Project Manager- Product Owner

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Founded in 2001, Adage is a web design and development firm that combines strategic thinking with a passion for technology to advance our client's purpose. We bring together a diverse team of creative and technical professionals who partner with our clients to create their digital strategy. It’s our people first approach that drives us to win awards, work with prestigious clients, and break ground with exciting technology. Adage has consistently been recognized as one of Chicago’s 101 Best and Brightest Companies to Work For, one of the Best Places to Work in Illinois, and on Crain's Best Places to Work in Chicago.

An Adage Project Owner is a unique hybrid of Project Manager, Product Owner, Account Manager, and Client Advocate. As the Project Owner, you will partner with clients to guide each project's vision and roadmap while managing scope, budget, and expectations to ensure a successful launch. You'll serve as the primary liaison between client stakeholders and your off-shore scrum team, representing needs and priorities so the team can develop and deliver meaningful solutions.  This off-shore team is comprised of front-end and back-end Developers, a Project Manager and a QA Analyst.

You will work with a portfolio of clients spanning a variety of industries, creating digital platforms and applications that allow clients to better serve their customers, audiences, and members.  This includes promoting and managing projects in just some of the things that we excel at, from website and mobile development, delivery of complex e-commerce solutions, integrations, implementation of content management systems, and more.

Our ideal candidate is a skilled project manager who can quickly grasp complex requests and craft creative approaches to digital solutions that exceed our clients’ expectations. Well-versed in big picture thinking and product ownership principles, the candidate possesses an effortless communication style that conveys curiosity, humility and confidence. They will also have experience with working closely with off-shore development teams and proven examples of processes that were developed to increase efficiencies between the client and the offshore team.

What you will be doing:

  • Partner with clients to understand, analyze and prioritize goals and create well-defined user stories with acceptance criteria
  • Collaborate with off-shore and Adage internal team and clients to prioritize the roadmap and champion the features which will provide the most value to all stakeholders
  • Work closely with the off-shore Project Manager and off-shore development leads during off-shore crossover time to ensure that user stories are understood and that each sprint delivers its full potential
  • Manage a portfolio of clients in different stages of project delivery and prioritize user stories based on individual client roadmaps
  • Manage project forecasts and ensure that they are consistently updated
  • Track project budgets, deadlines and general progress towards project completion
  • Monitor threats, risks and opportunities that might affect the success of projects and hold accountability for the overall solution
  • Maintain an open and honest line of communication with clients on project status
  • Stay well-informed about clients’ business initiatives to conceptualize features that achieve their objectives
  • Assist team to develop test plans, user scenarios and test conditions to ensure that the expected results meet functional and user experience requirements
  • Participate in testing for quality assurance and user acceptance
  • Provide digital strategy and leadership to the Adage team and your clients

We want someone who:

  • Has at least 4 years' experience in a Product Owner, Project Manager, or Business Analyst role
  • Has been in a client-facing role at a web/software development or digital marketing organization, or a consulting environment
  • Has experience working with off-shore or remote teams, preferably in different time zones like Indochina Time or India Standard Time
  • Has practiced agile scrum methodology and has experience using Jira to manage backlogs and roadmaps
  • Ability to define requirements, manage schedule and delivery while interfacing with offshore project leadership to resolve any issues
  • Has experience cultivating new work with existing clients, writing detailed statements of work and coordinating estimates of project cost and timeline
  • Can effectively communicate vision to different levels of stakeholders and team members, including through video conference and email
  • Enjoys working with developers and designers to understand and implement technology requirements
  • Is naturally curious and able to explore answers to questions independently and as part of a team
  • Is willing to challenge certain feature sets or ideas in a positive and collaborative manner
  • Has a track record of successful delivery of medium and large-scale software development projects to production, preferably in working with offshore teams

What Adage Offers

Adage has consistently been recognized as one of Chicago's Best and Brightest Companies to Work For, one of the Best Places to Work in Illinois, and on the Crain's list of Best Places to Work in Chicago. We have a people-first approach and support our employees with the things that matter most. You'll enjoy work-life balance with flex schedules, remote work options, and 20+ days of paid time off annually. Adage offers great benefits with 85% employer-paid insurance, profit-sharing bonuses, 401k, and FSA. We have monthly happy hours, quarterly social events, an annual retreat, and a great office environment with a stocked kitchen.

Adage Technologies is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. We are committed to building a team that represents and respects diverse backgrounds, perspectives, and skillsets. All qualified candidates that share Adage's core values are strongly encouraged to apply.

