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Technical Product Lead

Data Recognition Corporation
Maple Grove, MN
Start date
Sep 1, 2022
Closing date
Oct 1, 2022

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Data Recognition Corporation-Maple Grove, MN
Technical Product Lead
Company cannot provide sponsorship for this role
Please, no agencies 

Today, DRC’s business units serve the K-12 and adult education sector, Federal and state governments, licensure boards and associations, and commercial clients worldwide!

DRC has more than thirty years of proven experience in reporting and analytics, supporting Educational Technology (Ed Tech), Federal Research, and Commercial Services. We're committed to being an innovative and disruptive force in the reporting and analytics space as a company. We desire to provide modern, cloud-based advanced analytics solutions that create value and drive progress.

Technical Product Lead 

The Technical Product Lead (TPL) partners with a business unit / domain owner in the design, development, and implementation of digital solutions. Acting as the Scrum Product Owner, they are the conscience of their product(s) and the steward of their delivery team(s), and as such, are responsible for driving the successful delivery of new products and new product versions. The TPL is also responsible for helping the team to define, manage, and implement innovative digital products that are responsive to both markets demands and the needs of our existing customers.  

Attributes of a successful TPL:

  • Maintains a clear understanding of customer needs and DRC’s service offerings.
  • Willing and empowered to make a decision and drive it to completion.
  • Has deep subject-matter expertise in their product areas or proven ability to quickly deliver value on a new product challenge.
  • Clearly articulates product strategies and champions them throughout the organization.
  • Does everything in their power to ensure successful delivery of their product(s).
  • Embraces the department core values of Technical Excellence, Consistently Executes, Quality Minded, Team First, and Positive Attitude.
  • Position Responsibilities:

  • Responsible for driving the successful delivery of new products and product versions.
  • Develop the technical product roadmap in partnership with business domain owners.
  • Maintain the product backlog, collaborating on backlog items across multiple complex and cross-functional feature/ service areas.
  • Partner with the business stakeholders to develop a vision, strategy, and feature backlog for digital product(s).
  • Scope and prioritize activities based on business and customer impact and work with implementation teams to deliver with quick time-to-market and optimal resources.
  • Facilitate Release Planning readiness by preparing vision and backlogs that drive the Release.
  • Establish and communicate release cadences for their product(s).
  • Manages the end-to-end lifecycle(s) of complex products spanning multiple areas.
  • Manage integration with other digital platforms (internal and external).
  • Partner with Architecture and Engineering to ensure effective utilization of resources.
  • Partner with the business around knowledge transfer and training on new product features.
  • Provides work direction to product team members.
  • Facilitates product team discussions; asks appropriate questions; identifies gaps in the product plan; identifies assumptions; manages risk; negotiates disagreements; finds creative solutions.
  • Coordinates communication with all stakeholders.
  • Adheres to and enforces internal product processes and procedures.
  • Coaches and mentors others. 
  • Essential Job Requirements:

  • Highly collaborative
  • Strong facilitation, communication, and negotiation skills
  • Ability to manage expectations and scope of work both with the product team and stakeholders
  • Demonstrated leadership skills; influential leader with the ability to successfully direct the work of others and drive products to completion
  • Demonstrated understanding of product management methodologies and tools
  • Effective consulting skills; ability to lead group to creative solutions
  • Experience using JIRA
  • Relate effectively and work respectfully with diverse work groups
  • Ability to consistently perform well during times of increased workload
  • Set and meet deadlines
  • Manage multiple job functions simultaneously
  • Other duties as needed
  •    Preferred Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree in MIS, Computer Science, Business Administration, or related field
  • Certified Scrum Product Owner (CSPO) or comparable certification strongly preferred
  • 3+ years product management experience with a successful track record of delivery
  • Experience in Information Technology and business analysis
  • Experience with change management/release management 
  • Experience as an administrator or technology coordinator in an educational setting
  • Direct experience facilitating or coordinating online or paper-based standardized testing

    Reporting to this position:  No direct reports

    DRC retains the right to change or assign other duties to this position

    No Agencies, Please

    Company cannot provide sponsorship for this position or

    Data Recognition Corporation is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer M/F/D/V


    Founded in 1978, Data Recognition Corporation (DRC) is a privately-held company headquartered here in the Twin Cities, with offices in Maple Grove, Woodbury, Brooklyn Park, and eight other locations nationwide.  DRC’s three divisions – Education, Survey Services and Document Services – provide high quality programs and services to state departments of education, medium-to large sized global businesses, and the United States Government.  DRC delivers full-service educational testing and assessment programs; large-scale survey research and data-collection programs; and comprehensive digital and mailing document solutions.  DRC continues to achieve extraordinary growth and provides superior career opportunities for talented professionals.


    *Health Insurance
    Medical and Dental
    *Term Life Insurance/AD&D
    *401(k) Plan
    *Profit Sharing
    *Personal Time Off
    *Short Term Disability
    *Long Term Disability
    *Tuition Reimbursement
    *Educational Grants for Children of DRC Employees *Community Service Leave *Discount Programs

    Locations: Maple Grove Headquarters/494 & Bass Lk Rd, Brooklyn Park/7303 Boone Ave N and the Brooklyn Park Distribution Ctr./8900 Wyoming Ave N.  If interested in applying,  please visit the Careers page on our website at


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