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Product, Full Time    New York City    Posted: Thursday, March 10, 2022
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Were hiring a Senior Technical Project Manager.

About our team & what well build together

We are looking for an individual who is passionate about taking on new challenges, finding solutions & attaining goals to help us drive our mission forward! This role will report to our Director of Product Operations & support across multiple verticals including Product Development, Production Support, Data, & Design. The ideal candidate will have demonstrable experience as a professional Technical Project Manager or ScrumMaster & have the strong ability to drive & track operational goals while refining process & output reporting.  

How youll contribute to our mission

The Senior Technical Project Manager (TPM) is a servant leader focused on transparency, inspection & adaptation. The ideal candidate has an appetite for relentless improvement & is a champion of Agile/Lean practices that achieve delivery flow. You will work to establish a trusting & safe team environment where problems can be addressed without blame or judgment, with a focus on problem solving & a "learn by doing" environment.  The position is responsible for TPM activities on one or more Agile Teams that are part of one or more Agile Release Trains.

  • Assist the Agile team to achieve its goals
  • Coach/train teams on Agile/Lean tools, techniques, & knowledge
  • Manage impediments & barriers outside of the Agile Team's control
  • Uses data/metrics to evaluate team performance & drive continuous improvement
  • Provide day-to-day coordination, support, & coaching to the team to encourage adoption of agile practices
  • Champion support of evolving processes with focus on relentless improvement
  • Foster transparency & alignment through management of Agile Team information radiators
  • Facilitate Agile Team ceremonies that support team delivery flow, e.g. planning, retrospectives, demos, etc.
  • Facilitate Agile Team preparation & readiness for ART events
  • Support the Product Manager in their role of setting strategy & prioritizing work
  • Coach Team on becoming self-organizing & introducing technical techniques used in Agile for continuous improvement like Pair Programming & Test Driven Development.
  • Help coordinate inter-team cooperation & communication for all team members (may be geographically distributed)
  • Build trust, & work collaboratively with all levels & areas of the organization
  • Provide support for Agile Team/ART forecasting, estimating, & capacity planning
  • Support DevOps practices, continuous deployment pipeline & release activities.
  • Coach new SM/TPMs on how methodology is applied within the organization.
  • Identify & mitigate risks to minimize project uncertainty

Youre ready for this! Heres a bit more about what were looking for

Skills & Abilities

  • Coaching, facilitation, & training skills
  • Ability to manage timeboxes & facilitate productive events
  • Ability to influence others, & to maintain persistence in the face of obstacles
  • Understanding of SAFe & Agile principles & practices at a team & program level
  • Critical thinking skills with the ability to guide people & groups through problem solving
  • Ability to recognize when the team is making decisions that impact overall release train direction & escalate as appropriate.
  • Effective communicator, both verbally & in writing, to many levels & areas of the company
  • Ability to build relationships & influence in a matrixed organization
  • Ability to lead teams, gain trust, & create an emphasis on continuous improvement
  • Ability to explain the organizations Methodology & be contacted for coaching new department adoption & implementation of Agile.

Education & Experience

  • Minimum of 6 years' experience as a dedicated Scrum Master or Technical Project Manager on one or more Agile development/engineering teams
  • Experience with teams using Lean/Agile practices, e.g. Scrum, Kanban, SAFe, ScrumXP, etc.
  • Preferred knowledge of concepts & practices for scaling agile
  • Preferred experience with Jira & Jira Align
  • Preferred Certified Scrum Master (CSM) or equivalent certification
  • Preferred SAFe Agilist, or other SAFe/Agile/Lean certifications
  • Bachelor's degree in Business, Project Management, Information Systems or related field; or equivalent experience

Why we love working here

We are mission driven & values driven:

We are collectively building an impactful brand for millennial women by helping them maneuver through lifes necessities. We are providing this community with information & resources so they have the ability, agency, & confidence to live their smartest lives. Every role has a purpose & allows us to equip & enable women to make their best decisions, feel more educated & have the right knowledge at the right time.  

