Lead Product Manager – Search Solutions

Location: Rockville, Maryland - Remote
Category: Product
Employment Type: Contract
Job ID: 16407
Date Added: 04/01/2024

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 We are seeking an experienced Product Manager to shepherd our financial industry client's key information discovery platforms into the age of AI. This role will apply cutting-edge technology to transform finacial regulators’ navigation of and interaction with an immense data ecosystem to drive better and faster regulatory decisions. 

Major Purpose: 
The Lead Product Manager owns the vision and strategy, roadmap, and feature definition for Enterprise Search and Person & Org 360 products. Responsibilities include defining the product outcomes and roadmap for AI-enabled product evolution as well as planning and managing products and product features through the product development process. This role manages the product backlogs for a group of information discovery products while prioritizing work and making product-related decisions based on the needs and expectations of users and stakeholders. 
Essential Job Functions: 
Product Portfolio Management 
  • Defines product(s) vision, strategy, and roadmap
  • Develops deep understanding of users’ information discovery needs to identify gaps in product functionality
  • Conducts data analysis and performs experiments to measure product success, understand user needs, and uncover additional value
  • Makes trade-off decisions for multiple products in a product group  
  • Proactively builds partnerships with relevant stakeholders and coordinates with interdependent teams to drive efficiencies 
Product Planning & Prioritization 
  • Leads the product planning process by managing the development of intake and requirements documents
  • Maintains a prioritized backlog based on defined user value, aligning with established product strategy and resource capacity; uses data and analytics to prioritize the product backlog appropriately 
  • Works closely with UI/UX to set the direction for the design of the user experience for information discovery tools
  • Proactively identifies and solves risks and issues uncovered through the planning process, escalating to leadership when necessary
Product Development 
  • Provides UX/UI approval and validation of acceptance criteria for the assigned products 
  • Tracks the development work and proactively drives resolution of escalated issues and bugs
  • Coordinates development, integration, and testing across interdependent product and technical teams
  • Leads large and sometimes highly complex product launches by working with relevant stakeholders to develop and implement launch plans.
  • Identifies, reviews, and resolves issues and blockers that may delay the launch or impede the success of product(s) 
  • Develops product documentation and training materials for users in support of product launches 
  • Tracks and reports on product launch metrics, utilizing feedback to drive improvements and iteration 
  • Works with internal and external teams and users to identify, classify, and resolve user issues 
  • Represents team in product discussions with stakeholders 
Team Development & Continuous Improvement 
  • Provides coaching and guidance to more junior-level product management team members 
  • Works with cross-functional leaders and experts to establish best practices and identify opportunities to improve the product development and delivery process 
Other Responsibilities: 
Additional responsibilities as assigned. 
Education & Experience Requirements: 
Minimum Qualifications 
  • Bachelor’s Degree in Business, Marketing, Engineering, or related field (or equivalent work experience in a related field) 
  • 5 years of experience in product and/or experience management 
  • Experience building data and analytics to inform product strategy and decisions
  • Experience with building full-text Search solutions, such as: Elastic Search, semantic search, and retrieval augmented generation.
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills for a wide variety of audiences
  • Experience working cross-functionally in a large organization 
  • Experience working closely with senior leadership
    • Experience with Agile software development 
Preferred Qualifications 
  • Master’s Degree in Business Administration or similar advanced degree 
  • Experience utilizing AI for information retrieval
  • Experience with internal-facing and enterprise-wide product management
  • Strong financial acumen 
  • Experience building business intelligence solutions and/or data lakes

Working Conditions: 
  • Work performed in an office environment. 
  • Extended hours may be required.