Product Manager II

Blucora Irving , TX 75061

Posted 2 months ago

Blucora has a bold aspiration: we are committed to giving all people the tools needed to lead healthy financial lives - tools often reserved for the wealthy.

We began our journey by bringing together two industry-leading firms to form a foundation in tax-smart investing that is unreplaceable in the industry. TaxAct is an innovative tax software company that helps more than 4 million Americans prepare their own taxes each year. HD Vest is the first firm in the world to make it possible for tax professionals to support clients' wealth management needs (now over $45B for more than 300,000 Americans).

We now turn to the next leg, developing the technological tools that make our vision of financial health for all a reality. Atypical for the financial services industry, we take a contemporary approach to strategy and product development that is founded in user insights, rapid testing and a singular focus on driving end-user value.

Since charting new territory on a daily basis is part of everyone's job at Blucora, we've attracted team members who thrive on the challenge, encourage each other, and are passionately committed to the goal. If you agree that problem- solving is a team sport, and feel energized by a good debate, deep dive research, or a fun night out with colleagues, we might be the right firm for you!

Position Summary

The Product Manager II is responsible for the complete life cycle product strategy as well as high-quality delivery of new products, enhancements, and releases to market. Defines the product roadmap to meet market requirements in support of product line strategy by considering position in life cycle, product profitability, pricing strategies, client satisfaction, and sales success rate.

Essentials Duties & Responsibilities

Major responsibilities of the position are listed below. To perform the job successfully, the individual must be able to execute each essential duty satisfactorily. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • Owns assigned product(s) and is the Product Owner role within the SCRUM process.

  • Manages product plan by ensuring changes in market, business priorities including integration needs, and technology advancements are reflected.

  • Demonstrates leadership by establishing and articulating a clear vision of success and how goals and objectives will be achieved.

  • Prepares and presents product plans. Identifies risks and challenges, opportunities and growth strategies, business integration needs, and retirement plans.

  • Prepares and presents product roadmap reviews as well as providing product's general strategic direction.

  • Manages project inventory during budget planning process, and prioritizes as necessary to execute against plan throughout the year. Determines release dates.

  • Provides content for product roadmaps, ensures timely delivery, and provides business reasons for any changes/revisions made to roadmaps.

  • Engages and interacts with clients during feedback sessions, focus groups, user groups, and requirements gathering sessions. Practices open and honest communications with stakeholders.

  • Acts as product launch manager when appropriate for new products or rollouts of major releases.

  • Collaborates with senior management to provide content for market messages, and as needed RFPs (request for proposal).

  • Completes business scope documents and defines and documents user personas for individual products.

  • Acts as escalation point for client issues that require product change resolution (does not include standard problem escalation process).

  • Other job duties as defined.

Education & Experience

  • Bachelor's degree in business, computer science, or a related field.

  • 3-5 years of Product Management work experience in a tech company, financial services company, or equivalent experience.

  • Demonstrates strong problem solving, organizational and analytical skills, with the ability to evolve product strategy based on research, data and industry trends.

  • Detail-oriented with a clear ability to work independently under management/time pressure.

  • Knowledge of development processes.

  • Demonstrates excellent verbal and written communication skills.

  • Resourceful, team player, high energy, and flexible. Ability to work in a fast-paced environment.

  • Motivates a cross-functional team, as well as strong negotiation skills.

  • Strong attention to detail and accuracy.

  • Ability to multi-task and quickly shift priorities when needed.

  • Desire to remain current with the latest technologies and best practices.

Comprehensive Benefits

We offer a competitive salary, outstanding benefits package that includes medical, dental, vision, life insurance, paid vacation and sick days, paid holidays, tuition reimbursement, and 401(k) with company match.

Tax Act, Inc is an equal opportunity employer and does not unlawfully discriminate on the basis of race, sex, age, color, religion, national origin, marital status, sexual orientation, veteran status, disability status or any other basis prohibited by federal, state or local law. Tax Act, Inc considers information gathered in the hiring process, including information on this application, confidential, and only shares it on a need-to know basis or as required by law. Please let us know if you need accommodations in order to participate in the application process.

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