Vice President of Product

| Chicago

The Why

At TopstepTrader, we’re creating opportunities to fulfill our vision - where the world where goes to safely engage in and profit from financial markets. We are a team of passionate individuals who work fast and continuously optimize our products to reach more and more traders worldwide. As we continue to grow and become the market leader in our space, we need a senior strategist to create and lead our product playbook.

Topstep is seeking our first Vice President of Product who is a big-picture thinker and has a growth mindset that can drive the organization towards fulfilling our vision. This is a high-touch role that involves listening and collaborating inside and outside the company walls to help us expand our addressable market. We’re looking for someone who has a proven track record of creating and taking products to the next level.

If you're looking for a company where you can have a real impact in the FinTech industry and be part of an award-winning culture, join us in transforming our space!

Excited about this opportunity? Read on.

The Role, along with everything you’d expect

  • You will be joining a talented and growing team, and a successful B2C product already in the market
  • You'll play a big role in growing the business and our products by analyzing the competitive landscape, identifying the whitespace and then creating the strategy to help us move into these areas
  • We believe that innovation never sleeps and to live by this value, we need to continuously and rapidly test, iterate and learn. We won’t always get it right, so as VP of Product, we’ll look to you to ensure we make mistakes quickly and mitigate risks throughout the process
  • Work closely with our department leaders and executive team to define what the future of our products looks like
  • Identify new business and partnership opportunities that enhance our traders’ experience
  • Create and manage a cohesive product strategy and roadmaps for our portfolio of products based on what we can do, what we want to do and what we need to do to achieve our goals
  • Lead and manage the Product team according to our company values. This includes monthly one-on-one meetings, mentorship, professional development goals and overall performance toward achieving business goals

The Ideal Candidate

  • 15+ years of experience in product management, with 8+ years of experience leading, developing and recruiting a high-performing Product team
  • Demonstrated success bringing new products to market. Being passionate about building new products that engage and resonate with traders is a must
  • Strong collaboration and problem solving skills. You take a solutions-oriented approach to challenges and dive enthusiastically into problem solving. You should be able to truly understand and articulate the areas of opportunity and collaborate across the organization to address
  • Strong grasp of all product disciplines. We expect you to understand the entire product lifecycle including UX, technical architecture, data analytics and product management
  • Motivated and excited to lead cross-functional teams and drive strategy. We have a team of people focused on today, tomorrow, next week, and next quarter. We need a leader who is excited about years two, three and four for our products and helps to guide toward achieving that vision
  • Passion for user experience and knowledge about how to create and consistently improve it, using quantitative and qualitative data. Our users are the center of our work and we care about their experience in all situations and decisions
  • Experience within a start-up environment preferred. We are a growth-stage company, but we run lean and move fast. As such, you will play a key role in guiding how to best leverage our resources and energy
  • Willing and eager to play an active role in recruiting a diverse team. We believe diverse people and ideas result in better business, and look to our leaders to help with our diversity efforts

TopstepTrader Benefits

  • Competitive salary and profit bonus
  • 401(k) plus match, to help plan for your future
  • Generous paid family leave, plus flexible ramp up period upon return, and extra PTO days
  • Access to senior management and mentoring opportunities
  • Monthly team Innovation Labs, which contribute to long term strategic decisions
  • Vacation bonus, when you take off 5 consecutive days to fully clock out
  • #TopstepTravel, a semi-regular raffle for luxury accommodations in a variety of cities
  • Professional development budget, provided for continuing education, training, and workshops
  • Employee Assistance Program, for when you need some professional support in your personal life
  • Company parties and outings, happy hours and catered lunches, breakfast and snack bar
  • Annual company-wide Step Up Day, a day spent giving back to our community
  • Graceful Leave Policy
  • Casual work environment and dress code
  • Summer Friday (flexible) hours
  • Opportunities to work from home
  • Pre-tax spending accounts, for your dependent and health care needs plus transportation
  • Paid time off (starting at 15 days, increasing annually), plus paid holidays, paid sick days, and paid volunteer hours
  • Medical, dental, vision, life, long-term and short-term disability insurance

Is TopstepTrader the place for you? If so, apply today! We look forward to hearing from you.
 

TopstepTrader is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate against any employee or applicant on the basis of race, gender, age, disability, or any other basis protected under the law.

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Location

We have a cool loft space close to Union and Ogilvie stations, lots of great lunch and happy hour places, and even a park! #frenchmarketfridays

An Insider's view of TopstepTrader

What's something quirky about your company?

