Innovation Product Owner

Technology Research Boulder, Colorado Boston, Massachusetts


Description

The Position

Do you dream about creating a more sustainable future? At Uplight, we are motivating energy users and providers to accelerate the clean energy ecosystem. We’re working with over 80 of the world’s leading electric and gas utilities to provide a personalized end-to-end customer energy experience that helps meet and accelerate carbon reduction goals. We are a certified B Corp, enabling us to put our values into action by not only making decisions for the benefit of our shareholders, but also for our customers, environment, employees, and community.

We are seeking an Innovation Product Owner to join our team and help us achieve our ambitious goals for our business and for the planet.

What you get to do:

We are searching for an Innovation Product Owner who is passionate about our customers and new incubation offerings as we build a new foundation for the clean energy software ecosystem. You’ll work inside Step Change Labs (Uplight’s innovation and incubation arm) in close partnership with our Chief Innovation Officer and VP of Product Innovation to guide the creation of our new product offerings. Your primary focus will be the creation of the backlog and user stories in support of the agile product team for our innovation projects. This is an exciting opportunity to develop the product features and contribute to the user experience on which a multitude of utilities and 3rd party providers will build products that touch the majority of homes and businesses in the U.S. This is a high-visibility role as you’ll get to work side by side across strategic and product technology leaders across Uplight, with our strategic partners and help shape the future of the new product ideas.

What you will contribute:

  • Ensure that user stories are “ready” for development to start work
  • Ensure that each story has the correct acceptance criteria
  • Gather, manage, and prioritize the product backlog
  • Ensure close collaboration with the development team
  • Work closely with engineering and quality assurance to ensure the right customer problem is solved, including sharing market research and competitive analysis with the team to best focus their efforts
  • Track progress towards the release of a product
  • Have demonstrated success in releasing products that meet and exceed business objectives - you ideally have a minimum of 3-5 years of professional experience.
  • Experience in developing a product backlog, including product stories and acceptance criteria 
  • The ability to track progress for releases and release candidates
  • The ability to help QA and accept the elements that make the product
  • A strong ability to problem solve with business acumen and technical context
  • A lite technical background in areas where you have experience in
  • A believer and practitioner of agile and lean concepts that result in MVP’s tested hypotheses, and iterative learning to yield the needed business and technology outcomes. 
  • An eagerness to simplify, but without letting perfect be the enemy of good.  
  • The willingness to “lead from the front” when times are tough
  • You are able to weigh several and often conflicting constraints and make rapid decisions in a fast-moving and quickly-growing company.
  • An ability to develop relationships across the organization in support of efficient delivery of work.
  • You possess exceptional written and verbal communication skills.
  • You are highly organized. With many people doing many things in a fast-moving company, strong organizational skills—both for yourself and for the team—will be required.

What you bring to Uplight:

  • Be excited to work with talented, committed people in a fast-paced environment
  • Be passionate about reducing society’s carbon footprint and making a difference in the world
  • Have demonstrated success in releasing products that meet and exceed business objectives
  • Have excellent detailed written and verbal communication skills, possibly including some user interface documentation skills
  • Worked directly with customers and support functions 
  • Strong customer focus and advocacy
  • You have technical product knowledge or specific domain expertise
  • Excellent presence and public speaking skills: your team(s) will rely on you to lead operations discussions.  Occasional interaction with partners/customers is expected.
  • Excellent teamwork and collaboration skills especially with people less skilled in communication.
  • See our customers as a means to change the business and the world around you, as opposed to the end in itself
  • Love talking to your users -- in this case, you’ll be helping nurture a new community of product users
  • Be ready, able, and willing to jump onto a call with a partner or customer to help solve problems

Bonus Points:

  • Affinity for technology and how it can help you in your job
  • High energy and aptitude for learning new things
  • History of success in highly visible roles
  • Experience in a technology company
  • Have subject matter expertise in the areas of electric vehicles or new energy paradigms and how to develop solutions for this market

What makes working at Uplight amazing:

In addition to all the standard medical and dental benefits, that kick in Day 1, we:

  • Are proud to be over 300+ rebels with an important cause by helping to create a more sustainable planet.
  • Are committed to the environment, our employees, and our communities
  • Focus on career growth by following defined career ladders
  • Take our work and mission seriously and…. we love to laugh!

In addition, we:

  • Provide a 401k Match
  • Medical, vision, and dental insurance 
  • Monthly wellness stipend 
  • Peer to Peer recognition program 
  • Management by objectives bonus plan (change if commission role)
  • Innovated flexible time off 
  • Keep you energized with plenty of food and drink (when our offices reopen)
Salary Range: $70,000 to $97,500 (dependent on experience) 

Uplight provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment and prohibits discrimination and harassment of any type without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, disability status, genetics, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local laws.