We are values driven at every point - how we work, the way we work & our culture come straight from our core values. Each of us supports this incredible brand & takes part in its continued growth, fulfilling the needs of our audience each & every day.

We put you & your personal lives first - we have a generous benefits policy that demonstrates we are listening to what our employees need:

  • Unlimited vacation policy & generous holiday observances
  • A hybrid working model with flexibility for remote work
  • Comprehensive insurance plans & commuter benefits
  • Auto-enrollment into a MassMutual 401(k) plan starting on your first day & employer contribution available after six months of employment 
  • Access to family building & fertility benefits
  • Rewards for every work anniversary
  • One month paid sabbatical after your five year anniversary as a full-time employee

We support our parents at all points on their journey: 

  • Generous paid parental leave
  • Access to family building & fertility benefits
  • Flexible & broad-scale child support program

Your well being is our priority: 

  • We honor Sacred Time in our workplace
  • We have aligned company time off during the summer to truly allow for us all to break from our work at the same time
  • We offer fitness membership reimbursement
  • One Medical Membership is included with our benefits

We have a vibrant, collaborative, & supportive culture (we celebrate & have fun!):

  • Weekly company updates led by our co-founders/co-CEOs
  • Weekly lunch stipend for HQ employees
  • Two opportunities each year for our entire organization to come together IRL in NYC
  • ERGs
  • Employee awards ceremonies to celebrate individual accomplishments
  • Clubs & activities designed to meet other employees like book clubs, new hire buddy programs, rooftop lunches, off-sites, & wellness focused classes
  • Numerous culture events that enable our workforce, in the office & remote, to connect & have fun

Your career & development are a priority: 

  • Annual learning & development stipend
  • LEAD@theSkimm, our leadership development program
  • DEI initiatives to ensure we are the best partners & colleagues to each other
  • Career development guidance & planning

And more

  • Competitive salary & equity packages
  • Complimentary access to theSkimms suite of membership products & swag
  • The opportunity to be part of a values-driven, hardworking, & diverse group of people building a media company that makes it easier to live smarter

Our story, Skimmd

Were a mission-driven digital media company giving millennial women the information they need to live their smartest lives. 

At our core, we are writers, editors, producers, designers, marketers, engineers, analysts, sellers, creatives, & strategists all working together to achieve this goal.

Since launching in 2012, we have become a trusted source for a community of millions of Skimmrs by seamlessly integrating into their existing routines, fundamentally changing the way our audience consumes news & makes decisions. Our flagship product, the Daily Skimm, remains the fastest-growing newsletter on the market, & we continue to innovate, find new ways to Skimm everything from finance & careers to voting, wellness & downtime. Our product suite has expanded to include three top-rated podcasts, Skimm This'', Pop Cultured, & 9 to 5ish, theSkimm mobile app, Skimm Money & Skimm Your Life newsletters, a new virtual course series called SkimmU, & Skimm Studios for innovative in-house video & audio content. Our first book, How to Skimm Your Life, was released in June 2019 & debuted at #1 on The New York Times Best Seller list. 

And were not done! We continue to grow the breadth of our offerings in lifes necessary categories & by expanding our products across events, commerce, customized content, & audio, our ecosystem will become the go-to resource for this generation - & the ones that follow -  in the most critical areas of their lives. 

Come join us!

Learn more about us & our other opportunities here.

What about the office?

This is a full-time role based in New York, NY with flexibility for remote work.

Our office is available to use three days a week - Tuesday, Wednesday, & Thursday. We have a hybrid environment & ask that employees within the New York Metro area come together in person a minimum of three days per month. All other days are up to the discretion of the employees during the three days a week that the office will be open. We are continuing to closely monitor the state of COVID-19 in New York & will adjust this plan accordingly.

We will require COVID-19 vaccinations for anyone coming to our office. We are following CDC recommendations & will also require additional boosters, & will always follow CDC & NY state guidance on wearing masks in the office.

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