Director of Product Platforms

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COVID-19:

When the COVID-19 Pandemic hit in March of 2020, we were one of the first companies to send our people to work from home.  And since then, we’re still (mostly) working remotely.  Our first core value is “People First” and the pandemic has reinforced how true this value reigns to us.  Our office is located in the Chicago loop, and those that want to may work in-office.  For the rest of us, we have “figured out” how to work remotely and we will continue to do so until at least October of 2021.  We know the world is shifting and we are too.  Let us know what your preferences are for being in-office, hybrid or remote only.  Welcome to BenchPrep!

About Us:  

We deliver the most advanced and flexible learning experience for certification, credentialing, test prep, continuing education, and training.  Our cloud-based learning platform is designed to help training organizations, associations and the extended enterprise deliver a highly engaging and effective learning experience for individuals who are trying to advance their careers. We incorporate the latest in learner-centered technology, including personalization, gamification, data science, usability and omni-channel delivery.  

We’re sitting in a pivotal time in the BenchPrep history.  The number of learners on our cloud-based learning platform has reached 6 million in 2021. 

We’re committed to helping students learn better, and that starts with our own people. 

What you'll do in the role:

As our technical Director of Product Platforms, you will be responsible for implementing the software platform product strategy and ensuring the priorities of the revenue-based products are accomplished accordingly.  You will be responsible for developing and maintaining the platform roadmap, with complete ownership of the performance and extensibility of the platform, and support provided to the revenue-based products. 

Responsibilities

  • Develops, maintains, and executes the software platform product strategy and ensures the support priorities for the revenue-based products are accomplished.
  • Develops, maintains, and executes a 3 – 5 year platform roadmap
  • Owns, maintains, and continuously develops BenchPrep’s customer-facing data suite and its corresponding technology roadmap.
  • Communicates to and coordinates efforts with the revenue-based product managers for the planning and execution of a shared product vision and strategies.
  • Participates in qualitative research to understand the goals of the customers and customers of their customers.
  • Maintains the platform and the multiyear predictable product-technology roadmap that has been created and prioritized to set expectations with all stakeholders and to develop scalable, reliable, maintainable platforms.
  • Represents the platform architecture and extensibility internally, and with customers, prospective customers, and partners.

Basic Qualifications

  • BS and at least 5 years of experience in technical product management, engineering, architecture and/or computer science OR a HSED/GED and at least 7 years of experience in in technical product management, engineering, architecture and/or computer science
  • Experience with managing and building data stacks. Knowledgeable in SQL, BI technologies (e.g., Domo, Sisense), data modeling, and AI/ML concepts 
  • Proficient and working knowledge with software technology
  • Mastery level proficiency with backlog grooming and prioritization, features and systems analysis and prioritization and complex dependency administration
  • Proficient working knowledge of APIs and web Services
  • Proficiency with platform technology and architecture, SOA, and PaaS

About the team:

Here at BenchPrep, the product management team is responsible for the growth of our business. We are strong, dynamic, and wear many hats. True to startup culture, we aren’t afraid to roll up our sleeves to get the job done. We are inspired by a shared mission to help millions learn better and faster through our unique platform.

Life at BenchPrep:  

We work at BenchPrep because we’re dedicated to the mission and each day have an opportunity to be challenged and learn.  We work hard, eat well, and have lots of fun. Culture is our lifeline at BenchPrep.  We celebrate our people, both professionally and personally. We focus on flexibility - both in work/life balance, but also everyday in operating with agility. We care about learning so much that we offer employees $1,200 annually to develop their skills.  It’s no wonder we were selected in Inc’s Best Workplaces of 2020 and Crain’s 2020 Best Places to Work in Chicago lists.  

We are an equal opportunity employer and value diversity at our company. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, or disability status.

We are looking for high performing and motivated professionals who are excited about the chance to leverage technology to impact the lives of millions of learnersJoin us.


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Technology we use

  • Engineering
  • Product
  • Sales & Marketing
    • JavaLanguages
    • JavascriptLanguages
    • RubyLanguages
    • SqlLanguages
    • SwiftLanguages
    • Backbone.jsFrameworks
    • Node.jsFrameworks
    • Ruby on RailsFrameworks
    • vue.jsFrameworks
    • PostgreSQLDatabases
    • RedisDatabases
    • Google AnalyticsAnalytics
    • ConfluenceManagement
    • JIRAManagement
    • HubSpotCRM
    • SalesforceCRM

Location

We are located next to the Willis Tower, right in the heart of downtown Chicago.

What are BenchPrep Perks + Benefits

BenchPrep Benefits Overview

BenchPrep provides a full suite and wide variety of benefits and perks. We offer an incredibly competitive medical plan and insurance benefits, while also fostering a culture that allows employees to have fun in the office. Scroll down to learn more about those items and see what else BenchPrep has to offer.

