Product Owner at Vangst

| Greater Denver Area
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Company Summary 

Vangst is a venture backed, high growth recruiting technology company. We have revolutionized the fastest growing industry in the world by connecting thousands of professionals with careers in cannabis. Through technology and a world-class team, Vangst supplies the cannabis industry with the best talent they need to grow their businesses.

What you will do 

We are looking for an experienced, eager, and entrepreneurial Product Owner to help our initial  product offering and evolve our product development practices. As our PO, your primary role will be to provide a definition of the work to be done through stories, supplemental documentation, and conversations and then to ensure the quality of work delivered to production. In this highly visible position, you will also have the opportunity to develop into a Product Manager role with greater responsibilities in setting product vision, roadmap, and priorities, becoming the product evangelist to internal and external stakeholders.

Who you are 

  • You thrive in a fast-paced, high-growth, rapidly changing start-up environment.

  • You are results-oriented and go the extra mile in all situations.

  • You are highly collaborative, juggling multiple projects at once while delivering materials on time and on point.

  • You can build strong interpersonal relationships with business delivery teams and work with cross-functional teams to define requirements.

  • You are a strong team player who emphasizes team success over individual success.

  • You have excellent presentation and communication skills, are outgoing, and enjoy meeting new people.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities 

  • Collaborate with the Director of Product Management to define the product roadmap.

  • Work closely with the User Research and Experience team and engage with external customers to ensure the product serves our users in a way that solves their problems.

  • Track product and feature performance against defined Outcomes as well as define new Outcomes for emerging capabilities.

  • Gather feature requests (from both internal and external customers) and coordinate priorities.

  • Write user stories and acceptance criteria for prioritized work including defining requirements for initial deployment and ongoing enhancements.

  • Organize and prioritize the backlog of work balancing new features, feature enhancements, and bugs.

  • Evaluate potential integrations with 3rd Party APIs to enable capabilities within the platform.

  • Work closely with the Engineering team to follow the progress of work and address production issues.

  • Perform user acceptance testing (UAT) and accept all stories

  • Schedule releases and communicate release notes to development team and company.

  • Lead Agile ceremonies including standups, grooming, and retrospectives to create a cadence that maximizes productivity, collaboration, and ownership.

  • Contribute to continuous improvement and refine our Agile methodologies.

What you’ll need to be successful in this role 

  • 3+ years as Product Owner or Technical Product Manager working with Agile teams.

  • Experience working with web and mobile products, particularly for B2C and platform/marketplace products.

  • Implemented data tracking and analysis tools for digital products.

  • Technical background including previous work as a developer or a degree in Engineering, Computer Science, or a related field; Product Owner Certification preferred.  

  • Hands-on experience managing all stages of the product lifecycle.

  • Strong knowledge of agile, scrum, kanban, and CI/CD practices, including industry standards and best practices.

  • Proven ability to clearly define a set of requirements that solve customer problems and identify technical and business changes required to address them.

  • Knowledge of software development and web technologies including development languages (HTML, CSS, JavaScript, and progressive web apps), technical integrations (APIs, SDKs, etc.), and A/B testing and release management tools.

  • Understanding of User Experience and Design Thinking a plus.

Additional Details

  • This position is located in Denver, CO and includes competitive pay, benefits package (including medical, dental, vision), and 401k.
  • Vangst is an equal opportunity employer.  We celebrate diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees.
  • Applicants must be currently authorized to work in the United States on a full-time basis.
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We're in the trendy North Cap Hill neighborhood that is easily accessible by RTD, bike or car and has great lunch spots including our favorite, Ace!

An Insider's view of Vangst

What’s the vibe like in the office?

Energetic! I’ve never worked somewhere so vibrant. Every single employee at Vangst is so passionate about what they do, and that’s reflected in the bustling office environment. All of our teams are incredibly collaborative too, so everyone gets to know each other well really fast – it truly feels like you’re going into work with your friends!


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What projects are you most excited about?

The most exciting season is here (Croptober). Almost every project we're bringing in is in need of 10+ workers to harvest their plants. This is the time where we are able to connect entry-level people to their first jobs in the cannabis industry.


GIGs Manager

How does the company support your career growth?

My journey at Vangst started as a Recruiter. After two years on the Recruiting team I was given the opportunity to transition into a Sales Development Rep role. As an SDR, I now have the opportunity to help build out the new inside sales program for our organization, train all new hires, and help shape the future growth of the new team - Priceless!


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How do you make yourself accessible to the rest of the team?

We are currently in the process of hiring more Managers and Directors to ensure all employees have the same level of access to a leader or manager. I am a big believer that no one person can effectively manage more than 6-7 people at one time. When employees have a leader that they can access regularly, communication channels open up!



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

Vangst inspires a strong work-life balance. You see a lot of hustle from everyone during the day in the office and we have a culture that shows you the return if you invest the extra hours. But when you need the flexibility, you’re able to work from home and feel the support of the team while you’re out of the office enjoying life!


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What are Vangst Perks + Benefits

Vangst Benefits Overview

Vangst offers competitive pay, benefits package (including medical, dental, vision), and 401k. Vangst hosts monthly team happy hours and offers unlimited PTO.

Partners with Nonprofits
Vangst is committed to doing everything we can to help rectify the injustices of the War on Drugs. Our Social Equity Initiative creates equal access and job empowerment for all.
Friends outside of work
Eat lunch together
Intracompany committees
Culture Committee
Open door policy
Group brainstorming sessions
Open office floor plan
Unconscious bias training
All new hires complete a 1-hour social equity training course, along with a lawful hiring practices/unconscious bias training.
Someone's primary function is managing the company's diversity and inclusion initiatives
Health Insurance & Wellness Benefits
Dental Benefits
Vision Benefits
Health Insurance Benefits
Onsite Gym
Retirement & Stock Options Benefits
Child Care & Parental Leave Benefits
Generous Parental Leave
Flexible Work Schedule
Family Medical Leave
Employees who have been with the company for 12 months are eligible for 12 weeks of family medical leave.
Vacation & Time Off Benefits
Unlimited Vacation Policy
Paid Holidays
Paid Sick Days
Perks & Discounts
Beer on Tap
Casual Dress
Company Outings
We have our annual Vangster Days, which includes a week of hands-on training, learning opportunities, and field day!
Happy Hours
Happy hours are hosted On occasion .
Pet Friendly
Professional Development Benefits
Diversity Program
Lunch and learns
Cross functional training encouraged
Promote from within
Mentorship program
Our mentorship program includes 1-to-1 program, Cross-department program, Career mentoring.
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