Director of Software Product Management
Affinnova - Waltham, MA

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"Director of Software Product Management"
Waltham, MA

ABOUT AFFINNOVA

Affinnova is a high growth company with an award winning 1.0 web-based service application for mid-size to global enterprise businesses
We use an Agile in product development approach with a world-class, on site development team
We are a lean organization which enables open access to senior leadership, greater influence and control of your initiatives, and a fertile learning environment

PRODUCT MANAGER RESPONSIBILITIES
The Director of Software Product Management is a key leadership role for Affinnova. This person will have overall responsibility for the product management and usability of Affinnova’s disruptive SaaS application. Through personal contributions and team leadership, the Director has three core responsibilities: assessing product opportunities, defining the products to be built, and providing development and launch support.

Assess product opportunities

Build and leverage a network of users and stakeholders to identify and evaluate opportunities for new features and product improvements
Assess these opportunities for their return on investment, make management recommendations, and prioritize the initiatives in the product road map
Lead the design and implementation of a senior client advisory panel that can provide high-level input to long-term product development

Define prioritized product initiatives

Establish key features and functionality for new initiatives through product requirement summaries
Guide the user experience design and oversee its validation
Inclusively develop product specs and prototypes / mockups that clearly and concisely define the product to be built
Define the release criteria and coordinate release planning with engineering project management

Development and launch Support

Provide ongoing development team support throughout coding and QA testing phases
Coordinate piloting / beta testing of initiatives then evaluate outcomes and user experience to optimize the product, positioning, and training for launch
Generate the relevant content for the training, marketing, and support teams need pre-launch
Present and demonstrate your new products to the company and its top clients
Collect, evaluate and report post-launch analytics and feedback to senior leadership

CANDIDATE PROFILE
We are seeking a smart and experienced product manager with a passion for good products and a solid track record for creating them in high-growth, dynamic environments. A great candidate will have outstanding customer and user empathy, exude and generate confidence, have a positive attitude, and not be afraid to do whatever it takes to ensure their product’s success. You will be the CEO of your products and enjoy a high degree of access to company leadership and visibility with the rest of the company.

REQUIRED SKILLS

Leadership- You will be the senior-most product management executive and as such will be relied upon for visionary leadership of our transformative SaaS product as well as the functional leadership of the product management and UX team.
Creative Problem Solving- Top candidates will need to find solutions to unprecedented problems, which will require the right balance of technical competence, innovation, and critical thinking.
Focus and Discipline- A top candidate will have demonstrated the ability to keep the focus on the key problems to be solved in order to accelerate the launch of simpler products that generate greater value.
Communication Skills- You will need to effectively influence the product team and senior executives on a regular basis while also building a valuable network of users and stakeholders, which requires outstanding writing, speaking, and interpersonal skills.
Business Skills- As the team leader, you will be the primary interface with the rest of the company. As such, you will need to work with company finance staff, marketing people, sales, and executive management using their business concepts and language.
Time Management Skills- Top candidates can quickly distinguish the important from the urgent and to prioritize and plan time appropriately.

DESIRED EXPERIENCE & QUALIFICATIONS

6-10 years experience product management with a track record of successful product launches and the application of key learning from missteps or failures
Significant experience in Agile development environments and SaaS product software
MBA is preferred but does not trump track record

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