Lead Product Manager

Posted: 1 year19 months84 weeks591 days ago

Company/Organization: AgFirst Farm Credit Bank

Location: Columbia, SC

AgFirst Farm Credit Bank provides financing, as well as a range of technology and other services, to a network of agricultural lenders in the United States and Puerto Rico. Located on Main Street in Columbia, S.C., AgFirst is committed to providing a comfortable, inclusive work environment. We believe in investing in our employees so they can help lead our $35 billion company into the future. Do you share our passion for making an impact on the world? You may be a great fit for our AgFirst family.

AgFirst is seeking a Lead Product Manager whose responsibilities include working closely with product managers, customers, business partners, and senior leadership to establish, maintain, and execute product vision and lead one or more product teams to execute delivery of assigned products. This includes working closely with fellow product managers, technical managers, and business analysts to define strategies for technical solutions, determine requirements, and develop functional designs based on the analysis of customer and business needs, organizational objectives and existing systems infrastructure. The Lead Product Manager drives and participates in design, development and implementation of assigned products and works under minimal supervision on creative solutions. Partners with the Director of Product Management, fellow Product Managers, business analysts, technology, the PMO and other internal stakeholders to ensure product alignment with overall enterprise product vision. The Lead Product Manager is responsible for assessing the competitive landscape and identification of market opportunities for assigned products.

Duties & Responsibilities:

Establish, Maintain, and Execute Product Vision

  • Establish, maintain, and execute product vision for one or more assigned product
  • Assess and communicate competitive landscape and drive acquisition growth and retention
  • Identify market opportunities and define and communicate value proposition for products
  • Ensure clear and consistent alignment of product roadmaps with AgFirst business plan
  • Act as a Subject Matter Expert (SME) on assigned products and systems and is a trusted strategic advisor to Bank and Association business leaders in matters related to them
  • Identify opportunities for proof of concept validation and product enhancements based on results

Establish, Maintain, and Execute Product Roadmap

  • Responsible for creation of, maintenance, and execution of product roadmaps for assigned products
  • Use data and analytics to understand and analyze customer and business needs
  • Identify opportunities for testing and product enhancements based on results
  • Responsible for definition and communication of business outcomes
  • Responsible for evaluation and communication of business value of features

Product Strategy Leadership & Delivery

  • Responsible for definition of product strategy and leadership of development team(s) to execute product strategy
  • Drive translation of product roadmaps into well-defined product requirements/user stories and acceptance test criteria
  • Mentor and work alongside business analysts and others on the development and product teams
  • Deliver value at each customer touchpoint
  • Use analytics to monitor product KPIs and ensure success metrics are being met
  • Communicate clearly and frequently to Bank and Association leadership on status of initiative and projects under the Bank’s product roadmap
  • Champion world-class user experiences for internal and external product users / customers
  • Partner with the Marketing and Communications team to:
    • Develop strategies for successful launches of new and enhanced products and services, on-going marketing, compelling reason for adoption/buy
    • Position products and services, communicate their value proposition, and ensure consistent messaging of features and benefits
    • Position product messaging for differentiation
    • Ensure organizational preparedness for products


  • Bachelor’s Degree in business, marketing, management or comparable field
  • 8+ years of experience in developing software in banking/finance/lending
  • Current understanding of market and industry trends in financial services and technology preferred
  • Strong vision a plus
  • Ability to be seen as a thought leader for the AgFirst digital footprint
  • Experience in managing and leading teams
  • Excellent relationship building, negotiation, and influencing skills
  • Strong communication skills, including clear written, verbal and presentation skills
  • Ability to adapt to change and work under pressure
  • Strong analytical skills
  • Proven experience in product management supporting all phases of the product lifecycle using project methodology

Apply online at AgFirst's Careers website.