Senior Product Strategy Analyst

| Chicago
Amount delivers the technology that financial institutions need to create and enhance their digital credit offerings. Built by lending industry veterans, Amount helps partners go digital in months—not years—with a suite of proven product modules for credit decisioning, fraud prevention, account verifications, servicing engines and CRM solutions. Amount partners can optimize performance across product categories by tapping into various service offerings including customer acquisition, funnel and performance assessments, and risk consulting & analytics. Amount clients include financial institutions collectively managing close to $1T in US assets and servicing more than 25 million US customers. Visit www.amount.com for more information.
Job Description
In your role as a Senior Analyst, you will be responsible for research, development, and implementation of new products and features for our B2B software. You’ll work closely with Amount’s leadership team, Business Development, Customer Success, Design, Engineering and our external Partners (aka clients) to create project plans for new product features and then you’ll keep all stakeholders in-the-know while the product/feature is being built.
You’ll take a data-driven approach to helping us prioritize all the ideas we have for new features and you’ll analyze features we’ve already launched to make suggestions for how to improve them going forward. Once your product has launched, you’ll work with Business Development to create sales materials so they can show it off and sign new Partners.
You’re the type of person that works well with others and isn’t afraid to ask advocate for the importance of your project if it isn’t initially prioritized where you think it needs to be. You’re able to speak confidently about data and technical requirements but you also have the patience to make sure non-technical stakeholders are actively involved in decision-making. You’re really good at gathering feedback from stakeholders (including our clients) and even better at communicating your plan to everyone (especially non-technical stakeholders and clients).

What you do at Amount

  • Research
  • Work with external Partners to find ways to make our software “sticky” for them
  • Identify opportunities for automation and system improvements and pitch them to Amount
  • Leadership
  • Conduct data-driven analysis of how our users interact with our software
  • Learn about industry best practices and translate them into new features for our users
  • At the end of your research, you’ll confidently make Go / No Go / Maybe Later recommendations and defend them
  • Development
  • Champion the ideas that you think are scalable new product features that will drive efficiencies across multiple Partners
  • Work with Design to perfect the UI / UX for new features
  • Write technical specs and work with your technical stakeholders to get your project prioritized
  • Adjust your project plan as you encounter hurdles and keep your stakeholders on board with any adjustments to the product
  • Implementation
  • Effectively communicate analysis and improvement initiatives to non-technical stakeholders
  • Create a product release plan (timing, training, etc)
  • Work with Customer Success to help new partners onboard to our software
  • Document what you built so that future employees can hit the ground running
  • Help Business Development create sales materials highlighting our product offering

Why you are a fit for Amount

  • Bachelor’s degree in a quantitative field such as Mathematics, Computer Science, Economics, Finance, Accounting etc.
  • Highly analytical and organized, detail-oriented, knack for problem-solving, and strong project management skills.
  • 1-2 years in product management, banking industry, consulting, or other analytical role
  • Advanced SQL and Excel preferred. Knowledge of Looker / LookML a plus
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Familiarity with Jira, Github, JitBit and other Agile software management tools
  • Self-confidence, good judgment and the ability to make sound decisions
  • An inquisitive mindset and an openness to do things differently and more efficiently

Why Amount is a fit for you:
At Amount, we believe our values make a difference:
We value, support, and help each other grow
We are committed to active inclusion and diversity
We are transparent and believe the best idea wins
We succeed when our customers succeed
We get sh!t done… responsibly
And we keep it fun!
We believe that ideas are more important than titles, everything is more fun together, everyone drives change, and everyone is an owner. While we believe the perks and benefits that we offer are terrific, nothing excites us more than having the ability to collaborate with intelligent, highly-motivated and talented people on challenging problems as we work to change the face of online lending.

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Technology we use

  • Engineering
  • Product
    • JavascriptLanguages
    • PythonLanguages
    • RubyLanguages
    • SqlLanguages
    • TypescriptLanguages
    • ReactLibraries
    • AngularJSFrameworks
    • DjangoFrameworks
    • Ruby on RailsFrameworks
    • MySQLDatabases
    • JIRAManagement

Location

Located on Chicago's scenic riverwalk, we're surrounded by trendy restaurants, a thriving startup community, and easy access to public transportation.

An Insider's view of Avant

What’s the vibe like in the office?

The vibe is positive and encourages fun, but also strives for growth through hard work and innovation. I would also say Avant is a “come as you are” environment where people are able to bring their whole selves to work, which leads to diverse viewpoints and great ideas.

Liz

Software Engineer

How do you collaborate with other teams in the company?

Because of the nature of my role, I’m constantly collaborating and working with other teams. Program management is like being a traffic cop, at the intersections of every vertical within the business unit; I stop and start traffic, provide estimates on travel time, and route drivers down the right street if they get lost.

Molly

Customer Success Manager

What are some things you learned at the company?

The new projects we launch for our bank partners are really exciting because of all the learning opportunities they present. These projects require a substantial amount of collaboration between teams, so everyone is growing and learning from one another as we go. It's pretty awesome!

Marq

Tech Quality

What does your typical day look like?

70% of my day is working on code. 20% of my day is spent on unblocking other junior engineers or reviewing code. 10% of my day is in meetings. 100% of my day is spent having fun! =)

Hebron

Software Engineer Team Lead

What are Avant Perks + Benefits

Avant Benefits Overview

We offer group Medical, Dental, and Vision coverage, as access to a 401(k) plan, generous parental leave, commuter benefits, and unlimited vacation time. We have a free gym on site at our Chicago office and other great perks like daily free lunch, a fully-stocked kitchen with beer on tap, casual dress code, a game room, and company happy hours.

Culture
Volunteer in local community
We love being in Chicago! We'll run donation drives for local schools, pack lunches for city shelters, host events for young people interested in fintech, and whatever else comes up!
Eat lunch together
Intracompany committees
Like the Diversity & Inclusion Committee and the Fun Committee, to name a few.
Group brainstorming sessions
Open office floor plan
Diversity
Documented equal pay policy
Dedicated Diversity/Inclusion Staff
Unconscious bias training
Diversity manifesto
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
Child Care & Parental Leave Benefits
Generous Parental Leave
Family Medical Leave
Vacation & Time Off Benefits
Unlimited Vacation Policy
Generous PTO
Paid Sick Days
Perks & Discounts
Beer on Tap
Casual Dress
Commuter Benefits
Free Daily Meals
Game Room
Stocked Kitchen
Happy Hours
Professional Development Benefits
Lunch and learns
Cross functional training encouraged
Promote from within
Mentorship program
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