Technical Product Manager at KAR Global

| Chicago
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Summary:

As Product Manager in the Drivin Product Team, you will play a key role in identifying potential products, determining requirements and specifications, developing and supporting products with technical teams and bringing products to market. You will work closely with our data science and engineering teams, operations, customer support, and other stakeholders in the business, both internal and external. You will be results-oriented and therefore obsessed with the customer, always looking to deliver business value. You will be technically savvy and hands-on, willing and able to master technical capabilities as needed to deliver. As Product Manager, you will regularly communicate internally and externally, both written and verbally, and be expected to present to multiple audiences on a variety of topics. Importantly, you must be passionate about technology and become a champion of automation and new capabilities within our industry.

 

 

Job Description:

Love cars, technology and data? So do we. KAR Auction Services is a global Fortune 700 company with 18,000 employees across the United States, Canada, Mexico and the United Kingdom. Our diverse team helps the world's largest automotive manufacturers, financial institutions, insurance companies and dealer groups buy, sell and trade used vehicles. DRIVIN is our Chicago-based innovation and Data Science hub—where our team of data scientists and analysts create new products and help power the sale of more than 5.95 million units valued at over $40 billion through our physical, online, and digital/mobile auction marketplaces.

 

We move quickly, and we're looking for go-getters that are addicted to the thrill of creating new products and features and diving deep into rich data. Sound like you? We’re looking for a Product Manager to join our team at DRIVIN, roll up their sleeves and help transform one of the largest, most dynamic industries in the word.

 

As a Technical Product Manager, you will play a key role in identifying potential products, determining requirements and specifications, developing and supporting products with technical teams and bringing products to market. You will work closely with our data science and engineering teams, operations, customer support, and other stakeholders in the business, both internal and external. You will be results-oriented and therefore obsessed with the customer, always looking to deliver business value. You will be technically savvy and hands-on, willing and able to master technical capabilities as needed to deliver. As Product Manager, you will regularly communicate internally and externally, both written and verbally, and be expected to present to multiple audiences on a variety of topics. Importantly, you must be passionate about technology and become a champion of automation and new capabilities within our industry.

 

This role calls for a collaborative leader that has great communication skills and a vision and passion for the future of automotive and how this impacts the digital wholesale landscape.

 

Key Responsibilities Include:

  • Lead and own the development of a compelling product vision for DRIVIN.
  • Lead product market research, assess risk, and build business opportunity cases.
  • Develop and maintain a roadmap of offerings that provide a unique and sustainable competitive differentiation.
  • Define product goals and regularly report on KPIs.
  • Envision, articulate and prioritize a long-term product strategy designed to achieve these goals.
  • Clearly communicate strategy and goals to product/project teams and ensure delivery against them.
  • Closely partner with data science, engineering and design to define problems and solutions, requirements and prioritization.
  • Communicate product vision and value internally and externally to stakeholders and customers.
  • Be willing to travel occasionally as needed.

 

Qualifications:

  • BA or BS or equivalent experience is required; MA or MS is a plus
  • 3+ years of product management experience in a technology-oriented organization, with a proven track record of successfully launching B2B and/or B2C technology products and services.
  • Deep understanding of Agile methodologies and experience overseeing multi-function product/project teams with at least 5-10 team members including Engineers, Analysts, and QA Personnel.
  • Solid understanding of and demonstrated experience in using appropriate Agile Project Management tools such as Jira and Microsoft Office Suite.
  • Strong analytical, planning, and organizational skills with an ability to manage competing demands.
  • Proven ability to lead software development projects and ensure objectives, goals, and commitments are met.
  • Excellent oral and written communications skills and experience interacting with both business and IT individuals at all levels including the executive level.
  • Experience with cloud-based environments, amazon web services (AWS) preferred.
  • Experience with analytical tools to measure product performance.
  • Understanding of finance, technology and data science concepts to be applied within automotive a plus.

 

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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
Open door policy
Team owned deliverables
Group brainstorming sessions
Open office floor plan
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
Employee Stock Purchase Plan
Child Care & Parental Leave Benefits
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
Our game room includes Pool Table, Foosball.
Stocked Kitchen
Some Meals Provided
Happy Hours
Professional Development Benefits
Job Training & Conferences
Acme Co. offers employees professional development opportunities like Onsite training courses, The ability to attend job related conferences and seminars.
Tuition Reimbursement
Lunch and learns
Promote from within
Continuing Education stipend
Customized development tracks
Paid industry certifications