Technical Program Manager

| Chicago, IL, USA | Hybrid
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NinjaTrader is an investor-backed, growth-stage fintech company with an award-winning platform and over 1.5 million users. We are building products and services that empower active traders to easily analyze and react to data from the world's leading financial markets. Located in Chicago, our unique employee-centric company culture is one that our team finds inviting, comfortable and fun. Please visit www.ninjatrader.com to learn more about our business.

About You:
As a Technical Program Manager at NinjaTrader, you will drive the development of high-quality, scalable technology and diverse products throughout the organization. Reporting to the Head of Product Management, you will oversee all stages of the product development lifecycle and collaborate closely with engineering and product development teams. With expertise in backend and middleware technologies, particularly within cloud environments like Google Cloud Platform or equivalent. Your technical proficiency and program management experience will ensure the successful execution and delivery of projects. With strong leadership skills and experience you will act as a vital communications link between technical and non-technical colleagues, fostering cross-collaboration and mutual understanding between Product Management, Product Development, and other departments. You excel in prioritization, organization, tracking, and risk management, providing detailed updates and effectively clarifying project scope.

In this role, you will:
•    Drive cross-functional alignment among engineering, product management, and stakeholders to ensure project milestones are achieved.
•    Implement and support standardized agile processes, leveraging scrum and agile best practices.
•    Develop, measure, and enhance agile metrics to drive continuous improvement within the team.
•    Lead agile rituals including backlog grooming, sprint planning, and blameless retrospectives to optimize team efficiency.
•    Contribute innovative ideas for product development initiatives.
•    Assist in roadmap creation and planning processes to align with strategic goals.
•    Employ Agile methodologies to plan and oversee all product stages in collaboration with product development teams.
•    Deliver comprehensive status reports on development progress to key stakeholders.
•    Ensure timely releases and integrations while diagnosing, triaging, and resolving technical issues.
•    Evaluate technology and product performance metrics, proposing and facilitating improvements as needed.
•    Collaborate with cross-functional teams to define project goals, scope, and deliverables for backend middleware systems.
•    Manage the end-to-end project lifecycle, from planning and execution to monitoring and reporting project progress.
•    Coordinate with development teams to design and implement robust backend solutions aligned with business objectives.

Key Position Requirements:
•    Bachelor’s degree in computer science, Engineering, or related technical field (or equivalent practical experience).
•    Demonstrated ability to manage multiple priorities effectively in a fast-paced environment.
•    3-5 years of technical program management experience within an Agile environment.
•    Previous experience working as a Software Engineer, understanding full SDLC.
•    Proven track record of delivering scalable solutions on schedule.
•    Successful history of leading multiple teams toward shared objectives.
•    Proficiency in evaluating product performance metrics and resolving issues.
•    Enthusiasm for staying abreast of advancements in technical product development.
•    Strong understanding of cloud platforms, preferably Google Cloud Platform, and associated services (e.g., Google Kubernetes Engine).
•    Experience with Agile methodologies and project management tools.
•    Excellent communication and interpersonal skills, with the ability to collaborate effectively with developers, product managers, business owners, and senior leaders.
•    Problem-solving mindset and ability to navigate complex technical challenges.

Bonus Points:
•    Familiarity with DevOps practices and continuous integration/continuous deployment (CI/CD) pipelines is a plus.
•    Scrum or Agile certifications.

Our Core Benefits Include:

  • 15 days PTO per year
  • 7 paid holidays annually
  • 401k with Company Match
  • Health, Vision, Dental Coverage
  • Life and Disability Insurance covered 100% by NinjaTrader
  • And more!


We are committed to equal employment opportunity regardless of race, color, ancestry, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, age, citizenship, marital status, disability, gender, gender identity or expression, or veteran status. We are proud to be an equal opportunity workplace.

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An Insider's view of NinjaTrader

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How does your team reward individual success?

We have a "Rep of the Month" award for individual team members to be recognized for their hard work (and that comes with a nice monetary bonus!) There's zero ambiguity if you're doing a good job. Our team leads hype us up and thank us every day for a job well done. We feel appreciated and everyone's contributions are valued.
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How do you make yourself accessible to the rest of the team?

Much of my own development within the organization has been aided by how easily accessible our leadership team has always been. I try to model my own actions around those same principles by making sure that not only do I always have an open door but that I always make time, even if I am busy, to meet with the team when they need me.
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Wade

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What are some social events your company does?

Each week, we have a different themed event that allows us to share our interests with our coworkers. We’ve done pasta making, trivia night, board game night and so much more. It's a great way to connect with coworkers that you do not regularly interact with during work and provide space and time to get to know people outside of working hours.
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What are NinjaTrader Perks + Benefits

NinjaTrader Benefits Overview

Comprehensive benefits package (medical, dental, vision, life and disability insurance)
401k with Company Match
15 days paid time off per year
7 paid holidays annually
Fitness Center Membership
Ongoing training
Hybrid work environment
Office Space in the heart of downtown Chicago

Culture
Volunteer in local community
Open door policy
OKR operational model
Open office floor plan
Health Insurance + Wellness
Flexible Spending Account (FSA)
Disability insurance
Dental insurance
Vision insurance
Health insurance
Life insurance
Mental health benefits
Financial & Retirement
401(K) matching
Performance bonus
Child Care & Parental Leave
Family medical leave
NinjaTrader offers up to 12 weeks of unpaid, job-protected leave per year, as well as maintained health benefits, for any employee eligible under the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA).
Vacation + Time Off
Generous PTO
Paid volunteer time
Paid holidays
Paid sick days
Office Perks
Commuter benefits
Company-sponsored outings
Company-sponsored happy hours
Fitness stipend
Onsite gym
Professional Development
Lunch and learns
Promote from within
Paid industry certifications

Additional Perks + Benefits

NinjaTrader is dedicated to helping our team members grow, both in their professional and personal lives. Our team is social, collaborative and development-focused. Our office perks are similarly designed to foster a sense of community, support and appreciation for our incredible team.

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