Platform Product Manager


The Platform Product Manager is responsible for the product life cycle. They must deal effectively with both technical staff and business professionals. The successful aspects of this role will be to effectively coordinate the design, development and roll out of the client's platform and integration with our technology partners.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities
Collaborates with the key team in the Crop Nutrient and Crop Protection business units along with our Owners to define and document the business and functional requirements.
Coordinates the desired outcomes of the teams through development efforts of the internal and external technology teams.
Manages the planning process for development and roll out of the client's platform.
Builds, manages and monitors the development project plan.
Performs project management duties to deliver projects on time and on budget.
Manages project scope, acceptance, installation and deployment of the client's platform.
Communicates the project status regularly with internal and external resources.
Leads development of use cases and performing unit and systems testing.
Evaluates and prioritizes proposed process and system improvement projects for the client's platform.
Maintains confidentiality with regard to the information being processed, stored or accessed.
Provides training and support as needed for the environment.
Documents programming problems and resolutions for future reference.
Other duties that may be assigned.
Supervisory Responsibilities: This position has no supervisory responsibilities.
Competencies: :
Proficient organizational, analysis and project management skills and abilities; Maintains confidentiality and works with integrity; Supports organizational goals; Possesses strong written and oral communication abilities and interpersonal skills; Follows instruction, meets deadlines; Possesses willingness to work long hours if needed to meet deadlines and achieve goals; Copes positively in stressful circumstances; Maintains most current knowledge of project management methodologies, application development methodologies and computer system technologies.
Qualifications:
Education and/or Experience -Bachelor's Degree; or, specialized education/training; or three years' experience in a business analyst position; or an equivalent combination of education, training and experience.
Technical Skills - Project management, technical writing skills and good communication skills are essential for this position.
Language Skills - This position requires the ability to read, analyze, and interpret business reports, documents, data, and technical procedures. The ability to write technical reports, business correspondence, and procedure instructions is also needed. The ability to clearly and effectively present information and business needs, and respond to questions from groups of managers, the IT team, coworkers, system users, and other applicable groups is also required.
Reasoning Ability - Ability to interpret and apply common sense understanding to carry out procedures and instructions furnished in written, oral, or diagram form. Ability to define and solve problems, collect data, establish facts, and draw valid conclusions. Exhibits sound and accurate judgment.
Computer Skills - Knowledge and experience with Internet software, inventory software, ERP system software, Microsoft Outlook, PowerPoint, Word, Excel and Project. Precision Ag software experience would be a plus.
Certificates, Licenses, Registrations - Current Driver's License, driving record must meet company/insurance guidelines.
Other Skills, Abilities and Qualifications - Must be able to perform limited travel to include overnight stay.
Physical Demands:
While performing the duties of this Job, the employee is regularly required to sit for long periods of time, at a desk; use hands or fingers to reach or handle, and to talk or hear. The employee is frequently required to stand and walk. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 35 pounds. All vision abilities are required to encompass close-up work. On occasion, must be able to tolerate and endure long working hours and maintain alertness to meet deadlines.
Work Environment:
Normal office environment with a noise level that is usually quiet to moderate.
More Information About the Job
What's exciting about this opportunity? Our Client's "Big Data" program developed to assist tracking inventory and use the information to help us all make better decisions. This will help our owners be more capable and competitive. 1. Platform is not like any in the market, unique and first to market for agriculture candidate must like creating something brand new (software building world) 2. Helping, coordinate and build out platform while integrating technology companies together .working with industry leaders in this space, tying it all together rather than building all pieces.
How would you describe the team and culture? We are a cooperative and our mission is to help our owners (locally owned agriculture retailers) keep agriculture locally owned and helping support them to make them more competitive and capable.
What kinds of people succeed in your organization? Entrepreneurial minded employee willing to do what needs to get done. Looking for a professional in all things. Employees will not micro-managed. Employees will be held accountable for goals and tasks. Our company values include accountability, collaboration and responsiveness. If these match the candidates values, it will be a good professional match.
What are the top 3-4 things the person in this position will be challenged with in the first 60-90 days? 1. Learn the culture and agricultural space (if unknown to them)2. Understand the platform that we are building and strategy3. Learn and get to know tech partners and get arms around project.
12 months from now, what would the person in this position have accomplished to be successful? Keeping project on task, on budget and schedule
What are you looking for on the resume, and why? Experience managing/building out new software systems/platforms (manage life cycle from early stages, implementation and continuing evolution)
What are you willing to be flexible on, and how? Agriculture preferred but willing to be flexible on industry experience
Is this a replacement or a new position? New
Where does the position sit in the organization and who does this position report to? Reports to IT Director who reports to the VP
Does this position have direct reports? No
Who will the person in this position interact with? IT Director, Business Analyst, Software Developers and Ag Retailer employees
What's the bonus percentage? None
Is there equity? No (profit sharing)
Are you ready to hire the right candidate immediately? Yes
Is relocation available? Possibly for the "right" candidate
Is there flexibility in hours and/or the ability to work remotely? Yes, flexibility in hours based on personal commitments and potential to work remotely but not a day to day basis.

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