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Agile Product Manager

Date:  May 9, 2022
Location: 

Remote, MA, US, Remote

Onsite or Remote:  Remote
Company Name:  GOBI

EBSCO Information Services (EIS) provides a complete and optimized research solution comprised of e-journals, e-books, and research databases - all combined with the most powerful discovery service to support the information needs and maximize the research experience of our end-users. Headquartered in Ipswich, MA, EIS employs more than 2,700 people worldwide, most now working hybrid or remotely. We are the leader in our field due to our cutting-edge technology, forward-thinking philosophy, and outstanding team. EIS is a company that will motivate you, inspire you, and allow you to grow. Our mission is to transform lives by providing relevant and reliable information when, where, and how people need it. We are looking for bright and creative individuals whose unique differences will allow us to achieve this inclusive mission around the world.

 

 

The Agile Product Manager (APM) is an expert on a subset of EIS software products or services that make up the EBSCO Books Portfolio and understands how those products fit into the overarching product strategy. 

 

They are responsible for the effective translation of business objectives into clearly defined product capabilities and features and will serve as the point person for those features as they are implemented and released. They will partner with stakeholders across Sales, Marketing and Customer Service to refine requirements, support product positioning, launch, and release to market. This position requires leadership and collaboration across the organization to align priorities, gain consensus, and remove impediments with the goal of a continuous flow of valuable enhancements to our products and services.

 

As a member of the Books Program Team, you will be involved in key business initiatives including the design and development of a new ordering platform and user interface for academic librarians world-wide. The APM will utilize a unique blend of business and technical savvy to make the company vision a reality.  You will participate in customer user research and will take an active role in amplifying the voice of your customer and the product line strategy to Agile Product Owners, and development teams. You will work with closely with systems architects and technologists to stay apprised of technology trends and key technologies utilized by the program.

 

Primary Responsibilities

  • As a key member of the Program Team, you will work with multiple agile development teams as part of an agile release train to deliver great products and services to our customers
  • Collaborate with leadership in Product Management, Finance, Sales, Marketing, Technology, Customer Service and other groups on business objectives, priorities, and feature intent
  • Know your product and customer details and contribute a genuine passion and enthusiasm for the product, the customer, and the company mission
  • Work with business initiative (epic) owners to support the vision and business requirements as a set of well written capabilities and features describing the functionality of the software or service, and which have clear acceptance criteria
  • Collaborate with software architects to ensure the necessary technical capabilities are in place on which to build high performing, secure, and extensible software features
  • Maintain an actionable and prioritized agile release train backlog comprised of product capabilities, features, and technical enablers
  • Ensure high quality software releases to our customers that solve key market problems
  • Proactively communicate progress, decisions, impediments, and risks to stakeholders
  • Promote continuous improvement and support agile release train level change initiatives
  • Collaborate with user experience experts and user interface designers to ensure features have supporting documentation and design for an engaging customer experience
  • Work with product management, platform management, technology, and sales leaders to understand the business drivers, product/market intent, and customer expectations and represent those needs to sequence the work to the agile release train

 

Who you are

  • Lead by example and is self-confident but humble
  • Operate with a defined vision and a bias for action
  • A self-directed, rapid learner
  • Not content with the status quo and able to break down barriers to pull the company forward
  • Exhibit passion and excitement regarding your work
  • Tenacious and willing to go the distance to get things done
  • Collaborative by choice and doesn’t make decisions in isolation
  • Passionate about improving the responsiveness and quality of the solutions delivered
  • Adaptable to changing priorities and conditions and copes effectively with ambiguity and complexity
  • Effective written and face-to-face communicator

 

Required Qualifications

  • Two or more years working in a Product Management, Product Owner, or Business Analyst capacity, in a software delivery capacity OR equivalent experience.
  • Two or more years working in lean-agile software development environment
  • BA degree or higher preferred, or equivalent combination of education and experience and training

 

Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience in the use of a variety of business analysis tools and techniques to aid in the breakdown of large chunks of work, elicit requirements, or make decisions
  • Experience in product management and delivery of consumer facing software or services
  • Experience working within a Lean-agile software product development method, such as Scrum, Kanban, or SAFe
  • Experience with software development in AWS
  • An understanding of technical systems at a level sufficient to assist with decision making and sequencing of key technology improvements that are needed to execute dependent features and functionality

 

 

 

COVID VACCINATION REQUIREMENT: As directed by Executive Order 14042: Ensuring Adequate COVID Safety Protocols for Federal Contractors, all current and newly-hired EIS employees in the United States are required to be fully vaccinated by January 18, 2022 or by their date of hire.
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