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Chief Marketing Officer

Contrast Security

Contrast Security

Marketing & Communications
United States · Remote
Posted on Friday, September 29, 2023
Contrast Security is the world’s leading provider of security technology that enables software applications to protect themselves against cyberattacks, heralding the new era of self-protecting software. Contrast's patented deep security instrumentation is the breakthrough technology that enables highly accurate assessment and always-on protection of an entire application portfolio without disruptive scanning or expensive security experts. Only Contrast has sensors that work actively inside applications to uncover vulnerabilities, prevent data breaches, and secure the entire enterprise from development to operations to production.
About The Position
Contrast Security seeks a dynamic and experienced CMO to lead our marketing efforts. As the CMO, you will drive the company's growth by developing and executing comprehensive marketing strategies that resonate with our target audience and differentiate our solutions in the market.
Reporting to the CEO, you will help scale the business and bring a proven track record of success in developing world-class marketing strategies and elevating Contrast's brand in the Cybersecurity space. Contrast Security’s CMO will be a strong storyteller and category creator focused on customer growth and advocacy with a proven track record of partnering with Sales and Product to achieve measurable revenue growth and building and leading high-performance teams in a growth-stage environment.
He/she will be responsible for optimizing all the key aspects of the growth cycle and driving collaborative projects within the company. Working across North America, EMEA & APJ, you will work closely with sales and account management stakeholders to help deliver growth targets. The CMO role will have extensive reach as Contrast views this as a key role in ensuring we meet our strategic objectives globally.
Brand Management
Develop a leveraged PR strategy, elevating Contrast’s brand in the market, driving increased awareness/voice of the brand, and building broad market recognition. Tap into internal evangelists and build a platform/channels to promote the Contrast story and make Contrast a go-to source for thought leadership. Build and maintain a strong, differentiated brand presence in the AppSec industry. Ensure consistent messaging, tone, and visual identity across all marketing materials.
Product Positioning and Messaging
Define and communicate the unique value proposition of Contrast Security's products and solutions, ensuring alignment with market needs and competitive differentiation.
Develop a strong product marketing framework focused on segmentation, targeting, competitive intelligence, positioning, and sales tools. Drive winning competitive positioning through market analysis and competitive intelligence and exploit Contrast’s unique market and technology opportunities.
Build a strong and strategic analyst relations platform to promote Contrast’s position and perception with Gartner. Partner tightly with the Product and Sales Leaders to feed a complex and lengthy go-to-market machine. Formulate new and innovative ways to position and promote Contrast’s products for accelerated sales, both new customer acquisition and expansion business. Ensure strong sales enablement, including developing content creation such as collateral, white papers, training, and other key sales tools.
Go-to-Market Strategy
Develop and execute go-to-market strategies for new product launches, including target market analysis, pricing strategies, and sales enablement plans.
Demand Generation Strategy
Utilizing a strong understanding of pipeline generation, build and engage the Contrast Security user base supporting land and expand the sales model. Provide deep understanding of digital marketing insights, analytics, content marketing, conversion rate optimization (CRO), email marketing, lead generation, landing page marketing, SEO, and social. Bring a thoughtful ABM approach, understanding the market segments, and building our target markets.
Must have a strong comprehension of dynamic pipeline building and top-of-funnel activity, as well as full-funnel analysis, to have a holistic view of what’s working/what’s not working with a focus on continuous measures to modify efforts as needed.
Market Intelligence
Monitor market trends, competitive landscape, and customer needs to identify growth opportunities and potential threats. Develop ROI-based, measurable marketing programs, from account-based to installed base marketing, that align with Contrast’s business priorities; integrate across relevant touch points and deliver predictable outcomes. Ensure alignment across the executive team to continuously grow and develop an effective product and corporate strategy with a customer-driven approach.
Define the strategy and lead execution of all major corporate marketing efforts for one of the most innovative and leading brands in enterprise software security, including product marketing, brand marketing, B2B demand generation, exec & corporate communications, PR, field marketing, and social marketing.
Sales Enablement
Collaborate with the sales team to create sales collateral, training programs, and tools that empower the sales force to communicate product value and drive revenue growth effectively.
Content Development
Lead the creation of compelling marketing content, including whitepapers, case studies, webinars, videos, and blog posts, to educate the market and generate demand.
Field Marketing
Lead the field marketing strategy with multiple go-to-market approaches globally in North America, EMEA & APJ (direct, indirect, ABM, post-sale customer engagement) in partnership with the field and channel teams (understanding where to standardize and when to localize). Design marketing activities mapped to the corporate strategy - aligned with and providing dedicated support to the go-to-market strategies. Work closely with field sales teams to develop a feedback loop, uncovering trends and opportunities during the sales cycle and pressure testing new marketing ideas. Strengthen sales alignment and drive pipeline acceleration.
Analyst and Public Relations
Build and maintain relationships with industry analysts and manage external PR agencies to enhance Contrast Security's visibility and credibility in the cybersecurity space. You are a natural evangelist – someone who can demonstrate a presence in the market at speaking engagements and other mediums serving CMO influence.
Develop a leveraged PR strategy, elevating Contrast’s brand in the market, driving increased awareness/voice of the brand, and building broad market recognition. Tap into internal evangelists and build a platform/channels to promote the Contrast story and make Contrast a go-to source for thought leadership.
Customer Advocacy
Cultivate customer advocates and references to support marketing and sales efforts, including developing customer success stories.
Cross-Functional Collaboration
Work closely with product management, engineering, sales, and other cross-functional teams to ensure product roadmaps align with market needs and customer feedback.
Metrics and Measurement
Establish key performance indicators (KPIs) to measure the effectiveness of product marketing initiatives and regularly report on progress to the executive team.
Extensive experience working as a partner with finance, effectively managing a large marketing budget with demonstrated success in improving Return on Marketing Investment.
Team Leadership
Build, mentor, and motivate a high-performing marketing team comprised of corporate marketing, marketing communications, and product marketing, fostering a culture of collaboration, innovation, and continuous improvement.


