BI Technical Project Manager at KeHE Distributors

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Good people, working with good people, for our common good.

Sound good?

KeHE-a natural, organic, specialty and fresh food distributor-is all about "good" and is growing, so there's never been a more exciting time to join our team. If you're enthusiastic about working in an environment with a people-first culture and an organization committed to good living, good food and good service, we'd love to talk to you!

Primary Responsibilities

The BI Technical Project Manager (Product Owner) is responsible for driving the development of KeHE digital products and platforms in our Business Intelligence arena acting as a key innovator and contributor to the ultimate success of the product(s). S/he will serve as the customer proxy responsible for working with Product teams and other stakeholders. Applies extensive problem solving and analytical skills to identify, communicate, and document business needs. Acts with curiosity and empathy to elicit needs from business stakeholders, and acts as liaison between business stakeholders and the BI engineering team. Demonstrates a strong ability to own objectives, overcome challenges and become a deeply knowledgeable product professional in multiple subject areas. S/he will work independently and partner closely with functional leaders and Sr Director of Business Intelligence Product Development to optimize and redefine the product vision and feature opportunities, explore the feasibility and benefits of new capabilities, and translate these into tangible value.

Essential Functions

  1. Must have remarkable oral communication skills to deliver compelling presentations that inspire and lead highly collaborative product reviews and working sessions
  2. Serves the organization by driving engagement with key members, including VP's, directors, subject matter experts, and functional leaders to identify and prioritize product functionality and capabilities
  3. Develops defensible analysis of return on investment (ROI) for system and functional improvements and implements effective methods to evaluate the ROI
  4. Responsible for delivering measurable business results through product innovative solutions, maximizing the value of the product
  5. Applies an extensive understanding of KeHE business systems and business processes that drive KeHE's P&L to create solutions that enable competitive advantage
  6. Applies an extensive understanding of the KeHE digital product development process, including the technology stack, information architecture, team roles, and resource constraints to create new capabilities for KeHE
  7. Acts as the CEO of the associated products in a functional area, from vision through practical implementation, and is ultimately responsible for the product success
  8. Effectively applies and owns quantitative research, a deep understanding of commercially available solutions, and competitor capabilities in the continuous development of a product roadmap
  9. Working lean with a focus on delivering the right solutions to customers with the highest quality in the shortest sustainable lead time
  10. Evangelizes the agile approach to product and process improvement and performs as a leader by coaching and mentoring others in the organization as the approach is adopted
  11. Leverages pragmatic project management skills to deliver products on time and on budget
  12. Partners with product engineering teams to ship products that provide a surprising and engaging customer experience
  13. Applies remarkable written communication skills to create clear and simple mission statements, epic objectives, release criteria, sprint goals, and product features
  14. Energizes the team towards product mission objectives
  15. Regularly reviews the status of projects to verify that expectations are met
  16. Acts as an example to others for continuous improvement through an unyielding focus on personal and professional growth and development, across a variety of disciplines
  17. Creates dynamic and informative data visualizations that tell a story to stakeholders that allow them to understand product adoption and business value

Minimum Requirements, Qualifications, Additional Skills, Aptitude

  • Bachelor's degree required, masters a plus, if relevant
  • Several years of experience within an agile/scrum team, having served as a Business Analyst or product owner
  • Proven track record of leading cross functional teams in a team-oriented, dynamic environment
  • Experience leading product development across technology form factors - traditional, cloud, AI/ML
  • Proven problem-solving skills; must be very comfortable performing data analysis and making data-driven decisions
  • Ability to determine how to use resources and time to meet schedules and objectives
  • Extensive experience interacting with SVP, VP, and director-level stakeholders
  • Excellent written and verbal communication and presentation skills
  • Experience managing, identifying, and developing potential candidates for product roles
  • Experience managing resources
  • Critical thinking skills and an entrepreneurial spirit
  • Proactive, persistent, and flexible
  • Operates independently and reacts quickly
  • Acts with empathy and curiosity
  • Listens and seeks to understand

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Easy commute off of I-88 | Walking distance to variety of cuisine options | LA Fitness in the complex (where you get a major discount) | ample parking

An Insider's view of KeHE Distributors

What’s the vibe like in the office?

KeHE is the perfect blend of hard work and diverse culture while maintaining a vibe that is fun and collaborative. It's not just a group of professionals paid to do the work, but instead everyone is part of a team working towards a common goal.

Moe Khan

Sr. Software Automation Engineer

How do you collaborate with other teams in the company?

