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Technical Product Manager

Company: SkySpecs
Location: Ann Arbor
Posted on: September 13, 2020

Job Description:

Profile of a Founder – Tom Brady of SkySpecs Tell us the origin story of SkySpecs – what problem were you trying to solve and why?

SkySpecs’ origin was a bit different from a typical startup company. In 2009, a core group of us started working together on a volunteer robotics research project at the University of Michigan, essentially seeking hands-on experience with the kinds of things we had been learning in the classroom.

Tips to Stay Productive During a Pandemic

Hello world; Keith from SkySpecs here to talk a bit about how our team has been trying to stay productive during this pandemic.

Request Webinar Recording: "Estimate Repair Costs & Manage Campaigns with Horizon"

The Solutions Team at SkySpecs recently held a webinar “Using Horizon to Estimate Repair Costs & Manage Campaigns” which was attended by many of our customers.

Driving Digitization in the Wind Energy Industry Using AI & Machine Learning Machine learning, artificial intelligence, robotics. All of these fields that once sounded revolutionary - even fantastical - are seeping into the core of how most industries operate today.

Introduction to SkySpecs SkySpecs is dedicated to making renewable energy ubiquitous by streamlining operations and maintenance functions with the use of robotics and software technology.

Introducing Horizon - The SkySpecs Asset Management Platform for Wind Energy ur collaborative platform allows our customers to manage, parse and make sense of their data by digitizing Operations and Maintenance activity.

SkySpecs and AWEA: How Digital O&M Reduces Cost and Improves Visibility for Wind Energy Projects AWEA-sponsored webinar focused on blade challenges and solutions.

The Case for Routine Blade Inspections The old adage that an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure – a 16-fold return on investment in this case – is severely conservative when it comes to maintenance of wind turbine rotor blades.

Standardization of Blade Damage Categorization: Critical to the Future of Wind Energy Technological development in the wind industry has been notable over the last decade. The industry is maturing, which ultimately brings down the cost of generated electricity.

Profile of a Founder –

Tom Brady of SkySpecs

Tell us the origin story of SkySpecs – what problem were you trying to solve and why?

SkySpecs’ origin was a bit different from a typical startup company.

SkySpecs: Working Together to Automate Wind Energy

During this time, when COVID19 finds our team working from home to stay safe, SkySpecs’ employees connect virtually in all sorts of ways.

Tips to Stay Productive During a Pandemic

Hello world; Keith from SkySpecs here to talk a bit about how our team has been trying to stay productive during this pandemic.

Request Webinar Recording: "Estimate Repair Costs & Manage Campaigns with Horizon"

The Solutions Team at SkySpecs recently held a webinar “Using Horizon to Estimate Repair Costs & Manage Campaigns” which was attended by many of our customers.

Driving Digitization in the Wind Energy Industry Using AI & Machine Learning Machine learning, artificial intelligence, robotics. All of these fields that once sounded revolutionary - even fantastical - are seeping into the core of how most industries operate today.

Introduction to SkySpecs SkySpecs is dedicated to making renewable energy ubiquitous by streamlining operations and maintenance functions with the use of robotics and software technology.

Introducing Horizon - The SkySpecs Asset Management Platform for Wind Energy ur collaborative platform allows our customers to manage, parse and make sense of their data by digitizing Operations and Maintenance activity.

SkySpecs and AWEA: How Digital O&M Reduces Cost and Improves Visibility for Wind Energy Projects AWEA-sponsored webinar focused on blade challenges and solutions.

The Case for Routine Blade Inspections The old adage that an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure – a 16-fold return on investment in this case – is severely conservative when it comes to maintenance of wind turbine rotor blades.

Standardization of Blade Damage Categorization: Critical to the Future of Wind Energy Technological development in the wind industry has been notable over the last decade. The industry is maturing, which ultimately brings down the cost of generated electricity.

Profile of a Founder –

Tom Brady of SkySpecs

Tell us the origin story of SkySpecs – what problem were you trying to solve and why?

SkySpecs’ origin was a bit different from a typical startup company.

SkySpecs: Working Together to Automate Wind Energy

During this time, when COVID19 finds our team working from home to stay safe, SkySpecs’ employees connect virtually in all sorts of ways.

Tips to Stay Productive During a Pandemic

Hello world; Keith from SkySpecs here to talk a bit about how our team has been trying to stay productive during this pandemic.

Request Webinar Recording: "Estimate Repair Costs & Manage Campaigns with Horizon"

The Solutions Team at SkySpecs recently held a webinar “Using Horizon to Estimate Repair Costs & Manage Campaigns” which was attended by many of our customers.

Managed by a WP Buffs care plan. Virtual high five!.

