Emerging Products Director at Zayo (Greater Boulder Area, CO)

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Company Description

Zayo provides mission-critical bandwidth to the world’s most impactful companies, fueling the innovations that are transforming our society. Zayo’s 133,000-mile network in North America and Europe includes extensive metro connectivity to thousands of buildings and data centers. Zayo’s communications infrastructure solutions include dark fiber, private data networks, wavelengths, Ethernet, and dedicated Internet access. Zayo serves wireless and wireline carriers, media, tech, content, finance, healthcare and other large enterprises.

This position serves as a key leadership role for the Product Strategy and Innovation group at Zayo. The successful candidate will lead a team of technical product managers and engineers whose mission is to deliver new capabilities that enhance Zayo’s imprint on the world’s most impactful companies through world class customer-inspired innovation and product development.

The Emerging Products Director will possess a deep understanding of wireline and wireless networking technologies and a broad understanding of emerging technologies that have the potential to drive future revenue for Zayo. The successful candidate must anticipate internal and external business issues and proactively find solutions, take charge of complex projects with notable risk profiles, and develop the strategy for successful project execution.



  • Set the direction for a team of experienced technical product managers and engineers in developing innovative solutions that will generate new revenue for Zayo.
  • Persuade senior leadership and stakeholders on the merits of the chosen direction for projects, product development activities, roadmaps and budgets.
  • Build cross functional stakeholder groups internally.
  • Identify and engage with external vendors and partners relevant to support new and on-going projects.
  • Develop innovative standards and processes for expedited product development with the expectation of larger organization adoption. The ability to educate others is critical.
  • Lead product ideation and early-life product adoption with customers via frequent end user interactions.
  • Manage 360-degree development of products including, but not limited to, marketing, billing, engineering, install and operations, and legal.
  • Represent the company in customer meetings and with new prospects, including at the executive level. Speak at large engagements on Zayo strategic, innovation solutions.
  • Negotiate agreements and terms with partners and suppliers on behalf of the Company.


Minimum Qualifications

  • Director / Manager: 6-8 years of product or program management experience, preferably in the telecommunications industry with 3+ years managing a team. Prior agile development methodology experience is a plus.
  • Education: Undergraduate degree with either an engineering or business focus. MBA a plus.
  • Effective Communication: Ability to be persuasive, to create and present complex material in simple, concise communications to a wide range of audiences
  • Financial Analysis: well-developed financial skills including business case development and financial analysis.
  • Product Development: ability to set the direction for the team and drive the successful development of new products leveraging emerging technologies.
  • Application Proficiency: Proficiency in the MS Office suite of tools with an emphasis on Excel and PowerPoint is required. Knowledge of Salesforce.com platform is a plus.
  • Travel estimate: 33%.
  • Demonstrated history of solving complex problems.
  • Demonstrated ability to effectively lead and manage a team of product managers and technical employees.
  • Independent, self-starter with ability to effectively prioritize competing deliverables
  • Ability to view issues and concerns from multiple perspectives, and to keep the big picture in focus.
  • Ability to be flexible in work schedule and to meet strict deadlines under minimal supervision.


Ideal Qualifications and Experience:

  • 5+ years of product innovation and/or new product development leadership
  • intellectually agile, visionary thinker
  • exceptional quantitative and analytical skills, 
  • clear and concise oral, written, and executive level presentation skills
  • track record of successful team leadership and employee development
  • strong interpersonal and project management skills
  • ability to strategize, evangelize then execute on a new direction quickly
  • Deep understanding of wireline and wireless networking technologies
  • Broad understanding of emerging technologies including SDN/Edge/IoT/AV/Cloud
  • Base Salary Range- $110,400- $147,200

Benefits, Rewards & Wellness

  • Annual Incentive Plan (AIP) - Full-time Zayo employees are also eligible for discretionary AIP which is based on the performance of the Company, an employee’s business segment, and the individual employee

  • Sales Incentive Plan - Full-time Zayo sales employees are also eligible for discretionary incentive cash compensation through our Sales Incentive Plan

  • Excellent Health, Dental & Vision Insurance

  • Retirement 401(k) Savings Plan

  • Fitness membership discounts

  • Generous paid time off policy including paid parental leave

Please note, in accordance with Zayo's commitment to providing and maintaining a workplace free of recognized hazards, all U.S. and Canadian employees and any employee, vendor, customer, or visitor who enters a Zayo office or facility in the U.S. and Canada must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and provide proof of such vaccination. If you are hired by Zayo, you will be required to provide proof of vaccination or have a valid religious or medical reason not to be vaccinated.

