Project Manager (Agile Software Dev)

SmartLogic

Remote Remote Only Sep 19
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We are seeking a Project Manager with expertise in agile project management and a track record of delivering projects on time and on budget with satisfied clients. This role requires 3+ years of prior software project management experience.

SmartLogic is an experienced and growing custom software development consultancy successfully serving clients since 2005. We are deeply committed to our team, our clients, and the communities where we work. Some of our recent company initiatives include leading on youth workforce developmentsoftware developer apprenticeships, our Elixir Wizards |> conference, and the Baltimore Women in Tech micro grants program. We look forward to reviewing your application and starting a conversation about a fulfilling career with SmartLogic.

Responsibilities

Our project teams are supported by a PM, Staff Engineer, product designer, and one or more developers. Your responsibilities will include:

  • Lead project management for multiple client projects as an individual contributor project manager
  • Work with stakeholders and partners to determine and define project scope, detailed requirements, and structured delivery plans
  • Lead agile ceremonies including daily standups, sprint planning, and ticket grooming sessions
  • Collaborate with Staff Engineer to examine sprint boards, backlogs, create tickets, and conduct quality assurance testing
  • Actively monitor project budgets and timelines in order to communicate scope changes and risks to internal and external stakeholders
  • Maintain accurate project documentation, including working with the Staff Engineer to create Product Requirement Documents
  • Deepen and broaden our relationships with existing clients to surface additional work and add value for clients

Requirements

We are seeking a team-player with demonstrated interpersonal skills. Somebody resourceful and who is an active listener, able to extract both implicit and explicit messages in order to gauge client satisfaction and team performance needs.

Additionally, the successful candidate will have:

  • Agile project management experience for six figure projects and with varying engineering team sizes
  • Prior experience using and managing project management software tools (e.g. Jira, ClickUp, SmartSheet, Harvest etc…)
  • Experience supporting and holding others accountable for project based deliverables
  • Experience communicating with clients and engineers; ability to translate technical issues to non-technical stakeholders
  • Proficiency with developing roadmaps, writing user stories and acceptance criteria, managing a backlog, tracking and estimating project budgets, conducting quality assurance testing, and anticipating client and team needs

Benefits

This position is fully remote and you may work from anywhere in the United States. We offer health, dental, and vision insurance, unlimited PTO, unlimited sick leave, paid parental leave and a 3% matching SIMPLE IRA program.

Compensation range for this position is $80-$105k for mid level or $100-$120k for senior level. Compensation is based on the applicant’s experience.

New employees are allowed a one-time $500 home office set-up allowance. Additionally, every employee is offered $600 annually towards work-from-home expenses.

SmartLogic is committed to professional development and community involvement. We provide ample opportunity for learning through dedicated professional development days, participation in conferences (we took our whole team to ElixirConf in 2022), and company-supplied access to books and other resources. We organize events, meetups, and invest in our local and online communities.

As a remote-first organization, we work intentionally to build a supportive culture in a virtual environment. We do this through various means, including Side Project Club, Coffee Chat, a weekly all-hands meeting, various slack channels (e.g. for #food, #fitness, #family, #mindfulness, #books, and more), doling out virtual tacos, monthly women+ coffee chats, virtual happy hours, and more.

SmartLogic is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy and gender identity), national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, retaliation, parental status, military service, or other non-merit factor.

No phone calls or unsolicited emails, please. We do not work with recruiters or placement agencies. All interested applicants should apply directly through https://apply.workable.com/smartlogic.

Retirement & Stock Options Benefits
  • 401K
Perks & Discounts
  • Casual Dress
  • Home Office Stipend
  • Offsite Company Events
PTO/Flexibility
  • Commitment to Work/Life Harmony
  • Flexible Work Schedule
  • Paid Holidays
  • Paid Sick Days
  • PTO
  • Unlimited PTO
Health & Wellness
  • Dental Insurance
  • Health Insurance
  • HSA
  • Life Insurance
  • Mental Health Benefits
  • Vision Insurance
Parental Benefits
  • Family Medical Leave
  • Parental Leave
Other
  • Fully Remote Options
Professional Development
  • Training & Development Budget
Talk to us about your tech stack. We make it a priority to always use the latest tech. For instance, we won’t use something that will be useless in a few years. Elixir/Phoenix is our go-to choice for all new projects. Modern web applications demand both real time communication with end users (i.e. chat, live updates, notifications, etc) and background processing (i.e. transaction handling, reporting, external integrations, etc). Elixir’s use of the Erlang VM brings a great multi-process model to these challenges. We do still use Ruby on Rails, as well, primarily for legacy apps and in some cases for new apps where Elixir doesn’t present a clear advantage over Rails. We use React and React Native for web and mobile app development, respectively. React Native lets us develop Android and iOS apps that look and feel native but that share a codebase, making the build faster, more efficient and easier to maintain.   What are some internal or client projects that you’re proud of? We worked with OrderUp, a national food ordering company, to build an internal menu builder tool (which cut data entry time in half) and an Android app. Not long after, OrderUp was acquired by Groupon. We’re proud of our work for Spotcrime, a crime data aggregator that has been a client since 2008. Most recently, we built an infrastructure that enabled the app to handle a large volume of data for much lower costs. It is visited by one million users a month and sends over five million email alerts a month. We’ve even built software that ran on the International Space Station.   What do you look for in new hires? We make very strategic hiring decisions. We’re looking for devs who are solid technical talents — people who understand software to their core and computer science from an applied perspective. We look for people who are deeply interested in programming; for them it’s more than a job, they read about it in their spare time. We look for people who are smart, capable, truly interested in the work and excited to come in every day. Our team is very self-directed. We’re not going to micromanage you here. So we seek people who are self-managing and very independent.   Tell us about your internal culture. Our processes are well thought-out and streamlined. Never wanting to become stagnant with old tech, we make a concerted effort to keep up with the modern tech landscape. The people on our team have a variety of skill sets and we value that. In terms of career growth, we encourage you to pursue things that you’re interested in learning or trying out. We keep the lines of communication open so that team members can discuss their interests, find a way to explore new ideas, learn tech stacks in between client projects, etc. Many folks here have their own side projects so we have a side project club that meets once a month, where employees can update the team on what they’re building.   What are your company values? ● Be trustworthy — We want happy, repeat clients, and that happens when they know we have their best interests in mind. ● Collaboration and Communication — We’re very collaborative and transparent; our clients own the accounts we create for them, and they invite us to access their accounts. There aren’t any non-technical PMs sitting between us and our clients. The devs communicate with them directly. ● Be pragmatic and intentional — We don’t wing it here. We come prepared and use time judiciously.   Do you have any special company and/or community traditions? Pre-pandemic, we would host a company lunch once a week. These days we still host weekly meetings featuring presentations online. And to bond for an hour or so, we’ve hosted a few virtual happy hours where the company picks up the tab for the team’s dinner. As part of growth and development, we send everyone to one to two conferences a year. This year we attended and sponsored ElixirConf remotely, as well as attended the React Native EU Conference remotely. One of the things we’re most proud of is our effort to sponsor and produce grassroot events.  In 2019 alone we sponsored 56 events. We’ve been a longtime sponsor and supporter of Technical.ly’s events. We program and host on our own lineup of Meetups, including the Baltimore Elixir Meetup. And, we also recently gave away $13,000 to Black-led organizations in Baltimore and D.C.

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