Director of Product Management at The Trade Desk

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The Trade Desk is changing the way global brands and their agencies advertise to audiences around the world. How? With a media-buying platform that helps brands deliver a more insightful and relevant ad experience for consumers — and sets a new standard for global reach, accuracy, and transparency.

So if you’re talented, driven, creative, and hungry to bring something entirely new and wildly ambitious into the world (and have some fun doing it), then we want to talk.

We are looking for a driven Principal-level UX focused Product Manager who has the ability to learn, convince, prototype, build, measure, and refine the next generation of online advertising tools in a lean/agile development environment. The ideal candidate has worked extensively in partnership with User Experience teams in the past and is an advocate for their product’s users.

WHAT YOU'LL DO:

As the voice of our customers globally, you’ll deeply understand how to make users’ lives better through software. One of our core product principles is “do the right thing”. We expect you to represent our company and exercise good judgement, by balancing the needs of our diverse agency clients. You will accomplish this by teaming up with designers, developers, product managers and business stakeholders to create delightful, engaging experiences. You will gather customer requirements, design prototypes, prioritize and scope releases that represent customers’ needs, then work with the rest of the engineering team to build those products and iterate on them over time.

In this role you will own the roadmap and execution for the campaign lifecycle. This includes campaign setup, optimization, through campaign completion and reporting. You will be working with stakeholders all across the globe to bring our shared vision for programmatic advertising to life.

WHO YOU ARE:

Vision

You can imagine the future, understand where we need to go, and articulate it to the rest of your team. While your execution focus is on the work in front of you, your planning focus is on the months, quarters, and years ahead to make sure we’re steering the ship in a good direction.

User Experience

You are able to conduct focus groups when useful to gather insights into behavior and interests. You are an advocate and dedicated proponent of user centered design. Are able to use survey tools successfully and without bias. You understand how to use and apply tools like a heuristic evaluations and cognitive walkthroughs. Every customer experience has a beginning, a middle and an end. An a UX expert you can recognize this and strive for excellence in the experience in each phase. You are unwilling to leave roadblocks in the UX or unanswered questions.

Project Leadership

You can pick out what's important from the noise. In a sea of opportunity, you zero in on what should be a priority and drive towards the work that will deliver the best results. 

Passion

You hold yourself to a high standard of excellence and care deeply about the work you deliver. You're willing to champion your ideas, even in the face of adversity.

People First

We want self-aware people who can engage in a healthy exchange of ideas but understand that people always come first. We want someone we can celebrate our successes with, lament our losses, and that pushes us to always keep an unrelenting focus on our customers.

Execution

We are only as good as the impact we make. You think about the value you're delivering, rather than just the work you're doing. You know that shipping is crucial, and your customers have a right to expect the best from you. You have a track record of successfully delivering products and technical solutions with strong outcomes for your customers.

Analytical

Being data-driven is at the core of our company's DNA. Digging deep into data and numbers is a comfortable place for you, and you've demonstrated an understanding of what insights will have the largest impact to an organization.

Technical

You're not the one building things, but you absolutely have to understand how they work. You're comfortable ramping up on new technology and can have meaningful discussions about implementation trade-offs with developers.

Qualifications:

  • 10+ years of Product Management experience or equivalent.
  • Masters degree in business or related field preferred, with a preference toward design background
  • Deep experience in working with UX teams to deliver large scale products
  • A sustained track record of making significant, self-directed, and end-to-end contributions to large and impactful software projects
  • Excellent communication/presentation skills both in large and small groups.

The Trade Desk does not accept unsolicited resumes from search firm recruiters. Fees will not be paid in the event a candidate submitted by a recruiter without an agreement in place is hired; such resumes will be deemed the sole property of The Trade Desk. The Trade Desk is an equal opportunity employer. All aspects of employment will be based on merit, competence, performance, and business needs. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, marital status, age, national origin, ancestry, physical or mental disability, medical condition, pregnancy, genetic information, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, veteran status, or any other status protected under federal, state, or local law.

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Location

Our Chicago office is walking distance to the Willis Tower, centrally located to transportation, and close to a wide range of restaurants.

An Insider's view of The Trade Desk

What’s the vibe like in the office?

In our office, there’s a ton of collaboration and communication across teams, and everyone is generous with their time and eager to help each other out. We value getting to know each other whether it's our summer softball league, happy hours and office events, or just simply grabbing lunch in the kitchen.

Gabby

Senior Talent Acquisition Associate

What kinds of technical challenges do you and your team face?

As advertisers’ capabilities evolve with new channels of delivery, they produce new ways for ads to reach and measure their audiences. Constantly adapting to new methodologies is quite a challenge. We have to stay informed to successfully support our team. Being inquisitive is as important as having technical training to face these challenges.

Josh

Regional Application Support Manager

How has your career grown since starting at the company?

Since joining in 2017, the opportunities have been endless. On the Data Partnerships Team, I’ve been able to collaborate with colleagues inside and outside my team, allowing me to learn and grow alongside the company. The entire trajectory of my job and career has been immensely affected by the culture of learning that is always encouraged here.

Emma

Manager, Data Partnerships

How do your team's ideas influence the company's direction?

With an increasingly complex digital ecosystem, clients need consultation. We’ve developed ways to address larger brand challenges, be better partners with our agencies & brands, and overall empowered our clients with tools to facilitate better digital marketing. We’re always sharing ideas on how to continue on that path of consultation.

Mark

Director of Accounts

What are The Trade Desk Perks + Benefits

Culture
Friends outside of work
Eat lunch together
Intracompany committees
Daily stand up
Open door policy
Team owned deliverables
Team based strategic planning
Group brainstorming sessions
Open office floor plan
Health Insurance & Wellness Benefits
Flexible Spending Account (FSA)
Disability Insurance
Dental Benefits
Vision Benefits
Health Insurance Benefits
Life Insurance
Wellness Programs
Onsite Gym
Retirement & Stock Options Benefits
401(K)
401(K) Matching
Company Equity
Employee Stock Purchase Plan
Performance Bonus
Child Care & Parental Leave Benefits
Generous Parental Leave
Flexible Work Schedule
Vacation & Time Off Benefits
Generous PTO
Paid Holidays
Paid Sick Days
Perks & Discounts
Casual Dress
Company Outings
Stocked Kitchen
Some Meals Provided
Happy Hours
Relocation Assistance
Professional Development Benefits
Job Training & Conferences
Lunch and learns
Cross functional training encouraged
Promote from within
Mentorship program
Online course subscriptions available
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