Product Manager

| Greater LA Area
The primary goal of a product manager is to craft excellent product solutions for our clients and ensure that we deliver exceptional consulting, technology, and creative services at all times. PMs are front and center at Sidebench and play a leading role both internally and in the eyes of our clients.
You will be expected to drive the product vision and delivery of our client projects while keeping both client and internal teams up to speed on the project roadmap, as well as leading analysts, designers, and developers, managing project budgets, and identifying and escalating risks to the Sidebench leadership team.

Responsibilities

  • Use research, data, industry best practices and a product-focused mentality to make decisions that define you as a respected product and team lead
  • Own every phase of the product life cycle from initial requirements gathering to QA
  • You use extreme attention to detail to establish a strong project foundation that ensures the success of your product decisions
  • Challenge design and development decisions to advocate for your users and the client’s business strategies
  • Define, analyze and measure KPIs for a product
  • Prioritize features, build backlogs and roadmaps to illustrate and own the product vision
  • Work with lead engineers to define the technical decisions required to support maximum usability, product scalability, and client business needs
  • Use software management best practices to maintain strict accountability for the project budget, scope, and timelines
  • Constantly build and maintain detailed project plans — your development sprints are always up to date and all internal and client stakeholders know how your teams are tracking
  • Provide timely status reports and communication to internal and client stakeholders
  • Communicate risks and wins to both internal and client stakeholders

Qualifications

  • You have 3-5 years of experience managing and successfully delivering complex web and mobile products in an agency or consulting environment
  • You see yourself as a client-facing, product delivery all-star, you kick ass on a regular basis, and you have the experience to back this up
  • You have the ability to run and prioritize multiple client projects at a time
  • You constantly seek value in what you create and verify every product decision with data, user feedback, business cases, and technical feasibility
  • You have a deep understanding of the purpose for each Scrum event: Sprint Planning, Daily Scrums, Sprint Review, and Sprint Retrospective
  • You have familiarity with common software analytical tools (i..e Google Analytics, MixPanel, etc.)You look at data to drive product decisions on behalf of our clients
  • You are familiar with the use and configuration of one or more Agile development management toolsUpdating projects plans and running well-organized sprints is your jam
  • You have a strong understanding of how different technologies work together and are comfortable discussing it with technical architects and developers
  • You have strong stakeholder management skills and are comfortable leading and pushing back on client stakeholders when necessary
  • You are process-oriented with a high attention to detail and get excited about running an efficient and well-oiled project team machine
  • You are determined to help build the best interactive consulting agency in Los Angeles

About Us
Sidebench is a leading product development studio and modern tech consultancy that was founded in 2012 by Forbes 30 Under 30 member Kevin Yamazaki. We’ve been named one of America’s fastest growing companies by Inc. Magazine over each of the past 3 years and we’ve landed on Entrepreneur Magazine’s list of America’s Most Entrepreneurial Companies in America over the past 2.
Sidebench specializes in the strategy, design, and building of entire tech-enabled businesses, enterprise platforms & systems, custom mobile & web apps, and internal software that help solve problems for some of the world’s most respected brands and social impact organizations.
We empower our employees to supercharge their career and pursue learning opportunities that help them growth professionally and personally. We use a diverse set of talents and expertise to grow our “collective genius” and co-invent the future of tech together. Our focus is to create great experiences for our end users and provide a great place to work for our people.
Clients include: Red Bull, Facebook, Oakley, Andreessen Horowitz, Accel Partners, Sony Pictures, United Talent Agency (UTA), NBC Universal, Pabst Blue Ribbon, Imagine Entertainment, Chelsea Handler, Pressed Juicery, Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, Cedars-Sinai, Foster Care (DCFS), UCSF Innovation, Instagram, American Heart Association, Microsoft, and many others.

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Location

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.

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.

Culture
Partners with Nonprofits
Friends outside of work
Eat lunch together
Daily stand up
Open door policy
Team owned deliverables
Team based strategic planning
Group brainstorming sessions
Open office floor plan
Diversity
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
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.
Paid Holidays
Paid Sick Days
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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