TECHNICAL PRODUCT MANAGER

| Chicago

ABOUT THE PRODUCT AND ENGINEERING TEAM

At Centro, we’ve always been about making people’s lives better—from our employees to our clients. Today, we’re building a unified platform to execute every digital media advertising transaction, thus providing a new level of automation and intelligence in ad tech. This is an enormous task that will disrupt an industry and improve the lives of those who work within it.

To do this, we’re aggressively growing our team of engineers, product developers and designers. We are imaginative, passionate, determined and relentless in our efforts. Of course, we are fascinated by the complexity of engineering problems at this scale—it’s what brings bright minds together. But what keeps us coming back (and why we love coming to work everyday) is the chance to improve how work gets done: freeing up people’s time so that they can dream bigger and make life better.

Come build something amazing with us.

ABOUT THE ROLE

Centro is looking for an enthusiastic and highly talented individual to join our team working on the Basis Platform. As a Manager of Technical Product Management, the successful candidate will be steeped in the world of advertising technology, with a strong connection to Engineering. The role will have a direct impact on growing the business by helping to evolve data capabilities of Basis Platform. Applicants for this role should be highly knowledgeable about big data, data warehousing, BI applications, and operational monitoring. They should also be very confident in their ability to apply their product management skills immediately. The successful candidate for this position should have a strong background in product management and software development, with a focus on service-oriented architecture and customer success.

CORE RESPONSIBILITIES

Lead Excellence in the Technical Product Management practice

  • Be a hands-on manager to a team of technical product managers and guide them toward solutions for both business and technical challenges
  • Develop the vision, strategy, and execution for all Data, BI and Reporting components of the Platform
  • Provide product management expertise using the Agile (Scrum) methodology
  • Provide guidance and leadership to other product managers on product requirements gathering, development, testing, rollout, support, and sun-setting
  • Lead the internal monitoring, operational control, and business intelligence systems of the Platform
  • Help identify and execute on technology evolutions to improve Platform capabilities
  • Be hands-on to improve the definition of the feature, perform proof-of-concept testing and/or provide data where necessary to support recommendations

Team Development

  • Help structure and grow the team as the platform expands
  • Managed a talented team of the technical product managers focused on data

Collaborate very closely with Engineering, QA and Operations teams

  • Communicate roadmap and features clearly in writing as well as verbally, erring on the side of clarity
  • Work with QA continuously to continuously maintain a high quality of software delivery for Platform
  • Ensure new features can be managed and configured by the Operations team with necessary flexibility to support feature adoption and success with customers
  • Support cross-functional efforts on the continuous and varying scaling needs of the Platform that arise from growth in the business

Working with Stakeholders

  • Work closely with external stakeholders, integration partners and Platform clients, to gather business needs and understand the product landscape
  • Work closely with internal stakeholders, senior leaders of Engineering, Product, Business, and Operations, to translate high-level business needs into manageable projects
  • Collaborate with stakeholders on product development and lead the conversation in product trade-offs among stakeholders
  • Be clear on task prioritization, logical sequences, and communicating those with internal stakeholders.
  • Create monthly product reports, compiling updates/data from all key sources

Know the Business

  • Gain a deep understanding of online advertising economics, and Centro’s business model in particular.
  • Strong awareness and knowledge of direct competitors to ensure that Centro’s product offerings are leaders in the Ad-tech landscape
  • Understand the business and how each Platform solution contributes to our success.

SKILLS & EXPERIENCE

  • 5+ years experience working in product management with emphasis on technology
  • 2+ years experience managing teams
  • Bachelor's degree in Computer Science, Engineering or related field
  • Preference for Master’s degree in Computer Science, Engineering or related field
  • Proven ability to manage a team of product managers and delegate appropriate workload according to each product manager’s domain of expertise
  • Takes full responsibility and measures themselves in terms of the success of the entire product team
  • Experience writing detailed product and technical specifications
  • Capable of working with engineers about technical design tradeoffs including platforms, frameworks, scalability and performance.
  • Experience with entire development cycle or projects, and doing so in a fast-paced workplace
  • Strong knowledge and experience with Relational Databases and SQL
  • Nice to have: Experience programming in Java, Scala or Python
  • Nice to have: Experience working with Big Data technologies and workflow, including but not limited to: Kafka, Spark, Hadoop, Hive, and Impala
  • Nice to have: Experience working with data collection/visualization tools such as Elasticsearch/Kibana and Graphite/Grafana
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Technology we use

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Location

The Chicago Loop is a great place to work, located in a central area of Chicago accessible to major public transportation, dining and shopping.

An Insider's view of Centro

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

Instead of balancing work and life, it’s about blending the two. As a parent, I may need to leave for part of the day or before 5. Everyone here understands and I don’t feel guilty. Even if I’m not sitting at my desk from 9-5, my work and my teams work will still be done on time. Centro is giving me the opportunity to live the best life I can.

Matt Klaers

Manager, Financial Reporting

How do you empower your team to be more creative?

There’s an incredible balance of freedom, drive, and fun that I’ve only experienced at Centro. On an engineering team retreat this summer, the plan was to code from 10 AM – 2 PM on a fun team-based competition and then go outside to enjoy the day. The team would not stop coding until 10 PM! Of course, this was followed by 6 hours of karaoke.

Mike

VP, software engineering

What are Centro Perks + Benefits

Centro Benefits Overview

While our people work to change an industry, we reward them with industry-leading perks. It’s not just about the free snacks and onsite yoga (although they help)—it’s about making sure Centrons feel happy, healthy and fulfilled when they come to work.

Health Insurance & Wellness Benefits
Flexible Spending Account (FSA)
Disability Insurance
Dental Benefits
Vision Benefits
Health Insurance Benefits
Life Insurance
Wellness Programs
Retirement & Stock Options Benefits
401(K)
401(K) Matching
Company Equity
Employee Stock Purchase Plan
Performance Bonus
Child Care & Parental Leave Benefits
Child Care Benefits
Generous Parental Leave
Flexible Work Schedule
Family Medical Leave
Adoption Assistance
Vacation & Time Off Benefits
Unlimited Vacation Policy
Paid Volunteer Time
Sabbatical
Paid Holidays
Paid Sick Days
Perks & Discounts
Beer on Tap
Commuter Benefits
Company Outings
Game Room
Stocked Kitchen
Happy Hours
Fitness Subsidies
Professional Development Benefits
Job Training & Conferences
Tuition Reimbursement
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