CenturyLink LEAD PRODUCT MANAGER in St Louis, Missouri

CenturyLink (NYSE: CTL) at http://www.centurylink.com is a global communications and IT services company focused on connecting its customers to the power of the digital world. CenturyLink offers network and data systems management, big data analytics, managed security services, hosting, cloud, and IT consulting services. The company provides broadband, voice, video, advanced data and managed network services over a robust 265,000-route-mile U.S. fiber network and a 360,000-route-mile international transport network. Visit CenturyLink at http://www.centurylink.com/ for more information.

The Lead Product Manager (Product Owner) will lead in the areas of strategic product planning, software sprint planning, competitive analysis and thought leadership for our initiative to deliver the next generation of cloud storage products, including object storage, virtual block storage, and related technologies. The Senior Product Manager will determine the scope of software, hardware and virtual services that comprise the offering in concert with internal stakeholders. The Lead Product Manager will have responsibility for defining customer requirements, maintaining a prioritized product backlog, helping organize Agile software sprints alongside Engineering, and acting as a product SME to the rest of the organization. The Lead Product Manager will lead cross-functional teams through ideation, business case development and formulation of product requirements, and overall lifecycle management support. The Lead Product Manager ensures the CenturyLink offerings are delivered rapidly to market, and stay current with customer needs, technology advancements, and competitive differentiation. The Lead Product Manager will work closely with development teams from product initiation to delivery and product lifecycle management.

Position Objectives:

  • Overall product line management responsibility for our next generation storage products

  • Support prioritization of requirements across product services in support of key customer personas for the products

  • Research competitors’ products, assesses competitive advantages and determine what product features and functionality will be built or modified

  • Develop strategy that will take the product through entire lifecycle from concept, design, development to market launch.

  • Provide strategic leadership and tactical delivery on software sprints while collaborating with Engineering, support, operations, vendors, partners, and customers.

  • Develop technical collateral such as knowledge base articles, product sheets, white papers, and product announcements.

  • Educate and inform CenturyLink team about upcoming releases and roadmap

  • Independently resolve issues and assist team with overcoming obstacles

Essential duties:

  • Demonstrate an entrepreneurial spirit and interest in creating new services for customers

  • Intake feature requests and maintain a prioritized backlog

  • Organize features into user stories fit for estimation during sprint planning

  • Provide requirements for user stories and act as voice of the customer during software development

  • Build prototype solutions to incubate technologies or demonstrate potential features

  • Support software releases by writing knowledge base articles, blog posts, and whitepapers

  • Serve as single point of contact for the product offering/strategy/roadmap and interface with all Sales, Marketing, Analyst, and Customer stakeholders.

  • Actively seek feedback on the product from customers (internal and external) and use that feedback to inform product decisions

  • Understand and stay current with industry trends, open source technologies, and cloud computing models

  • Engage the community through social media, blog posts, and conferences

Required skills:

  • BS/BA or equivalent required; MS a plus.

  • 8+ years of related data-driven product management or software development/architecture experience.

  • Experience with software defined storage or related technologies is a plus

  • Proven track record of consistently achieving product management success.

  • Excellent communication skills to include: verbal, written and presentation.

  • Entrepreneurial drive.

  • Energy, integrity, and strong work ethic.

Alternate Location: US-Missouri-St Louis

Requisition # : 140724

This job may require successful completion of an online assessment. A brief description of the assessments can be viewed on our website at http://find.centurylink.jobs/testguides/

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