CenturyLink Senior Product Manager in Minneapolis, Minnesota

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.

Job Summary

The Sr. Product Manager will be responsible for developing proposals for customer engagements while helping to drive growth of the Professional and Custom Managed Services portfolio globally. The role will primarily support Large/Global Enterprises and Government customers. The candidate will be responsible for achieving yearly revenue and profitability targets through timely and effective support of customer engagements and development of new solution areas, as applicable. This position is accountable for a variety of functions that require exceptional leadership, communication, and decision-making skills.

Job Description

  • Supports all aspects of the product marketing plan, including pricing, customer targeting, product positioning, and channel policies/programs.

  • Develops vision and market strategy across products. Identify market direction, what’s important to customers, where technology and features are evolving and where the company can effectively compete.

  • Manages product financial results and variances monthly, quarterly, and annually to ensure product profitability is maximized.

  • Partners with sales teams on specific customer engagements and evaluates customer requirements by collaborating with engineering and cross functional delivery teams to convert customer requirements into a custom quote/proposal.

  • Responsible for project-specific vendor management on a global basis including sourcing, pricing, and daily ‘deal-by-deal’ negotiations by partnering with Procurement.

  • Develops Statement of Work(s) to be used in customer proposals and contracts. Acts as SME and decision-maker in customer negotiations for all customer contract modifications. Negotiates business terms and conditions of customer contracts.

  • Provides leadership and direction to a wide range of cross functional teams to ensure projects are delivered according to customer expectations.

  • Contributes ideas and recommendations toward product, process, and system improvements to maximize profitability.

  • Supports the planning, execution, and go-to-market activities by closely working with operations and channel marketing teams.


  • Bachelor’s degree and 6+ year’s related experience.

  • Drives creativity and productivity by displaying a positive, “can do” attitude.

  • Excellent organizational skills to juggle and prioritize many tasks without losing sight of what’s most important.

  • Self-motivated and self-managed.

  • Established a proven track record demonstrating ability to develop and maintain strong working relationships with internal and external customers.

  • Technical expertise and knowledge in data networking.

  • Exhibits a strong sense of urgency, makes fact-based decisions quickly and efficiently.

  • Excellent interpersonal, written, and presentation skills with the ability to successfully communicate to all levels within the organization and execute across multiple cross-organizational teams.

  • Exhibits strong product financial management skills and analytic competence.

  • Demonstrated experience creating product specifications, performing competitive analysis, and/or market research.

  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office (Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Project and Visio) applications.

  • Position is located in Broomfield, CO

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Masters degree in Telecommunications.

  • Minimum of 5 years Managed or Professional Services product experience in telecommunications desired.

  • Experience with Vendor Management.


Bachelors or Equivalent

Masters or Equivalent

Alternate Location: US-Arizona-Phoenix; US-Colorado-Broomfield; US-Colorado-Denver; US-Kansas-New Century; US-Minnesota-Minneapolis; US-Missouri-Town And Country; US-New York-Rochester; US-Oklahoma-Tulsa

Requisition # : 199119

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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