As the Manager of UI/UX Design, we work alongside & collaborate daily with engineers, product managers, and KeHE stakeholders to advocate UX & consistency across applications. The most exciting part about working for KeHE, besides the great people, is innovation - leading us to deliver high quality digital solutions transforming the food industry.

Ashley Plumb

User Experience Manager

What are some things you learned at the company?

Engineering isn't just about writing code. Understanding the needs of our users and translating those needs into a better product is a huge part of our day-to-day. Writing clean, performant code is fun and exciting, but if we don't deliver a functional product to our users at the end of the day, none of that matters.


Lead Engineer

What are some social events your company does?

This year, the IT department at KeHE held their inaugural hackathon. It gave us the opportunity to collaborate and strengthen friendships in the spirit of friendly competition, as well as work with new and emerging technology. I cannot wait to see what is in store for next year’s hackathon!

Anthony Gacek

Software Engineer

What are KeHE Distributors Perks + Benefits

KeHE Distributors Benefits Overview

We are proud of our comprehensive benefits package - one that protects our employees and their families. Some benefits are provided automatically at no cost. Other benefits are available by choice. The benefits we offer are an important part of our total rewards which includes pay, benefits, and long-term career growth. Unique to being an employee-owned company, our team members are eligible to receive shares in the company through our Employee Stock Ownership Plan. For our tech teams, remote work will continue to be an option.

Volunteer in local community
Partners with Nonprofits
Friends outside of work
Eat lunch together
Intracompany committees
Daily sync
Open door policy
Team owned deliverables
Team based strategic planning
Group brainstorming sessions
Pair programming
Open office floor plan
Dedicated Diversity/Inclusion Staff
Diversity manifesto
Diversity Employee Resource Groups
Hiring Practices that Promote Diversity
Health Insurance & Wellness Benefits
Flexible Spending Account (FSA)
Disability Insurance
-Company-paid STD policy at 60% of weekly earnings -Company-paid LTD at 50% of weekly earnings
Dental Benefits
Vision Benefits
Health Insurance Benefits
3 Medical Options: - BCBS Health Care Plan (Full FSA allowed) - BCBS Health Savings Plan (Limited FSA & HSA allowed) - BCBS Value Plan (Limited FSA & HSA allowed Company pays majority of premium
Life Insurance
Company-paid policy 1.5 x annualized salary.
Wellness Programs
-Virgin Pulse (Opportunity to earn up to $300 incentive yearly. -Marketplace Care Partners -EAP through ComPsych -Free biometric screenings
Mental Health Benefits
-Marketplace Care Partners -EAP through ComPsych
Retirement & Stock Options Benefits
Company Equity
What is an ESOP? An ESOP is a retirement plan known as an “employee stock ownership” plan. Under this type of Plan, the Company makes contributions into employees’ accounts.
Performance Bonus
Match charitable contributions
KeHE may match charitable contributions for our "KeHE Cares" partners for special circumstances.
Child Care & Parental Leave Benefits
Child Care Benefits
Through KeHE's Flexible Spending Account option, employees can set aside pre-tax dollars towards child care expenses.
Flexible Work Schedule
For corporate and sales, we offer in-office flex, hybrid, and 100% remote opportunities that are position-specific.
Remote Work Program
A select number of positions in corporate and sales offer the ability to work 100% remote.
Family Medical Leave
In addition to FMLA, KeHE offers an additional 12 weeks of medical leave (unpaid) with supporting medical documentation.
Company sponsored family events
Vacation & Time Off Benefits
Paid Holidays
Paid Sick Days
Perks & Discounts
Casual Dress
Company Outings
Fitness Subsidies
Gym discounts nationwide.
Home Office Stipend for Remote Employees
Monthly earnings of $20-60/mo. for remote positions meant to subsidize cell phone and/or internet coverage.
Professional Development Benefits
Job Training & Conferences
Tuition Reimbursement
We offer $2500 annually for continuing education.
Diversity Program
Lunch and learns
Cross functional training encouraged
Promote from within
Mentorship program
Time allotted for learning
Online course subscriptions available

Additional Perks + Benefits

Employee Stock Ownership Plan (ESOP)
In addition to the 401(k) Retirement Savings Plan, KeHE also provides you with the opportunity to share in the company’s financial success through an Employee Stock Ownership Plan. KeHE will make contributions on your
behalf to the ESOP. You do not contribute any of your own money.

ESOP Highlights:
• The plan provides eligible employees an opportunity to share in the profitability and growth of KeHE and to earn additional income for retirement.
• The plan provides a stake in the company’s success.
• The ESOP is not directly affected by the ups and downs of the stock market.
• What we do each day and how the company performs directly impacts the ESOP.

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