Product Manager

Data Recognition Corporation
Maple Grove, MN
Closing date
Oct 11, 2023

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Full Time

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DRC has more than thirty years of proven experience creating and supporting software and solutions created for the Educational Technology (Ed Tech), Surveys (Commercial and Government), and Document Services.  DRC is committed to providing modern, advanced solutions that create value and drive progress for our customers.


DRC seeks a highly motivated, detail-oriented Product Manager to help drive our product design process and partner with our clients to understand their business needs better and turn those into a clear and cohesive vision and strategy. In this role, the Product Manager will be the internal and external advocate for all customer experience products and technology and will focus on designing and introducing new capabilities to advance DRC's customer experience offerings and increase customer confidence in our solutions.


Key activities include high-level requirements gathering and elicitation, solution design, budgeting, staff development, and partnering with various business and technical stakeholders during product development in a fast-paced agile environment. A top-notch Product Manager will have proven experience managing large-scale projects, embraces agile principles, and can provide the product development team with a clear vision, strategy, and direction that leads them down the path of creating solutions that meet the needs of our customers.                                   



  • Works with customers to clearly understand business needs and desired outcomes and serve as a customer advocate to product teams.
  • Partners with Business Analysts to thoroughly vet and document business and product requirements.
  • Consistently examine and communicate the product strategy and vision to key stakeholders to meet their needs, and ensure the product development team gets the direction and support it needs to succeed.
  • Develop and maintain the product roadmap in partnership with customers and the product development team, and prioritize the backlog to focus on the highest impact work that produces usable functionality for our customers.
  • Implement a consistent, repeatable process to gather customer and product development team feedback and adjust product requirements and scope as needed.
  • Work with Program Management to stay aligned on scope, timeline, expected deliverables, budget, and to hold customers and developers accountable to agreements.
  • Partner with Program Management and Development Leads to establish future release plans aligning with the product strategy and roadmap.
  • Facilitate product team discussions in partnership with Business Analysts, asking the appropriate questions to identify gaps, address assumptions, manage risk, reprioritize features, and find creative solutions.
  • Demonstrate authentic and value-driven leadership to the product team, modeling accountability, nimbleness, empowerment, quality, innovation, and fun.



  • Bachelor’s degree in MIS, Computer Science, Business Administration or related field
  • MBA preferred.
  • Project management certification or comparable certification strongly preferred.
  • Product ownership or management certification or comparable certification strongly preferred.
  • Prior product experience in the automotive field preferred.
    • Five + years product management experience with a successful track record of delivery.
    • Demonstrated leadership skills; ability to successfully direct the work of others and drive projects to completion.
    • Experience in Information Technology and business analysis.
    • Experience in Software as a Service (SaaS) desired.
    • Strong facilitation, communication and negotiation skills.
    • Effective consulting skills; ability to lead group to creative solutions.
    • Experience with change management/release management.
    • Proven success working in nimble and occasionally ambiguous environment.
    • Highly creative thinker with an agile and growth mindset.



    • Highly collaborative.
    • Relate effectively and work respectfully with diverse population.
    • Familiarity with Microsoft Office Suite.
    • Relate effectively and work respectfully with diverse work groups.
    • Ability to consistently perform well during times of increased work load.
    • Set and meet deadlines.
    • Manage multiple job functions simultaneously.
    • Other duties as needed.



    • Ability to sit and/or stand for up to 8 hour periods of time.
    • Ability to look at a computer monitor, utilize a keyboard and/or mouse for up to 8 hours per day.
    • Ability to lift up to 20 pounds as necessary.


    Reporting to this position:  No direct reports.


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


    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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