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Senior Technology Product Manager - Remote at Wolters Kluwer

Senior Technology Product Manager - Remote

Wolters Kluwer Annapolis, MD (Remote) Full-Time

The Wolters Kluwer Tax Product Management team is seeking an experienced and motivated Technical Product Manager to set the direction and define the requirements for our portfolio of internal development tools. This is a unique opportunity for someone who is passionate about solving problems to shape the future of our Tax Solutions business.

Your mission is to create tools that make it easier for internal developers to build and maintain the core of Wolters Kluwer Tax Professional solutions. You will partner closely with our development team to create a compelling direction and strategy that enables greater efficiency and quality in the creation and maintenance of our Tax compliance products. You will translate the technology and internal user needs into a roadmap and story backlog for delivery by our development teams. Throughout the process you will ensure the cross-functional teams are focused on solving the internal user needs while delivering to the roadmap.

The right candidate will possess a strong product management background and have experience in software development and development processes. The successful individual in this role will understand how software engineers use IDEs to write code and will be able to engage them as customers and users. In addition, you will work with development and product management leaders to maintain a consistent rhythm of planning, execution, and review to ensure that Product Management and Development work as one team. You must be able to thrive and succeed in an entrepreneurial environment, and not be hindered by ambiguity or competing priorities. This means anticipating bottlenecks, making tradeoffs, and balancing the needs of the business versus technical constraints. Cross-team coordination, project management and an ability to learn and understand innovative technologies are essential.

A day in the life:

Work backward from the internal customer to understand the user problems and build a compelling strategy and backlog

Champion the needs of the direct and indirect users of the products and tools delivered by the team

Prioritize, define, and refine deliverables based on business and internal user impact

Manage product backlog and planning

Partner with development to deliver new services and features

Communicate product updates through narratives and reporting

Job description:

  • Proactively seeks detailed understanding of vision, and near-term and long-term priorities for the product portfolio they support, including target customer segment(s), focus areas for solution portfolio, success criteria and goals, etc.

  • Facilitates customer interactions, in partnership with user experience team, to understand their unmet needs and test concepts and solutions throughout the development process

  • Gathers functional and non-functional requirements from product line managers, customers and internal stakeholders, including, marketing, sales, implementation, training and support teams

  • Translates functional and non-functional requirements into feature and user stories

  • Represents the voice of customers and internal stakeholders to user experience and development teams throughout the solution development process

  • Documents user acceptance criteria for all functional and non-functional requirements

  • Presents and explains the feature and user stories to the development team throughout the development process in all forums associated with Agile process

  • Facilitates quarterly development planning process (e.g., Agile Big Room Planning)

  • Partners with the development team to strike the right balance of scope, schedule and resources to maximize progress towards their portfolio goals

  • Plans for the year, to ensure that the development team will have the written technical features and stories on time and prioritize development of those appropriately along with other user stories for the upcoming five quarters

  • Partners with program/project manager to develop detailed project plans and closely track performance against those plans; convey progress, any deviations and impacts of those deviations to product line managers in a timely fashion

  • Sets iteration themes and assign prioritized user stories from the product backlog to the Scrum teams; participate in team planning meetings, and provides advice, clarification and guidance during the execution of each sprint

  • Inspects, and accepts or rejects completed work for the development sprint, and ensures new functionality meets the acceptance criteria

  • Ensures the product backlog is constantly prioritized to secure delivery of maximum business value

  • In partnership with project/program manager, partners with other technical product managers to manage dependencies and sets priorities across multiple teams

  • Develops and deepens subject matter expertise in relevant product domains, including features and functionality

  • Socializes progress and seeks inputs throughout the development process from all stakeholders, including, product line managers, marketing, sales, implementation, training and support teams

Job Qualifications

  • Bachelors degree from an accredited university, or equivalent experience

  • Computer Science or Software Engineering Degree preferred

  • Minimum 3 years of experience in product management for software products, preferably with internal tools and utilities supporting developers

  • Three or more years with Agile Scrum methodologies as a product owner/technical product manager preferred

  • Three or more years in product management of B2B enterprise SaaS software products preferred

  • Three or more years in one of these areas preferred but not required 1) software solution development for Tax and accounting industry, 2) professional experience in CPA firm

Other Knowledge, Skills, Abilities or Certifications:

  • Experience driving all aspects of the software development lifecycle with development teams - iteration themes, backlog grooming, story mapping, user story creation and decomposition, retrospectives, etc.

  • Experience participating in or leading the product design process with user experience team and product architects

  • Experience leading customer interviews, concept testing and usability testing

  • Time management and project management

  • Proficiency in translating business requirements into technical requirements

  • Defining acceptance criteria for functional and non-functional requirements

  • Negotiation

  • Process orientation and data analysis

  • Breaking down complex ideas into simple concepts

  • Influencing

  • Adaptability

  • Aligning deliverables with strategy and priority

  • Focus on solutions and possibilities

  • Nimble, quick to respond or adjust

  • Disciplined professional who holds themselves and others accountable

  • Collaboration

  • Meeting facilitation and presentation

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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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