Technical Project Manager

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About the Role

As we continue to grow and our products gain traction the team needs detail-oriented guidance and organization to continue to meet customer needs and expectations. The Technical Project Manager role ensures Smarter Sorting can meet tech roadmap commitments, impress new and existing customers, and ultimately succeed in transforming the world through Product Intelligence. 

The right candidate will quickly be able to connect the Tech, Product, and Operations teams on work in progress, preemptively identify and communicate issues, and understand the business needs for future development. This person will be most valuable if they can quickly become knowledgeable in product features, dependencies, and statuses and serve as the communication hub between technical and non-technical stakeholders.

What You'll Be Doing:
  • Manage capacity planning and resource allocation, timelines, and risks for sprints, projects and cross-team dependencies
  • Serve as communication hub for scrum team with information on sprint status, blockers and developer skill sets to mitigate barriers, drive projects and meet sprint commitments
  • Act as Scrum master for two unique teams running the day to day execution of the team, knowing what work is in motion and whether it is on track or behind
  • Facilitate scrum ceremonies and other project/feature discussions using strong problem solving to dissect and synthesize issues to lead the discussion, document the path forward, and follow up on action items
  • Help plan sprints and set priority within teams based on quarterly initiatives and commitments
  • Own offshore team relationship and allocation of offshore resources based on project priority
  • Triage incoming Support tasks requiring development or data updates
  • Work with Operations team to prepare and support product installation efforts
Your Experience + Skills:
  • 4+ years technical project management experience
  • Bachelor's degree in engineering, math, or related field preferred
  • Excellent analytical skills and ability to break down systems into key components 
  • Growth mindset and willingness to ask questions preferred
  • Excellent organizational skills and attention to detail
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills
  • Excellent time management skills with a proven ability to meet deadlines
  • Ability to prioritize tasks and to delegate them when appropriate
  • Proficient in Scrum and Kanban processes, SDLC, and project management platforms 
Your 1st month:
  • Learn about Smarter Sorting’s products and begin to understand how those products and our teams work together at a code level in order to eliminate blockers and communicate pertinent information between appropriate team members.
  • Track tasks on team sprint boards to identify and proactively nudge delinquent or problem tasks
  • Run scrum ceremonies for multiple product teams
Your first 3 months:
  • Understand implementation details of features well enough to help product owners with prioritization, task breakdown, and release decisions when needed
  • Be equipped with enough feature, product, process, and system knowledge along with capacity tracking to report risks to sprint commitments as they arise
  • Work with Delivery & Operations to prepare for product installation efforts including communicating software/hardware updates and risks, coordinating pre-launch tasks between teams, and defining cross-team processes
  • Triage incoming Support tasks requiring developer time
Your first 6 months:
  • Become the point person for respective scrum teams tech content, statuses, and problem solving
  • Facilitate Scrum values and practices to allow teams to meet sprint commitments consistently

Your Benefits & Perks

Competitive Compensation Packages

401k program

Medical, dental & vision insurance 

Short-term disability insurance

Generous Parental Leave

Unlimited Paid Time Off

Continuing Education Sponsorship

Bi-Annual All-Hands, Volunteering & Special Events (with baby goats in attendance)

Unlimited snacks & drinks


Why Us?

You choose us not only because this is the role you’ve been waiting for, but also because we are a purpose-driven company committed to our mission. You’ll be joining a group of machine learning experts, successful serial entrepreneurs, data scientists, sustainability experts, recovering consultants and national account program managers whose passion for data-driven sustainability drives us. You choose us because our values resonate with you. At Smarter Sorting this means: We do what it takes. We begin from a position of curiosity. We are driven to become experts. We are real. We have grit. You share our belief that a healthy culture is key to the company’s success and more importantly our employees’ happiness. 

Better decisions. Better data. Greener planet. All made possible by the best people. Come join our team!

At Smarter Sorting, we understand that a workforce that includes a robust mix of genders, ages, ethnicities, religions and socioeconomic backgrounds is more likely to reflect a variety of perspectives and thought patterns - leading to more innovation, brainstorming, problem-solving and strategizing. That is why we are committed to building a diverse and inclusive environment and strongly encourage candidates from historically underrepresented groups to apply.

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An Insider's view of Smarter Sorting

What's something quirky about your company?

We always have baby goats, bunnies and chickens attend all of our company events because they've been scientifically proven to sharpen business acumen and bolster synergy.

Jared Robertson

Software Engineer

What's the biggest problem your team is solving?

My team is working to develop a product that will bring back of store technology into the 21st century. We are helping clients better manage all of their back of store processes by providing tools that work for them instead of tools that they have to work with. It's fun to be a part of a team that is building out a revolutionary product!

Maya Lozada

Product Manager

What does career growth look like on your team?

Smarter Sorting is extremely supportive of our career growth. One of our values is 'We will become experts.' This year, Smarter Sorting sponsored my professional HR certification exam fees and a class at UT. Our company is always willing to support continuing education.

Valerie Lara

Director of HR & Recruiting

What is your vision for the company?

My vision for Smarter Sorting is to revolutionize the industry with smart technology. I truly want to maximize the salvation of unsold or unwanted items and force people to second guess the word “waste.” Internally, I want to create a culture where genuine, talented people can learn and grow.

Katy

VP of Customer Success

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

At our fast-paced startup, idealistic ideation, sales, & product development are largely one in the same process. It has been gratifying to see ideas and observations communicated in 1:1's or team meetings turn into Smarter Sorting products. Now, these products have been implemented across many of the US's largest companies!

Scott

VP of Strategy and Sustainability

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Culture
Volunteer in local community
Friends outside of work
Eat lunch together
Daily sync
Open door policy
Team owned deliverables
Open office floor plan
Diversity
Documented equal pay policy
Dedicated Diversity/Inclusion Staff
Health Insurance & Wellness Benefits
Disability Insurance
Dental Benefits
Vision Benefits
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Retirement & Stock Options Benefits
401(K)
Company Equity
Employee Stock Purchase Plan
Performance Bonus
Child Care & Parental Leave Benefits
Generous Parental Leave
Flexible Work Schedule
Remote Work Program
Family Medical Leave
Return-to-work program post parental leave
Vacation & Time Off Benefits
Unlimited Vacation Policy
Generous PTO
Paid Volunteer Time
Paid Holidays
Paid Sick Days
Perks & Discounts
Casual Dress
Company Outings
Stocked Kitchen
Some Meals Provided
Happy Hours
Parking
Relocation Assistance
Professional Development Benefits
Job Training & Conferences
Diversity Program
Lunch and learns
Cross functional training encouraged
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Continuing Education stipend
Online course subscriptions available
Customized development tracks
Paid industry certifications
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