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Product Manager

St. Louis, Missouri, United States
December 05, 2018


Title : Product Manager

Location : Saint Louis, MO

Duration : 6+ Months Contract

Job Description:

The Lead Product Manager (Product Owner) will lead in the areas of strategic product planning, software sprint planning, competitive analysis and thought leadership for CenturyLink’s Storage products. The Lead Product Manager will determine the scope of software, hardware and virtual services that comprise the offering in concert with internal stakeholders. The Lead Product Manager will have responsibility for defining customer requirements, maintaining a prioritized product backlog, helping organize Agile software sprints alongside Engineering, and acting as a product SME to the rest of the organization. The Lead Product Manager will lead cross-functional teams through ideation, business case development and formulation of product requirements, and overall lifecycle management support. The Lead Product Manager ensures that CenturyLink offerings are delivered rapidly to market, and stay current with customer needs, technology advancements, and competitive differentiation. The Lead Product Manager will work closely with development teams from product initiation to delivery and product lifecycle management.

Position Objectives:

• Overall product management (product owner) responsibility for CenturyLink’s Storage products

• Support prioritization of requirements across product services in support of key customer personas

• Research competitors’ products, assesses competitive advantages and determine what product features and functionality will be built or modified

• Develop strategy that will take the product through entire lifecycle from concept, design, development to market launch

• Provide strategic leadership and tactical delivery on software sprints while collaborating with Engineering, support, operations, vendors, partners, and customers

• Develop technical collateral such as knowledge base articles, product sheets, white papers, and product announcements

• Educate and inform CenturyLink team about upcoming releases and roadmap

• Independently resolve issues and assist team with overcoming obstacles

Essential duties:

• Demonstrate an entrepreneurial spirit and interest in creating new value for customers

• Intake feature requests and maintain a prioritized backlog

• Organize features into user stories fit for estimation during sprint planning

• Provide requirements for user stories and act as voice of the customer during software development

• Support software releases by writing knowledge base articles, blog posts, and whitepapers

• Serve as a point of contact for the product offering/strategy/roadmap and interface with Sales, Marketing, Analyst, and Customer stakeholders

• Actively seek feedback on the product from customers (internal and external) and use that feedback to inform product decisions

• Understand and stay current with storage industry trends as well as overall cloud and managed hosting trends.

• Engage the community through social media, blog posts, and conferences

Required skills:

• BS/BA or equivalent education and relevant experience required; MS a plus

• 6-10 + years related experience

• Product Development experience

• Proven track record of consistently achieving product management success

• Excellent communication skills to include: verbal, written and presentation

• Entrepreneurial drive

• Energy, integrity, and strong work ethic

Responsible for understanding the business needs to be met in the delivery of an IT program. With that understanding, creates the MMP, features and user stories to be delivered by IT. Works closely with the scrum team to ensure there is clear understanding of the user stories, and participates in functionality demos and acceptance of the user stories. The PO role keeps the team focused on the right work at the right time regardless of CR alignment. It is a collaborative partnership between a dedicated and persistent business product owner and an IT representative