Director, Product Management API

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MISSION

Our client is looking for a Director of Product for their API-driven supply-chain-as-a-service platform. Their API first approach is to simplify a complex and archaic supply chain, filled with legacy vendors, shipping carriers, fulfillment centers, human labor, etc, abstracting the complexity away, and making it available in a digital form that is programmable. Our client's platform will enable our customers to handle all of their purchasing needs across their entire organization, as well as inspire new purchasing.

You will be responsible for managing a team of product managers, working cross-functionally with the senior management team and developing a strong vision and roadmap for our client's ecommerce Platform. Your role is to understand the market, conduct strategic planning, identify new areas of opportunity, and develop their API into the most comprehensive and highest quality toolset to empower any business that wants to add creation and distribution to their business as a new line item.

 

RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Develop long term strategy, vision, and priorities for your team.
  • Partner with engineering leads to ensure a team of PM’s, designers, and engineers are operating effectively at all levels.
  • Manage cross-team dynamics to ensure the entire team is successful, proactively instituting process improvements across your team, e.g., review and provide feedback on roadmaps, strategic plans, and feature specs.
  • Motivate your team through a variety of strategies to ensure they are engaged and connected to the larger company mission.
  • Communicate status and challenges to upper management and across to stakeholders as you work cross-functionally with other teams to execute features and ensure a cohesive integration across the broader organization.
  • Present a compelling narrative of the division and company strategy to large groups both internal and external 
  • Own the OKR setting process for your teams, working closely with business partners to ensure all teams working towards the same goals.
  • Nurture a transparent, collaborative, and dynamic team culture, embracing core values and serving as a model to the organization.
  • Work closely with the product leadership team to set standards for the product team.
  • Serve as the subject matter expert for the domains in your division and provide guidance to the leadership team into customer needs, business strategy, marketplace dynamics and competitors.
  • Stay up to date on product development across the company, identifying dependencies, potential impact to your team, and opportunities to drive larger impact.
  • Own the platform roadmap and define requirements and write clear documentation to align agile teams to enable product delivery.

 

REQUIREMENTS

  • Experience: You have 7-10+ years product management experience on developer platform products. Bonus: experience with APIs and SaaS.
  • Management: You have directly managed a team of 2+ product managers.
  • Execution: You have led multiple product teams which are able to execute consistently, delivering quality projects of the broadest scope and impact on time.
  • UX: You are passionate about creating intuitive, simple user experiences. You have a strong eye for usability and quality design. You are a strong partner to and advocate for design.
  • Technical: You are comfortable working with engineering leadership to prioritize broadly and you understand technical complexities of your product areas.
  • Analytical: You have a good grasp of experiment design, statistical analysis, and multivariate testing. You can use data to set OKRs, create dashboards to monitor product health, review analyses from across the company, and develop basic models. You can construct a narrative for using data in order to drive the decision making process.
  • Organizational skills: You are able to manage multiple teams with stakeholders across the organization. You have experience working closely with business and marketing partners.
  • Communication: You’re a strong communicator, both written and orally. You enjoy working with complex concepts and distilling them down so that anyone can understand them. You’re comfortable working cross functionally with stakeholders and can manage competing needs to drive alignment and resolution.
  • Diplomatic: You know how to work with all different types of personalities, and can navigate tough conversations.
  • Adaptive: You are curious, optimistic and a skilled problem-solver. You embrace the unknown and are able to adapt to shifts in priorities.You look outside your day to day to ensure you keep learning and growing.

 

WHAT SUCCESS LOOKS LIKE

  • Accurately document business requirements for the product.
  • Work with the stakeholders and the tech team to design a feasible timeline with achievable benchmarks.
  • Align objectives within the various departments and accurately determine success metrics for product launches.

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