Product Management Apprentice

| Greater LA Area
Apprenticeship Overview
The Sidebench Apprenticeship program is a 3-month, full-time paid developmental internship that is designed to provide the Apprentice with valuable & meaningful first-hand experience within a specific discipline. This specific track is for aspiring Product Managers.
The program is an ideal fit for someone looking to grow their career and gain insight into product management. As an Apprentice, you will gain significant exposure to all areas of product management within one of the fastest-growing digital product consultancies in the US while supporting current Product Managers across a variety of different projects.
The PM Apprentice will be given opportunities to lead meetings, working on key deliverables, and grow in a structured environment. They can expect to be challenged to think big, think creatively, and translate problem solutions into processes that improve organizational efficiency.
During the Apprenticeship, the Apprentice will have a dedicated mentor to help guide their growth as well as provide regular, structured feedback.

Responsibilities

  • Learn to constantly think like a product manager by validating problems, defining success metrics, ideating, identifying risks, conducting and analyzing research, advocating for the user and drafting the product roadmap
  • Think BIG picture and apply this level of thinking to everything you do; your job is not to complete tasks, your job is to understand why you are doing what you are doing and how it adds value
  • Learn how to build and maintain product documentation that pertains to budgeting, strategic planning, client deliverables and more
  • Draft meeting agendas to maximize your time and arrive to these meetings with poise and the confidence to lead if necessary
  • Update stakeholder status documents to clearly communicate updates to our clients
  • Successfully coordinating resources from multiple teams and demonstrate the ability to manage key processes to ensure on-time and high quality delivery
  • Aid in the research process before, during, and after client engagements
  • Work with our UX team to brainstorm and define key features
  • Coordinate and participate in user interviews and user testing
  • Participate in design critiques and reviews
  • Lead internal projects and process improvements
  • Work with QA and dev teams to define Google Analytics event tracking for future dev projects and update event tracking for existing projects
  • Create QA test plans and lead QA on multiple projects
  • Communicate with clients and represent Sidebench as a client facing employee
  • Find ways to overachieve and go above and beyond whenever the opportunity presents itself

Qualifications

  • Must be responsive, pro-active, enthusiastic, and adaptable
  • Strong project management skills and ability to manage tasks effectively
  • Some exposure to product management or similar disciplines in a previous role
  • Some experience with the web or app development process
  • Ability to produce detailed and well-organized documentation (have a knack for effectively summarizing concepts, thoughts, and research)
  • Strong research and analytical skills and problem solving ability
  • Genuine interest in technology and product design
  • Self-starter with demonstrated capacity for independent initiative
  • Extreme attention to detail
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills
  • Experience acting as a leader in the workplace, classroom or a similar organization
  • Must be able to commit to a full-time role for a period of 3 months

Benefits & Perks

  • Our dress code is casual and we play music throughout the office (DJ’ing by committee)
  • Our Culture Club celebrates new hires, birthdays, Sidebench anniversaries, and holidays
  • We have a monthly happy hour, one big company event per quarter, and an annual party to celebrate our anniversary
  • We are located in the heart of Playa Vista with plenty of food and entertainment within walking distance
  • Our kitchen is stocked with free coffee, tea, beer, wine, fresh fruit and plenty of snacks
  • You will work with a diverse team of intelligent people that make it fun to come to work every day

At the conclusion of the 3-month program, pending your performance and company needs, there is the potential to transition to a full-time, salaried role. During the apprenticeship, the hourly rate will be $15-$18.

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Technology we use

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Location

We're between Venice Blvd. and Washington Blvd. and within walking distance to Downtown Culver City, which is convenient for lunch and happy hours.

An Insider's view of Sidebench

How would you describe the company’s work-life balance?

Our work-life balance here is one of the best I've experienced in my career so far. People usually arrive between 9-10a each morning and leave between 5-7p every evening, and so long as you make all of your meetings and hit all your deadlines, no one's going to judge. Additionally, the unlimited vacation is a huge perk for all of us.

Keenan

People Operations Manager

How do you collaborate with other teams in the company?

A part of my role is taking a client’s set of requirements and scoping out potential engagements. It's essential I get feedback from multiple teams, including UX/UI/Tech, to better inform my conversations & identify the clients true needs. To do so, I set up solutioning meetings with all roles involved & we’ll collaborate to find the best options.

Chase

Business Analyst

How do your team's ideas influence the company's direction?

Team ideas define Sidebench’s direction. Our core company value ensures nothing less, "We harness the collective genius of our diverse team to co-invent the feature." By creating an environment of open thinking & celebrating creative conflict, the team knows it's their responsibility to define company direction. Their ideas make up Sidebench’s DNA.

RJ

Director of Product Delivery

What’s the vibe like in the office?

Motivating. You can tell that everyone here loves what they do and wants to work hard to make the best products possible for our clients. At the same time, everyone is very laid back and knows when it’s time to work and when it’s time to have fun.

Katherine

Jr. UX Designer

What are Sidebench Perks + Benefits

Sidebench Benefits Overview

No week at the office is the same, and every day presents a new opportunity. At Sidebench, we offer hungry, wide-eyed individuals the chance to grow their career, challenge the status quo, and co-invent the future of technology. While you’re here, you’ll receive mentorship from world class leaders and work with a team that’s as driven and forward-thinking as you are.

Health Insurance & Wellness Benefits
Health Insurance Benefits
You choose your healthcare provider of choice so you can keep your current doctor or choose a new one. We take care of the rest.
Retirement & Stock Options Benefits
401(K)
We use Guideline, an accessible and easy-to-use 401k provider, to help our employees save for the future.
Child Care & Parental Leave Benefits
Generous Parental Leave
The arrival of a new family member is exciting…. and exhausting. We get it — which is why we offer paid leave for both new moms and dads.
Vacation & Time Off Benefits
Unlimited Vacation Policy
A healthy work/life balance is the key to doing great work, and we believe in giving our brains ample time to recharge.
Perks & Discounts
Casual Dress
Commuter Benefits
Company Outings
Stocked Kitchen
Some Meals Provided
Happy Hours
Parking
Pet Friendly
Professional Development Benefits
Job Training & Conferences
Tuition Reimbursement
We value curiosity greatly, so we offer an education package that encourage employees to keep learning and growing.
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