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VP of Product

Job Description

SilkRoad is the world's leader in strategic onboarding for global workforce readiness and transformation. We help organizations prepare their people for change by designing intentional, personalized journeys to increase retention and maximize agility throughout their careers. SilkRoad combines our leading strategic onboarding capabilities with world-class consulting services to deliver highly scalable, personalized experiences that engage employees and drive long-term business performance such as productivity, profitability, growth and agility.

SilkRoad is seeking a VP of Product to own the vision and direction of SilkRoad products and services. As part of the Product Development team, the VP Product will be involved in defining and communicating product strategy and requirements to the rest of the organization for the successful delivery of SilkRoad services and applications.

Your contributions to SilkRoad will include:

  • Representing the customer in the organization; working with product managers and head of development to ensure that they consider the customer at every stage of product development.
  • Working with executives, Sales, Services, Support, and Development to define vision and direction for all SilkRoad's product capabilities; ensuring that the entire company understands the vision and direction.
  • Asking the hard questions to ensure product deliverables focus on meeting product purpose and goals.
  • Managing, coaching, mentoring and working with product managers to define stories for the development teams that are aligned with the product vision and direction.
  • Bringing together Sales, Services, Support, and Development to work together to improve SilkRoad products and the customer experience.
  • Setting products and the company on a course to stay relevant and valuable.

Required Skills

  • Proficient with cloud software development and agile development practices.
  • Proficient in developing strong teams of product managers and designers.
  • Ability to draw on product experience and industry knowledge to define product vision and direction.
  • Experience communicating product strategy to all levels of organization.
  • Ability to work effectively with multiple teams across the organization.
  • Expert on modern forms of product planning, customer discovery, product discovery, and product development process.
  • Ability to work well on personal level with executives, and heads of Sales, Services, Support, and Development.
  • Ability to instill a string product culture across the company.

Required Experience

  • Minimum 10 years experience product management of commercial software, preferably in a cloud environment.
  • Minimum 3 years experience defining and communicating product strategy.
  • Minimum 5 years experience managing and developing teams of product managers and designers.
  • Strong background in cloud software technology.
  • Experience with Talent Management software is a plus.
  • Understanding of economics and dynamics of cloud Talent Management business.
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What are SilkRoad Technology Perks + Benefits

SilkRoad Technology Benefits Overview

We complement an environment that fosters success and fun, with a full range of benefits and perks to meet the needs of you and your family. SilkRoad aims to provide peace of mind when it comes to employee's health and financial well-being. We offer a wide range of benefits including health and life insurance, 401(k) plan with company match, volunteer program, and expanded maternity and paternity leave. The perk that transcends the rest is our flexible, work happy environment! SilkRoadies enjoy generous paid time off, flexible work options, and dress for your day freedom.

Volunteer in local community
Paid day off to volunteer and office-based volunteer activities.
Friends outside of work
Eat lunch together
Intracompany committees
Open door policy
Team owned deliverables
Team based strategic planning
Group brainstorming sessions
Health Insurance & Wellness Benefits
Flexible Spending Account (FSA)
Disability Insurance
Disability insurance covers 60% of annual salary up to $10000 monthly maximum payout.
Dental Benefits
Vision Benefits
Health Insurance Benefits
Life Insurance
Wellness Programs
Onsite Gym
Retirement & Stock Options Benefits
401(K) Matching
Employee Stock Purchase Plan
Child Care & Parental Leave Benefits
Generous Parental Leave
We provide 12 weeks of paid maternity/paternity leave and an additional 4 weeks of unpaid leave, for a total of 16 weeks of parental leave.
Flexible Work Schedule
Remote Work Program
Family Medical Leave
Employees who have been with the company for 12 months are eligible for 12 weeks of family medical leave.
Return-to-work program post parental leave
Company sponsored family events
Vacation & Time Off Benefits
Generous PTO
Flexible Time Off - SilkRoadies love the Flexible PTO policy. Our flexible paid time off benefit can be used for vacation, personal / family illness, or personal reasons.
Paid Volunteer Time
Our Volunteer Time Off program provides employees 8 hours per year of paid time off to volunteer.
Paid Holidays
Paid Sick Days
Perks & Discounts
Casual Dress
Commuter Benefits
SilkRoad offers commuter spending accounts
Company Outings
Stocked Kitchen
Some Meals Provided
Occasional office lunches are provided.
Fitness Subsidies
Professional Development Benefits
Lunch and learns
SilkRoad hosts lunch and learn meetings throughout the year.
Cross functional training encouraged
Promote from within
Time allotted for learning
Paid industry certifications

Additional Perks + Benefits

SilkRoad realizes the importance of a healthy work-life balance. Our generous PTO and flexible work environment support this balance. For most positions, you control where and how the work gets done. Of course there are some jobs that do require more structure, particularly those that directly interface with our customers, but our overall philosophy is that you control your work dynamics and the results are what matter most.

We embrace a people-first culture and have built an environment where employees are valued, and their voices heard. We continually evaluate our benefits programs to ensure they meet the needs of our employees.

Happy, engaged employees mean happy customers!

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