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Rocket Software, Inc. Senior Director, Product Management in Albany, New York

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Job Description Summary:

The Senior Director of Product Management will establish a product management function within the business unit, drawing on extensive experience, best practices, and a deep understanding of the market for Rocket software. They will be responsible for leading and owning the overall product vision roadmap for the business unit’s portfolio of products and leading the individuals on their team to drive the roadmaps for each product.

Within the business unit, the role of product management will include identifying market opportunities, creating roadmaps, prioritizing features, validating engineering timelines and driving commercial success. Establishing this role, both as a key component of Rocket leadership as well as a functional competency within the business unit, requires a seasoned professional with years of experience product managing technology solutions geared at the enterprise market.

To be successful in this role, this person will operate cross-functionally, engaging actively with their engineering counterparts but also with marketing, sales and GTM strategy leadership. Building alignment around the business unit’s product direction throughout the company will be critical to driving growth in revenues, customer satisfaction and market position. They will also act as a public face of the business unit to analysts, customers and partners, communicating the benefits of the solutions, the roadmap, and Rocket’s core values outside the organization.

The right candidate is a self-motivated individual, who can easily function in a high demand, performance-driven environment. They must be able to balance competing priorities, manage expectations, and both granularly engage with engineering and strategically build long term plans.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities :

  • Understand the functional role of product management and how to build and implement a product management function within an organization

  • Understand customer pains and domain landscape in your product portfolio to be an advocate for addressing those customer and partner needs. This includes anticipating future customer needs.

  • Understand product strengths and weaknesses, and balance feature requests against market opportunities and maintenance requirements

  • Interact with customers and partners to build relationships and gain perspective on how product features are used

  • Frame market segmentation and targeting in order to define market opportunities for the overall product portfolio

  • Build business cases for expanding market presence

  • Oversee and provide direction for the creation and socialization of product-level documents

  • Engage Product Marketing in the process for creating product positioning, value propositions and messaging that resonates with the buying audience

  • Support corporate development activities in identifying new inorganic options and integrating acquisitions

  • Lead competitive and win/loss analysis. Support analyst relations by acting as a spokesperson for the business unit solutions

  • Support enablement efforts for sales and channel partners

  • Serve as a market-facing subject matter expert for your product portfolio

Required Qualifications:

We're looking for an experienced leader who excels in partnering and influencing in a dynamic, fast-paced environment. This individual will oversee integration teams and collaborate with cross-functional teams to ensure all relevant tasks are completed. . Additional personal and professional attributes include:

  • Expertise with product management of B2B applications

  • Excellent written, verbal and presentation skills

  • Ability to partner with cross-functional teams, including R&D, Sales, Business Development/Pricing, and Marketing

  • Plan, execute, and lead successful product releases

  • Strategic thinker, creative problem solver and strong analytical skills

  • Influencing and communicating product offers to customers, prospects, sales, industry analysts and trade press

Required Experience:

  • 15+ years of related product or business experience with data center technologies

  • Experience with project management approaches, including discovery, scoping, planning, and leading project reviews among business partners and stakeholders

  • Experience with a rapidly scaling technology/software business

  • Experience in team/people management or functional leadership roles

Education:

  • Bachelor's or graduate degree in Business, Technology or related field

  • MBA strongly preferred

Travel Requirements: 5-10% , infrequent travel

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Rocket Software Inc. is committed to creating a diverse environment and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, age, or veteran status. Rocket Software Inc. is also committed to compliance with all fair employment practices regarding citizenship and immigration status.

Rocket is committed to working with and providing reasonable accommodation to individuals with physical and mental disabilities. If you need special assistance or an accommodation while seeking employment, please call: 781-577-4321 or send an email to people@rocketsoftware.com. We will make a determination on your request for reasonable accommodation on a case-by-case basis.

If you like wild growth and working with happy, enthusiastic over-achievers, you'll enjoy your career with us!

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