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Technical Product Manager - Chicago

| Chicago

Future Finance is changing the consumer credit landscape in the UK, by expanding access and opportunity to students and young professionals. To date, we have helped nearly 10,000 students to access University by removing the financial barriers to entry - and we want to help a lot more people. To do this, we are developing our product offerings using first rate technology. We’re looking for a Technical Product Manager to join our team to ensure that we continue to marry excellent products with exceptional technological solutions. 

This is an exciting opportunity for someone with strong project management skills to grow their career by contributing to a talented tech company as we grow and scale. You don’t need to be a technical expert, but you need incredible communication skills, the ability to learn quickly, and strong experience in project management. You have to be able to understand the obstacles the tech team faces and be able to communicate these issues to other stakeholders, and find workable solutions to overcome these problems and help the team to meet their deliverables.

This position will report  to the Senior Technical Product Manager.

The Role

  • Owning the execution and delivery of specific features on the technical roadmap

  • Developing project plans with milestones, delivery timelines, dependencies, and contingency plans, while keeping with our agile development approach

  • Recommending and taking action to direct the analysis of and solution to problems

  • Providing visibility to team impediments/risks and helping to eliminate them

  • Working as a link between Product Management and Engineering

  • Influencing, problem-solving, and resolving conflicts with other internal business functions including Tech, Operations, and Marketing

  • Providing regular project status updates internally and with our partners

Your Experience

  • 3+ years managing complex, cross-organizational, multi-stakeholder projects using Agile/Scrum/Kanban development methodologies

  • Experience working in Engineering, Software Development, or other complex technical project domain

  • Experience in financial services (preferably fintech)

Must Have Skills

  • Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to work with both technical and business audiences

  • Demonstrated ability to think creatively and independently to solve problems and complete projects

  • Understanding  of product-based solution delivery

  • Great organisational skills and impeccable attention to detail

  • Facilitation and influencing skills, with the ability to work with large groups of varying levels of seniority, from user to C level

  • Proven ability to learn quickly and apply new skills in a productive manner

  • Exceptional communication and presentation skills (verbal and written)

  • Ability to thrive in a fast-paced, start-up environment without close supervision

  • Resilience and dedication - you are not a quitter

Your Nice to Have Skills

  • Knowledge of a programming language

  • Familiarity with financial software, banking or payment systems

  • Familiarity with Web or SaaS products

  • Understanding of the technical architecture of complex and highly scalable web applications

Your Qualifications

  • Bachelor's Degree in any technical discipline; Computer Science could be a plus

  • Accreditations in project management methodologies would be beneficial 

Your Location

  • Chicago, IL 

About Us

Education can be expensive. Many aspiring students are not reaching their potential because they can't afford it. Our mission is to change all that. We believe everyone has the ability to have a positive impact on society. And money shouldn't prevent you from being the best you can be. That's why we exist.

Future Finance, Inc. is one of the fastest growing Fintech companies in Europe. Founded in 2014, Future Finance is backed not only by elite institutions such as Goldman Sachs, QED, and Blackstone, and has been appointed by the EU agency European Investment Fund as an intermediary to provide financing solutions for those in pursuit of higher education.

 

We are a team of pioneering entrepreneurs with a passion for FinTech. Future Finance thrives on collaboration and exchange of ideas. We operate a philosophy of Best Idea Wins & No Ego. This is a fantastic opportunity for a talented individual to grow with a dynamic team of smart, self motivated individuals who are working towards a common goal.

Future Finance is proud to be an equal opportunities employer. 

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Technology we use

  • Engineering
  • Product
  • Sales & Marketing
    • JavascriptLanguages
    • RubyLanguages
    • HaskellLanguages
    • Node.jsFrameworks
    • Ruby on RailsFrameworks
    • Angular2Frameworks
    • ReactFrameworks
    • Microsoft SQL ServerDatabases
    • PostgreSQLDatabases
    • Google AnalyticsAnalytics
    • AsanaManagement
    • JIRAManagement
    • SmartsheetManagement
    • Base CRMCRM
    • MailChimpEmail
    • MandrillEmail

Location

We're located in the Loop right next to the Willis Tower (fka Sears Tower) and in close proximity to all transit options and great lunch spots.

An Insider's view of Future Finance

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

It's a casual and fun workplace that offers the benefit of flexible working hours. We work hard but play hard as well. We have various company outings and social events, as well as offering vacation time that is above industry standard.

Olga

CEO

What's the biggest problem your team is solving?

Right now we are focusing on improving credit strategy to underwrite good-quality student loans and to ramp up volume as we enter the peak season. In the longer term, we will develop additional credit products to better service our customers and to support the company’s strategic mission.

Liliane

Chief Credit Officer

What makes someone successful on your team?

To be a successful member of the marketing team, you should be analytical, data-driven, and a subject matter expert. Strong collaboration and communication skills, and an ability to work independently, will also help you excel as part of the marketing team at Future Finance.

Jason

Head of Marketing

How do your team's ideas influence the company's direction?

Future Finance's core values include 'no ego & best idea wins'. This means that any team member will be heard regardless of title or tenure. As such, the ideas that are customer centric/friendly, logical and with the best supporting data will drive the direction of the company and its products.

Alex

Board Member

What are Future Finance Perks + Benefits

Health Insurance & Wellness Benefits
Dental Benefits
Health Insurance Benefits
Retirement & Stock Options Benefits
401(K)
Company Equity
Child Care & Parental Leave Benefits
Generous Parental Leave
Flexible Work Schedule
Vacation & Time Off Benefits
Generous PTO
Perks & Discounts
Casual Dress
Commuter Benefits
Company Outings
Stocked Kitchen
Professional Development Benefits
Job Training & Conferences
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