Director of Product Management (Engineering Services)

Remote (United States), Remote (United States)
May 18, 2022
May 24, 2022
Full Time
Here at Appian, we're passionate about technology. We love making it, and we love using it. Joining Appian Engineering will provide you with the opportunity to learn in an environment that values cross-functional collaboration and is committed to personal and professional growth. We want to revolutionize the way people work, and in doing so, we develop the Appian platform to be simple so our customers can thrive.

As a Director of Product Management, you will be a strategic leader on the product management team, overseeing the vision, product portfolio backlog, and product management team for the Engineering Services strategic business unit.

This position will be specifically focused on the internal systems that power Appian Engineering's continuous integration and continuous deployment (CI/CD) capabilities. In Engineering Services, we are passionate about making engineers across our department as efficient as possible by improving, supporting, and optimizing all workflows in the software development lifecycle with a data-driven discipline. You will work with the teams who own the tools, infrastructure and systems upon which engineers at Appian depend on. These teams are responsible for guaranteeing a top-notch developer experience, making best of breed testing tools and systems available, providing performance, reliability, and security findings to ensure high quality and drive continuous improvement, maintaining flawless and repeatable release operations, promoting a culture of site reliability engineering (SRE) best practices, and other similar duties essential to the operations of a world-class software product company.

As Director of Product Management, you'll form strong relationships with counterparts within the Engineering department that are stakeholders in the systems and processes your business unit owns. You will oversee the creation of an impactful vision and ensure alignment between the product managers you supervise and the roadmaps of the other teams that rely on the tools and infrastructure provided by your organization. You will be accountable for the product strategy and feature backlog, the effectiveness and adherence to standard processes of the product management staff that reports to you, and above all else, the business impact of the features your team delivers.

Appian is headquartered in the McLean, Virginia area, and we are supportive of both Remote and Hybrid work environments.

To be successful in this role, you need to have:
  • A strong technical background, likely as a former software architect or developer who later became a product manager
  • Passion for the backend technologies that power enterprise software systems, both proprietary and industry-standard
  • Deep understanding of DevOps principles, CI/CD pipelines, and associated technologies
  • Excellent communication skills, comfortable talking high-level strategy with CxOs in the morning and feature details with developers in the afternoon
  • Consistent track record of overseeing the successful scoping and roadmapping of multiple features across several teams
  • Experience leading the product management processes and people for a division of an Engineering department that is responsible for the systems upon which teams depend to development and deliver high quality software
  • Multiples years of experience managing multiple product managers at various stages in their careers
  • Experience leading impact mapping activities and measuring success criteria

What you'll do:
  • Oversee the initiation, planning, execution, and rollout for strategic initiatives that improve Appian Engineering's continuous integration and deployment capabilities
  • Lead the development and ongoing maintenance of a multi-team, short-term and long-term feature backlog strongly aligned to department and corporate vision
  • Initiate and facilitate conversations across business units and departments to reach alignment on strategy, roadmap, key investments and messaging
  • Build relationships with key business stakeholders, keeping them apprised of important features, critical scope changes, planned investments
  • Manage several product managers across the full spectrum of experience levels through the full lifecycle of talent management (forecasting, recruiting, onboarding, 1-on-1s, reviews, promotions, compensation, and performance management)
  • Identify and cultivate the next generation of product management leadership
  • Provide constructive feedback on feature specifications to ensure new feature delivery provides optimal impact
  • Coach product managers on balancing functional and non-functional enhancements and system improvements
  • Continuously enhance and improve the product management processes and techniques at Appian

Some of the tools and resources we will equip you with include:
  • Within your first few weeks of joining us, you will attend new hire orientation along with our 2-day engineering bootcamp to ensure you are set up for success
  • Access to over 1,000+ Udemy course, along with dedicated learning time to focus on areas you specifically would like to focus on as a programmer
  • An agile-led work environment where you will be challenged and your ideas will be heard

Basic qualifications :
  • B.S. in Computer Science or related field

Preferred Experience Level:
  • 9+ years of product management experience
  • 5+ years of managing people

About Appian

Before Appian was a company, it was an idea. Not about a product or a market, but about the culture needed to sustain innovation and value. Today, we help businesses build apps and workflows rapidly, with a low-code automation platform.

Appian was founded on the belief that talented and passionate people, given the power and autonomy to excel, will deliver amazing impact. We have worked thoughtfully to create an inclusive, agile and collaborative work environment where employees feel challenged, and all voices are heard. We value and encourage cross-departmental collaboration, and actively seek opportunities to better ourselves and others. Creating impact to us means that when we deliver results, we're focused on lasting positive change.

Join us.

Appian Corporation is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, race, color, religion, national origin, disability, protected Veteran status, age, or any other characteristic protected by law. Further, Appian will not discriminate against applicants for inquiring about, discussing or disclosing their pay or, in certain circumstances, the pay of their co-worker, Pay Transparency Nondiscrimination .

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