Product Manager - Config

CDK Global   •  

Seattle, WA

Industry: Manufacturing


Less than 5 years

Posted 35 days ago

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With more than $2 billion in revenues, CDK Global is a leading global provider of integrated information technology and digital marketing solutions to the automotive retail and adjacent industries. Focused on enabling end-to-end automotive commerce, CDK provides solutions to dealers in more than 100 countries around the world, serving approximately 28,000 retaillocations and most automotive manufacturers. CDK Global solutions automate and integrate critical processes from pre-sale targeted advertising to the sale, financing, insurance, parts supply, repair and maintenance of vehicles, with an increasing focus on utilizing data analytics and predictive intelligence.

We’re large enough to make a difference but small enough for your voice to be heard. This means that we are an organization where every person matters. You can make an impact on the success of our business and that of our customers regardless of what career you decide to pursue.

From data scientists to sales and client service experts, we’re hiring to support your growth and ours - Green light your career.

As a Product Manager you will define the overall product strategy, align R&D engineering teams, and other stakeholders for consistent client delivery. Responsibilities range from increasing the profitability of existing products to planning and developing new products. You will create products from existing ideas, and help to develop new ideas based on your experience and frequent contact with CDK clients and prospects. You must possess a unique blend of business and technical savvy; a big-picture vision, with the drive to make that vision a reality. CDK Websites is the backbone of our digital product set, spanning thousands of websites across multiple continents in an extremely agile world. The Configuration team is crucial to our success, helping to build interfaces to allow our customers and support teams to get their jobs done quickly and with quality.

You must enjoy spending time in the market to understand client problems, and finding innovative solutions for the broader market. You will be the Market Expert, Chief Evangelist and Primary Care Giver for your products. CDK practices Agile software development, so you will also be the Product Owner for one or more Sprint Teams.

You must be able to communicate effectively with, and exert influence over, all areas of the company to successfully lead tactical & strategic initiatives. You will work with development and field counterparts to define market-leading solutions that create true value for our clients. You will work with Product Marketing to define and execute the go-to-market strategy & messaging, helping them understand the product positioning, key benefits, and target personas. You will also serve as the internal and external evangelist for your products, frequently working with CDK sales associates and key clients.

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.

  • Identify market needs and maintain awareness of competitor offerings in order to articulate the associated business opportunities.

  • 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.

  • Work as a key member of a Launch Team to coordinate all activities required to prepare the product for a successful launch including development and execution of launch plan.

  • Collaborate with Business Unit 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.

  • Three to 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.


  • Experience in the automotive industry
  • MBA in Computer Science, Business, or Engineering.
  • Experience working in an Agile software development environment, and with Agile tools such as Jira 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.