WHO WE'RE LOOKING FOR
We are looking for a results-oriented Product Manager to join our team in Eugene, OR. Product Managers at First Foundry need to have excellent communication skills, a strong understanding of the technical challenges of software development, and a dedication to solving complex product design. As a Product Manager at First Foundry, your primary objective is to successfully coordinate company leadership, clients, engineers, and designers to keep projects on target and on track. We are looking for a Product Manager who is dedicated to creating the best possible product while understanding and working within technical constraints.
WHAT YOU'LL DO
- Collaborate with the Director-level Product team to design high-level functionality inline with the business strategy.
- Refine and write product specs (Epics/Features) based on Director level feature prioritization and high-level design functionality.
- Define/refine user stories, user-flows, product specs etc.
- REST API design, schema definition.
- Work directly with the engineering teams to manage the execution of features and functionality by creating a product backlog of User Stories and tasks based on the high-level requirements.
- Convert storyboard/specs to User Stories.
- Define acceptance criteria.
- Manage/groom the product backlog.
- Be embedded with the engineering team(s), provide granular detail day to day as the Scrum Product Owner.
- Manage the day-to-day execution of the user stories and tasks with the dev team in collaboration with Scrum Master, Tech Leads and Tech Managers.
- Communicate execution status, schedules and progress.
- Flag and communicate issues, concerns etc.
- Communicate release status.
- Validate functionality.
- Validate against acceptance criteria.
- Assist in testing.
- Provide product demos and gather feedback.
- Collaborate with manual and automated testing to ensure tests cover all necessary scenario.
- Work collaboratively with Director level Product team and Engineering teams.
- Collaborate on difficult product challenges, issues/bugs, etc.
- Masterful skill in written and verbal communication, an ability to create win-win situations, and proactivity in keeping the team and client informed of relevant updates.
- Excellent prioritization of tasks, the skill to evaluate problems and arrive at solutions that use resources effectively while elegantly fulfilling user expectations.
- 3-5 years of experience in a product management, design, or engineering role.
- A technical background or demonstrated experience working closely with technical teams.
- Experience with Agile (Scrum/Kanban/Hybrid) development practices to develop and release products.
- Experience working with traditional Waterfall methodologies and able to deliver on key dates and milestones when necessary.
- Familiarity with project management and collaboration tools such as Jira, Confluence, Google Docs, and Slack.
- Experience working with technical teams on live or shipped projects.
- Openness, positivity, a drive to learn new skills, and the dedication to work in a fast-moving, deadline-driven startup.
- Bonus if you have experience with the fundamentals of blockchain technology, consumer financial products/services, and developer platforms.
- Experience with economic design, game design, FinTech or virtual marketplaces.
- The more Technical Expertise the better, seeking a developer-turned-PM, QA-turned-PM or an experienced Business Analyst with a breadth of experience across cloud infrastructure and modern coding solutions, including Rust.
This is an on-site position as either a part-time or full-time contractor or employee in our Eugene, Oregon office. Eugene has a young, progressive college town culture and community with big-city tech industry. In the middle of a microbrew and food-truck renaissance, Eugene offers fantastic, affordable living for people who enjoy outdoor recreation and the arts year round.
This position provides a globally competitive base salary (DOE) and project bonus eligibility, as well as relocation assistance and healthcare benefits.
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If this sounds like your jam, we'd love to talk.