Director of Product Strategy

| Chicago

Solstice is an innovation and emerging technology firm that helps Fortune 500 companies seize new opportunities through world-changing digital solutions. As strategists and consultants, we help organizations evolve their digital strategy to solve mission-critical problems. As designers and developers, we build incredible software and hardware solutions that transcend a standalone product and transform an organization’s relationship with its customers. As instructors and coaches, we help companies transform from the inside out by adopting a high-speed culture of innovation. We’re strategists, researchers, designers, and engineers hell-bent on changing the way the world does business. We’re headquartered in Chicago and have delivery offices in New York, London, and Buenos Aires.

We’re looking for a Director of Product Strategy to join our Chicago team. You will bring your own industry expertise and perspective from the outside, and infuse it with the high-performance talent and methodologies we currently have in place to take our practice to the next level. 
You are just as excited about driving transformative change with digital solutions as we are, and are ready to do the following:

  • Co-create and articulate an ambitious vision for our Product Strategy practice
  • Lead, elevate, and coach the individuals in the practice
  • Direct the definition, establishment, and practices of digital product strategy capabilities (e.g. roadmapping, analytics, prioritization frameworks, etc.)
  • Create a team identity and culture based on servant leadership, transparency, and candor
  • Establish a sense of safety with your clients and the people on your teams
  • Advise clients on how to work across silos in their organizations and how they should structure their teams to best achieve success
  • Provide world-class, strategic digital product consulting services to a portfolio of Fortune 500 clients and serve as a trusted advisor on their transformation journeys
  • Design and facilitate strategic client workshops that create organizational alignment and inspire client leadership
  • Direct the creation and presentation of critical client deliverables
  • Gracefully resolve client escalations and leverage them as learning opportunities for your teams
  • Collaborate closely with User Experience Designers and Researchers to build empathy for target customer segments
  • Establish a thought leadership presence internally within the firm and externally in the innovation and emerging technology communities
  • Collaborate with key thinkers and leaders in Kin + Carta sister companies 

You also meet the following requirements:

  • Strong interpersonal communication skills, comfortable establishing executive level relationships and building teams of skilled practitioners
  • Ability to maintain constant focus in an environment of competing and alternating priorities
  • Capable of upwardly influencing the strategic direction of business solutions
  • 10+ years of Product Management experience
  • 3+ years of Strategy experience
  • 5+ years working with Agile delivery teams
  • Management consulting experience preferred
  • Bachelor’s degree, Master’s preferred

We welcome Solsties to show up as their full selves everyday. Because this is so important to us, Solstice is proud to be an equal opportunity employer.

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Technology we use

  • Engineering
  • Product
  • Sales & Marketing
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Location

We're in a great tech-focused building right by Ogilvie and Union Station in the West Loop.
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What are some social events your company does?

Solstice celebrates holidays with our office in Argentina - our US offices have introduced Argentina to Halloween, and the Buenos Aires office introduced the US to “Friends Day” in July. We also have a book club, a board game club, football and a Bachelor fantasy draft, co-rec sports, wine tastings and happy hours to celebrate new hires.

Andrea

Principal

What does your typical day look like?

No day is the same! The strategy team is the ideas hub within Solstice. We provide our clients with innovative digital approaches to their business challenges through hands-on ideation workshops as well as business, consumer and market insights. We partner closely with our cross-functional teams to drive and develop these recommendations.

Palak

Sr. Digital Strategist

What makes someone successful on your team?

To me, what makes individuals on my team successful is a recognition that there is always something new to learn and always more room for growth. An open, honest desire to not only learn from your teammates' expertise, but also to share your own, is a huge part of what makes a teammate at Solstice successful.

Reid

Technical Principal

What unique initiatives do you have that encourage innovation?

As a digital innovation firm, creativity is in our DNA. We hold an annual 24-hour innovation blitz to harness the creativity of our employees. We stop all client work and self-organize around employee ideas in solving problems with emerging technologies. Many of these ideas have gone on to become part of our Solstice Labs initiative.

Kelly

CEO

What are Solstice Perks + Benefits

Culture
Volunteer in Local Community
Solstice's value of "Make A Difference" is shown through quarterly events and activities. One in particular, Pay It FWD, is our annual day of volunteering where Solsties combine forces & give back!
Partners With Nonprofits
Friends Outside of Work
Eat lunch together
Intracompany Committees
Our Diversity, Philanthropy, Wellness, and Social Committees can be joined by any Solstie who wants to collaborate on events and make an impact upon our culture!
Daily Stand Up
Open Door Policy
Team-Owned Deliverables
Team-Based Strategic Planning
Group Brainstorming Sessions
Pair Programming
Open Office Floor Plan
Diversity
Highly Diverse Management Team
Diversity Manifesto
Health Insurance & Wellness Benefits
Flexible Spending Account (FSA)
Disability Insurance
Dental Benefits
Vision Benefits
Health Insurance Benefits
Life Insurance
Wellness Programs
From sponsored 5Ks, Lunch & Learns, and a discounted gym membership, our Wellness Committee enables a workplace that encourages environmental and social support of a healthy lifestyle.
Onsite Gym
Team Workouts
Acme Co.'s team fitness initiatives include Sponsored race teams.
Retirement & Stock Options Benefits
401(K)
401(K) Matching
Child Care & Parental Leave Benefits
Child Care Benefits
Flexible Work Schedule
Family Medical Leave
Vacation & Time Off Benefits
Generous PTO
Paid Holidays
Paid Sick Days
Perks & Discounts
Beer on Tap
Casual Dress
Commuter Benefits
Company Outings
Some of our favorites include our New Hire Happy Hours, our company-wide holiday party, our annual volunteer event (Pay It FWD), and team outings!
Game Room
Solstice's game room is decked out with snacks, a ping pong table, Wii games, a shuffleboard, and board games for all employees to use when they need a break.
Stocked Kitchen
Our Office Management team helps to ensure that we always have fruit, coffee (brewed & a fancy espresso machine!), tea, snacks available, and all of the flavored LaCroix that we can handle.
Some Meals Provided
Solstice celebrates our employee's birthdays with a monthly breakfast or lunch that the whole company is able to attend.
Happy Hours
Company-wide happy hours, as well as team happy hours are common at Solstice. The themes and locations differ, but they are always a good time!
Recreational Clubs
Professional Development Benefits
Job Training & Conferences
We offer a wide range of training programs like Solstice University and a mentor program. All full-time employees also receive $5,000 annually to pursue professional development.
Tuition Reimbursement
Diversity Program
Solstice is committed to positively impact, promote, support, and raise awareness of diverse communities in the Technology industry with the leadership of our Diversity Committee.
Lunch and Learns
Solsties plan and host lunch and learn meetings weekly.
Promote From Within
Mentorship Program
All Solsties are assigned a mentor who provides 1-to-1 support, career mentoring, and leadership advocacy.
Continuing Education Stipend
We offer $5000 annually for continuing education.
Time Allotted For Learning
Employees are allotted two extra PTO days to use for their own personal training and development.

Additional Perks + Benefits

We have a variety of fun perks at Solstice, but our favorites focus on employee development! We know that investing in employee development is crucial to our success as a growing and forward thinking firm. All full-time employees have an annual personal training budget and time off. Employees will use this to take classes, buy materials, and go to conferences. We also have our internal training program Solstice U, a mentorship program, and knowledge sharing through discipline circles and Lunch and Learns!

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