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Consulting Product Manager

Primary Location: Toronto,Ontario


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Ready to build? So are we. Come join VMware’s new and exciting Modern Applications Platform Business Unit (MAPBU) team, made up of products and services under the Tanzu portfolio to help customers build, run and manage their most important applications. To learn more about Tanzu watch this video. #TeamTanzu

You

You have strong product instincts, and an appreciation for and understanding of lean enterprise product development, agile and user-centered design values, principles, and practices. You are well-equipped to work in deep technical problems that require elegant solutions that solve both business needs and technical needs.  You are excited by the mission and organizational value that technology can unlock. You thrive in a complex ecosystem, collecting, sharing, and synthesizing input from many directions and enabling your team to continuously deliver customer value. You bring humility, empathy, and a learning mindset to everything you do. You believe in doing the right thing and doing what works. 

What you’ll be doing

You will be working on the VMware Tanzu Labs Services team (formerly known as Pivotal Labs), helping customer product teams to design and deliver modern, cloud-native applications serving a variety of business and user needs. As a Tanzu Labs Product Manager, you will cross the boundaries between organizational levels, alternately coaching client enterprise and startup product managers in lean enterprise product development methodologies/approaches and working with leaders of growing software practices on organizational scaling, metrics, and developing a healthy, sustainable product management practice.

All of our product team positions are highly collaborative consulting roles, with 85-90% of time spent in direct, 1:1 pairing or larger team collaboration. During the COVID-19 crisis, this collaboration is all managed remotely, with the expectation that face-to-face engagement in a VMware Tanzu Labs office or at various client locations will pick up again once the crisis is resolved.

You will be responsible for

  • Working with your client to define and drive product strategy, identifying key outcomes and success metrics

  • Working with the team to discover customer problems and create valuable, desirable and feasible solutions

  • Working with developers and designers to define and prioritize a backlog for your product that continuously delivers measurable value towards the vision

  • Helping leaders on the client side to innovate and iterate on lean/agile product management processes and build a healthy practice

  • Bringing clarity where there is uncertainty and identifying and managing risk 

  • Identifying critical assumptions, defining experiments, measuring success metrics, and using data to inform decisions at both the product and the organizational levels

  • Teaching your client pair how to do all of these things for themselves

  • Influence and bring forward new and innovative product management practices that assist other practitioners across the organization

  • Coach client leadership and senior stakeholders in the discipline of product management and agile transformation.

Required Skills & Experience:

  • 8-12 + years Product Management or similar experience, shipping products to users (enterprise products preferred)

  • Experience navigating large organizations and an understanding of complex stakeholder relationships

  • Experience building successful product teams and shipping successful products, including defining vision, strategy, outcome-driven product roadmaps and creating and managing backlogs

  • Able to break down complex problems into actionable steps with measurable outcomes

  • Interest and ability to teach others

  • Experience with Lean Product Management and User-Centered Design methodologies

  • Experience with agile development methodology, ideally Extreme Programming

  • Ability to facilitate collaborative decision-making in a workshop context

  • Ability to quickly understand a specific client domain and identify the trends and opportunities in that space

  • Experience closely collaborating with engineers and designers as part of small co-located teams

  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills and ability to adapt your communication style for the audience

  • Comfort with ambiguity. We work in an iterative and incremental way, balancing many different inputs and constantly making trade-offs

  • Can mentor and train Senior Stakeholders on the value of modern product development process.

  • Facilitates communication and negotiation effectively in high pressure situations.

  • Ability to facilitate technical roadmap development.

  • Comfortable in conversations around DDD, microservice strategies and DevOps.

Desired:

  • Post the Covid-19 Pandemic, this position is remote and requires travel 30-50% of the time - either within commuting distance of VMware’s Toronto office or to client sites.

  • Experience with legacy applications 

What’s it like to work at VMware

We believe that teams should spend more of their time delivering incremental value and less on building infrastructure.  We’re building platforms, tools, and automation, including Tanzu Application Service, Tanzu Kubernetes Grid, and Tanzu Mission Control, to enable our customers to easily and confidently develop and run the software that powers their organization. Hundreds of companies and government agencies rely on our platform to meet the needs of millions of their customers. Our engineers embrace Extreme Programming (XP) as a way to go fast forever and deliver remarkable results. Our product managers and product designers work side-by-side with our engineers in small, empowered teams, using Lean and UCD as guides. We measure success by making our customers more productive, as software developers, product managers, and product designers.

Our Principles

  • Empower Teams - Diverse teams with shared context, psychological safety, and decision-making authority move faster.

  • Start Simple - Learn just enough to begin and let the work inform the direction.

  • Embrace Change - Expect change and turn it into opportunity.

  • Deliver Early and Often - Ship value to users and measure impact to lower risk.

  • Improve Continuously - We are always learning and humbled by what we don’t know.

  • Contribute to Open Source Communities - Share our time, tools, and methodologies to maximize our impact.

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement

VMware is an Equal Opportunity Employer committed to providing employees with a work environment free of discrimination and harassment. All employment decisions are based on business needs, job requirements and individual qualifications, without regard to race, color, religion or belief, national, social or ethnic origin, age, physical, mental or sensory disability, sexual orientation, gender identity and/or expression, marital, civil union or domestic partnership status, past or present military service, HIV status, family medical history or genetic information, family or parental status including pregnancy, or any other status protected by the laws or regulations in the locations where we operate.  VMware will not tolerate discrimination or harassment based on any of these characteristics.


Category : Marketing
Subcategory: Product Management
Experience: Business Leadership
Full Time/ Part Time: Full Time
Posted Date: 2021-05-04



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Equal Employment Opportunity Statement: VMware is an Equal Opportunity Employer and Prohibits Discrimination and Harassment of Any Kind: VMware is committed to the principle of equal employment opportunity for all employees and to providing employees with a work environment free of discrimination and harassment. All employment decisions at VMware are based on business needs, job requirements and individual qualifications, without regard to race, color, religion or belief, national, social or ethnic origin, sex (including pregnancy), age, physical, mental or sensory disability, HIV Status, sexual orientation, gender identity and/or expression, marital, civil union or domestic partnership status, past or present military service, family medical history or genetic information, family or parental status, or any other status protected by the laws or regulations in the locations where we operate. VMware will not tolerate discrimination or harassment based on any of these characteristics. VMware encourages applicants of all ages. Vmware will provide reasonable accommodation to employees who have protected disabilities consistent with local law. Job ID: R2105473
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