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Associate Director of Product Management

Request Technology - Craig Johnson

Posted on Feb 14, 2021 by Request Technology - Craig Johnson

Chicago, IL 60601
Immediate Start
Annual Salary

Prestigious Global Firm is currently seeking an Associate Director of Product Management Candidate will be responsible for managing custom-developed product/process automation portfolio in a fast-paced, fluid environment. The individual in this role leads a team of Product Managers who own and drive all facets of the product life cycle from initiation, requirements gathering and prioritization to deployment, product backlog, release management and quality control. Candidate will work closely with the Associate Director of Application Development and other teams to consistently deliver high value, high quality solutions, on time as the business dictates, which satisfy documented requirements from sponsors and stakeholders. Key product lines range from Risk Management to Knowledge Management, HR/Administration and Finance and leverage varying platforms from custom .Net, to SharePoint and other rapid development tools, to hybrid platforms geared to legal or administrative use cases but requiring ample customization.

Candidate will be highly organized, with demonstrated leadership experience in product management following SDLC processes, partnering with Application Development and other IT teams to deliver solutions in an iterative/agile manner for sponsors and stakeholders.


  • Mentors, manages, recruits and retains top IT Product Management talent who continuously deliver high quality results for product sponsors and stakeholders in accordance with strategy and policies.
  • Works with Director of CR/ITPS and CIO to continuously improve upon and provide 'best of breed' Product Management life cycle processes.
  • Documents, maintains and instills best practices for Product Managers including, but not limited to, user stories, business and technical requirements tracking, product backlogs, and release management.
  • Ensures team members adherence to policies, procedures, standards, and guidelines for all product releases, including proper testing, sponsor sign-off and overall quality assurance.
  • Plans product portfolio at macro and micro levels in accordance with IT Strategy (Weekly/Monthly/Annually/3 year outlook, budgeting, and forecasting).
  • Aligns Product Managers to product lines, ensuring quality applications are deployed to production following the SDLC methodology, including Change Management.
  • Works hand in hand with the Associate Director of Development to prioritize work, manage resources and remove roadblocks to ensure timelines are met.
  • Leads by example in conducting and driving communication through daily stand-ups that get all Product Managers and Developers talking and listening to understand current priorities and addressing any obstacles.
  • Maintains team flexibility, responds quickly and adeptly to changing priorities from partnership and Sr. Staff to deliver desired results.
  • Presents to and works with Sr. Staff, Partners and others across practice and business units on high profile initiatives.
  • Works with the business to understand where automation can replace manual work and provide value to the firm.
  • Seeks to understand and clarify priorities; sets expectations on product delivery timing with sponsors based on priorities and available resources.
  • Serves as trusted change agent' to drive product and process improvements directly and through Product Management team based on needs and priorities.
  • Establishes trust and builds relationships within IT and across business teams within the through active listening, responsiveness and effective delivery.
  • Steps in to lead teams to the finish line' on particularly time-sensitive initiatives that may require additional process review and validation before go-live.
  • Exercises keen judgment on when to escalate issues to senior management, based on risk and impact.
  • Listens to proposed new work/changes and knows what applications or areas may be impacted, and pulls others in accordingly.
  • Acts as leader who serves by testing and validating to ensure expected results on high profile, high impact efforts.
  • Teams with the Project Management Office Associate Director to follow the IT Strategy and project management life cycle for the creation of new product lines.


  • Bachelors or Master's degree in a business or information management field such as Information Science, Computer Science, Engineering, Organizational Development, Library Science, Records Management, or Business Administration.
  • Minimum of 10 years blended experience in business analysis, product and/or project management and delivery adhering to SDLC, and leading a high performing team.
  • Experience with agile development methodologies and use of Microsoft VSTS, Azure DevOps.
  • Solid knowledge of practice, financial, marketing, recruiting, risk and security processes preferably within the legal industry.
  • High-level analytical and organizational skills, and the ability to analyze complex information structures involving multiple layers of data and workflows.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills; proficiency in adapting communication language and style to varied audiences.
  • Strong proficiency in Microsoft Excel and other MS Office Suite products.
  • Strong proficiency in Microsoft VSTS, Azure DevOps.
  • Proficiency in JIRA.
  • Experience with SharePoint and/or K2 a plus.
  • Experience with applications across finance, risk, HR in law firm or professional services a plus.

Reference: 1096376105

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