SkySpecs envisions a world where wind energy is the most affordable form of electricity and therefore ubiquitous around the world. SkySpecs is helping to make this possible by automating the operations and maintenance of wind farms using advanced robotics paired with our custom-built asset performance management software, Horizon.

SkySpecs launched the world’s first completely autonomous blade inspection product in 2016 with a custom designed drone system. Since then, SkySpecs has inspected over 25,000 wind turbines in over 15+ countries, becoming the world leader in understanding the health of turbine blades. Identifying issues with turbine blades is only the first step. In 2019 SkySpecs launched Horizon to be a platform for SkySpecs to offer a multi-layered solution for customers that includes: data collection, wind turbine blade engineering expertise, and a place for all stakeholders to collaborate to manage and analyze massive amounts of data, spot trends, and create plans for high-cost repair campaigns. Ultimately, this will help reduce the cost and risk of operations for the industry.

WHAT WILL I BE GETTING MYSELF INTO? SkySpecs will probably be unlike any place you’ve ever worked. The second you walk in the door, you will feel the high energy environment filled with incredibly smart people solving hard problems. SkySpecs values collaboration, multidisciplinary problem solving, and a mantra of ‘under-promise, over-deliver’. SkySpecs is at a critical growth period where there are an endless number of opportunities to make an impact.

As the  Technical Product Manager, you will gain a deep, functional understanding of SkySpecs’ products and work with the Product and Engineering teams to coordinate and manage product development activities. You will help take our existing autonomous inspection product to the next level to continue its double digit growth as well as help create Horizon, our brand-new wind turbine analytics and management platform. The Technical Product Manager role is a critical role within the technology organization, acting as a bridge between our client-focused product managers and our technology-focused engineers. You will directly support strategic planning with the product team (20% of your time) and execution of that plan with the engineering team as they develop amazing software (80% of your time).

As a SkySpecs’ Technical Product Manager, your role is to work with the engineering teams to bring new product ideas to life by pulling together input from various stakeholders. Day to day you will sit with the engineering team, staying abreast of their tasks at a micro and macro level and strategizing one or two steps ahead of them to pave the way for them to stay productive. This would include product planning activities like dissecting customer needs, writing user stories, drafting engineering requirements, coordinating UI designs, generating timelines, etc. In other words, your job is to lay the train tracks ahead of the train while it’s running full steam. To succeed you will need to have a deep technical understanding of the SkySpecs products, as well as an understanding of the challenges that our customers face, the technical challenges that we face, and the strategies needed to solve those challenges.

IN A GIVEN WEEK, THE TECHNICAL PRODUCT MANGER WILL ... Facilitate roadmap creation, estimation and strategic planning with product team

Work with product team to define specific product requirements

Work with technical leads to research and plan out how to deliver product requirements

Manage the day to day scrum/agile projects of your product-engineering team

Track and manage all technical issue resolutions (bugs, data issues, etc.)

Assist in QA of the software and user documentation, and release note creation.

Answer customer support questions and work with customers to find resolution on their issues

Communicate regularly with stakeholders to ensure all parties are aligned

Work with the Solutions Delivery team to help deliver value to customers and improve internal products

MUST HAVES: Product instincts that focus on and create value for the user

2+ years in a software product management, software development, or product engineering role working on web-based applications.

BA/BS in Business, Engineering, or another technical/analytical field

Demonstrated project management skills in software development and management of project teams

Understanding of Scrum/Agile as well as exposure to Jira/Clubhouse/Pivotal or similar task/project management software.

Understanding of and appreciation for the engineering challenges associated with building complex web applications.

Experience developing software requirements and communicating with development teams

Strong written, presentation, and communication skills to both internal and external stakeholders

Based in the SkySpecs’ Ann Arbor office

BONUS POINTS FOR: Renewable or wind energy asset management experience

Expertise using business intelligence tools such as Tableau or Sisense to perform analysis on large datasets to drive business value

Comfortable using SQL database tools to manage large datasets and manipulate data.

Pragmatic Marketing/Gartner marketing methodology experience

Startup experience

SO WHY SHOULD I WORK AT SKYSPECS? Glad you asked; it’s not a one-way street. We want to sell you on why we’re the best, too.

We really trust our employees and we go above and beyond. To that end, we work with a flexible work schedule.

You’ll receive the respect and loyalty of your teammates (and we’re not just saying that; it’s actually a thing around here).

We offer a fun, energetic, often entertaining workplace that is open and accepting of all interests.

We get to work in downtown Ann Arbor, which equates to restaurants, shops, coffee houses and bars just outside our front door.

We love to grab a beer, sponsor tailgates, and share knowledge in casual settings. We like each other so we enjoy doing stuff together.

We offer medical, dental and vision insurance.

Keywords: SkySpecs, Ann Arbor , Technical Product Manager, Other , Ann Arbor, Michigan

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