Director of Product at Focused Labs

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Who we are?

We’re looking for a Director of Product to join our growing, select, team. At Focused Labs, we are on a mission to deliver positive outcomes and help teams get to the cloud. We are dedicated to delivering products to market quickly that meet the business objectives and user needs of our clients. We work with a variety of clients from different industries, collaborating as we get new products to market, modernize legacy systems, and upskill teams.  

Our values:

  • Listen first • We are experts in product practices but life long learners in the domain of our customers. We research, collaborate, and understand. 
  • Learn why • We ask questions to understand problem spaces, objectives, and goals, which allows us to deeply invest and drive towards the outcomes of our clients. 
  • Love your craft • We love diving into a variety of domains and solving problems.  We take pride in delivering value, in communicating progress, and guiding our clients to success.

What would you be doing?

  • Create a shared vision across teams and the company by aligning product managers on best practices in scoping, discovery, and delivery
  • Lead and encourage a team of product managers, enabling high performance through mentorship and feedback
  • Lead product discovery and roadmap workshops with key prospects and clients including project scopings and project kick-offs 
  • Define a product strategy, vision and outcome focused roadmap that solves real problems and creates value for clients
  • Collaborate closely with customers to solve problems that are core to their business and build an impactful product 
  • Manage and prioritize a backlog that keeps the team on track, delivering value towards a client’s vision
  • Collaborate with developers, designers, and clients to determine priorities and ensure project teams can continually operate efficiently
  • Work with designers to create wireframes, mockups and prototypes
  • Monitor and communicate project health, including managing risks
  • Define and track success metrics; leverage data to make informed decisions
  • Bias towards action when managing competing priorities, while demonstrating progress to stakeholders
  • Quickly understand the client domain and identify trends and opportunities in that space
  • Help define and improve who we are as a company and a team

Why are we excited about you?

  • You have managed direct reports including hiring Product Managers
  • You have built successful relationships with enterprise stakeholders
  • You enjoy creating alignment between teams
  • You have experience with lean, and user centered design methodologies
  • You have managed an Agile backlog and lead a development team to turn business opportunities into working software solutions
  • You can quickly dive into a problem space, assess the situation, understand goals and drive towards productive outcomes  
  • You are comfortable creating basic wireframes or user flows
  • You thrive on ambiguity 
  • You can break down complex problems into actionable steps
  • You are focused on data-driven approaches to solving problems

If you had worked at Focused Labs over the last 3 months you may have

  • Launched a new Membership sign up flow on an existing client website
  • Paired with engineers to define scope and priorities
  • Suggested and scoped new sets of work with an existing client
  • Tested a mobile app for release to the Play and Apple stores
  • Worked with a client to scope and begin building a quick turnaround high priority project
  • Helped our company create a new internal wiki

What to know before you apply: 

  • Focused Labs is open to remote employees
  • Focused Labs is unable to sponsor or take over sponsorship of the employment Visa process at this time

We believe employees should be paid fairly and equitably. Salary ranges may vary depending on your location and previous experience. The Chicago salary range for this role is: $150,000 - $200,000.

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Technology we use

  • Engineering
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    • SwiftLanguages
    • ReactLibraries
    • ReduxLibraries
    • ConcourseLibraries
    • JenkinsLibraries
    • Ruby on RailsFrameworks
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    • RedisDatabases
    • Dynamo DBDatabases
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Location

Colorado, CO

An Insider's view of Focused Labs

How would you describe the company’s work-life balance?

I think there's actually a deeper question. What is the balance between work, life, and time to be creative? When you spend all your time hacking away at a backlog you're not learning. At Focused, we want you to have creative time, and time with your family/friends. That's why we offer Idea Hours and have a strong culture of 8 hour days, no more!

Austin

CEO

What does your typical day look like?

Focused is an environment where coding is a social exercise and learning is a continuous process. We work together by pairing and speaking openly. We find programming to be a creative process, one that is most effective when fingers are on a keyboard, not a meeting room. By writing code all day, every day, we learn and deliver together.

