Marmoset is seeking a Product Owner
Marmoset is seeking a Product Owner with direct experience working with agile software teams. The ideal candidate has a user-focused mindset, is experienced in managing multiple priorities and deliverables, and has worked in a software development environment. As a critical member of Marmoset’s Tech Team, you’ll help provide the information, priority, and context necessary to achieve working software -- regularly updating and maintaining the product backlog. You’ll help plan sprints, collaborating with both users and developers to make sure the end result is the right thing at the right time. You’ll have support from Marmoset’s Tech Team Leader.
What you should know: We’ve currently got a Tech Team consisting of developers and a Team Leader who doubles as Scrum Master. We’re all about Scrum. We value commitment to boundaries around roles, people skills that allow us to communicate between teams effectively, and knowing when it’s important to say “no” or change direction. It’s critical for this role to be able to apply pressure to the development team without sacrificing respect for the team’s work and capacity, and to understand that there’s only a rare occasion when a request or issue is truly “urgent” enough to disrupt the current committed work and team flow.
Basics: You have product and software experience, and want to stick with a career in tech. Maybe you’re sick of the grind and limitations at another company and want a change of scenery, where balance and quality of life matters? You’re good with details, but your strength lies in seeing the big picture. If this sounds like you, keep reading.
Personality: You’re a team player. Self starter with a contagious “can do” attitude. You are humble, calm and cool under pressure, and rarely ruffled by stress. You can make sense of and find valuable gems within a “firehose” of information.
Abilities: You can translate business requirements into technical requirements with ease. Your super human organization skills and strong attention to detail has helped teams achieve success. You are an excellent communicator, strong researcher, and attentive listener. Creating an amazing experience for users is your goal. You’re proactive, resourceful and can figure things out on your own. You can tell someone “no” without sacrificing kindness and empathy.
Experience: 1 year minimum experience working with software development and software developers. A basic understanding of agile methodology is required; certification in product ownership (CSPO/PSPO) is a plus! You should have experience using JIRA or something similar to build and maintain a prioritized backlog.
Passion: You love collaboration and teamwork. You thrive in a fun, familial, highly creative environment. Passion for community is a must. Your desire to learn and grow is unrivaled.
A Portland, Oregon based creative agency with BIG dreams. Launched in 2010, steadily growing.
It’s more than a creative agency. Marmoset’s core purpose is Be Community -- caring for our people: our staff, our clients, and our entire community.
Familial work environment that’s fun, offers flexibility and cares deeply about what we do.
Marmoset has ranked #6 “Fastest Growing Companies in Oregon,” “100 Best Companies to Work for in Oregon,” and INC Magazine’s 2017 Best Places to Work.
Occasional 50 hour work weeks are offset with paid time off with tons of flexibility.
Benefits: Generous paid time off, flexible work environment, one month paid sabbatical after 4 years, medical, vision, dental, matching 401K. HRA for alternative care and orthodontics. Paid parental leave. Paid volunteer days and creative days. Donation matching. Gym & Fitness benefit OR employer-funded FSA, mass transit benefit, bike benefit, technology allowance, live music benefit, cell phone stipend, continuing education assistance, and progressive vibes. Ample profit sharing plan.
Culture: Marmoset fosters a progressive culture and work environment with a high degree of trust, collaboration and level of care that’s hard to find.
Marmoset is a proud Equal Opportunity employer, celebrating a diverse, inclusive community of people, cultures and stories.
Because we’re a growing company, this opportunity has the potential to evolve in a variety of ways and will at times require a high degree of flexibility and juggling, depending on what needs to be done.
Worth knowing: At Marmoset, being aligned on core values is more important than credentials, accolades or experience. People, quality of life and relationships matter most. Period. We’re a close-knit group of people and we work hard to maintain a positive, healthy, rewarding and even fun culture. Here’s Marmoset’s purpose and core values, as defined by our staff:
Purpose: Be community
- We are team players.
- We are buoyant and committed.
- We respect and embrace our differences.
- We listen, learn and grow.
- We have fire in the belly.
We work to keep these core values and purpose ever-present in all that we do and we let them be a filter we use to make decisions and help us do better work.
Marmoset provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability or genetics. In addition to federal law requirements, Marmoset complies with applicable state and local laws governing nondiscrimination in employment. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation and training.
Please submit a one page resume, a one to two page letter of interest and at least three references - all in PDF format.
In your letter of interest, feel free to elaborate on your experience and your story so we can get to know you better. What are your superpowers? What is your kryptonite? What do you know about Agile methodology and what do or don’t you love about it? What is your experience working with a team and keeping them focused on timelines and deliverables? What tools do you use to stay organized and manage details? Tell us about how you connect with Marmoset’s core values and purpose. How do you see yourself making an impact at Marmoset? Plus, be sure to include any references and web links you believe would be helpful.
Additionally, in your letter of interest, please be sure to include a statement of purpose (100 words maximum).
The closing date for this position is Friday, July 26, 2019. We will review candidates on a rolling basis as applications are received, so don’t wait until the last minute. Please apply as soon as you can and carefully follow the application guidelines. Applications that don’t strictly follow the above guidelines may not be considered.
We will respond to all applicants and inquiries via email; please do not call.