Product Owner at KAR Global

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Job Description Summary
We are fast paced, forward thinking, and driven by data.
We are accelerating the used car industry.
We are looking for creative, talented, hard-working individuals to join us.
Buckle up. It's going to be a great ride.
Based in Carmel, Autoniq, LLC (powered by KAR Auction Services) is the leading mobile automotive appraisal service for car dealers. autoniq® is accelerating the used car industry by bringing data and technology together in a spectacular, first-of-its-kind fashion to help dealers acquire the right vehicles, at the right price, right now. We are committed to delivering data-driven solutions with a high-touch, personalized level of service to each of our clients.
We are looking for world-class individuals to join our team of creative technologists, forward-thinking product and marketing professionals, engineers, and visionary data specialist. We are committed to offering our employees top benefits and perks, including medical, dental, vision, tech subsidies, and much more.
We are looking for people that will help us continue a culture that is exciting, diverse, empowering, motivating, and challenging. Are you interested in learning more?
Job Description
As a member of Autoniq's Product Management team, you will help shape the future and vision of our software offerings. Autoniq's Product Owners are responsible for gathering and prioritizing product and customer requirements, helping to define the product vision, and working closely with engineering, sales, marketing, and support to ensure revenue and customer satisfaction goals are met. Data will be a key tool for the Product Owner; from understanding user behavior within the app to attracting new user subscriptions.
In this role, you will leverage your unique combination of business and technical knowledge to evaluate technical options and to represent business requirements to the technology organization. Additionally, the Product Owner will evangelize and educate other teams on how the platform's capabilities can be utilized by other KAR business units.
Key Responsibilities:
  • "Owning" the product feature set for the business line to which the PO is assigned
  • Establish short term and long-term strategies based on data and customer feedback
  • Lead an agile team and manage product life cycle from conception to development to release
  • Convert product ideas to epics, features, and stories
  • Build, prioritize and maintain the product backlog
  • Lead backlog grooming and prioritization of multiple product lines during the release planning process
  • Initiating and prioritizing projects within Engineering and QA, tracking product development, and developing launch plans
  • Develop and maintain a product dashboard that provides insights on key app usage, trends and product sales
  • Work with product leadership and marketing on optimizing go-to-market launch plans
  • Acting as the voice of the customer in all interaction with Engineering
  • Documenting clear, concise product specifications
  • Present to client leadership through onsite meetings, tradeshows/conferences, conference calls, emails, and other daily/weekly/monthly interactions.

Education and Qualification Requirements:
  • BA/BSc in Marketing, Computer Science, Information Technology or related technical field, MBA a plus
  • 4 + years software (preferably mobile app, Internet, eCommerce or Enterprise Software) Product Management experience
  • Experience with Agile transformation and/or agile development methodologies (KANBAN, Scrum) and tools (JIRA / ADO)
  • Previous experience in site or app analytics platforms is a must: App Dynamics, Google Analytics, Mix Panel, etc.
  • Cross-platform experience with the design and development of Responsive Sites. Mobile App experience is a plus.
  • Working knowledge and understanding of backend technology and enterprise platform- Complex Business rules, APIs, Database, SQL, and services-oriented architecture
  • A passion for creating an exceptional customer experience required
  • Experience writing customer-focused product specifications (writing samples may be requested)
  • Automotive knowledge a plus
  • Ability to adapt to new technologies and tools quickly
  • Must exhibit strong team player attributes with the ability to multi-task and prioritize.
  • Excellent interpersonal and written/verbal communication skills with strong attention to detail
  • Self-starter able to learn quickly and to multitask in a fast-paced environment
  • Strong organizational and project management skills
  • Excellent attention to detail yet the ability to understand the big picture
  • Sense of urgency for completion of critical tasks
  • Ability to work in a cross-functional environment (e.g. Product Management, Engineering, Operations, Marketing, Production/Design, Finance, QA)
  • Results-driven individual who does whatever it takes to succeed and loves a challenge

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Technology we use

  • Engineering
  • Product
  • Sales & Marketing
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    • ConfluenceManagement
    • JIRAManagement
    • SalesforceCRM

Location

Our Chicago office is located in River West on the North Branch of the Chicago River. We have free shuttles to major train stations and CTA lines.

An Insider's view of KAR Global

What's something quirky about your company?

Our culture is more like a family than colleagues. One of my favorite aspects about this office is our Parents-designated Slack channel—an online team collaboration site. It is a great reminder we aren’t just employees, but we can be moms and dads at work, shamelessly sharing fun stories about our personal lives.

April

Senior Product Manager

What's the biggest problem your team is solving?

KAR Global’s DevOps teams are always solving unique problems, but tackling complexity is the real challenge. We’ve found that meaningful solutions come when we don’t focus on fighting fires reactively and instead work collaboratively on building proactive frameworks and implementing forward-thinking processes.

Brandon

Jr. DevOps Manager

What does your typical day look like?

We start the day with a 15-minute huddle to talk about progress from the day before, the day’s plan and barriers to success that need to be addressed. This gives us a clear understanding of our priorities for the day. Our teams are dynamic, so every member of our project team works together each day to discuss design approaches and share ideas.

Mo-Ting

Lead Backend Engineer

What are KAR Global Perks + Benefits

Culture
Volunteer in local community
KAR Auction Services gives every full-time employee a day with pay to volunteer with your favorite cause.
Friends outside of work
Eat lunch together
Intracompany committees
We have both a local culture and company-wide wellness committee.
Daily sync
Open door policy
Team owned deliverables
Group brainstorming sessions
Open office floor plan
Diversity
Dedicated Diversity/Inclusion Staff
Someone's primary function is managing the company’s diversity and inclusion initiatives
Diversity Employee Resource Groups
Hiring Practices that Promote Diversity
Health Insurance & Wellness Benefits
Flexible Spending Account (FSA)
Health Savings Account (HSA) also available for employees enrolled in KAR medical plan. Both individual and dependent FSA's available to everyone.
Disability Insurance
Dental Benefits
Vision Benefits
Health Insurance Benefits
The annual employer contribution to HSAs is $750 for employee only coverage and $1,500 for family coverage. Contributions are prorated based on hire date.
Life Insurance
Wellness Programs
Onsite Gym
Team workouts
Offering free weekly virtual workouts courtesy of River North Gym that are also available on demand after they take place.
Mental Health Benefits
Retirement & Stock Options Benefits
401(K)
401(K) Matching
Employee Stock Purchase Plan
Child Care & Parental Leave Benefits
Generous Parental Leave
We provide up to 4 weeks of parental leave pay (full wage replacement) for employees within 6 months of the birth, adoption, or placement of a foster child.
Flexible Work Schedule
Remote Work Program
Family Medical Leave
Vacation & Time Off Benefits
Generous PTO
Paid Volunteer Time
Paid Holidays
Paid Sick Days
Perks & Discounts
Beer on Tap
Casual Dress
Commuter Benefits
Company Outings
Game Room
Stocked Kitchen
Some Meals Provided
Happy Hours
Fitness Subsidies
We partner with River North Gym to provide employees complimentary physical fitness options (virtual and onsite), as well as several sessions of 1:1 training with a health coach.
Professional Development Benefits
Job Training & Conferences
Tuition Reimbursement
Lunch and learns
Promote from within
Continuing Education stipend
Time allotted for learning
Customized development tracks
Paid industry certifications
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