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Senior Product Manager, Digital Platform

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Location: Chicago, IL, United States
Date Posted: Oct 28, 2019

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Job Description


Caterpillar is investing in our digital future, and we’re looking for talented and motivated Senior Product Manager, Digital Platform to build a world class platform to host a wide range of applications.


Our iconic products have evolved from mechanical work horses to highly sophisticated, and electronically-controlled worksite solutions. This transformation, along with our smart factories and our integrated dealer network, has a wealth of data ready to be leveraged by our customers and our dealers. We’re generating innovative solutions from millions of data points and hundreds of thousands of IoT connected assets.


The Digital Platform Product Manager works as a member of Platform Product Management Team to help maximize the value of the product and defines the work for multiple Scrum Development Teams.  The Product Owner collaborates with Applications Product Owners, System Engineering, Data and Analytics Architects & Platform Architects to own and progressively elaborate functional and non-functional Epics, Features and Stories for the Development Teams to deliver.  The Product Owner’s primary task is to create and manage the Product Roadmap and Backlog and to ensure everyone knows the priorities of the Product.  The Product Owner is empowered to make all decisions regarding the Product Backlog.    


Job Related Statistics

  • Digital Platform Product Manager are accountable for functionally independent parts of the Digital Platform.
  • They are accountable for driving the product roadmap for multi-year, multi-million-dollar digital platform development.


Job Duties/Responsibilities may include but not limited to:

  • Responsible for maximizing the value of the product and the work of the Development Team
  • Responsible for acting as Product Owner for larger, more complex projects with high value to the organization
  • Responsible for creating, maintaining and prioritizing the Product Backlog according to business value for the life of the project
  • Communicate Product Backlog priorities to the team
  • Act as the key decision-maker regarding what features the product will have
  • Responsible for the vision of what is to be built, and conveying that vision to the team
  • Owns the acceptance criteria of Digital Platform Epics
  • Responsible for elaboration of epics and features to get those to Definition of Ready (DoR)
  • Collaborates with Business Analysts and Scrum Masters 
  • Work closely with key stakeholders throughout the organization
  • Responsible for making decisions on release dates and content
  • Represent the customer, interfacing and engaging with the customer
  • Participate in Sprint Planning meetings, Reveals and Retrospectives
  • Inspect the product progress at and accept or reject the delivery of Epics and Features.
  • Communicates the releases of Digital Platform to stakeholder and customers
  • Be a good role model of Scrum values; understand the framework and the roles of each team member
  • Be a champion for the agile community and help to further the community within the organization
  • Employee is also responsible for performing other job duties as assigned by Caterpillar management from time to time.



Required Qualifications

                 Position requires a four year degree from an accredited college or university

                 5+ years of experience as a product manager 

                 8+ years of experience leading a technical team while simultaneously managing multiple projects

                 3+ years of experience with the Agile methodology



Top candidates will also possess these Qualifications

                 Demonstrated ability to communicate appropriately to ensure a team’s success

                 Domain expert in business applications

                 Strong accountability planning/organization, and teamwork 

                 Highly developed interpersonal skills to deal with sensitive, emotional or potentially controversial situations.

                 Excellent oral and written communication skills

                 Product Owner certification (CSPO from Scrum Alliance)

                 Experience working with onshore/offshore team model

                 Demonstrated ability to empower teams

                 Strong accountability, teamwork, and interpersonal skills, and communication skills

                 Knowledge of SDLC and demonstrated experience employing SDLC in aspects of the project management process

                 Background in Information Technology

                 Good knowledge of Caterpillar policies, standards, procedures, and a broad understanding of Caterpillar’s organization

                 Experience managing projects using Agile software tools such as, VSTS, JIRA, Team Services, Rally, Aha


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Oct 28, 2019


United States