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Head of Product Management Office

Company: Boveda
Location: Minnetonka
Posted on: September 13, 2020

Job Description:

Medical, dental, vision, STD/LTD and life insurance, 401(k) plan w/ company match, PTO, paid holidays, $75 monthly cell allowance

Job Summary: The Head of the Product Management Office drives the coordination, management, and execution of all product initiatives for the organization. This is a senior executive role reporting to the CEO. This role oversees both product/feature development and product/feature releases to ensure that we develop, deploy, and manage the lifecycle of winning products. This is a true "linchpin" role acting as the product management heartbeat of the entire organization.

As the head of the Product Management Office, you are a central hub within our company for information about our products, markets, applications, competitors, customers, prospects, key industry analysts, and other stakeholders. You will need to continually gather and analyze data and business intelligence from all of these sources (as well as your internal sources like sales and customer service) ' and use this data to inform the evolution of your product roadmaps. A key factor in the success of your job is how well you communicate and explain the why of product choices to all stakeholders.

This role is NOT accountable for Product Strategy, Product Engineering, or Product Marketing. Rather, it is a support, prioritization, and coordination role for these and other organizational functions. For example, the Product Management Office does not set the long-range product strategy. Instead, it assists the Product Strategy function in the identification of the optimal product strategy and it translates that strategy into short-range priorities and requirements for the Product Engineering and Manufacturing teams to build. Similarly, this role is not accountable for Product Marketing but works with Product Marketing as well as Sales, Operations, Finance, and other functions to ensure that our products have the right message, training, pricing, promotion, and coordinated release to be successful.

Mindset and Approach

Given that you will need to interact with a broad range of stakeholders and departments to ensure success, and that you will need to translate the input and data you gather to build a case for the decisions you present in your roadmap, having the right mindset and approach is critical. The ideal candidate will thrive at:

Being fully transparent about your prioritization and roadmap process and being able to say "no" as needed, but explaining why in terms that stakeholders understand

Being a ruthless prioritizer while balancing the needs of customers and stakeholders

Being able to lead mostly through influence and process

Bringing evidence-based decision-making to your communications

Building a culture of accountability by leadership and example

Job Duties and Responsibilities

Bring new products to market by analyzing proposed product requirements and product development programs, preparing ROI analysis, and establishing timelines with engineering and manufacturing.

Astutely make and communicate all short-range product roadmap prioritization decisions

Publish, maintain, and educate all stakeholders on the current product roadmap and product roadmap process

Ensure smooth communication and project coordination, both upstream and downstream, among multiple departments involved or impacted by product development

Manage a small team that may include product managers, product owners, analysts, and others within the Product Management Office

Set up and monitor appropriate product performance targets supporting the broader leadership team and ensure alignment with overall strategic priorities

Develop, maintain, and communicate the product lifecycle model for all products from inception through end-of-life by working cross-functionally, and in partnership with, other departments. (Product strategy, design, prototype engineering, testing, forecasting, cost, manufacturing, marketing, support, etc.)

Support the Head of Product Strategy in the constant evolution of the strategic product direction of the organization

Introduce new products in partnership with sales, marketing, engineering, and R&D.

Support the heads of Sales, Marketing, Finance, and Strategy to set pricing to meet revenue and profitability goals

Brief and train the sales force at quarterly sales meetings

Brief press and analysts and go on press tours

Required Education, Skills, and Experience:

Bachelor's degree (Master's degree/MBA is preferred)

7+ years of experience in a senior executive leadership role, preferably as a Product Manager or Product Marketing Manager or equivalent for B2B and B2C products

Demonstrated Servant Leadership and team development

Demonstrated success defining and launching excellent products

UX experience with a creative approach to connecting customer feedback with product development and management

Data-driven, strategic, and analytical approach to product management

Extensive experience in product development, product marketing, product strategy sales, services, customer relations, and strategic planning

Proven success establishing strong relationships and working across all functions within an organization

Strong decision-making and problem-solving skills

Proven experience in enabling a fast-growing organization with the information and insights needed to execute effectively and efficiently

Excellence in enabling data analysis and performance/operation metrics monitoring for all stakeholders

Proven ability to influence cross-functional teams without formal authority

ABOUT BOVEDA

Before Boveda, it was difficult, if not impossible to control humidity for moisture-sensitive products like cigars, cannabis, and wooden instruments. So Boveda invented that control. Boveda started with a frustrated cigar lover whose job was to keep his cigars properly humidified. That job was labor-intensive and it didn't always work. It was the '90s and he was limited to distilled water and sponges, distilled water and shot glasses, or foam and chemicals. (Some people still use those one-way humidifying methods. We don't know why. But that's another story.)

The difficulty of accomplishing this task led to the creation of Boveda (then Humidipak) which is a two-way humidity control in a ready-to-use packet. Boveda's semipermeable membrane contains all-natural salts and purified water to keep moisture-sensitive products safe. Since 1997, we have been the global leader in two-way humidity control.

You don't find a work culture like ours every day. We have an awesome office vibe that welcomes creative, innovative , and talented minds who enjoy being part of our passionate team. We truly value each of our team member's hard work and skills. This is why we offer competitive compensation , exceptional benefits , and a fun, creative environment .

ARE YOU READY TO JOIN OUR TEAM?

We understand your time is valuable and that is why we have a very quick and easy application process. If you feel that you would be right for this Head of Product Management Office position, please fill out our initial 3-minute, mobile-friendly application so that we can review your information. We look forward to meeting you!

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