Manager, Product Operations

| Greater LA Area
Role Overview
Interested in advancing the outcomes in the health of people and the planet through design, technology, and partnerships? Does solving some of the most complex problems in healthcare and climate tech get you fired up?! Read on.

At Sidebench we operate in empowered product teams that are purpose built to solve hard problems in ways that work for our clients, that their customers love, and make the world a better place.As the Product Operations Manager you will have the unique opportunity to work directly with the VP of Product to manage the Product Operations function enabling Sidebench’s Product, Design, and Engineering teams to operate efficiently while empowering the Business Development and Account management teams to close and expand on new relationships. 

In this cross-functional management role, you will collaborate with every team at Sidebench and act as a servant leader by managing the core systems and processes at the intersection of Sales and Product. You will own the proposal process and you’ll manage our systems that enable knowledge transfer, historical reference, impact cases, and client reviews. You’ll also work closely with the Director of Finance and our partner teams to manage actual time vs forecasted availability of our core team and contract/partner teams so that we appropriately allocate work to the right talent. 

Key Areas of Responsibility

Sizing, Scoping, and Proposing new or expanding opportunities: You’ll collaborate with the Product, Design, Engineering, Business Development, and Account Management teams to define proposals for new or expanding product opportunities. This is a core function of the business and is a key driver of revenue for Sidebench that you will manage directly.

Forecasting of core team and partner teams capacity: It’s critically important for us to track our teams capacity so that we don’t over allocate work to them and critically important to know when we have available capacity in advance so that we can make sure we’re bringing on new opportunities that can match that capacity. In this role you’ll work closely with the Director of Finance to pull these reports and develop insights and actions to surface to the rest of the business.

Staffing, Team Engagement, and Skill Building: You’ll collaborate with the Manager of Staffing & Recruiting to identify roles that need to be filled and help to screen candidates to bring on new talent. Once we’ve brought on new talent you’ll support onboarding them to Sidebench best practices, manage their access to tools and documentation, manage our talent community, and collaborate with the Partner & VP of Product on managing a consistent learning curriculum to help advance each person’s skill set. 

Identify opportunities and manage risks: You’ll oversee our Accounts & Product Pulse Check process where you’ll work closely with each of the Product Managers to check in on a weekly basis regarding new opportunities and/or risks that have identified and need to be surfaced to the VP of Product, Director of Finance, and Director of Accounts.

Identify gaps and design efficient systems to solve for them: You’ll be a master at understanding where there are opportunities to improve systems and processes and you’ll create compelling and efficient solutions to improve the areas that are weakest. 

Key Traits

Outcomes Driven: You’ll have a proven track record that shows you thrive by leading with outcomes, understanding the core levers of a business model, and have a desire to participate in thought leadership in order to be better positioned to drive and inspire our team and our client partners. The concept of KPIs, leading and lagging indicators, and the ability to articulate how your contributions have made a measurable difference in such is a must.

Proactive Anticipator: You skate to where the puck is because you know what is coming and you know you need to be ahead of it. People would describe you as the type of person who can see around corners or someone who has the ability to almost predict the future.

Empathetic Communicator: This role is highly cross-functional so people should describe you as empathetic and as an excellent communicator. You should have the ability to really understand the person, their problems, and be able to “walk a mile in their shoes.” You’ll know how people are feeling with their current assignments and capacity, what they are passionate about, and what products they would do the best with.

Organized Executor:You consider yourself a master of effectively identifying, prioritizing, and managing multiple work streams simultaneously in a dynamic and rapidly-changing environment and crushing your timelines and project plans.

Analytical & Inquisitive: You’ll need to have a superior ability to synthesize diverse and complex information and data to help design elegant strategies, solutions, workflows, and procedures that are presentable to all stakeholders.

Self Motivated, Level Headed & Master Prioritizer: You must be a master at time management with a keen ability to prioritize the most important problems while also improving procedures, processes, and systems. Ideally you’re a creative but systematic thinker who can develop solutions within deadlines while being perceived as calm and composed in the face of challenging scenarios and when under pressure/deadlines.

Key Outcomes

High Leverage Product Operations:Creating, training, and implementing effective processes to bridge communication and efficiency between the Product/Design/Engineering departments and the BD/Strategy team by designing best practices and processes that'll last through 2022 and beyond.

Optimizing Talent + Resources: Ensuring that the team operates at the ideal utilization rate of 75%; managing our Contractor Gross Margins, recruiting & hiring A players, and retaining our incredible talent. You’ll also naturally be able to raise flags and make adjustments to maintain our team's success and hit our key metrics when you feel we need to.

High Quality Proposals and Documentation: Our Client Partners, Business Development, Account Management, and Product Teams will be wowed by your proposals, statements of work, client facing presentations, and your focus on detail and quality.


  • Demonstrated understanding of the techniques and methods of modern product discovery and product development along with a deep understanding of each person's role and responsibilities.
  • 3+ years working on or close to technology-powered products as either a business analyst, product manager, product designer, engineer, data analyst, data scientist, or user researcher. 
  • Master of change management who knows that communication and training is critical in deploying new and improved processes and systems
  • Demonstrated ability to learn multiple functional areas of business to identify gaps and ways to improve or increase efficiency – engineering, design, finance, sales, or marketing.
  • Demonstrated ability to figure out solutions to hard problems with many constraints, using sound judgement to assess risks, and to lay out your argument in a well-structured, data-informed, written narrative.
  • Proven ability to engage with product managers, engineers, designers, and company leaders in constructive and collaborative relationships that drive meaningful results.

Diverse Perspectives
We know that innovation thrives on product teams where diverse points of view come together to solve hard problems in ways that are just now possible. As such, we explicitly seek people that bring diverse life experiences, diverse educational backgrounds, diverse cultures, and diverse work experiences. Please be prepared to share with us how your perspective will bring something unique and valuable to our product teams. 

About Sidebench
Sidebench is an award winning custom software development company on a mission to accelerate outcomes in the health of people and the planet through design, technology, and partnership. We are a diverse group of strategists, technologists, tinkerers, and thought leaders that collaborate with our partners to create compelling software solutions to some of the hardest problems in the world.

We value a give-first mentality, empathy, curiosity, earning trust, challenging our own inertia, and playing the long game, and when we think about the future, both immediate and distant, we aspire to be an unconventional catalyst that helps create a world where all people thrive. 

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We are located in Santa Monica conveniently located near the Water Garden.

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.


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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.


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How does the company support your career growth?

The company provides time and resources for pursuing higher education that is relevant to your current position or desired career trajectory.


Exec Assistant

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.


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.


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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.

Partners with Nonprofits
Friends outside of work
Eat lunch together
Daily sync
Open door policy
Team owned deliverables
Team based strategic planning
Group brainstorming sessions
Open office floor plan
Mean gender pay gap below 10%
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.
Onsite Gym
Retirement & Stock Options Benefits
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.
Paid Holidays
Paid Sick Days
Perks & Discounts
Casual Dress
Commuter Benefits
Company Outings
Stocked Kitchen
Some Meals Provided
Happy Hours
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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