Product Launch Project Manager

| Greater Denver Area

Recognized as one the Top 100 Tech Companies by Builtin.com and over 4.4-star review on Glassdoor, SambaSafety® is the pioneer of driver risk management software in North America. Trusted by over 2 million subscribed drivers; thousands of businesses look to Sambasafety to provide the most powerful, advanced, intuitive, and impactful risk solution platform on the market. SambaSafety is growing at an incredible rate with high employee engagement. It’s an exciting time to be at Samba. Now is the right time to join our high performing culture. We hope to see you here!

What you'll do: 

The Product Launch Project Manager will play a crucial role in the strategic software product launch process at SambaSafety. They will reside within the PMO office yet work closely with the Sr. Product Marketing Manager to support similar initiatives at strategic and tactical levels. The Strategic Project Manager (Software Product Launch Initiatives) will serve as the connective tissue across the SambaSafety enterprise to ensure full product readiness for our product launches.

This role will be in charge of scheduling and carrying out regular status meetings to capture and record product launch-related tasks and initiatives on a day-to-day basis. In this critical role for SambaSafety, the Project Manager will make sure all internal constituents are working toward the same goal as we release new products to market. This is a great opportunity to work with a diverse set of teams and drive success at SambaSafety as we grow our leadership position in the driver monitoring space.

CORE EXPECTATIONS:

This role requires someone with a combination of strong project management, organization, and communication skills, who also has strategic experience working with the product, marketing, operations, sales, legal, accounting and support teams in software, product, service, or development organization. The right candidate will bring experience and insight, an incredibly positive attitude, and a good sense of humor. Combined, these attributes will drive the right candidate to excel in the following initiatives: 

Strategy:

  • Create and execute against an organizational product launch plan to ensure a successful market launch for new products and capabilities
  • Advocate for all stakeholders throughout the release cycle to ensure they have the support needed for success
  • Drive and disseminate the launch framework and discipline across launch initiatives, within a product portfolio, and throughout the organization

Management:

  • Define, estimate and schedule project tasks and interdependencies to achieve the project scope through a clearly defined project plan/work breakdown structure
  • Build, maintain, and communicate product launch plans and track the deliverables, milestones, risks and dependencies
  • Accurately obtain and record product launch inputs, timelines and key deliverables from cross-functional teams
  • Support simultaneous product launch initiatives
  • Implement against a recommended launch plan that is structured and disciplined, yet smartly flexible to absorb change
  • Anticipate bottlenecks, explore contingencies and provide escalation management
  • Lead testing activities (alpha, beta, pilots) and ensure focus on business outcomes
  • Identify and mobilize the launch team and track key measures of success for the project

Communication:

  • Be open, honest, inspirational and direct in your interactions with team members
  • Understand the scope, operational requirements, and impacts of all cross-functional teams for each product launch
  • Coordinate regular product launch team meetings, publishing notes and action items to team members on a regular basis.
  • Maintain a calendar of future product launches, communicating and educating the launch process out to the operational stakeholders.
  • Consistently provide internal and external stakeholder communications and progress reports that effectively outline project status, risks, issues, and action plans to ensure project success
  • Escalate risks and issues with potentially significant impact
  • Able to set clear expectations and timelines
  • Able to mitigate risks and issues as they arise and de-escalate volatile situations

CORE COMPETENCIES:

  • A passion for software products
  • A proven ability to influence others without formal authority
  • An action-oriented mindset; not afraid to roll up your sleeves
  • Sharp business judgment, detail oriented yet able to see the big picture
  • Able to work autonomously with high variability
  • Fun, outgoing and a great sense of humor
  • A highly driven self-starter who is motivated, with exceptional communication, presentation and organization skills
  • Impressive attention to detail
  • Able to effectively coordinate resources from multiple areas of the company
  • Comprehensive troubleshooting and creative problem-solving skills
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Ability to adapt well to new technologies
  • Ability to handle several tasks and juggle multiple priorities
  • Ability to work independently and productively in an unstructured environment