We have some quirky debates that people are really passionate about. Cinnamon in coffee and the Oxford comma are two long-running ones that get heated. Our most recent debate was whether or not a hotdog is a sandwich! We spent a whole lunch hour debating, and the best part was that, no matter your opinion, you had a chance to make yourself heard.

Nick

Customer Support Rep

What kinds of technical challenges do you and your team face?

We have an exciting challenge to parallelize how we collect and process trading data. It's important for each user to know their account performance before the next trading day, which is less than 2 hours after trading close. Updating, collecting, and evaluating to be more efficient will enable us to take on more users and trading platforms.

Matt

Software Developer

How has your career grown since starting at the company?

At Topstep, I was encouraged to pursue my interests and not just ‘stay in my lane’. As a support rep, I had the unique opportunity to learn everything about our product and users while familiarizing myself with our tech stack in my free time. Now, as a business analyst, I get to combine these skills and help the company decide what to build next.

Phil

Business Analyst

What unique initiatives do you have that encourage innovation?

An exciting aspect about working at TopstepTrader is our commitment to Innovation. The company conducts a monthly Innovation Lab and my team (Marketing) has a weekly Innovation Hour-either meeting together to take advantage of group think or it’s self-directed. We continue to outpace the industry as the concept is so ingrained in our belief system!

Robin

VP of Marketing

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

As someone who recently had her first child, I can only describe TST’s work-life balance as fantastic and flexible! I know exactly what is expected of me, so if an emergency comes up and I need to leave to take care of my child, or spend some extra time with him, I’m met with encouragement and understanding instead of opposition or guilt.

Anne

HR Manager

What are TopstepTrader Perks + Benefits

TopstepTrader Benefits Overview

We believe in the well-being of our team, so we always look for more ways to reflect that in our benefits package, and company perks. Along with expected health and life insurance coverage, we offer a generous paid family leave, 401(k) match of 4%, 8 paid volunteer hours, a professional development budget for each team member, and our leadership team is extremely accessible. Not only that, but we’re ahead of the game when it comes to an inclusive environment for our diverse team, as well as an innovative culture (hint: they’re two of our 6 stated company values, and we live them).

Culture
Volunteer in local community
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
Health Insurance & Wellness Benefits
Flexible Spending Account (FSA)
Disability Insurance
Dental Benefits
Vision Benefits
Health Insurance Benefits
Life Insurance
Retirement & Stock Options Benefits
401(K)
401(K) Matching
Topstep's 401(k) retirement plan matches 100% of an employee's contributions up to 4%.
Performance Bonus
We have an Employee of the Month - who we call our Topstepper - awarded for performance while living our values, plus we have a discretionary performance bonus which is distributed twice annually.
Child Care & Parental Leave Benefits
Generous Parental Leave
At one year of service: Up to 13 weeks paid leave for primary caregiver + four weeks paid leave for the secondary caregiver + extra PTO days for both + flexible ramp up period upon return!
Flexible Work Schedule
Topstep offers a flexible schedule for most roles and is also very collaborative. We offer Summer Fridays, work from home, and are generally flexible to support your life.
Return-to-work program post parental leave
Vacation & Time Off Benefits
Generous PTO
Paid time off - starting at 15 days and increasing annually - plus paid holidays, sick days, and floating holidays. The best is a $500 bonus for taking 5 consecutive PTO days!
Paid Volunteer Time
We believe that Giving Back Moves Us All Forward (one of our 6 values), so we offer each team member 8 VPTO hours to use as they wish. We also volunteer as an entire company one day each year!
Paid Holidays
Paid Sick Days
Perks & Discounts
Beer on Tap
Casual Dress
We trust all team members to Dress For Your Day so, get as casual as you like! Slippers are a must-have during the winter.
Commuter Benefits
Company Outings
Monthly FUNCtions and dept outings, killer annual holiday parties, celebrations galore, Step Up Day, new hire happy hours, and the list goes on.
Stocked Kitchen
Topstep has a fully stocked kitchen including unlimited snacks, Starbucks coffee, Tiesta Tea and all of the Starburst and M&Ms you can handle.
Some Meals Provided
Happy Hours
Recreational Clubs
Some recent examples are: 12" softball league, bocce ball, and shuffleboard at Royal Palms. We're always open to new ideas so, start something!
Professional Development Benefits
Job Training & Conferences
In addition to career coach access and quarterly team learning events, we also offer each team member a professional development budget to use as they wish.
Diversity Program
We started our D&I Committee in March '17 and today have six sub-committees to focus on hiring practices, training, cultural days of awareness and celebration, and major events, like Int'l Women's Day
Lunch and learns
Acme Co. hosts lunch and learn meetings on occasion.
Cross functional training encouraged
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