Sr. Product Manager at KAR Global

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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 Chicago, Autoniq, LLC (powered by DaaS and 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 scientists. 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 Managers are responsible for leading the charge on new product conceptualization, building a business case, development and launch as well as post launch enhancements for products. The Sr. Product Manager maintains close relationships with the market (customers and prospects) for awareness of the evolving business needs of the market.

As the Sr. Product Manager, you will be responsible for creating design requirements, a cohesive product roadmap and for driving performance to the sales and profit plans of a new software platform. This is an individual contributor role reporting to the Director of Product Management.


Responsibilities and Duties:

  • Research and understand competitive products in the marketplace and propose strategies and tactics to manage any competitive threats or take advantage of any opportunities.
  • Define and maintain Business, Brand and Customer objectives, for purposes of developing long term vision and strategy in the product life cycle.  Ensure all required details and data are provided to the Engineering Team and Project Managers for successful deliverables. 
  • Prioritize IT development project requests to maximize market impact and business unit responsiveness while collaborating with development and design. 
  • Work with a wide variety of stakeholders to identify needs/goals, determine feasibility and prioritize based on the overall strategy for developing the product.  This position requires the ability to build strong relationships with both internal and external customers (e.g. stakeholders and buyers) and will work closely with all Operational Areas. 
  • Practice and promote teamwork at all times.  Set a good personal example of attitude and performance.
  • Partner with UX design, data science and multiple technical teams to bring your ideas to life and execute your roadmap at lightning speed
  • Develop metrics to monitor and quantify impact of all new programs that you launch.
  • Define and analyze key performance indicators to inform decision-making and measure success
  • Drive insights on the markets and segments in which software products compete; stay abreast of industry trends, events, and channels to anticipate customer needs
  • Understand the market landscape including competition, technology, and how our platform fits within the broader ecosystem
  • Create requirements based on market understanding while identifying cross-product dependencies and relative priority with other product managers
  • Develop and manage a multi-year platform roadmap
  • Work with Development, Engineering, Ops, IT and Customer Service to ensure platform launches on time and to quality targets
  • Collaborate with marketing team to create and execute marketing content, materials, new product launch, and go-to-market plans
  • Understand Autoniq’s business strategy and operational constraints to ensure platform development meets company objectives


Minimum Requirements:  

  • 5-8+ years of experience in product management
  • Bachelor’s Degree or the equivalent in experience is required.
  • Direct experience with project management
  • Strong understanding of technology is preferred.
  • Understanding of and experience with Agile preferred. 
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills are a must.
  • Strong leadership skills - must be able to work across departments
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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.


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.


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.


Lead Backend Engineer

What are KAR Global Perks + Benefits

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 stand up
Open door policy
Team owned deliverables
Group brainstorming sessions
Open office floor plan
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) 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