Cargill Digital Foundations Product Manager in Hopkins, Minnesota

Digital Foundations Product Manager

Cargill provides food, agriculture, financial and industrial products and services to the world. Together with farmers, customers, governments and communities, we help people thrive by applying our insights and over 150 years of experience. We have 150,000 employees in 70 countries who are committed to feeding the world in a responsible way, reducing environmental impact and improving the communities where we live and work.


Position Purpose

The Digital Foundations Product Manager will provide delivery and scope management and agile scrum leadership to products across the portfolio of Cargill Digital Labs’ Digital Foundations domain.This scope may include facilitating delivery of features or releases for the Cargill Data Platform / Big Data environment, the Cargill API Platform, the Digital Supply Chain Platform and the Cloud Platform.This role requires a team-first leader who can prioritize well and bring focus and execution excellence across a team.

This position will ensure that all products features are prioritized, planned, tracked and delivered successfully and that internal and external resources are held accountable to agreed commitments.Doing so will require comprehensive skills in product management, leadership, product planning, delivery execution, product control, and business. This role is a critical contributor to driving results and proactively identifying and resolving problems and impediments. This role will work directly with the product owners and teams to manage the product backlogs (user stories, milestones/epics, & dependencies).This role will also be a coach for product teams on the usage of Agile methodologies and tools by taking on the scrum master role.

Key activities and responsibilities include:

  • Organize and enable planning meetings, daily stand-ups, retrospectives, iteration and release planning, demos and other Scrum-related meetings.

  • Maintain relevant metrics that guide the development team to become more efficient in their processes and work. Communicate team velocity and iteration/release progress.

  • Maintain commitment towards achieving increment/iteration objectives and team needs.

  • Ensure the development teams are practicing the core agile principles of collaboration, prioritization, team accountability and transparency/visibility.

  • Identify and remove barriers to work, prevent distractions.

  • Facilitate discussion and conflict resolution. Empower the team to self-organize.

  • Provide coaching to staff with management guidance.

  • Provide feedback on individual and team performance with a focus on agile competencies.

  • Drive continuous improvement within the teams

  • Support budgeting and associated financial analysis for the various products in the portfolio.

Principal Accountabilities

40% Product Management

  • Responsible for leading and coaching Agile Delivery Capabilities and facilitating agile ceremonies across products

  • Responsible for tracking design/build deliverable commitments and buy-in across product components and teams

  • Drives a culture of discipline and compliance to team and industry standards and best practices

  • Maintain awareness of application risks and opportunities for expansion and improvement.

  • Actively works with Product Owners to establish vision and plans for product

  • Provides resource forecasting in line with backlog prioritization and estimates

  • Tracks Product budgets and captures variance explanations and aligns with Product Owner on necessary adjustments to spend

  • Leads portfolio review meetings and working sessions with Product Owners/Sponsors

30% Product Change and Release Management

  • Facilitates and manages near and long term delivery roadmap - release epics/sprints or point releases & achieve buy-in for lifecycle roadmaps – in support of Product Owners

  • Responsible for the cumulative view of demand across the product portfolio

  • Supports the driving of decisions on releases and sorting through conflicts

  • Supports the scheduling, coordinating and communicating deployment of product releases, inclusive of vendor product releases and internal customizations

  • Ensures release and change management processes are adhered to and appropriate documentation exists.

20% Product Operations Management

  • Ensures active operational issues are assigned and being worked in line with necessary priorities

  • Ensures appropriate communications are happening for issues in line with associated impact

  • Facilitates complex problem solving (operations) for live products - inclusive of RCA and action plans

  • Facilitates reconciliation of Change/Release and Operational priorities

  • Develops workload forecasts and staffing estimates for Operations Management

10% Stakeholder Management, Metrics, and Reporting

  • Ensure appropriate metrics (Risk, Issues, Product Status, People Utilization, etc.) are maintained, analyzed and acted on in order to ensure effectiveness.

  • Participate in product demos and showcase activities

  • Support the delivery and communication of product and solution metrics including delivery roadmap, portfolio customer satisfaction, adoption/recovery, value realization.

  • Maintain partnering/relationship with internal and 3rd party software providers to influence product enhancements.


Required Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s Degree in IT or Business Related field or equivalent work experience

  • 7 years of IT and/or business / industry work experience

  • 5 years leading the delivery of digital or software projects/products and 2 years in a Scrum Master or similar role

  • 1 years experience creating or managing Product roadmaps or strategies

Preferred Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s or Master’s Degree in technical or business discipline

  • Certified Scrum Master

  • Applied experience with Hadoop and other big data technologies

  • Applied experience with API development or engineering

  • Applied experience with cloud services (AWS, Azure, etc)

  • Experience with development using GitHub, TSVS or TFS

  • Experience working with and influencing 3rd party providers

  • Proven ability to work effectively in a distributed muti-geographic team

  • Ability to travel up to 10%.

Equal Opportunity Employer, including Disability/Vet.

Job Information Technology

Primary Location US-MN-Hopkins

Schedule Full-time

Job Type Standard

Shift Day Job

Req ID: HOP04599