Rapid7: Director, People Strategy
120 Causeway Street
Boston, MA 02114

Employee Testimonials

Helen Ackers Rapid7
Aniket Menon Rapid7


Director , People Strategy

Company Description

Rapid7 is helping organizations around the globe advance securely. Our technology, services, and community-focused research simplify complexity for security teams, helping them reduce vulnerabilities, monitor for malicious behavior, investigate and shut down attacks, and automate routine tasks. With more than 7,400 customers across 120 countries, Rapid7 is a recognized leader in cybersecurity that has proudly earned numerous industry accolades and strong recognition for our technology and culture. Learn more at www.rapid7.com.

The Opportunity

The People Strategy team is, at its core, obsessed with bringing out the best in our people to achieve transformational growth within themselves and for Rapid7 because we believe that our people are the lifeblood of our company and central to achieving our mission. We do this through a People Strategy partnership model that, at its core, starts with a deep understanding of our business, our culture and our people.

Rapid7 is looking for a business savvy, growth minded, collaborative, and people focused leader to join our People Strategy team and be a key driver in achieving this mission for our Products and G&A teams in North America. As a Director of People Strategy, reporting to the VP of People Strategy, you will partner with business leaders to develop, implement and improve people programs with a shared goal of creating incredible experiences for our employees, while supporting our growth and the achievement of Rapid7s business goals.

Essential Responsibilities

The Director of People Strategy (North America Products and G&A), will be in charge of implementing, scaling and improving people strategy programs designed to support business goals within the Products and G&A teams. They will be responsible for the implementation of a business partner model that aims to understand overall people trends, challenges and opportunities and with the support of people strategist, they will implement solutions that increase engagement, strengthen management bench, and reduces unhealthy turnover thus creating the most productive and satisfying work experiences for our people.

In addition, the Director will be leading the implementation (with a focus on scalability, accountability and consistency) of talent management processes such as talent assessments, 9 boxing, career development planning, continuous feedback and performance management with an emphasis on enabling leaders to make effective decisions that promote the development of our people and the success of our teams.

With a deep focus on our culture and the HOW we engage with our people, the Director of People Strategy is not your typical HR leader. We are looking for a leader who is passionate about our people and our business and is driven by the desire to make an impact in peoples careers and on our business.


  • You will be managing the day to day people strategy initiatives for the Products and G&A teams. In doing so, you will not only manage the people strategist but be a trusted and knowledgeable leader partnering with the other people teams such as Total Rewards, People Development and Talent Acquisition to ensure seamless support to our people and teams.

  • You will be a partner and advisor to our business leaders and proactively diagnose and communicate trends around their people and teams (ie engagement, development, retention, collaboration) and lead the development of solutions to address them - with the goal of supporting their business goals through a people lens

  • In partnership with the Total Rewards leader and our People Strategy team, you will lead the execution of activities within the employee lifecycle for your line of business - including performance management, merit and bonus planning, promotions and internal transfers and exits/terminations.

  • Youll be a key partner to the People Development team and help determine learning needs for our people and build strategies to ensure effective application of learning principles on the job

  • You will be a coach and advisor to our leaders in their efforts to strengthen their management bench and build teams that scale

  • Working with the with People Strategy team and business leaders, youll ensure that employee initiatives are in line with and reinforce our companys culture and core values

  • Youll lead and deliver with a consistent focus on building a high-performing culture of growth and development through effective leadership, communication and feedback

  • Youll be laser-focused on understanding and leveraging People Strategy data to articulate insights and develop action plans to address people challenges


  • 8-10 years of professional work experience in HR (focus on Business Partner), Organizational Development, Talent Consulting or a related field

  • Bachelors of Arts or Science required

  • A natural leader with an impressive balance of business acumen, influencing skills, empathy, relationship building, and courageous authenticity with unquestionable integrity

  • A natural influencer with a clear point of view. You are seen as a trusted advisor, people seek you out, trust your advice and follow your lead.

  • Excellent at delivering difficult feedback/messages with a unique balance of directness, objectivity and transparency

  • Embody Rapid7 core values in how you lead and manage through complex and challenging situations

  • Expert at coaching leaders through challenging team dynamics and helping them build alignment through effective communication, conflict resolution and an ability to truly understand the root cause of issues

  • Strong management track record in building and developing people strategy talent and skills

  • Leads teams with a learning mindset - you encourage your team to try something different and learn from mistakes

  • Proactive, self-motivated and has a strong work ethic

  • Has an amazing attitude personable, approachable, and always eager to help

  • You are an amazing communicator, able to effectively work with discretion and sensitivity across all levels of the business

  • Creates a team culture that handles ambiguity well actually thrives in it

  • People love working with you because you:

    • You dont just enjoying being in HR because you love people. You value the difference your role can make in the experience people have at work.

    • Avoid drama like the plague

    • You provide insight and support without solving their problems for them

    • You are collaborative, warm, and instill a sense of support


Employee Testimonials

James Green
Director of Engineering, Engineering, Software Development

"My favorite memory of being a 'Moose' is our first ever company-wide hackathon in Cambridge. After a fun–filled week for the company kick-off, we still managed to deliver, through the night, on some amazing ideas."

Brett Garofalo
Manager, Mid-Market Sales

"I am not a natural–born salesperson or leader. Rapid7 gave me the mentorship opportunities and leeway to develop those skillsets. Having the support of my management allowed me to take risks and learn from mistakes instead of being tentative and afraid to put myself out there."

Helen Ackers Rapid7
Helen Ackers
Marketing Specialist

"Every time you feel a little more comfortable with your job and what is expected from you, there is always something new to learn and something to add to the repertoire! I love this, it means every week I can see myself developing in my career."

Aniket Menon Rapid7
Aniket Menon
Manager, Enterprise Deployments

"I love the infectious energy and fast–paced nature of the job. Unrelenting progress towards becoming the #1 company in Cyber Security. The sheer number of Products and Services we have launched in the last two years is a staggering achievement."

Dennis Nahas Rapid7
Dennis Nahas
Systems Administrator

"The most fulfilling moments are seeing our products name dropped in the security press, knowing we all contributed to that."

Ashley Seamans Rapid7
Ashley Seamans
Director of Business Intelligence

"There's never a dull moment and always a new challenge to tackle. I have had the opportunity to work with people across the company on product launches, acquisitions, our global sales expansion and lots of new programs, each with its own hurdles but all equally rewarding."

Chris Wallace Rapid7
Chris Wallace
People Strategy Manager

"It's pretty cool to look around the room and know that I played a part in making all of that happen, and that I hopefully helped those people move into a role that they find really rewarding and exciting. Especially in a company where they in turn can have a big impact and take their careers to the next level. The fact that they are all good people, and that we all manage to have a bit of fun in the process, helps too."

Stephanie Philips Rapid7
Stephanie Philips
Counsel and Director, Contracts, Legal

"I love the truly collaborative team effort from everyone across the board – people are always willing to join an effort or a conversation to make a difference and find a solution, and they don't feel bound by their job descriptions or departmental functions if they have expertise that will help out a fellow Moose."

Roy Hodgman Rapid7
Roy Hodgman
Data Scientist

"I feel that [our core value for] continuous learning best represents me because it's been essential to my career here. There are no shortage of tools and techniques that can be applied to the projects I work on, and despite what I think I might know about the problem at hand, more often than not there are new and novel ways to approach it."