Lead Product Manager - Chicago

Chicago, United States

Job Description

You love a challenge and the satisfaction that comes from resolving it in a way that everyone wins. You see around corners, positioning the team and our clients to proactively handle obstacles, leveraging past experience and critical thinking. When unforeseen challenges arise, you are comfortable helping teams navigate back toward stability. You can step into any product team and seamlessly contribute value.

You are energized by sharing your mastery of tools, techniques, stakeholder management with your colleagues. You can teach others how to translate ambiguous vision into detailed, executable backlog, growing strategic accounts through successful delivery and new opportunity exploration.

As a member of Cognizant, you will have the opportunity to work on some of the most complex challenges in software development today. You will be part of a growing team including roles such as Product Designers and Engineers, creating world-class digital products for some of the largest companies in the world.

The Lead Product Manager role is a trusted advisor in the Product Management Consulting space. Acting as an experienced discipline expert, you are responsible for setting strategic product direction, mentoring Product Managers, and contributing to ambiguous discoveries sales efforts. The lead Product Manager will directly create value on the most complex engagements as a billable advisor or contributor, splitting their time equally between client delivery and practice/team development.

Responsibilities

  • Set and continuously realign stakeholder expectations and team support to ensure the right products are built within optimal budget/schedule

  • Provide advisory support for engagements in trouble at any stage of digital product delivery for our clients

  • Collaborate with Practice Directors to define, evolve, and uphold Devbridge methodology and standards

  • Upskill the practice through mentoring and training of team members, recruiting, thought leadership, and teaching top-tier delivery practices

  • Advise, and as needed, directly perform the day-to-day aspects of key client engagements, including:

    • Ideation of a product strategy leading to roadmap and backlog

    • Proactive communication of project health metrics

    • Ensuring that best practices for agile ceremonies, product demos, and presentations to clients are followed by all team members

    • Providing input to the Practice and personnel managers on performance, concerns and growth potential of the Product Management team

  • Drive new business and promote mutually successful client engagements, renewals, and expansion of services by:

    • Assessing how we can solve clients’ business problems via requirements gathering workshops and similar techniques

    • Collaborating to build or peer review estimates and proposals that reflect the optimal partnership

    • Forming deep, trusted advisory relationships with strategic clients and internal stakeholders allowing for identification of new workstreams and solutions within current engagements

Requirements

  • BS or BA degree or equivalent work experience

  • Proven track record of consistent, high quality product delivery

  • Strong experience and understanding of software development technologies

  • Mastery of translating a potentially ambiguous stakeholder vision all the way through into a detailed, technically sound product solution

  • Experience coaching and mentoring team members

  • Ability to tailor communication and set expectations effectively to multiple audiences

  • Strong Agile product management background with mastery of tools, technology, and techniques to implement products quickly (Kanban, Scrum)

  • Ability to pick up technical and business concepts quickly and advise clients on options

  • Commitment to lifelong learning and continuous improvement

  • Excellent organizational, time management, prioritization, and project management skills

  • Demonstrated problem-solving experience for complex business challenges

  • Willingness to travel to client sites and other company office locations as deemed necessary

Bonus Points

  • MBA degree

  • People management experience

  • Proven track record of growing new business

  • Experience delivering end-to-end custom software solutions in a technology consulting environment

Benefits

  • A quickly scaling international company with a variety of challenging and compelling projects

  • Growth opportunities in a matrixed management environment

  • Competitive salary and performance-based bonuses

  • Health, dental, life, and vision insurance

  • Four weeks paid vacation plus standard United States holidays

  • 401(k) plan with company match

  • Maternity/Paternity benefit

  • Flexible health and wellness benefit

  • Opportunities for professional development such as conferences, seminars, and educational courses

  • Team building events, Friday lunches, and stocked kitchen

  • Employee referral bonus program

This position is based in Chicago, IL. We have a hybrid working model requiring 3 days per week in the office and allowing for 2 days per week remote. This position requires travel to client sites and other company office locations as determined by project need.

Devbridge is committed to providing equal employment opportunities available to all. We believe that diversity, equity, and inclusion are critical to our success as a company, and seek to recruit, develop, and retain the most qualified people without regard to race, color, religion, gender identity, sexual orientation, disability, military status, or any other characteristic protected by applicable law