Senior Vice President, Product Management at Amherst

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SVP, Product – Austin, TX
 
Amherst is revolutionizing the way U.S. real estate is priced, managed and financed in order to unlock opportunities for all market participants. Driven by data, analytics and technology, Amherst has a 20-year history of anticipating where the next risks and opportunities are likely to emerge and designing actionable strategies for investors to capitalize on opportunities across residential real estate, commercial real estate and public securities. Amherst, along with its affiliates and subsidiaries, has more than 1,000 employees, $5 billion under management and approximately $15 billion under advisement and oversight. In 2019, Bungalo sold its 250th home, and Amherst managed it 25,000th home. To learn more, please visit www.amherst.com. 
 
Amherst is looking for a Senior Vice President of Product Management to serve as the leader of the Product Team to ensure customer and business expectations are satisfied while identifying innovative opportunities to stay ahead of the curve. This role will work closely with senior management to identify and fill product gaps, uncover new product opportunities, and become an expert in the rapidly growing real estate vertical.
WHO WE ARE:
Amherst is a financial services and technology company empowering global investors to access the U.S. real estate market with unparalleled ease and scale.
Our technology platform manages thousands of homes and billions of dollars of investment capital. The data and software required to handle such an operation is diverse. We build data infrastructure and tools to buy, renovate, and manage homes at scale. We build consumer brands and apps to lease and sell homes direct-to-consumer. We design, prototype, and roll-out IoT devices and smart home tech to help physically manage and solve important business operations.
Amherst employs a wide variety of tech to drive innovation in U.S. residential real estate. We are building RESTful microservices on serverless cloud infrastructures. Our tools and websites are built with modern web and mobile technologies. Our BI and data teams are using big data tools to create data sets that power the business.
 
Most importantly, Amherst has a strong, tech-friendly culture. We are looking for people who are scrappy and fast, who focus on solutions not problems, and who aren’t afraid of a tough deadline. We want people who have a high bar and love being part of a great team.
WHO YOU ARE:
  • A Real Pro. From concept to delivery, rolling out new and innovative products is your thing!
  • Intellectually Curious. You are a detective, with a keen interest in solving both business problems and continuously looking to self-improve professionally. You strive for best practices and explore trends/experiments to improve the status quo.
  • Entrepreneurial. You enjoy wearing many hats and hustling to get things done.
  • Problem Solver. You have a propensity to think strategically, logically, and outside the box to solve problems for the business and customer.
  • Resilient. You are open to objective feedback and view mistakes as a learning mechanism.
  • Hard Working.  You aren’t afraid of a tough deadline.
  • Meticulous. You are highly structured, disciplined and take pride in your work.
  • Knowledgeable. You understand the scrum and agile rituals and leverage the best of breed software to help manage the end-to-end process efficiently.
  • Team Player. You put team success first and have a high degree of personal character.
WHAT YOU'LL DO:
  • Drive product development from concept to launch with a team of engineers.
  • Manage a team of Product and Project Managers. Guide career growth and mentor the individuals on the team.
  • Create awareness of the products within the organization.
  • Oversee product-related projects from design and development to production, understand what our users need, and work with all the necessary team members to bring the product to life, including detailed business requirements delivery.
  • Collaborate with the engineering team to deliver high-quality solutions.
  • Help formulate Build vs. Buy strategy where applicable – specifically for key functional and technology components
  • Prioritize backlog to optimize customer satisfaction and internal resources.
  • Coordinate product releases.
  • Help with defining resources and schedules for project implementation.
  • Help with defining requirements and plan project life cycle deployment.
  • Plan and schedule project deliverables, goals and milestones.
WHAT YOU'LL BRING:
  • BS degree in business, computer science, or engineering discipline required. MBA preferred.
  • 10+ years of Product Management or product design experience, including experience leading product management team.
  • Familiarity with agile processes and product management tools such as Trello, Invision, Jira, Github, and Confluence.
  • Must have experience managing a team and providing guidance, refinement, and detail of an initial idea, helping teammates build out a detailed implementation plan, and leading a team to deliver on the vision of a product.
  • Detail-oriented and able to present product strategy as an executable detailed plan.
  • Able to manage multiple projects simultaneously.
  • Experience conveying complex technical/design information in simple, digestible formats to nontechnical staff/team members.
  • Understanding of UX/UI development and design principles.
  • Bonus - experience designing user interfaces (e.g. ability to create examples through wireframes and mock-ups if needed)
  • Bonus – experience in real estate and technical architecture of enterprise, web and mobile applications
WHAT WE OFFER:
 
Amherst’s WeWork office is located on Barton Springs Rd. near the heart of downtown Austin and within walking distance of Lady Bird Lake.
  • A competitive compensation package, annual bonus, 401k match
  • Flexible PTO, 8 paid holidays
  • Employer-paid benefits (medical, dental, vision, health savings account)
  • Stellar colleagues with proven track records 
  • Parking pass provided (parking located in the Palmer Events Center across the street)
  • Free sodas, kombucha, cold brew, and snacks
  • Monthly lunch stipends and breakfast tacos on Thursdays!
  • Monthly/Weekly office events!
Amherst is proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer and committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, gender, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, physical or mental disability, genetic information or veteran status, and encourage all applicants to apply.
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Location

Austin at our HQ with beautiful views of Lake Austin in a modern office

An Insider's view of Amherst

What are some social events your company does?

