Principal Product Manager, Coop Brand Technology

Posted Date: Nov-12-2021

Job ID: 22299

Job Type: Full Time

Job Function: Information Technology

City: Seattle

State: Washington

Store: Seattle HQ

Remote Eligible: Yes

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What's cool about this job

The Principal Product Manager Co-Op Brands Technology leads the vision and creation of the Co-op Brands technology roadmap in support of product creation functions including design, development, testing, quality, supply and sourcing operations.  This role will own the strategy and business processes for specific Co-op Brands’ systems and all related technology and tools, supporting softgoods, footwear, and engineered hardgoods.

A deep and end-to-end understanding of, and hands-on experience in the product design and development process or supply planning and sourcing is critical to the success of this role.  The Principal Product Manager Co-Op Brands Technology must develop a thorough understanding of all aspects of the product creation or supply process, and the future strategic direction of this function to create and maintain flexible tools that keep pace with a rapidly changing and growing business.

The Principal Product Manager Co-Op Brands Technology will leverage internal and external analysis to drive decisions around the development and vision of the customer-focused technology strategy to support Co-op Brands business and growth strategy.  This role will collaborate with enterprise and domain architects, IT project managers, and business stakeholders to deliver a suite of technology that works seamlessly with Co-op Brands’ tools supported by other Co-op Brands Technology Product Managers.  This role reports to the Manager, Product Management Co-op Brands Technology which is responsible for all technology supporting Co-op Brands.
  • Partner with the Manager, Product Management Co-op Brands Technology and Co-op Brands’ functional leadership to understand holistic mid to long-term business strategy.  Lead the creation of effective, high-quality product creation focused technology roadmap to support this strategy 
  • Lead a technology product team to connect strategy with business capabilities and outcomes, solving complex problems 
  • Represent the customer and engage with the business to ensure that business needs, viewpoints and objectives are translated into opportunity assessments
  • Consistently advocate effectively for the customer's point of view during technology product ideation with cross-functional teams. Recognized as the team's expert on the user and their needs
  • Develop detailed, crisp business requirements and user stories that can be used to create technology product specifications and architecture
  • Partner with the Manager, Product Management, Co-op Brands Technology, IT teams, and business representatives to select and deliver new technology which meets current and future business needs
  • Identify areas of intersection with non-Co-op Brands business processes, and align with other Co-Op Brands Technology Product Managers to drive towards common goals
  • Work closely with engineering and project management to deliver products on-time
  • Proactively identify and resolve issues that may impede the team’s ability to meet goals
  • Manage prioritization and trade-offs, including the opportunity backlog (a prioritized list of problems that we can solve for our internal customers in order to provide value)
  • Work with the Manager, Product Management, Co-op Brands Technology to ensure that opportunities are equitably prioritized and assigned for discovery by our IT teams.  Work with stakeholders to quantify and articulate the value of these opportunities.  Articulate prioritization decisions to stakeholders

Bring your passion and expertise

  • 7+ years or equivalent experience managing medium to large projects with both a business and a technology focus.
  • 5+ years working in softgoods footwear, or engineered hardgoods industry
  • Technical fluency and ability to clearly communicate user and business benefits for various technologies; ability to succinctly and clearly communicate technology concepts, trade-offs and new opportunities
  • Demonstrated competency with new and emerging technologies
  • Proven track record of delivering impactful products to a broad customer base in an agile environment.
  • Experience implementing and maintaining Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) and related applications or supply planning and PO management systems.
  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent training and experience
  • Ability to build a strong customer-centric product vision, and create simple solutions to complex problems with competing priorities
  • Proven track record of taking ownership and building effective cross-functional partnerships with analytics, IT engineering, and business teams to successfully deliver customer experiences
  • Builds capacity of individuals and teams through effective employee development, involvement, communication, and supervision efforts.
  • Uses business knowledge, innovative thinking, and sound judgment in the solution of problems or the pursuit of business opportunities.
  • Considers the ultimate impact of decisions and actions on internal and external customer
  • Challenges the status quo
  • Effectively plans and executes changes

At REI we offer an enviable work environment that Fortune Magazine has recognized on the "100 Best Places to Work" list since the award's inception – 23 years in a row! Sure, we work hard, but it’s balanced with time off to play—a strategy that works for us as we continue to grow and thrive. Want to enjoy a workplace where you can be yourself, be heard and be respected while having a job that challenges you? This is the place.

With more than 160 retail locations (and growing), REI offers unique competitive benefits to its more than 15,000 employees, including healthcare, gear and apparel discounts, free equipment rentals and challenge grants to help employees reach personal outdoor goals, generous retirement plan contributions, public transit subsidy, adoptions assistance, paid sabbaticals, and more.

REI is an Equal Opportunity Employer

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