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Our office is along the river between Madison and Monroe. We're conveniently located to the train stations and public transit, steps from West Loop.

An Insider's view of Adage Technologies

What are some social events your company does?

Adage is really good about keeping us connected while working remotely. There are quarterly happy hours and recently the PO team did a boat cruise that ended in drinks along the river. We also get a team budget, and use this on social lunches.

Emma Welch

Project Coordinator

What does your typical day look like?

I come into work every day knowing that I am going to solve multiple problems. Brainstorming different approaches is a challenge but, rewarding at the same time. We are problem-solvers and build solutions in difference spaces ranging from branding, user experience, optimization, technology integration, and more.

Will Moran

Associate Design Director

How does the company support your career growth?

At Adage, we are given the opportunities to explore and implement new trending technologies. This makes a huge difference in our work and helps us continue to grow in our careers. This is part of what makes Adage such a great place to work.

Johnny Chin

System Admin

What's something quirky about your company?

Everyone shares a love for karaoke. After every company event, we always find ourselves headed to the nearest karaoke bar.

Rene Reiter

Marketing Director

What are Adage Technologies Perks + Benefits

Partners with Nonprofits
Friends outside of work
Daily sync
Open door policy
Team owned deliverables
Group brainstorming sessions
Pair programming
Open office floor plan
Diversity manifesto
Hiring Practices that Promote Diversity
Health Insurance & Wellness Benefits
Flexible Spending Account (FSA)
Adage offers Health FSA and Dependent Care FSA so that you can take care of those out-of-pocket costs with pre-tax dollars.
Disability Insurance
We cover 100% of cost for Short Term Disability for all full-time employees, which pays out 60% of your salary up to $1,500 per week
Dental Benefits
Adage uses MetLife dental and pays 90% of the premiums for employees, spouses, and dependents.
Vision Benefits
Health Insurance Benefits
We participate in Blue Cross Blue Shield and offer HMO and PPO plan options. Adage pays 90% of the premiums for employees, spouses, and dependents.
Life Insurance
Adage provides life insurance at no cost to employees, with benefit up to $50,000
Pet Insurance
We understand family extends to the furry members too
Wellness Programs
Onsite Gym
Our in-building gym has machines, free weights, and a studio with on-demand fitness classes.
Mental Health Benefits
Retirement & Stock Options Benefits
Adage offers a 401k plan that you can start contributing to immediately
401(K) Matching
After 1 year of service, Adage makes a 3% match of your compensation package into your 401k
Performance Bonus
Adage provides quarterly profit-sharing bonuses based on company and team performance
Child Care & Parental Leave Benefits
Child Care Benefits
Adage offers Dependent Care FSA so that you can pay for those out-of-pocket costs with pre-tax dollars.
Generous Parental Leave
We provide paid leave for all new parents. Bonding leave is for new parents and covers up to 2 weeks fully paid. Maternity leave is for birth moms and covers up to 6 weeks fully paid
Flexible Work Schedule
We offer flexible schedules outside of core hours (10am-4pm)
Remote Work Program
Family Medical Leave
Vacation & Time Off Benefits
Generous PTO
Adage offers 20 days of PTO per year that covers vacation, sick and personal time. At 3 years that goes up to 23 days and at 5 years you accrue 25 days annually to use however you want.
Paid Holidays
We observe 8 paid holidays each year and include 1 additional floating holiday to use on any other holiday, including your birthday
Paid Sick Days
Perks & Discounts
Casual Dress
Some people like to wear dress shirts, some people like to wear jeans and sneakers
Commuter Benefits
Adage offers pre-tax commuter benefits for CTA and Metra
Company Outings
At Adage we "Enjoy the Journey" as much as possible, with quarterly outings, holiday parties and an annual employee retreat, APEX.
Stocked Kitchen
We've got the snacks and drinks to keep you going throughout the day. We're stocked with soda, LaCroix, a coffee machine that makes lattes and espressos, and a smorgasbord of brain food and treats.
Some Meals Provided
Between Lunch & Learns, Quarterly Update Presentations, Project Celebrations, holidays and employee appreciation events
Happy Hours
Adage hosts monthly Happy Hours so our employees have the chance to kick back and get to know one another outside of teams
Recreational Clubs
Professional Development Benefits
Job Training & Conferences
Lunch and learns
Promote from within
Mentorship program
Online course subscriptions available
Paid industry certifications
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