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Product Manager

by Feb 3, 2021

Ames, IA - Full Time

Salaried Job Posting: Product Manager                  Date of Posting: February 2, 2021 

Department: Product Management                        Reports to: Director of Product Management 

The Culture

Ag Leader was born from a passion and determination to transform agriculture forever. In 1992, Ag Leader changed the industry by bringing real-time yield data to farmers’ fingertips. Today, more than 25 years later, Ag Leader has become a global team that provides year-round solutions to help farmers plan, plant, apply, and harvest more efficiently and profitably. We are improving the lives of farmers. We are increasing the efficiency of production agriculture around the world. And we aren’t slowing down. Ready to use your talent to implement change? Join our team of innovators revolutionizing agriculture. 

The Opportunity

To work within the product management team identifying new product opportunities, planning how they fit in Ag Leader’s strategy, while maximizing the impact these products have in our customers’ operations.  In this position you will be responsible for multiple activities critical to the development and stewardship of products throughout the product life cycle phases.  There is an opportunity to focus on our Crop Care (sprayers, spreaders, liquid/NH3 toolbars) or Steering product lines, depending on expertise and interest. 

The Right Person Will

  • Form individual thoughts and ideas to contribute and thrive in a team environment 
  • Recruit and rally others on cross-functional initiatives to achieve product line success 
  • Passionately lead in the development of themselves and others 
  • Overcome the status quo with an internal drive to achieve results 
  • Cultivate relationships both inside and outside of Ag Leader Technology 
  • Share credit, emphasize team over self, and define success collectively rather than individually   
  • Consistently striving for more; taking on more responsibility, identifying work to be done, constantly learning and thinking about new opportunities 
  • Have good judgment and intuition around the subtleties of group dynamics and the impact of their words and actions 

Responsibilities

  • Proactively identify product opportunities related to Crop Care or Steering product line that help farmers change the way they farm to improve their financial success and quality of life 
  • Be a product champion by thinking strategically and owning the product vision  
  • Effectively communicate the product’s positioning and competitive advantage 
  • Develop product roadmap based on strong market expertise gleaned from customer and competitive research regarding market viability, customer need, and market potential 
  • Become a product expert, developing a deep understanding of product operation, product positioning, and competitive products in the marketplace 
  • Manage product life cycle including market needs, opportunity definition, roadmap, development, and end-of-life 
  • Set pricing to ensure product line and company success 

Qualifications/Skills

  • 5+ years experience in product management, product development, strategic marketing, and/or market analysis 
  • Proven ability to make things happen amidst ambiguity, complexity, and inter-dependencies in an organized and structured way  
  • Strong organizational skills 
  • Keen observational skills focused on identification of customer problems and unarticulated needs 
  • Thorough understating of row crop farmers as well as their business and technology practices 
  • Proven ability to influence cross-functional teams without formal authority  
  • Must be able to travel as required to effectively fulfill position requirements 

 

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