Product Owner

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About You

You have a passion and track record for delivering native mobile and responsive web applications while building a consultative, delivery-first relationship with your enterprise-level clients as a Product Owner. You thrive in leading agile software teams and understand the nuances of design, development, and testing. You have expertise in making complex technology understandable, translating a product vision into an actionable product backlog, and driving empathy with your team by "getting in the weeds" to solve challenges together.

As Product Owner, you will be responsible for executing the product vision while facilitating backlog grooming, prioritization, issue triaging, and other Scrum-based ceremonies. You should have a unique blend of business and technical understanding to effectively communicate with both the client and your team. You must enjoy learning about the product and understanding its users in order to make the best decisions for the product.

 

About Us

For over a decade, Punchkick has partnered with clients in every industry to bring digital products to life through human-centered design, user research, and bleeding-edge agile software development. We deliver on our promise to be the best decision our clients have ever made by building a team of smart, motivated, and adaptable technology fanatics.

 

Responsibilities

  • Work closely with Client and/or internal Product Management to create and maintain the product backlog
  • Assess value, develop cases, and prioritize product feature backlog to ensure team is focused on delivering maximum value
  • Run agile ceremonies with distributed team members
  • Provide backlog management, iteration planning, and elaboration of the user stories
  • Facilitate communication between client stakeholders and delivery team members
  • Mitigate impediments impacting successful team completion of Release/Sprint Goals
  • Provide product demos and presentations to clients
  • Monitor and communicate project health through status and burndown reporting
  • Work with QA engineers to create test plans
  • Coordinate and lead the product launch activities
  • Set the expectation for delivery of new functionalities
  • Collect and analyze feedback from customers, stakeholders and other teams to shape requirements, features and products

Requirements

  • Agency experience highly preferred, client-facing experience is a must
  • 2+ years of product ownership or business analyst experience
  • Preferred: Scrum certification (CSPO/PSPO or similar)
  • Preferred: B2B and B2C software development experience
  • Preferred: Experience with web and mobile development
  • Ability to pick up technical and business concepts quickly
  • Strong sense of empathy for client, end-user, and team
  • Strong communication skills, both written and verbal
  • Excellent organizational, time management, and project management skills
  • Tools: Experience with Jira required, Sketch (or similar design-based tool) is preferred
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Technology we use

  • Engineering
  • Product
  • Sales & Marketing
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    • SwiftLanguages
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    • Google AnalyticsAnalytics
    • KissmetricsAnalytics
    • IllustratorDesign
    • InVisionDesign
    • PhotoshopDesign
    • SketchDesign
    • AfterEffectsDesign
    • Adobe xDDesign
    • ConfluenceManagement
    • JIRAManagement
    • TrelloManagement
    • WordpressCMS
    • HubSpotCRM

Location

Punchkick has gone fully remote in light of Covid-19. We do have an office waiting for us at 1 N Wacker Dr. in the Loop.
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An Insider's view of Punchkick Interactive

How would you describe the company’s work-life balance?

As a new mom, juggling being a parent and my career, seemed intimidating. But I was wrong. Punchkick is supportive of my new schedule and encourages me to focus on my family. Their support not only motivates me to work harder, but gives me confidence that I’ve chosen the right place to call my work home.

Sarah Hertzberg

Director of Client Success, TUX

How has your career grown since starting at the company?

At Punchkick, the spirit of teamwork means a lot. It’s important to the projects we are tasked with, and even more important to career growth in a flat organization. Punchkick runs lean and projects are agile, so I’m proactively forced to self-assess and look into the aspects of growth where I lack proven expertise.

Collette

Quality Assurance Engineer

How do you empower your team to be more creative?

The best ideas at Punchkick come from within our team, and one of the best things I can do to foster creativity is to actively help Punchkickers surface their ideas and run them through our internal advice channel. Getting feedback and support for big ideas or sweeping change can seem intimidating to some, but it definitely doesn’t have to be.

Zak Dabbas

Co-Founder

What are some things you learned at the company?

Punchkick offers the opportunity to work with so many different technologies. No one project or client is the same. As a result, you get to work with numerous frameworks, languages, and tools throughout the year. I really enjoy the fact that I get to learn something new every day I come into work.

Gary Sperka

Full Stack Developer

What are Punchkick Interactive Perks + Benefits

Punchkick Interactive Benefits Overview

Punchkick runs flat, meaning that we have no managers, and individuals and teams support each other in making decisions. While we have core business hours, we support our team members in their personal and professional lives through comprehensive benefits like medical, vision, and dental coverage, FSAs, dependent care credits, commuter benefits, work-from-home Fridays, and 401(k) matching.

Culture
Volunteer in local community
Partners with Nonprofits
Friends outside of work
Eat lunch together
Intracompany committees
We have an ongoing Party Planning Committee that focuses on company and cultural events, as well as one-off groups of Punchkickers to plan any internally created initiatives and events.
Daily stand up
Open door policy
Team owned deliverables
Team based strategic planning
Group brainstorming sessions
Open office floor plan
Diversity
Dedicated Diversity/Inclusion Staff
Highly diverse management team
Unconscious bias training
Someone's primary function is managing the company’s diversity and inclusion initiatives
Health Insurance & Wellness Benefits
Flexible Spending Account (FSA)
Disability Insurance
Dental Benefits
Vision Benefits
Health Insurance Benefits
Employees have several health insurance options to choose from.
Life Insurance
Pet Insurance
Wellness Programs
Our office building includes a gym that employees gain complimentary access to for a one-time fee, as well as corporate rates with Chicago Athletic Clubs.
Onsite Gym
Retirement & Stock Options Benefits
401(K)
401(K) Matching
Punchkick offers 3% matching with immediate vesting on 401(k)s.
Performance Bonus
Child Care & Parental Leave Benefits
Generous Parental Leave
Flexible Work Schedule
Our core hours are 9am–4pm with work-from-home Fridays and one additional floating day. We also support remote work when life demands it.
Remote Work Program
Every Friday our employees are free to work from home.
Family Medical Leave
Adoption Assistance
Company sponsored family events
We offer a company-paid Thanksgiving celebration every year. It's one of our most fun and most-loved culture events at Punchkick.
Vacation & Time Off Benefits
Generous PTO
Punchkick offers unlimited PTO with a minimum of 2 weeks off.
Paid Volunteer Time
Paid Holidays
Punchkick observes all major holidays and supports observation of all religious holidays.
Paid Sick Days
Perks & Discounts
Casual Dress
Commuter Benefits
Company Outings
Game Room
We have board games available for team members, and sometimes host game nights in our office.
Stocked Kitchen
Happy Hours
Professional Development Benefits
Job Training & Conferences
Employees are encouraged to use our advice channel to seek out professional development opportunities.
Tuition Reimbursement
Lunch and learns
Cross functional training encouraged
Promote from within
Mentorship program
Time allotted for learning
We try not to block employees for 40 or more full hours of billable client services work, and encourage them to use their free time for personal and professional development.
Online course subscriptions available
Customized development tracks

Additional Perks + Benefits

The perks we have in place have been established with a lot of employee input and feedback. We regularly update our Best Practices guide—the Punchkick version of an employee handbook—based on conversations and decisions that are made as a wider team. As a small, close-knit company, we believe in the value of supporting each other to put out our best work and live our best, balanced, professional lives.

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