What you'll need: 

  • BS/BA required or equivalent experience
  • 5-10 years of experience in project coordination and business management within the software development space
  • PMP and SCRUM or Agile certifications
  • Expert understanding of traditional and agile product development practices
  • 4+ years managing concurrent SaaS initiatives with a track record of successful management of resources, external stakeholders, budgets and schedules
  • Deep understanding of the SaaS implementation and release process
  • A demonstrated history of managing complex projects, specifically focused on product release
  • Great computer skills, and proficient in MS office applications
  • Self-directed with a high level of initiative and a "can do" attitude, but open to feedback and a strong desire to learn. 
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Location

Located at the steps of DTC along the I-25 corridor. Our location has a breathtaking view of the Rockies! Steps from bars, breweries, food, and RTD!

An Insider's view of SambaSafety

What are some social events your company does?

Sambas implemented a culture team with the intention of including all departments and offices in events, volunteer opportunities, philanthropic activities and events for employees to get to know each other during and outside of business hours. This has truly created a fun environment by hosting parties, picnics, ice cream socials, and much more!

Lindsay Davis

Sales Enablement Specialist

What does your typical day look like?

There is a great work/life balance at Samba. Our organization makes an impact to businesses and their employees so we’re usually available, however being in the office 24/7 is not what Samba is about. The high level of trust that we’re all here to work hard and be the best trumps clocking in and working typical 9-5 hours.

Abby Abreu

Senior Account Manager

How has your career grown since starting at the company?

Since starting in marketing 9 months ago, my career at SambaSafety has grown from contributing individually to hiring and managing a soon-to-be staff of 3 with a tremendously increased budget and responsibilities. I couldn’t ask for a better crew of colleagues, and I look forward to continued career growth at SambaSafety for the foreseeable future!

Emilie Bierschenk

Sr. Demand Generation Manager, Marketing

What unique initiatives do you have that encourage innovation?

Samba is full of collaborative, highly engaged, driven people continuously looking to outperform. We harness and direct this energy towards intelligent risk-taking leading to greater innovation. Our program encourages dialogue on the vast amount of ideas surfaced by our teams. Selected ideas are assigned to a team for completion.

Kevin Lawlor

VP of Human Resources

How do you empower your team to be more creative?

The environment we create is one of experimentation, where anyone can bring anything to the table as a solution to accomplish a task to enhance and grow our product. No idea is too mundane or question too simple to be discussed and used to grow our people as well as our product offering.

Tommy Cordova

Software Architect

What are SambaSafety Perks + Benefits

SambaSafety Benefits Overview

SambaSafety offers an amazing culture with a strong career path, an ability to have a deep impact on our success, a competitive salary, and benefits include excellent healthcare options, a health savings account with company contribution, flex spending accounts, 401 (k) with employer match and unlimited paid time off, paid holiday and volunteer days, tuition reimbursement, and products that help keep communities safer.

Health Insurance & Wellness Benefits
Flexible Spending Account (FSA)
Disability Insurance
Dental Benefits
Vision Benefits
Health Insurance Benefits
Life Insurance
Wellness Programs
Onsite Gym
Retirement & Stock Options Benefits
401(K)
401(K) Matching
Performance Bonus
Child Care & Parental Leave Benefits
Child Care Benefits
Flexible Work Schedule
Remote Work Program
Family Medical Leave
Vacation & Time Off Benefits
Unlimited Vacation Policy
Generous PTO
Paid Volunteer Time
Paid Holidays
Paid Sick Days
Perks & Discounts
Beer on Tap
Casual Dress
Company Outings
Game Room
Stocked Kitchen
Some Meals Provided
Happy Hours
Parking
Recreational Clubs
Relocation Assistance
Fitness Subsidies
Professional Development Benefits
Job Training & Conferences
Tuition Reimbursement
Diversity Program
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