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TrueCar

Santa Monica, CA
Consumer
Mid
last month

TrueCar is always looking for Technical Product Managers who will help drive the strategy and execution of multiple product lines within our diverse technology platform. These products span the entire spectrum of our business: enterprise applications, TrueCar.com, affinity partner sites, dealer tools, OEM-focused products, and other industry data analytics offerings.

If you are the type of person who sees value-adding opportunity where others see ambiguity and chaos, keep reading.

If you are a software engineer at heart, who loves solving technical challenges but you find yourself drawn more and more to the strategic business realm, and are ready to hang up your debugger** in favor of a new product management toolkit, we want to talk to you.

If you are a former software engineer who has already hung up your debugger** and leveraged the product management toolkit, and have seen firsthand the value you are capable of providing, we really want to talk to you.

Of course, you never truly hang up your debugger**, but this role is so much more.

** debugger/IDE/mechanical keyboard/profiler/unix shell/stackoverflow account/etc

ABOUT THE JOB:

  • Maintain sharp focus on what we're building and why we're building it
  • Act as a force multiplier within the organization by providing leadership, focus and order to the development of ever-changing technical products
  • Collaborate with various product, architecture and development managers to understand and translate their strategic visions into business and technical requirements
  • Develop and pitch strategic product plans
  • Develop and own technical product roadmaps, including prioritization plans. The ability to break problems into manageable pieces is key
  • Develop and own product specs, use cases (core and edge cases), and requirements (functional, performance, etc)
  • Effectively manage diverse stakeholder relationships
  • Anticipate pitfalls and plan accordingly
  • Deeply understand how various pieces of a project integrate together - including business logic, data, underlying algorithms, API layers, client-side logic, and user interface components
  • Provide frequent, transparent communication to the entire company on the status of product development
  • Identify key metrics and develop frameworks and methods for evaluating those metrics
  • Ensure product documentation, including technical documentation, meets standards
  • Embed with development teams and understand their needs, while helping to improve development processes
  • Own product roll-outs and operational support post roll-out
  • Mentor other TPM team members in the art of product management
  • Ship software!

WHAT YOU NEED:

  • BS degree in a technical field (computer science preferred) or equivalent experience
  • Professional software engineering experience as a Tech Lead (or equivalent) or above
  • Must have the ability to successfully organize, prioritize, and manage multiple projects in a deadline-driven environment
  • Ability to work independently with minimal oversight
  • Excellent communication skills and ability to interact with stakeholders at all levels and functions
  • Assertive but also known as a "people person"
  • Highly organized and find no detail too minute

NICE TO HAVE:

  • Automotive industry experience
  • Prior product management and/or product analyst experience
  • Experience working at a consumer Web company

ABOUT TRUECAR:

At TrueCar we pride ourselves on being a bold, innovative brand, one that's committed to creating a better car-buying experience. We bring game changing technology to the automotive marketplace because we believe there's a better way to do things. We're not simply another website or app. Our pricing information and Certified Dealer network are helping people save thousands, while they enjoy a buying experience that's truly exceptional. Bringing this vision to life is our amazing team of people, the very heart of our company.

We care deeply about our culture and creating a casual, fun workplace. We work collaboratively, across departments, fostering an environment where there's open communication and recognition of hard work. TrueCar isn't simply a place to have a job. It's a company where you can be a part of something that lasts. We value the entrepreneurial spirit and encourage employees to take ownership of both their projects and their careers.

Recognizing the effort and passion of our employees is a top priority at TrueCar. So we've created a benefits package that is more than competitive. We pay 100% of your health benefits for you and your entire family, not a dime taken from your paycheck. We also offer 401K matching, a generous equity package, monthly fitness reimbursements and, because everyone needs an occasional re-charge, generous PTO and 10 paid holidays. All of this set in outstanding office locations in Santa Monica, Austin and San Francisco.