Luke

Programmer Extraordinaire

What makes someone successful on your team?

A successful member of my team is always willing to learn, and in order to do that, they need to be willing to admit when they don't know something. My team is a safe place to grow as a software developer and as a professional.

Noa

Software Developer

What unique initiatives do you have that encourage innovation?

We have a program called Idea Hours. Idea Hours are accumulated like vacation and can be used to attend conferences, build an app, try a new language, or anything else. If you have an idea and a need for a team, use those idea hours to get a few folks working together.

Austin

CEO

What unique initiatives do you have that encourage innovation?

We have done weekly lunch and learns, magic shows, book clubs, and culture talks. We are always pushing ourselves toward approaching tech problems from an interesting and fun perspective. Challenging ourselves to build tested, clean software with character.

Katy

Software Developer

What are Focused Labs Perks + Benefits

Focused Labs Benefits Overview

At Focused Labs, we take great care of our customers but also of our employees. As a small and growing business, we are happy to provide our team health and welfare benefits as well as office perks and the opportunity to grow. As Focused Labs continues to expand, we are happy to add more and more benefits for our employees.

Culture
Friends outside of work
Eat lunch together
Daily sync
Open door policy
Team owned deliverables
Team based strategic planning
Group brainstorming sessions
Pair programming
Open office floor plan
Diversity
Documented equal pay policy
Dedicated Diversity/Inclusion Staff
Highly diverse management team
Unconscious bias training
Diversity manifesto
Mean gender pay gap below 10%
Hiring Practices that Promote Diversity
Health Insurance & Wellness Benefits
Dental Benefits
Vision Benefits
Health Insurance Benefits
We cover 100% of Blue Cross Blue Shield Platinum HMO for our employees. We also offer two PPOs and an HSA and cover the equivalent of the HMO if you select those plans.
Life Insurance
We offer a complimentary $30,000 life insurance policy for every employee.
Wellness Programs
Retirement & Stock Options Benefits
401(K)
We use and love Guideline (https://www.guideline.com) for our 401k. They make it easy for both experienced investors and people new to saving to build a great retirement
401(K) Matching
At Focused Labs we match 100% of your contributions for the first 3% of your salary contributions and 50% of your contributions for the next 2%. There's no vesting, we just want you to save!
Child Care & Parental Leave Benefits
Flexible Work Schedule
We love pairing at Focused but also know that different people have different schedules. We will always work with you to make sure you can come and go as you need and be there for your team.
Return-to-work program post parental leave
Company sponsored family events
We sponsor family-oriented events a few times a year.
Vacation & Time Off Benefits
Generous PTO
At Focused everyone gets 21 days of vacation, 5 days of sick and 3 floating holidays!
Paid Holidays
Paid Sick Days
Employees receive 5 days per year of paid sick leave.
Perks & Discounts
Casual Dress
Company Outings
Focused Labs hosts company outings quarterly.
Some Meals Provided
Employees get free lunch on Monday, Wednesday, Friday. On Mondays, we discuss company policy and culture. Wednesdays we have brown bag tech talks, and Fridays are book club!
Happy Hours
Happy hours are hosted at the team's discretion. Normally every couple weeks
Parking
We offer employees a parking subsidy.
Relocation Assistance
If you need to relocate to work with us we are happy to cover reasonable costs incurred in your move!
Home Office Stipend for Remote Employees
We have a $1000 home office stipend for remote employees
Professional Development Benefits
Job Training & Conferences
Focused Labs offers employees professional development opportunities like Annual individual budget for training, Onsite training courses, the ability to attend job-related conferences and seminars.
Diversity Program
Lunch and learns
Focused Labs hosts lunch and learn meetings weekly.
Cross functional training encouraged
Promote from within
Time allotted for learning
Focused Labs allows employees to set aside 5% of working hours for learning.
Paid industry certifications

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