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Product Business - Technical Program Lead

at The Boston Consulting Group

Posted: 3/4/2019
Job Status: Full Time
Job Reference #: 435841

Job Description

We are seeking the motivated and passionate candidate who will be our next Technical Program Lead (TPL) for Retail Catalyst, based in Chicago, IL. In collaboration with product managers, BCG partners, topic experts, and data architects, the TPL will provide program oversight for the Retail Catalyst suite of applications.

Catalyst is the E2E / enterprise grade, cloud-based, Big Data analytics platform that powers the analytical workflows and algorithms developed by BCG’s Retail Sector. These applications are critical to our growth plan, ability to scale, and to the success of our case teams. BCG has made multimillion-dollar investments to create Flagship products that complement our consulting offerings.  

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BCG pioneered strategy consulting more than 50 years ago, and we continue to innovate and redefine the industry. We offer multiple career paths for the world’s best talent to have a real impact on business and society. As part of our team, you will benefit from the breadth and diversity of what we are doing today and where we are headed next. We count on your authenticity, exceptional work, and strong integrity. In return we are committed to supporting you in discovering the most fulfilling career journey possible—and unlocking your potential to advance the world.

BCG has a number of flagship software products that support businesses worldwide by leveraging our core capabilities in areas such as design and development. These products provide critical insight that empowers our customers and teams to make key strategic decisions. The Product Business Unit has been an invaluable partner of the practice areas in this endeavor and has lead by example through evangelizing exceptional user experience design process, research, and methodologies. Together, we have designed, developed and deployed a number of custom software products with proven success in the field. It is critical that the user experience and design of our flagship products are intuitive and engaging, and sit alongside each other in a world class ecosystem of products and tools.


The TPL needs…
  • 5-7+ years’ experience in application / software development (including open source)
  • Strong understanding of Big Data and analytics technologies
  • Experience with cloud computing
  • Strong understanding of IT roadmaps and solution architecture
  • Ability to lead and mentor on- / offshore development teams using Agile software delivery processes
  • The ability to travel, depending on project requirements
  • A BS/BA degree in software engineering, computer science, mathematics, or related field
  • Master’s (or other advanced) degree in engineering or business strongly preferred  
Our ideal candidate also knows their way around…
  • End-to-end solution design (database systems, integration architecture, visualization / analytics platforms, etc.)
  • Google Cloud Platform
  • SQL and PostgreSQL
  • Agile engineering development
  • Maintaining multiple work streams across data sourcing, data preparation, development, testing, and software delivery
  • DataIKU / Spark / Hadoop / Google Big Query strongly preferred
… and possesses some key competencies:
  • Delivery-minded and deadline-focused, ready to go the extra mile and get creative in delivering on time and within budget
  • Self-motivated, with a desire to take initiative and a proactive approach to problem solving
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills - able to adjust approach to effectively interact at all organizational and technical levels
  • Experience working successfully within a complex matrix structured organization
  • Ability to understand and manage complex reporting relationships and incorporate multiple labor laws and cultures
  • Ability and willingness to give and receive honest, balanced feedback
  • Fluent written and spoken English (other languages are desirable)

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The Boston Consulting Group is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, age, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity / expression, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected under federal, state or local law, where applicable, and those with criminal histories will be considered in a manner consistent with applicable state and local laws. In addition, as a federal government contractor, BCG maintains an affirmative action program which furthers its commitment and complies with recordkeeping and reporting requirements under certain federal civil rights laws and regulations. BCG is an E-Verify Employer. Click here for more information on E-Verify. VEVRAA Federal Contractor.

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Technology & Engineering

The TPL will provide…
  • Business Requirements and Analysis
    • Collaborate with key stakeholders to understand business needs and requirements
    • Research technical / non-technical solutions, and make recommendations for accelerating the development and enhancement of products
    • Conduct technology evaluations to understand features and alignment with requirements 
  • Technical Design Specifications
    • Facilitate the gathering, prioritizing, and documentation of technical requirements
    • Collaborate on creating software architecture, design, and specification documentation
    • Develop prototypes for demonstration and testing purposes
    • Lead creation of operational processes, service level agreements and interface requirements 
  • Software Development Technical Leadership
    • Oversee all aspects of project execution as the Agile Scrum Master
    • Use a lean and Agile approach to product development and delivery
    • Prioritize customer feedback, bug fixes, and the feature roadmap for rapid product iteration 
  • Product Delivery and Support Management
    • Support communication and alignment with clients for product deployment
    • Support development and implementation of launch plans to roll out product
    • Identify, research, and resolve system technical and/or non-technical problems

Product Business - Technical Program Lead