Title: Product Manager (junior - mid)
Location: Cambridge, MA
Start date: ASAP!
Full time, permanent position (full benefits included)
Our client in Cambridge is hiring a Product Manager to join their team on a full time basis! They are one of the most popular, well known brands in the online and app dating and social networking arena. Their platforms have over 10 million members worldwide.
The Product Manager is responsible for researching, understanding and communicating the needs of their members throughout the entire organization, and most importantly, with the Agile engineering team. You should feel at home managing a product backlog and grooming it on an ongoing basis so that it’s ready for review at their sprint planning meetings. With so much going on, you’ll also need to be comfortable identifying metrics and ensuring that the backlog is prioritized with those in mind. You’ll work with Executive stakeholders, Engineers, and other Product Managers to produce well-written requirements in the form of stories with defined acceptance criteria. You’ll be involved in the day-to-day Engineering process: progressively elaborating upon stories when questions arise and reviewing end-results against the acceptance criteria. Working with the Product team, you’ll develop an intimate understanding of our member base and what’s important to them. You’ll use this knowledge to identify opportunities for future products and features and back up your assertions with research. You’ll be doing a whole lot more than just coming up with features—you'll have a global impact on the online and app dating world!
Research markets and their competitors to determine product positioning, focusing on strategies that impact the direction of future products;
Work within the Product team to define product vision, direction and positioning;
Compose, manage, prioritize and execute on a product backlog using requirements and feedback from all stakeholders for the product as well as customer feedback;
Maintain constant communication with Engineering, documenting any new requirements based on conversations with the team and ongoing changes in the market/landscape;
Compose requirements, specifications and acceptance criteria using user stories;
Work with Project Management and stakeholders to organize backlog items into appropriate releases;
Analyze the competitive landscape; monitor and incorporate industry innovations into the their product line;
Define user persona for individual products that contribute to product requirements and use scenarios;
EDUCATION AND TRAINING:
Bachelor's degree (in a technical field, preferred)
1-3 years’ experience as a Product Manager for a software product (B2C) preferred;
Experience as an Agile/Scrum Product Owner preferred;
Experience in the world of Engineering is a plus, but not required.
EXPERIENCE AND SKILLS:
A love for products, especially in the technology place; mobile ideally
Passion for bringing people together using technology;
Natural ability to relate to customers and gather information;
Demonstrated capacity for developing and understanding product and marketing strategy;
NICE TO HAVES:
Understanding of the technical architecture of complex, high-availability web applications
Expertise with wire framing/mockup tools including Balsimiq, Sketch, OmniGraffle/Visio or similar tools
Experience designing simple and intuitive user interfaces – ability to create examples through wire frames and mock ups
Experience designing iOS / Android / Windows / mobile web applications
Experience developing social and/or dating mobile products, technologies and platforms is strongly desired
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