Amherst is always participating in exciting events. From Dell Match Play to SXSW, Amherst engages in a variety of local events. We also host smaller events for employees such as summer BBQ's and happy hours. Nothing tops our holiday party, a true family celebration!

Austen

Director of Talent Programs

What projects are you most excited about?

I'm most excited about our Budget Revision Project! We were tasked with the challenge of moving a tedious process into a more user and mobile friendly system. This will allow the field teams to submit budget revisions from MSR Properties and have one system to manage the majority of their work. This excitement is why I love being a part of the team

Gage

Business Analyst

How has your career grown since starting at the company?

“At Amherst, I am able to work collaboratively with peers who have had years of experience similar to mine. The technology is current and evolving as the company grows. Therefore, my skills stay current and always improve.”

Stan

Senior Systems Engineer

How do your team's ideas influence the company's direction?

My team is expected to create new IP (Intellectual Property) through innovation in software, hardware, workflow process and data. Our goal is to build franchise value/shareholder value, solve difficult problems through creative solutions, and improve over-all efficiency that in turn makes life easier for all of Amherst

Todd

Chief Technology Officer

What are some things you learned at the company?

Within my first year, I have acquired solid enterprise-level knowledge in developing .NET applications by using Angular 4+, ASP.NET MVC, WPF, Entity Framework, and advanced SQL. We’re transitioning into ‘React’ apps that I'm excited about as it will add to my tech skills. I like that we have autonomy regarding the tech decisions in development

Ruchi

Software Engineer

What are Amherst Perks + Benefits

Amherst Benefits Overview

Competitive salaries
Choice of Mac or Windows hardware
Flexible vacation days, paid holidays, and work from home options
Medical, Dental, Vision, LTD, Life, EAP, and 401K with matching benefits
Stellar colleagues with proven track records

Culture
Volunteer in local community
Friends outside of work
Eat lunch together
Intracompany committees
Amherst has established the Amherst People Council focused on Engage, Grow and Give to promote employee engagement such as Affinity Groups, Career Growth and Mentorship and Philanthropy events.
Daily stand up
Open door policy
Team based strategic planning
Group brainstorming sessions
Open office floor plan
Diversity
Highly diverse management team
Unconscious bias training
Amherst provides unconscious bias training to all employees
Hiring Practices that Promote Diversity
We are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, gender identity, age or disabilities.
Health Insurance & Wellness Benefits
Flexible Spending Account (FSA)
Disability Insurance
Dental Benefits
Vision Benefits
Health Insurance Benefits
Life Insurance
Life insurance is equal to 1 times an employee's annual salary.
Retirement & Stock Options Benefits
401(K)
401(K) Matching
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Performance Bonus
Amherst has a discretionary annual bonus program based on performance.
Child Care & Parental Leave Benefits
Child Care Benefits
Amherst provides Backup child care assistance.
Generous Parental Leave
We provide up to 16 weeks of parental leave for the primary caretaker. Amherst also provides 4 weeks of leave for the secondary caretaker.
Flexible Work Schedule
Amherst provides employees with a flexible work schedule that includes Flexible start and end times.
Remote Work Program
Family Medical Leave
Company sponsored family events
Amherst sponsors family oriented events Annually.
Vacation & Time Off Benefits
Generous PTO
Amherst employees receive between 20 and 30 days per year of paid time off based on years of service.
Paid Volunteer Time
Our employees receive 8 hours per year of paid volunteer time.
Paid Holidays
Perks & Discounts
Casual Dress
Free Daily Meals
Stocked Kitchen
Happy Hours
Parking
Relocation Assistance
We offer relocation assistance depending on location and position.
Home Office Stipend for Remote Employees
Amherst provides a monthly stipend for remote employees.
Professional Development Benefits
Job Training & Conferences
Amherst offers employees professional development opportunities like Annual individual budget for training, Onsite training courses, The ability to attend job related conferences and seminars.
Diversity Program
Lunch and learns
Amherst hosts lunch and learn meetings weekly.
Promote from within
Time allotted for learning
Amherst. allows employes to set aside 50% of working hours for learning.
Online course subscriptions available
Customized development tracks

Additional Perks + Benefits

Competitive compensation and bonus program. Flexible PTO. Health, vision, dental and long term disability coverage. Paid maternity/paternity leave. Attractive office space. Training certification assistance. Monthly birthday celebrations. Casual work environment with regular team-building outings.

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