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Product Manager III – Data & Technology (Brain Science)

Department: Data and Technology

Product Manager III – Data & Technology (Brain Science)

The mission of the Allen Institute is to unlock the complexities of bioscience and advance our knowledge to improve human health. Using an open science, multi-scale, team-oriented approach, the Allen Institute focuses on accelerating foundational research, developing standards and models, and cultivating new ideas to make a broad, transformational impact on science.

The mission of the Allen Institute for Brain Science is to accelerate the understanding of how the human brain works in health and disease. Using a big science approach, we generate useful public resources, drive technological and analytical advances, and discover fundamental brain properties through integration of experiments, modeling and theory.

The Allen Institute for Brain Science is seeking a Product Manager to join our product management team, which oversees a growing portfolio of technology products and solutions. Our product managers lead cross-functional initiatives at the intersection of science, technology, and business. We are hyper-focused on our customers: scientists at the Allen Institute and around the world. Our product management team amplifies those scientists’ voices and works with our software engineering teams to create strategic, practical solutions that accelerate neuroscience research.

The ideal candidate is energized spending time with users and experts to understand problems and find innovative solutions that address real needs. They have a track record of delivering results, even in the face of resource constraints and obstacles. They lead effectively with or without authority, leveraging transparency and trust to build relationships and influence cross-functional teams. The ideal candidate sets a high standard through their example as well as their advocacy for customer needs. They possess a unique blend of organizational and technical savvy that includes big-picture vision and the drive to make that vision a reality.

Our product management team supports many technology efforts but would benefit most from a product manager with expertise in either data processing and scientific computing OR web applications and UX. Candidates are encouraged to highlight their qualifications in one or both areas.

The Allen Institute believes that team science significantly benefits from the participation of diverse voices, experiences and backgrounds. High-quality science can only be produced when it includes different perspectives. We are committed to increasing diversity across every team and encourage people from all backgrounds to apply for this role.

Essential Functions

  • Develop empathy and understanding of customer processes, pains and desired outcomes, and champion the voice of the customer throughout the development process
  • Define success and collaborate with stakeholders to establish a development strategy for your product area
  • Identify and prioritize opportunities expected to achieve the desired outcomes of customers and stakeholders
  • Partner with development teams to deliver simple, user-friendly and complete products
  • Define metrics and implement processes for measuring the value of delivered products
  • Contribute to a culture of camaraderie, creativity, transparency and safety to enable teams and individuals to achieve collective and personal workplace goals

Required Education and Experience

  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent combination of degree and experience
  • 3 years of equivalent experience

Preferred Education and Experience

  • Master’s degree in technical field such as Computer Science or Life Sciences
  • Subject matter expertise in neuroscience or molecular biology
  • Track record of using qualitative and quantitative data to prioritize and drive decision-making
  • Strong analytical and synthesis including the ability to absorb and process large amounts of data into actionable information
  • Continually strive toward product-market fit: assess impact of the product and broader market opportunity and adjust roadmap to achieve highest impact
  • Effective communication and collaboration skills; able to navigate challenging group dynamics
  • Excellent people management skills to interact with staff, colleagues, cross-functional teams and third parties
  • Effective writer and public speaker in front of large, senior groups
  • Able to set expectations and hold individuals and teams accountable to their commitments
  • Detail-focused and organized, with an understanding that communication and transparency are critical to achieving success
  • Experience leading and documenting solution discovery and product definition
  • Experience creating strategic alignment
  • Experience with Lean, User-Centered Design, and Customer Development methodologies
  • Able to turn user needs, business insights, and market constraints into well-defined, feasible product features
  • Lead buy-build-partner analysis, and where necessary, review potential partner relationships for the product
  • Contribute to system architecture discussions with engineering leadership

Physical Demands

  • Fine motor movements in fingers/hands to operate computers and other office equipment; lab equipment

Position Type/Expected Hours of Work

  • This role is currently able to work remotely due to COVID-19 and our focus on employee safety. We are a Washington State employer, and remote work must be performed in Washington State. We continue to evaluate the safest options for our employees. As restrictions are lifted in relation to COVID-19, this role will return to work in a hybrid work environment.

Additional Eligibility Qualifications

  • In keeping with our focus on employee safety, all employees must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 as a condition of employment unless a medical or religious exemption is approved. All employees will be required to keep their vaccination status up to date according to CDC guidance and our policy.

Additional Comments

  • **Please note, this opportunity offers relocation assistance**
  • **Please note, this opportunity does not offer work visa sponsorship**

It is the policy of the Allen Institute to provide equal employment opportunity (EEO) to all persons regardless of age, color, national origin, citizenship status, physical or mental disability, race, religion, creed, gender, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and/or expression, genetic information, marital status, status with regard to public assistance, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local law. In addition, the Allen Institute will provide reasonable accommodations for qualified individuals with disabilities.





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