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VP of Product Development

| Chicago
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Ascent is reducing the cost of compliance to encourage innovation, help existing companies stay in business, and make it possible for new companies to get started. As trailblazers in our space we’re searching for people passionate about building new and innovative products, who aren’t afraid of challenging the status quo and solving generations-old problems.

The VP of Product role will embody the “intelligence-as-a-product” vision at Ascent, helping build knowledge via algorithms and models rather than with humans. The position is a member of Ascent’s leadership team.

Roles and Responsibilities

Your fundamental responsibility is to craft and execute a vision for what we build. This includes leading development of the internal tools and processes we use to transform public regulatory data into valuable, proprietary insights. It also includes leading development of any products we build on top of that data, such as our current project management platform or our upcoming APIs. Ultimately you’re responsible for creating the things we sell to scale our organization.

You’ll be responsible for our internal and external product strategy. We’d expect a successful VP of Product Development to gather whatever context and data is necessary to make strategic decisions and ensure Ascent remains a leader in the marketplace. On the external side performing market research, monitoring competitor activities, and working with UX/sales to gather customer research and feedback. On the internal side partnering with data scientists and domain experts to use machine learning, AI, NLP, and other forms of applied analytics to establish and augment Ascent’s development and use of intelligence products.

This is a pivotal role on the leadership team at Ascent at a critical time in our growth, bringing together many different disciplines into a single cohesive vision for the company. You’ll manage the full internal and external product lifecycle in collaboration with the rest of the leadership team.

  • Lead product vision and execution across both product verticals: (1) AI-based intelligence products, and (2) customer-facing products.
  • Lead product teams responsible for delivering both of Ascent’s product verticals, including day-to-day management of staff and external resources. Work with internal and external teams to set goals, iterate on product development, and ensure the timely delivery of high quality products and services.
  • Drive ROI-obsessed development of all product features and deployments.
  • Effectively lead in a results-oriented environment while motivating and coaching team members across multiple departments.

Important Competencies

  • Vision for designing products around outcomes, not features.
  • Intellectual acumen to process and synthesize new pieces of information and new areas of domain expertise.
  • The ability to make decisions with imperfect sets of information, and the ability to operate well in situations of pressure.
  • Minimum of 5 years commercial experience in product management; demonstrated commercial success with emphasis on product development and execution. Minimum 2 years’ experience in management.
  • Advanced written and verbal communication skills, and collaborative approach to problem-solving and execution.
  • Experience with complex / technical business systems and an ability to strategically analyze the how pieces of data impact a customer experience.
  • Proven ability to lead cross functional teams with and without formal authority.
  • Experience with artificial intelligence and machine learning a plus.
  • Experience with data product management preferred.
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Our office is convenient to all loop trains and many buses, and the Pedway! We have a great selection of healthy lunch options nearby.

An Insider's view of Ascent RegTech

How do you collaborate with other teams in the company?

Ascent values collaboration between teams. Our open office layout facilitates impromptu brainstorming sessions, and bi-monthly update meetings help everyone stay informed of active projects. We believe that each department can benefit from the exchange of domain knowledge with another, and strive to create an environment where feedback is welcomed.


Senior Rails Developer

What makes someone successful on your team?

A successful Ascent dev team member is comfortable solving business and technical problems and isn't afraid to bring up new ideas, no matter how outside the box these may be. He/she also values work-life balance for everyone. This person keeps our company values in mind, has a strong sense of integrity, and prioritizes doing the right thing.


Data Engineer

How do your team's ideas influence the company's direction?

Our job as a leadership team is to provide context, not solutions. The people working directly on a project are in the best position to make decisions, so we hire smart people and then trust them. We're here to support our teams and to make sure efforts are aligned across the company.



What are Ascent RegTech Perks + Benefits

Ascent RegTech Benefits Overview

Everyone brings a unique set of skills and talents, and we want to take advantage of everything you have to offer. We also want to make sure you get as much out of this opportunity as you put in, and we’ll give you the support you need for Ascent to be a transformational period of growth in your career.
Our team enjoys a number of benefits and perks, including:

— Competitive compensation
— 401(k)
— Medical, dental, vision, mental health insurance - with premiums fully paid by Ascent
— Your choice of hardware and software
— Flexible work schedule
— Professional development stipend
— Top floor office in Prudential Plaza with an amazing view of the park/lake and Pedway access
— The opportunity to work with smart people on challenging problems!

Health Insurance & Wellness Benefits
Dental Benefits
Vision Benefits
Health Insurance Benefits
Multiple plan options with Blue Cross Blue Shield, as well an HSA (Heath Savings Account).
Onsite Gym
There is an on-site gym in Prudential Plaza which is free to employees.
Retirement & Stock Options Benefits
Company Equity
Child Care & Parental Leave Benefits
Flexible Work Schedule
Ascent offers a completely flexible scheduling and work from home policy.
Remote Work Program
Vacation & Time Off Benefits
Unlimited Vacation Policy
Perks & Discounts
Casual Dress
Professional Development Benefits
Job Training & Conferences
Ascent offers a generous professional development stipend per year.

Additional Perks + Benefits

We want to create an environment where people can do their best work. That means supporting our employees in their careers, in their health, and in their lives. We're always looking for (stage-appropriate/responsible) ways to concretely demonstrate these values. For example, we pay 100% of our employees' health premiums!

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