Product Owner

| Chicago

Founded in 2001, Adage is a web design and development firm combines strategic thinking with a passion for technology to advance our client's purpose. We bring together a diverse team of creative and technical professionals who partner with our clients to create their digital strategy. It’s our people first approach that drives us to win awards, work with prestigious clients, and break ground with exciting technology.

Adage has consistently been recognized as one of Chicago’s 101 Best and Brightest Companies to Work For, one of the Best Places to Work in Illinois, and on Crain's Best Places to Work in Chicago.

Our product owners translate complex technical and ambiguous business requirements into impactful products that serve our clients and their users.

As the vision keeper of their cross-functional scrum team, the Product Owner manages a portfolio of clients’ websites, mobile and commerce solutions. The product owner works closely with clients to understand their goals through effective communication, abstract requirements gathering, and collaborative road-mapping. The product owner manages their clients’ timelines and budgets, in addition to product requirements, and possesses an effortless project management style that conveys curiosity, humility, and confidence.

Our ideal candidate can quickly grasp highly complex requests and craft creative approaches to marketable products that effectively addresses client needs. Well-versed in big picture thinking, the candidate is also comfortable dealing with uncomfortable situations that require transparency and clarity.

What you will be doing:

  • Consolidate requests, designs, and technical research to create well-defined, well-documented and prioritized requirements and user stories
  • Collaborate with internal team and clients to prioritize the roadmap and champions the features which will provide the most internal and external value
  • Manage a portfolio of clients in different lifecycles of product delivery
  • Stay well-informed about our clients’ business initiatives to conceptualize features that achieve their objectives
  • Track project budgets, deadlines and general progress towards project completion
  • Translate and communicate project requirements to your team
  • Monitor threats, risks and opportunities that might affect the success of projects and hold accountability for the overall solution
  • Maintain an open and honest line of communication with clients on project status
  • Participate in testing for quality assurance and user acceptance
  • Provide digital strategy and product ownership leadership to the Adage team and your clients,

 

We want someone who:

  • Has client-facing experience at a digital marketing or web and software development organization
  • Has agile scrum delivery experience in a full-time product owner role
  • Has at least 4 - 6 years’ experience cultivating new work with existing clients, writing SOW's, estimating project costs and estimating project timelines
  • Understands and can create tangible clarity around abstract ideas
  • Has strong business writing skills and presentation skills
  • Communicates exceptionally well in phone calls and through email
  • Can effectively communicate vision to different kinds of stakeholders and team members
  • Has proven organization skills and attention to detail while retaining big picture goals
  • Enjoys working with developers and designers to understand technology requirements
  • Is unafraid of asking questions
  • Is willing to challenge certain feature sets or ideas in a positive and collaborative manner
  • Has a track record of successful delivery of medium and large scale software development projects to production.
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Technology we use

  • Engineering
  • Product
  • Sales & Marketing
    • .NETLanguages
    • C#Languages
    • ReactLibraries
    • ReduxLibraries
    • AngularJSFrameworks
    • ASP.NETFrameworks
    • Google AnalyticsAnalytics
    • AxureDesign
    • IllustratorDesign
    • PhotoshopDesign
    • FigmaDesign
    • ConfluenceManagement
    • JIRAManagement
    • EpiServerCMS
    • Microsoft DynamicsCRM
    • Real MagnetEmail

Location

Our office is along the river between Madison and Monroe. We're conveniently located to the train stations and public transit, steps from West Loop.

An Insider's view of Adage Technologies

What’s the vibe like in the office?

I love that I can come to work and be myself, surrounded by a Scrum Team that supports each other and laughs at each other's jokes. All the while, is able to get it done!

Marissa Mare

Scrum Master

What does your typical day look like?

I come into work every day knowing that I am going to solve multiple problems. Brainstorming different approaches is a challenge but, rewarding at the same time. We are problem-solvers and build solutions in difference spaces ranging from branding, user experience, optimization, technology integration, and more.

Will Moran

Senior UI/UX Designer

How does the company support your career growth?

At Adage, we are given the opportunities to explore and implement new trending technologies. This makes a huge difference in our work and helps us continue to grow in our careers. This is part of what makes Adage such a great place to work.

Johnny Chin

System Admin

What's something quirky about your company?

Everyone shares a love for karaoke. After every company event, we always find ourselves headed to the nearest karaoke bar.

Rene Reiter

Marketing Manager

What are Adage Technologies Perks + Benefits

Health Insurance & Wellness Benefits
Flexible Spending Account (FSA)
Adage offers Health FSA and Dependent Care FSA so that you can take care of those out-of-pocket costs with pre-tax dollars.
Disability Insurance
We cover 100% of cost for Short Term Disability for all full-time employees, which pays out 60% of your salary up to $1,500 per week
Dental Benefits
Adage uses MetLife dental and pays 90% of the premiums for employees, spouses, and dependents.
Vision Benefits
Health Insurance Benefits
We participate in Blue Cross Blue Shield and offer HMO and PPO plan options. Adage pays 90% of the premiums for employees, spouses, and dependents.
Life Insurance
Adage provides life insurance at no cost to employees, with benefit up to $50,000
Pet Insurance
We understand family extends to the furry members too
Onsite Gym
Our in-building gym has machines, free weights, and a studio with on-demand fitness classes.
Retirement & Stock Options Benefits
401(K)
Adage offers a 401k plan that you can start contributing to immediately
401(K) Matching
After 1 year of service, Adage makes a 3% match of your compensation package into your 401k
Performance Bonus
Adage provides quarterly profit-sharing bonuses based on company and team performance
Child Care & Parental Leave Benefits
Child Care Benefits
Adage offers Dependent Care FSA so that you can pay for those out-of-pocket costs with pre-tax dollars.
Generous Parental Leave
We provide paid leave for all new parents. Bonding leave is for new parents and covers up to 2 weeks fully paid. Maternity leave is for birth moms and covers up to 6 weeks fully paid
Flexible Work Schedule
We offer flexible schedules outside of core hours (10am-4pm)
Family Medical Leave
Vacation & Time Off Benefits
Generous PTO
Adage offers 15 days paid vacation per year, and after 2 years that goes up to 20 days per year
Paid Holidays
We observe 8 paid holidays each year and include 1 additional floating holiday to use on any other holiday, including your birthday
Paid Sick Days
Adage offers unlimited sick time- take it as you need it
Perks & Discounts
Casual Dress
Some people like to wear dress shirts, some people like to wear jeans and sneakers
Commuter Benefits
Adage offers pre-tax commuter benefits for CTA and Metra
Company Outings
At Adage we "Enjoy the Journey" as much as possible, with quarterly outings, holiday parties and an annual employee retreat, APEX.
Stocked Kitchen
We've got the snacks and drinks to keep you going throughout the day. We're stocked with soda, LaCroix, a coffee machine that makes lattes and espressos, and a smorgasbord of brain food and treats.
Some Meals Provided
Between Lunch & Learns, Quarterly Update Presentations, Project Celebrations, holidays and employee appreciation events
Happy Hours
Adage hosts monthly Happy Hours so our employees have the chance to kick back and get to know one another outside of teams
Recreational Clubs
Professional Development Benefits
Job Training & Conferences
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