunities with us will, too!
  • Rich suite of benefit plans - Employee premiums paid 100%
  • Generous Paid Time Off plan
  • Market-leading fully paid Parental Leave
  • Retirement savings - 401k plan with a Company match
  • Meaningful Equity
  • Quarterly Hack Weeks to support and reward innovation
  • Beautiful downtown Oakland office in a great location, with stunning views of Lake Merritt
  • Conveniently located close to public transportation
  • Open, transparent culture that includes weekly All Hands meetings, Lunch-and-Learns, all-company offsite, etc.
  • Commuter and Parking monthly subsidy
  • Fully stocked kitchen, catered lunches twice a week, breakfast on Fridays, and more.Access to corporate gym membership rates and other discounts and employee perks!