Portfolio Management & Incubation Product Manager

Avanade Raleigh , NC 27611

Posted 2 months ago

The Portfolio Management and Incubation Product Manager is an exciting role for someone who is a systems thinker by nature, loves collaborating across different stakeholders and thrives in an environment of constant learning, imagining, and building the future.

The Product Manager will be responsible for managing Avanade's portfolio of current and future service offerings and assets through an established innovation lifecycle. The Product Manager will also build world-class product management tools and processes that will be leveraged by a network of product managers around the world. You will ensure customer interests are at the center of our product/solution lifecycle and maximize the return on our investments.

You are a tactical business leader, leading key operational activities from definition to development of Avanade's service offerings. You will excel at working across functional teams, architecting processes and solutions that help position Avanade to continue to lead as a provider of Microsoft technology and consulting services.

Key Responsibilities:

Product & Business Planning:

  • Works with 2-3 PODS at a time to evolve, build and package solutions in collaboration with Solution Area leadership and subject matter experts across the business.

  • Creates and operationalizes processes to assess the health of existing product and service offerings, ensuring consistency in how we evaluate and measure the maturity and future potential of our business

  • Identifies and implements tools and methodologies to gather and synthesize feedback from clients, quantitative data, research reports, market trends to inform business plans and define product and service requirements and vision; improves the collection of customer requirements

  • Facilitates workshops and conversations with key stakeholders across Solution Areas to help define priority areas and solutions to evolve, build and package.

  • Stays up to date on relevant products and technologies, influencing portfolio strategy and roadmap to meet market demands and standards

Product & Program Ownership:

  • Works with key stakeholders and Project Managers to create and regularly maintain the product/solution vision, roadmap, and backlog of work through the project's life cycle

  • As part of the Sprint process in PODS, communicates with senior leadership to provide feedback on progress and implementation of product management vision

  • Provides input in the development of sales enablement collateral and marketing materials to support company-wide go-to-market campaigns. Develops strong understanding of the business, and deep Avanade business acumen


  • End-to-end innovation life-cycle experience, from problem identification and idea to solution development and launch

  • Experience working and collaborating as a part of a multi-disciplinary team guiding through soft-influence and enabling team members to make decisions

  • Undergraduate degree required, preferably Experience Design/UX/UI, Business, Marketing, or related degrees; MBAs considered highly valuable

Discipline Knowledge & Skills:
  • Experience working with UX design, development and management teams in an agile environment to build demos / products

  • Strong internal/external stakeholder interaction; includes presenting to and influencing executive decision-makers

  • Experience in conducting primary and secondary research to define market segments, personas, customer journeys and opportunity areas to build solutions that address customer needs and pain points.

  • Experience gathering requirements (from customers, other stakeholders) to build and guide project/product roadmaps, including use of requirements-gathering tools/technologies

  • Demonstrated ability to understand different business models and strategies

  • Experience working with, managing and influencing virtual teams, including off-shore

  • Clear and concise oral and written communication

  • Experience working in a digital/design agency or consulting firm

  • Strong networking skills; can build relationships quickly

  • Customer oriented attitude with great presentation, interpersonal and negotiation skills

Location: Remote working.

We Offer:

  • The Opportunity to join Microsoft's Global Alliance Partner of the Year (17 of the last 20 years)

  • Attractive benefits package

  • Exceptional development and training with paid certifications

  • Avanade University - real-time access to technical and skilled resources globally

  • Dedicated career adviser to encourage your progression

  • Engaged and helpful co-workers

  • Reward and recognition program

Avanade requires all new hires to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 as a condition of employment. Avanade will consider requests for medical or religious accommodation to this vaccination requirement on an individual basis.

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