  • Bachelor's degree in Marketing, Business, or a related field; MBA preferred
  • Proven experience (7+ years) in product-focused marketing leadership roles within the cybersecurity space, preferably within the DevSecOps or software development industry
  • Demonstrated success in developing and executing go-to-market strategies for software products
  • Strong analytical and strategic thinking skills, with the ability to translate complex technical concepts into compelling marketing messages
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Deep knowledge of the cybersecurity landscape and competitive trends
  • Ability to manage and inspire a diverse team of marketing and product professionals
  • Results-oriented mindset with a track record of achieving and exceeding revenue goals
  • Familiarity with SaaS business models is a plus
  • We are focused on building a diverse and inclusive workforce. We encourage you to apply if you’re excited about this role but do not meet 100% of the abovementioned qualifications.
What We Offer
Salary and Other Compensation
This position's standard base pay range is $275,000 - $375,000 annually. This position is also eligible for a VCP and equity package subject to the terms of the Company’s applicable plans. When determining a candidate’s compensation, we consider several factors: geography, skill set, experience, job scope, and current market data.
Contrast Security offers the following benefits for this position, subject to applicable eligibility requirements: Medical Insurance, Dental Insurance, Vision Insurance, 401(k) Retirement Plan with Employer Match, Life Insurance, Long Term Disability Insurance, Short Term Disability Insurance, Transit, and Commuter benefits, Flexible PTO, 56 hours of Annual Sick time, Paid Parental Leave and Paid Holidays.
The salary, other compensation, and benefits information are accurate as of the date of this posting. The Company reserves the right to modify this information at any time, subject to applicable law.
We are changing the world of software security. Do it with us.
We believe in what we do and are passionate about helping our customers secure their business.
If you’re looking for a challenge and want to enjoy where you work, you’ll love Contrast Security.
Contrast Security is committed to a diverse and inclusive workplace. We are an equal-opportunity employer, and our team is comprised of individuals from many diverse backgrounds, lifestyles, and locations. At Contrast, we strive to build diverse teams that reflect the people we want to empower through our products. We are committed to equal employment opportunity regardless of race, color, ancestry, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, age, citizenship, marital status, disability, gender identity, or Veteran status. Equal Opportunity is the Law, and Contrast is proud to be an equal-opportunity workplace. If you have a specific need that requires accommodation, please let a member of the People Team know.
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