Culture
Volunteer in local community
Partners with Nonprofits
Friends outside of work
Eat lunch together
Intracompany committees
Daily sync
Open door policy
Team owned deliverables
Team based strategic planning
Group brainstorming sessions
Pair programming
Open office floor plan
Diversity
Highly diverse management team
Unconscious bias training
Hiring Practices that Promote Diversity
Health Insurance & Wellness Benefits
Flexible Spending Account (FSA)
Pre-tax dollars can be set aside for medical, dental, and vision ($2,750/yr) for employees or dependents with or w/o enrolling in our insurance program. Daycare & elder care allows for up to $5,000/yr
Disability Insurance
Our plan coverage offers employees Short Term Disability coverage at 60% of their weekly salary with a $2,500 weekly max. Long Term = 60% of their monthly salary with a $10,000 monthly max.
Dental Benefits
BenchPrep offer 3 dental plans.
Vision Benefits
BenchPrep’s vision insurance plans provide annual eye exams for a $10 copay and a $130 allowance toward frames and/or contacts.
Health Insurance Benefits
BenchPrep’s health insurance plan with BCBS of IL has a low deductible and BenchPrep pays 90% of the monthly premium for employees AND their dependents.
Life Insurance
Up to 3x annual salary, $750K max of voluntary life insurance & accidental death & dismemberment insurance. Spouse & dependent children plans available too.
Pet Insurance
Wellness Programs
Onsite Gym
Employees have access to the Willis Tower's exclusive 35,000 sq. ft gym for $10/month.
Mental Health Benefits
Retirement & Stock Options Benefits
401(K)
BenchPrep’s 401k retirement plan offers a a cost effective employee retirement plan. The plan offers Roth and Pre-tax Investment options.
401(K) Matching
BenchPrep contributes 3% of an employee’s annual base salary, regardless of how much the employee contributes, which is immediately vested.
Performance Bonus
Child Care & Parental Leave Benefits
Generous Parental Leave
BenchPrep offers generous paid parental leave for new parents with at least 1 month of service, including a paid leave policy for foster parents.
Flexible Work Schedule
BenchPrep offers flexible work schedules as needed for employees.
Remote Work Program
BenchPrep offers Remote Work as an option for employees.
Family Medical Leave
Return-to-work program post parental leave
Vacation & Time Off Benefits
Generous PTO
BenchPrep’s offers 12 days off in year 1, increasing each year & going up to 24 days for employees of five years or longer. The office closes for major holidays and the entire week of Xmas-New Years
Paid Volunteer Time
Paid Holidays
BenchPrep closes its office for all major holidays, including MLK day, Presidents' Day, Memorial Day, 4th of July, Labor Day, Thanksgiving, and Christmas THROUGH New Years Day.
Paid Sick Days
BenchPrep employees receive 5 sick days per year in addition to their PTO.
Perks & Discounts
Beer on Tap
We've got 2 beers on tap regularly, and a refrigerator stocked with bottled brews and liquor as well that is frequently "tapped" into.
Casual Dress
BenchPrep does not have a formal dress code and encourages employees to wear whatever makes them comfortable.
Commuter Benefits
Transit and Parking benefits: Employees may elect up to $260/month for pre-tax allocation for mass transit & parking expenses for commuting to BenchPrep, including Metra, Ventra and parking facilities
Company Outings
BenchPrep has regular outings that include Cubs rooftops, boat trips on Lake Michigan, off-site happy hours, poker nights, game nights, foodie dinners, and a holiday party, among other events.
Free Daily Meals
We provide a $12.50 daily stipend for employees every day via Fooda (https://www.fooda.com/resources/case-study/how-tech-startup-benchprep-made-lunch-powerful-part-its-culture).
Game Room
Stocked Kitchen
FULLY stocked! Beverages = Soda, Coffee, Tea, RedBull, Juice, Vitamin Water, etc. Food = if you can think of the snack, we probably have it or some variation. Employees will never go hungry here.
Some Meals Provided
Happy Hours
We have a standing in-office happy hour that starts at 4:00 PM on Fridays, but never feel constrained to limit this into being a once a week occurrence.
Recreational Clubs
Fitness Subsidies
Employees have access to the Willis Tower's exclusive 35,000 sq. ft gym for $10/month.
Professional Development Benefits
Job Training & Conferences
Employees are provided an annual stipend to attend external training evens or conferences.
Lunch and learns
Cross functional training encouraged
Promote from within
Continuing Education stipend
Time allotted for learning
Online course subscriptions available
Customized development tracks
Paid industry certifications

Additional Perks + Benefits

Competitive salary, valuable stock options, and company sponsored 401(k) • Fun, meritocratic, mission driven, dynamic work culture • Commitment to fostering positive office culture (included, but not limited to, monthly company dinners, quarterly outings, an in-office ping pong table, cocktail hours, poker nights, etc.)

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