Wolters Kluwer Lead Technology Product Manager in Pierre, South Dakota
The Product Owner is a member of an Agile Team who represents the voice of the customer and is responsible for working with the Product Manager and other stakeholders—including other product owners and the team—to define and prioritize the product backlog so that the solution effectively addresses business needs while maintaining technical integrity. The Product Owner is a key role at Wolters Kluwer and will have overall accountability and decision making responsibility as products are developed. He or she will intimately understand the customers and potential customers as well as the broader industry. Identify and resolve impediments. Works with limited supervision with latitude for independent judgment. May guide and assist less experienced peers.
The Lead Technical Product Manager (LTPM) is a highly visible role and will have accountability and decision-making responsibility as products are developed and brought to market. The LTPM will understand various market segments, problems and opportunities within the broader industry, and customer roles (e.g. buyer, researcher, attorney) and represent those needs to stakeholders across the business and within the Agile Team.
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The role reports into the Associate Director of Platforms and is critical to the Legal Markets Group (LMG) effort to shift from a more traditional publisher of print and online research into a provider of native digital Expert Solutions and SaaS solutions.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities
The essential duties and responsibilities include:
Lead and manage new product developments from early problem discovery all the way through solution validation and product delivery which includes:
Develop and maintain an understanding of customer workflows and pain points in the legal market through ongoing research, customer visits, attendance at industry events, and networking with internal / external stakeholders
Understand the business strategy and business priorities for the year and the three year planning cycle
Work with business sponsors to identify addressable customer problems in specific markets and execute problem and solution validation through interviews, customer feedback sessions and test-and-learn experiments
Translate business requirements into actionable user stories. Develop a quality backlog of user stories and prioritize work for delivery
Work with the product delivery team (e.g. UX Designer, Solutions Architect, Developers, QA, and Content teams) to plan and prioritize user stories, to maximize the velocity and quality of marketable features with the goal of delivering the right solution to the market quickly.
Act as voice of the customer and advocate for the business within development sprints.
The LTPM leads product transformation initiatives by working with cross-functional teams and encourages innovation. The LTPM helps solve complex business problems with an emphasis on simplification and addressing root cause issues across value streams.
Actively solicits customer input. Designs and executes lean experiments, participates in and will sometimes lead qualitative and quantitative customer research efforts
Understand product delivery processes and determine when to conduct lean experiments or MVP releases. Work with the team to conduct lean experiments to assess problem/solution fit as well as initial solution sizing.
Contribute to product strategy, identify new business opportunities, manage the product roadmap and prioritize the backlog to drive business value
Evaluate the feasibility of third-party applications in product offerings; identify third-party providers and applications; coordinate third-party product development with internal product delivery. Work with other 3rd party solution providers to integrate LMG solutions at the point of need along a customer's workflow
Work with cross functional teams (product, editorial, sales, marketing, operations) to drive these broader initiatives to execution
Work with the team to generally improve the overall product development process as opportunities are identified.
Document, track and report on new product opportunities and communicate product concepts and progress to business stakeholders as required.
Lead special projects, work with partner organizations, conduct research, and perform other duties as required.
- Bachelor’s degree required. Computer Science, MBA, or JD preferred.
Minimum of 5 years of experience with B2B product management/product development including SaaS Platforms. Product management experience in the legal software or related industry (e.g. financial) is a plus.
Minimum 2 years of experience in the application of Agile software development, Lean product and/or Pragmatic Institute methodologies.
Track record delivering value and results in a B2B environment
Working understanding of technology and concepts applicable to SaaS workflow and information intensive applications such as search, databases, data lakes, cloud, analytics, artificial intelligence, Robotic Process Automation (RPA), RDF or other modern metadata standards, and APIs.
Working within a cross-functional organization that serves multiple market segments and sales channels.
Customer facing experience in support of product sales and commercial rollout of product features.
An understanding on Contextual Inquiry and Design also helpful.
Other Knowledge, Skills, Abilities or Certifications:
Fluent in agile software development processes,
Balance of business acumen and technical understanding
Strong analytical skills with the ability to translate business requirements into actionable an attention to detail.
Strong interpersonal skills and effective verbal and written communication skills
Collaborative and effective decision maker.
Intellectual curiosity, creative problem solver, with “can-do” attitude. Willing to thoughtfully challenge status quo and rethink process across functional areas
Up to 10% of the time.
We are seeking candidates in the Eastern or Central time zone.
EQUAL EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY
Wolters Kluwer U. S. Corporation and all of its subsidiaries, divisions and customer/business units is an Equal Opportunity / Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or protected veteran status.
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