Product Development Manager

Workiva started with an idea:  to make complex collaboration easy.  Wdesk is an all in one platform that simplifies complex collaboration while keeping data in sync, thus reducing risk.  Thousands of organizations, including over 70% of the 500 largest U.S. corporations by total revenue, use Wdesk.

As a Product Development Manager, you can enjoy the perks of a fast paced, high tech organization in gorgeous Scottsdale, AZ.  Our agile environment allows for a flexible environment with an integrated work life.  Product Development Managers serve as leaders of Agile product development teams and resources.  They ensure effective coordination and optimization of behavior over a diverse team.  This role provides technical oversight and guidance while managing the team members to ensure effective team functioning and product development.


What You’ll Do:

People and Team Management:

  • Contributes to building a strong sustainable organization with high levels of employee engagement by selecting and developing talent and rewarding superior performance
  • Provides team members and team leads with mentoring, coaching, feedback, and developmental opportunities to enhance their skills, motivation, and performance
  • Rewards performance in ways that enhance employee engagement, commitment, and satisfaction
  • Demonstrates the assessment capability to identify top talent for recruitment
  • Manages operations staffing, including recruitment, supervision, scheduling, performance management and development
  • Conducts effective performance evaluations
  • Identifies and resolves interpersonal conflicts and resource issues

Fulfillment of Customer Requirements:

  • Provides leadership for the multiple teams to fully understand and resolve issues, concerns, and problems across several technical areas that result in delivering high-quality products
  • Identifies and clearly articulates customer needs and requirements and ensures that that product meets those needs and also serves the larger business needs of the company
  • Provides management oversight regarding the implementation of customer needs and requirements
  • Recognizes the implications of work being done for addressing the needs and concerns of the larger customer base of Workiva and growing the business

Technical Oversight:

  • Provides leadership for multiple development teams with various technical aspects in generating innovative solutions
  • Leads multiple teams and team members to explore new approaches that will provide optimal solutions to identified issues
  • Takes initiative to share best practices and takes a leadership role in designing and architecting solutions that go beyond what’s been done or imagined previously in the development life cycle
  • Ensures that team production meets customer needs and requirements while maintaining high-quality standards
  • Ensures that software product design can be leveraged to meet a broad range of customer needs and requirements
  • Willing to take risks to explore new directions, and to persuade others of the merits of a proposed solution; engages others in supporting efforts

Product Development Area Collaboration:

  • Facilitates communication and cooperation across a group of teams
  • Provides oversight of forecasts, team deliverables, and timelines
  • Ensures quality of finished product
  • Confirms accurate estimates of level of effort and breaks down tasks and subtasks
  • Manages dependencies between teams in forecasting and planning
  • Knows teams’ capabilities and the scope and level of anticipated effort to produce intended results

Stakeholder Relationship Management:

  • Manages relationships across multiple teams to ensure that best practice standards are being utilized in their respective areas
  • Serves as subject matter expert in relation to various areas of software development and service support
  • Coordinates work across teams to ensure that best practice software development and quality testing standards are being incorporated
  • Collaborates across teams to ensure that customer requirements are fully met

What You’ll Need:

  • Senior level software engineering experience, experience in automated testing and process improvement.
  • 5+ Years of experience Managing a Software Development Team
  • Excellent Communication Skills that demonstrate critical thinking, problem-solving, and conflict resolution
  • Experience working in an agile development environment
  • Experience as a leader within a technical organization; this can include technical leadership, people leadership, and project leadership
  • An acute focus on people development, job mastery, and continuous learning
  • Travel is typically 25%
  • Ability to be flexible and embrace an evolving organization

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