**Supervisory Relationships** **Reports To:** Director, Technology Product Management **Supervises:** Manages a staff of 2 to 5 direct reports with indirect leadership for project staff **Basic Function** The Associate Director is responsible for leading and establishing the overall product management strategy for the assigned line of business(es) - Community Reinvestment Act (CRA), Home Mortgage Disclosure Act (HMDA) and Fair Lending, including the strategic vision and focus, lifecycle management, new product concepts, development of business plans, product launch through product rationalization, and execution of growth plans for all product lines or projects associated with their respective line of business. Products managed tend to be strategic in nature and are accompanied with a high degree of organizational visibility. Acts as the "go to person" in order to get goals and objectives accomplished in support of the organization's product/market needs. Leads competitive analysis and market assessment activities and establishes marketing strategy based on the assessment of market trends, customer needs and competitive analysis. Establishes strategic programs for new products or enhancements, including identification of market segments, product positioning, pricing and profitability. Identifies new distribution channels and coordinates product introduction and market exploitation to ensure maximum penetration. Integrates the activities of product management, marketing, development, and other organizational units, in the development, implementation and maintenance of all product work and launch plans. You will be responsible for working with various stakeholders to define product release priorities, the product vision, key milestones defined by critical functionality and the requirements that comprise each Sprint and each release. You will work closely with your assigned technical product managers/product owner(s) in order to properly manage and prioritize the individual requirements that support the product vision. You will work with marketing to define the go-to-market strategy, helping them understand the product positioning, key benefits, and target customer. You will also serve as the internal and external evangelist for your product offering, occasionally working with the sales channel and key customers. **Essential Duties and responsibilities** + Performs business analysis and owns business case recommendations for new product development and product enhancements that will increase profitability, market penetration and industry presence. + Proactively identifies and champions new product opportunities. + Understands customer workflow, as it relates to the relevant products and services and rationalizes product requirements utilizing voice of customer. + Interacts with technical product managers/product owners to translate business requirements into product specifications. + Works with sales/alliances, marketing, services, and others to effectively plan and execute go-to-market strategy. + Prepares reports and analyses on assigned products/product lines and presents to leadership on a regular basis. + Proactively addresses sales and revenue variances with priority products-both short and projected long-term + Works with sales and senior management to strategize on key customer accounts. + Act as owner/champion for CRA, HMDA and Fair Lending products and services, including managing the communications among stakeholders. + Analysis of market research and input from both corporate and personal networks to determine evolving market requirements and opportunities. + Interacts with IT to translate product requirements into technical specifications. + Responsible for interviewing, recommending hires and managing resource performance and development of direct reports. + Stays informed on competition, regulation, marketplace, and internal and external issues related to automotive financing. + Active participation in key industry events and associations. **Job Qualifications** **Education:** + Bachelor's degree in Business, Marketing, Technology, or related field / equivalent experience. + Masters Degree in Business, Marketing, or Technology preferred **Experience:** + Minimum 7 years of experience in product management, marketing, marketing research or strategic planning and/or project management. + Minimum 5 years organizational development and people management experience. + Well developed understanding of product lifecycle management, and product management disciplines. + Knowledge of the financial services industry, indirect lending, software development processes, current market. CRA, HMDA, and Fair Lending knowledge preferred. + Experience leading the migration of existing applications to a SaaS based platform preferred. + Highly developed project management experience. + Highly developed business case experience. **Other Knowledge, Skills, Abilities or Certifications:** + Knowledge of current competitive landscape, particularly knowledge and insights into CRA, HMDA and Fair Lending. + Knowledge of the drivers of revenue, cost and profitability. + Demonstrated business case development experience. + Demonstrated experience successfully managing the product lifecycle. + Demonstrated experience in the development of products and successful product launches. + Exceptional interpersonal skills with partners, customers, teammates. + Ability to lead others, develop and deliver a business plan that can effectively organize, plan, direct, manage, and maintain profitable products. + Demonstrated ability to lead business initiatives and influence others to deliver success. + Knowledgeable about navigating matrix managed organizations. + Ability to effectively transact with moderate levels of ambiguity - manage with change, decide and act without having the total picture; comfortably handles risk and uncertainty. + Excellent written, verbal, interpersonal, and presentation communication skills. + Strong leadership skills with focus on producing results. + Proficient formal presentation and facilitation skills, including executive c-level audiences. + Strong analytical pragmatic solution capabilities. + Demonstrated project/process management skills. + Good negotiator, planner and decision-making skills. Accurately scopes out projects, sets objectives and goals, develops schedules and resource assignments, and measures performance against goals. + Demonstrates strong initiative and self-motivation. + Ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously and demonstrating effective capacity management. + Expert experience using Microsoft Office Suite and desktop computing. + Excellent follow through, attention to detail, and time management skills. **Travel requirements** + Travel, including overnight stays, is required based on business needs. + Requires moderate travel (10% - 20%) EQUAL EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY Wolters Kluwer U. S. Corporation and all of its subsidiaries, divisions and customer/business units is an Equal Opportunity / Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or protected veteran status.
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