Technical Product Manager

| Chicago
Are you ready to transform an industry? At Centro we are building a comprehensive tech platform that radically increases efficiencies and impact across businesses, teams, and campaigns. Our clients can run all their digital business through Basis, with robust business intelligence, workflow automation, search and social integrations, and the number one rated DSP.
We’re taking the digital advertising world by storm and are proud to be headquartered in the rapidly growing tech hub of Chicago, with offices that span across the United States, Canada, Mexico, and London. Join us in our mission to improve the lives of everyone working in the industry!
At Centro, we believe that lasting success is achieved through continual dedication to the growth and well-being of the individual. Our people are the core of what makes Centro unique. Driven by the Centro Manifesto and our guiding principles, we look to hire the best and brightest minds—curious, passionate learners who are driven to create impact.
We are committed to building a culture of highly motivated individuals who create a positive and supportive environment together. When we work hard, stay focused, and act in service to others, we believe that anything is possible. Come grow with us!
Centro is looking for an enthusiastic and highly talented individual to join our team working on the Centro Business Intelligence Basis environment and internal Centro Reporting system. As a Technical Product Manager, the successful candidate will be steeped in the world of advertising technology, with a strong connection to Business Intelligence. The role will have a direct impact on growing the business by helping to evolve data capabilities of our Basis digital media automation platform. Applicants for this role should be highly knowledgeable about BI technology. The successful candidate for this position should have a proven background in product management and software development, with a focus on service-oriented architecture and customer success.
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 every day) 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.


  • Excellence in the Technical Product Management practice
  • Be a hands-on technical thought leader in the areas of Business Intelligence and software product delivery.
  • Work with business analysts and data engineers to develop new product offerings for software product and new capabilities for internal BI environment.
  • Help develop the vision, strategy, and execution for projects that relate to BI and Reporting components of the platform.
  • Provide product management expertise using the Agile (Scrum) methodology.
  • Provide guidance and leadership to business analysts on product requirements gathering, development, testing, roll-out, support, and sun-setting.
  • Become expert resource on 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 product features and internal BI capabilities.
  • Design and collaborate on all facets of BI testing process.

Technical Development

  • Communicate road map and features clearly in writing as well as verbally, erring on the side of clarity.
  • Work with QA continuously to 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 internal stakeholders, integration partners, and Platform clients, to gather business needs and understand the product landscape
  • Work closely with Engineering, Product, Agency, 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 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


  • 5+ years of experience working in technical product management with emphasis on Business Intelligence
  • Bachelor's degree in Computer Science, Engineering or related field
  • Preference for Master’s degree in Computer Science, Engineering or related field
  • Takes full responsibility and measures themselves in terms of the success of the entire 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
  • Knowledge of Pentaho Data Integrations and Business Analytics. 
  • Strong knowledge and experience with Relational Databases and SQL
  • Experience working with data collection/visualization tools such as MicroStrategy, Tableau, Power BI, etc.
  • Nice to have: Experience working with Big Data technologies and workflow, including but not limited to: Kafka, Spark, Hadoop, Hive, and Impala

We take care of our people. Our team has put together a thoughtful benefits package and provides a wide range of perks, including competitive 401k matching, a tax-free health savings account, tuition reimbursement, generous maternity/paternity leave, and more.
Aside from benefits, we’re always finding new ways to invest in the personal and professional growth our employees. We’re proud to support a variety of employee-led communities that enrich our culture of uniqueness, inclusivity, and empowerment. Centro is more than a workplace.
Centro is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We respect and support an inclusive workplace diverse in thought, perspective and culture. We celebrate all team members regardless of gender/identity, sexual orientation, race or cultural background, religion, physical disability and age. We are better together.

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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.


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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.

Volunteer in local community
Centro offers each employee one day per calendar year to use for community work or volunteering opportunities. Local offices regularly organizes group volunteer activities for employees.
Partners with Nonprofits
Centro partners with local non-profit organizations to support various causes and to organize group volunteer events for employees.
Friends outside of work
Eat lunch together
Intracompany committees
Open door policy
Team owned deliverables
Team based strategic planning
Group brainstorming sessions
Open office floor plan
Documented equal pay policy
Dedicated Diversity/Inclusion Staff
Highly diverse management team
Unconscious bias training
Someone's primary function is managing the company's diversity and inclusion initiatives
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) 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
Paid Holidays
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Perks & Discounts
Beer on Tap
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