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In Colorado we have campuses in Downtown Denver and on 29th Street Mall in Boulder, where employees can benefit from access to restaurants, retail, fitness and more!

What are Zayo Perks + Benefits

Zayo Benefits Overview

Zayo Group is committed to providing our employees with a benefits program that is both comprehensive and competitive. Our benefits program offers health care, dental and vision coverage, as well as financial security to our employees and their families.

Volunteer in local community
Provides up to 16 hours a year to volunteer in the community
Partners with Nonprofits
B Strong, Greenhouse Scholars, A Precious Child, AMP the Cause, There With Care, Boulder Parks and Rec, and many more....
Friends outside of work
Eat lunch together
Intracompany committees
Employee Resource Groups Mental Health & Disability Advocacy | Pride | Women's | Multicultural | Veterans | Sustainability
Daily sync
Open door policy
Team owned deliverables
Team based strategic planning
Group brainstorming sessions
Open office floor plan
Dedicated Diversity/Inclusion Staff
Highly diverse management team
Unconscious bias training
Diversity manifesto
Mean gender pay gap below 10%
Diversity Employee Resource Groups
Employee Resource Groups Mental Health & Disability Advocacy | Pride | Women's | Multicultural | Veterans | Sustainability
Hiring Practices that Promote Diversity
Health Insurance & Wellness Benefits
Flexible Spending Account (FSA)
Flexible Spending Accounts (FSAs) enable you to put aside money for important expenses & help reduce your income taxes at the same time. Zayo employees can contribute up to $2,850 annually.
Disability Insurance
Short & Long term disability insurance are a free company provided benefit to all full time employees. They cover 60% of annual salary up to $5000/$10000 monthly maximum payout
Dental Benefits
Preventative, minor, and major dental services and treatments are covered under Zayo's plans.
Vision Benefits
The vision plan covers routine eye exams and also pays for all or a portion of the costs of glasses or contact lenses if you need them.
Health Insurance Benefits
Each person's health care needs are different. That's why our medical plan offers multiple options (3) so that you can choose the coverage level best-suited to your personal situation.
Life Insurance
Your family depends on your income for a comfortable lifestyle and for the resources necessary to make their dreams a reality! Zayo offers Basic Term Life and AD&D as well as supplemental insurance.
Pet Insurance
Offered at a discounted rate to all Zayo employees
Wellness Programs
We offer incentives for employees to participate in many wellness activities.
Onsite Gym
Team workouts
Do you love working out? So do we which is why Zayo offers access to group fitness sessions and company-sponsored events, such as the B Strong Ride.
Mental Health Benefits
Retirement & Stock Options Benefits
Zayo Group offers a 401(k) plan through Fidelity. Eligible employees may join the plan as soon as administratively feasible after their date of hire and may contribute up to the IRS limit of $19,000.
401(K) Matching
Zayo matches 50% of employee contributions up to 4% with a cap at 2% match.
Performance Bonus
Child Care & Parental Leave Benefits
Generous Parental Leave
Flexible Work Schedule
Remote Work Program
Family Medical Leave
Company sponsored family events
Vacation & Time Off Benefits
Generous PTO
Zayo employees receive between 0 and 25 days per year of paid time off based on years of service.
Paid Volunteer Time
We encourage our employees to give back to our communities by providing 4 hours of Volunteer Time Off per quarter.
Paid Holidays
Perks & Discounts
Casual Dress
Commuter Benefits
Zayo Group offers the option to elect Commuter Benefits which helps you pay for public transportation and parking costs while commuting to and from work using pretax dollars.
Company Outings
Game Room
Some Meals Provided
Happy Hours
Happy hours are hosted twice monthly and include alcoholic and non-alcoholic options.
Parking is available at Zayo offices.
Recreational Clubs
Love sports? So do we! We offer a variety of options to get involved with your co-workers outside of the office.
Fitness Subsidies
We strongly believe that there is nothing more important than the health and well-being of our employees and families. To promote health and fitness, Zayo has partnered with GymPass.
Professional Development Benefits
Job Training & Conferences
Tuition Reimbursement
The tuition reimbursement program provides an opportunity for Zayo employees to further their education and to apply to be reimbursed for eligible education expenses.
Diversity Program
Lunch and learns
Zayo is committed to providing opportunities for employees to expand and grow their knowledge base through lunch and learn sessions.
Cross functional training encouraged
Promote from within
Mentorship program
Continuing Education stipend
Time allotted for learning

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