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Product Manager III

Company: CDKGlobal
Location: Austin
Posted on: September 14, 2021

Job Description:

Power the Possibilities
The CDK Global technology team is looking for collaborative innovators who are passionate about making their mark on emerging enterprise software products. We’re building and developing cloud technology for the automotive retail industry
that will change the landscape for automotive dealers, original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) and the customers they serve.

Be Part of Something Bigger
Each year, more than three percent of the U.S. gross domestic product (GDP) is attributed to the auto industry, which flows through our customer, the auto dealer. It’s time you joined an evolving marketplace where research and development
investment is measured in the tens of billions. It’s time you were a part of something bigger.

We’re expanding our workforce – engineers, architects, developers and more – onboarding early adopters who can optimize, pivot and keep pace with ever-evolving development roadmaps and applications.

Join Our Team
Growth potential, flexibility and material impact on the success and quality of a next-gen, enterprise software product make CDK an excellent choice for those who thrive in challenging, fast-paced engineering environments.
The possibilities for impact are endless. We have exceptional opportunities to evolve our industry by driving change through new technology.

If you’re ready for high-impact, you’re ready for CDK.

Position Summary


CDK’s Cloud Technology platform team is building and delivering a collection of public cloud infrastructure capabilities that are standards-based, scalable, secure, resilient, highly available and integrated with well-defined and automated CI/CD pipeline services.  These cloud capabilities form the foundation on which CDK delivers leading edge software solutions that the drive the automotive retail industry. 


Product managers are responsible for guiding the success of a product and leading the cross-functional team that is responsible for improving it. It is an important organizational role that sets the strategy, road map, and feature definition for a product or product line. Building the pipeline and prioritizing backlog.   In common with all product managers, they are responsible for deciding what is delivered, not how to do it (how is the platform engineer’s job).  The platform product manager sits at the center of design, delivery and support.


The Product Manager III is responsible for managing the entire life cycle of existing products from product design, to solution design, to build, and implementation, working closely with the Product Owner and the Platform Engineering teams.  Additionally, this position is responsible for collecting and defining basic product requirements, writing user stories, and managing typical scrum team processes.


Position Responsibilities & Essential functions


  • Manage the entire product lifecycle, from planning & definition through development, launch, and retirement phases.


  • Gather functional requirements from business stakeholders, collaborate with project team members to identify feature details and document specifications.


  • Create, maintain and communicate the product roadmap for your product offerings.


  • Author epics (big ideas), creating user stories and leading the sprint team ceremonies, which include daily stand-ups, planning sessions and working with your sprint teams to decompose user stories into development tasks.


  • Define solutions to meet the market need and create the business case justification for pursuing such initiatives. Create a compelling value proposition for your products and initiatives.


  • Manage the development backlog for your sprint teams including authoring stories, managing grooming sessions, helping lead sprint team planning sessions, and running stand-up meetings, showcases and retrospective ceremonies enabling efficient and productive development efforts.


  • Collaborate with Product & Technology leadership to understand and plan the operational requirements associated with launching and supporting your product including all activities required for service and IT/IS readiness.


Qualifications & Job Requirements


  • Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science, Business, or Engineering.


  • Five years of Product Management and/or Product Planning experience.


  • Previous experience in a Commercial Software, Systems, or Online Services company in a SaaS, Cloud leading-edge environment.


  • Detail, action, and process oriented to drive projects and initiatives to completion.


  • Ability to interact with customers to listen, organize, and champion projects.


  • Proven ability to simplify inherently complex concepts and plan solutions necessary to iteratively address market needs.


  • Excellent inter-personal skills with ability to negotiate and persuade team members and key decision makers.


  • Strong track record of client collaboration and market assessment.


  • Demonstrated record of turning ideas into realities.


  • Exceptionally strong written and verbal communications with a strong aptitude for succinctly presenting thoughts and ideas to senior internal and external stakeholders.


  • Ability to listen and consider the points of view of others, collaborate and build consensus within cross-functional areas.



  • Ability to effectively multi-task in a deadline driven atmosphere.


  • Highly motivated ‘go-getter' who is driven to achieve business results with the ability to remain positive and focused on moving forward, regardless of obstacles.


  • Travel 25% of time to meet with customers and business partners.





  • Knowledge of cloud technology concepts
  • Experience working in an Agile software development environment, and with Agile tools such as Jira and TFS a plus.
  • Knowledge of the automotive industry, dealership environment or product marketing area.
  • Solid project management experience/skills.
  • Experience in collaborating with off shore agile teams. 



CDK Global knows you have passions outside of work.  You have family, friends, sporting events, and lots of things going on.   That’s why we offer a comprehensive benefits package to not only take care of you but your family as well.   All of our benefits are effective the first day of employment including 401K matching, paid time off to re-energize, donate your time to volunteer in your community, and tuition reimbursement to name a few.

At CDK, we pride ourselves on having a diverse workforce. We value and celebrate the uniqueness of individuals and the different perspectives they provide. We offer equal opportunity employment regardless of race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability status, age, marital status, or protected veteran status.  

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