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Product Manager

Cox Automotive, Austin, TX 78759

Work at Cox Automotive

Duration: Full-Time


Primary Location: 10415 Morado Cir, Austin, TX, USA

Division: Cox Automotive

Job Level: Manager/Senior Manager

Travel: No

Schedule: Full-time

Shift: Day Job

Requisition Number: 202203013

At Cox, we’re forward-thinking innovators who put people first. Our award-winning workplace culture is centered on inclusion and kindness, and we’re looking for people to join our mission to be a force for good in the world. Come build a better future with us across automotive, communications, the environment and more.

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Keep reading to learn more about this opportunity to join the Cox family of businesses.

Product Manager

vAuto, a Cox Automotive company, is looking for a forward-thinking and innately curious individual to serve as a Product Manager for the recently launched digital automotive auction - Upside. This strategic role is responsible for developing, managing, and optimizing the software that supports the wholesale-retail evolution that is possible through the partnerships of vAuto, Manheim, and KBB ICO. The Upside Product Manager will use available data and key client insights to help drive new product ideas and a united experience for clients. Additionally, you must be capable of presenting to executive audiences and large groups, interviewing end-users, and communicating technical information to non-technical people. This person is also a self-starter who is passionate about problem-solving, comfortable operating with direct and indirect influence, acclimates well to change, and is objective and detail oriented.

Responsibilities include but are not limited to performing thorough problem discovery and solution discovery, managing the product roadmaps, overseeing implementation and working in an agile environment. You will become the go-to expert within the company for the product and process area. In-depth expertise in product management with focus on product discovery is a must-have to successfully manage large, complex products of strategic importance to the organization. There is a need for strong organizational skills due to a wide range of partners, stakeholders, and delivery across Upside.

Strategy/Discovery:

  • Formulate an in-depth understanding of problems by customer, personas, and competitive landscape.
  • Partner with UX research, marketing research, client solutions, and business stokeholds to observe and solicit feedback from consumers and clients.

Planning:

  • Illustrate market problems in a way that puts the problem in context. Provide relevant, timely and easily consumable updates to all internal and external audiences.
  • Create Epics and Features, manage feature creation, and identify business rules and business impact.
    • Work with product leadership and stakeholders to understand our business objectives and to craft a supporting product strategy, the roadmap, and evolve the deliverable timelines based on client feedback and team capacity
    • Establish concise value statements, objectives, and key results for product initiatives that will guide the organization and delivery teams in measuring success

Development:

  • Build an effective partnership between Product & Engineering, collaborating with Product, User Experience, Engineering, and Architecture teams to execute work.
  • Serve as the "voice of the customer" to the team and delivery stream by representing and reinforcing the customers perspective throughout product realization cycles.
  • Provide clear direction to delivery teams on defined product priorities and schedules, in collaboration with product leads and the release train cores
  • Ensure delivery of value-added functionality to users by partnering with Engineering to build solutions.

Relationship Management & Client Engagement:

  • Partner with product managers, business stakeholders to understand needs, create alignment, and gain adoption of new functionality to solve their needs.
  • Identify communication and relationship needs of stakeholder groups, translating engagement strategies into specific activities and deliverables.
  • Facilitate open communication and discussion between stakeholders, acting as a single point of contact. Conduct informed feedback loops to assess and promote understanding.
  • Negotiate solutions between parties effectively and for the best of Cox Automotive; be autonomous and make decisions without oversight when appropriate

Leading

  • Guide product owners in delivering the release train product roadmap that delights clients and drives key performance metrics
  • Provide clear direction to product owners on defined product priorities and schedules, in collaboration with product leads and the release train cores
  • Partner with product leads to understand and influence product strategy while generating innovative ideas for achieving product success
  • Identify key use cases and KPIs to evaluate product performance

Qualifications:

Who You Are

Youre someone who can harness a wide variety of inputs and is phenomenal at planning, visualizing, and collaborating. A lifetime learner, you channel your wisdom into others, taking opportunities to mentor whenever you can.

  • Bachelors degree in computer science, engineering, information systems, or related field is required.
  • 5+ years of experience working in software product development in a product or technology role

What We Look For

  • Working knowledge for SAFe Agile Methodology.
  • Experience working cross-functionally with a variety of different domains, including Engineering, Finance, and Business Development.
  • Strong communication skills, both written and verbal, can be applied across a diverse set of audiences.
  • Basic understanding of engineering architecture with experience working with engineering teams to deliver products.
  • Work experience in design, development, and implementation of product plans.
  • Working experience in full product lifecycle methodologies.
  • Working experience in creating, prioritizing, and recommending epics and features.
  • Working experience in conducting competitive research and analysis.
  • Working experience in identifying KPIs and other analytics to measure product value.
  • Working experience with executive presentations.
  • Working experience in working with a collaborative, cross-functional team environment.

Who We Are

About Cox Automotive

Theres nothing ordinary about Cox Automotive. We are people of every background driven by our passion for mobility, innovation, client success and community outreach. We make buying, selling and owning (or simply using) cars easier for everyone. Touching more than 40,000 clients across five continents, we bring together the best brands and the best teams to propel the automotive industry forward. Some of those team members work for our iconic consumer brands like Autotrader and Kelley Blue Book, while others are creating the future of automotive at industry-facing brands like Dealer.com, Manheim and vAuto.

About Cox

We are the Cox family of businesses. Weve been making our mark since 1898 by building and evolving world-class businesses, staying true to our values, and encouraging top talent to always look for growth and impact while building a career with us. Our primary divisions - Cox Communications and Cox Automotive - are driving a new wave of innovation, powering smart cities with powerhouse broadband communications and pioneering greener, more progressive transportation alternatives for individuals and fleet operators. Were also expanding into new spaces like cleantech and healthcare to rev up our momentum toward building a better future for the next generation. Were looking for the talent today who will be our leaders tomorrow. Sound intriguing? Learn more about where we are today, where we hope youll be going with us, and the common purpose that unites us at coxenterprises.com.

Benefits of working at Cox may include health care insurance (medical, dental, vision), retirement planning (401(k)), and paid days off (sick leave, parental leave, flexible vacation/wellness days, and/or PTO). For more details on what benefits you may be offered, visit our benefits page.

Cox is an Equal Employment Opportunity employer - All qualified applicants/employees will receive consideration for employment without regard to that individuals age, race, color, religion or creed, national origin or ancestry, sex (including pregnancy), sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, physical or mental disability, veteran status, genetic information, ethnicity, citizenship, or any other characteristic protected by law. Cox provides reasonable accommodations when requested by a qualified applicant or employee with disability, unless such accommodations would cause an undue hardship.

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About Cox Automotive

About Cox Automotive

There’s nothing ordinary about Cox Automotive. We are people of every background driven by our passion for mobility, innovation, client success and community outreach. We make buying, selling, owning and using cars easier for everyone. Touching more than 40,000 clients across five continents, we bring together the best brands and the best teams to propel the automotive industry forward. Some of those team members work for our iconic and groundbreaking consumer brands like Autotrader ® and Kelley Blue Book®, while others are creating the future of automotive at industry-facing brands like Dealer.com ®, Manheim ®, NextGear Capital ®, vAuto ® and Xtime®.

Cox Automotive is part of Cox Enterprises, a privately-owned, Atlanta-based company with revenues exceeding $20 billion. 

Come join a global, family business that treats team members and clients like they’re just that – family. For more information about Cox Automotive, visit www.coxautoinc.com.

Cox Automotive is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Vision:

We are software engineers, marketers, sales leaders and trailblazers transforming the way the world buys, sells, owns and uses cars.

Cox Automotive