Software Product Manager

Datalogics, Inc. is a PDF, EdTech and eBook technology company, dedicated to providing the highest quality software. Based in Chicago, IL, we support hundreds of customers worldwide who are using our technology in diverse applications. With over 50 years of industry experience, we provide unmatched support, enabling customers to bring their products to market faster. We're a collection of personalities both big and small, wide and tall, and we're looking a for a product manager to join us.

As Product Manager, you will help shepherd our portfolio of products across the spectrum of electronic document and information applications we support. You work directly with our sales, marketing, engineering and other teams - as well as with the product management team - and you will be responsible for:

  • Building consensus for roadmaps and schedules for your products, balancing market needs with the capabilities available to you
  • Performing, interpreting, and presenting market research
  • Researching and proposing new product extensions and directions
  • Evaluating proposals from others and helping to forecast profit/loss for these proposals
  • Updating schedules and plans as needed to reflect discoveries and circumstances during project execution
  • Serving as expert voice for market needs and expectations
  • Creating launch plans and executing product launches for new products and significant product updates
  • Keeping everyone informed, communicating, and excited about your products

Qualifications include but are not limited to:

  • Demonstrated success bringing software products through the entire lifecycle of conception, production, launch, and follow-on enhancement
  • Experience presenting to developer and customer audiences at conferences, trade shows, webinars, or press interviews
  • A history of taking on and succeeding at roles of increasing responsibility and area of influence. Proven success with influencing others positively across different organizational functions and roles will especially stand out
  • Experience and knowledge of different product development methodologies and project management methodologies. Facility with Agile and continuous improvement methodologies such as Scrum, Kanban or other iterative methodologies is expected - as is familiarity with product methodologies and processes. Knowing the difference between these, and how these complement each other, is essential
  • Superb written and spoken communication in the English language. Additional consideration given to those who can communicate fluently and adroitly in multiple languages

Our expectations of you will include:

  • A desire for variety - we pride ourselves on evaluating and pursuing diverse opportunities. We encourage experimentation with the expectation that you will be able and willing to let go of pursuits that don't make the grade.
  • An embrace of ambiguity - we are a small company and therefore many of us wear several hats. We expect people to volunteer to help with what needs doing, while respecting that important decisions require many different inputs.
  • Comfort being a leader when it's called for; being a follower when that is what's needed; and being able to tell when to be which of these.
  • Drive to make the people and products around you better. We expect your passion is success, and that you define success as inspiring everyone around you to great results. We consider great results to be products that significantly enhance our customers' and users' lives and that bring inspiration to us and our users alike

A relevant degree is expected, with additional consideration given for relevant graduate degrees. Experience in a product management role is expected - if you don't have a history in the role, you'll need to especially amaze us with your potential for this role. This is not a technical position, but you will need to interface well with a variety of technical stakeholders both inside Datalogics and outside in our target markets. You'll be expected to represent your products and Datalogics to varied audiences in many different settings.

Datalogics may not be for you if you are accustomed to a large corporate environment and the structure that entails, nor are we the best place for someone seeking the chaos of a start-up atmosphere. However, if you come willing to get your hands dirty with a variety of tasks and eager to work with a wide selection of different people in different roles, you will be happy and do well here.

Some travel is required, including international travel, and at times on short notice. However, this is not a remote position; we expect the product manager to be based in our Chicago office. Compensation will be based on experience and capabilities, and includes a competitive package of benefits. Local candidates will be given preference. Datalogics is an equal opportunity employer.

Founded in 1967, Datalogics has been a leader in document typesetting and publishing software solutions for 50 years. As an Adobe® Portfolio Company, we are a leading source for Adobe PDF technologies and solutions. We are proud to serve the industry through our participation on the board of the PDF Association as well as being a W3C member company.

Come thrive with an experienced small company whose business is creating software. Please email your resume in text or PDF format to Principals only.

Job Type: Full-time