We’re hiring a Principal Product Manager - Research & Development in Columbus, OH

The position.

As the Principal Product Manager of Research & Development you will be responsible for taking bets at developing step function changes at the company. The person in this role will be expected to deliver clear problem landscape understanding, rapid prototyping to test core hypotheses and synthesis to leadership on investment rationale conclusions. They should have experience in consumer products, with an added bonus for the B2B or B2D space. Success for this role will come from the ability to autonomously derive areas of investment from understanding the company position, and end to end problem analysis to launch post-mortems.

What You'll Be Doing:

  • Work across functions to define products and business plans.
  • Conduct hands-on customer research to iterate on product features. 
  • Maintain roadmap alignment with company strategic initiatives.
  • Partner with the leadership team to achieve organizational buy-in on key product efforts.
  • Leveraging a combination of functional and business expertise to shape and develop the technical elements of winning consumer propositions that drive sustainable business growth
  • Identify process and organizational bottlenecks and leverage these opportunities to constantly improve efficiency.

What We're Looking For:

  • 5+ years of product experience.
  • Exceptional leadership skills; naturally collaborative and able to work directly with a team as well as cross-functionally without direct managerial authority.
  • Experience working with Consumer Products, preferably in the B2B or B2D space.
  • Product domain expertise spanning the customer discovery, planning, and product development process; deep understanding of customer-centric product practices; ability to mentor and develop expertise in others.
  • Strong technology background, including an understanding of technical capabilities on mobile and web platforms.
  • Highly analytical; excel at leveraging customer research and analytics to drive product decisions.
  • Superior problem-solving skills with the ability to think strategically and innovatively.
  • Detail-oriented; ability to multitask and prioritize projects.
  • Roll-up-the sleeves work ethic and “do-what-it takes” attitude to efficiently execute and drive for results in a fast-paced work environment.
  • Proven ability to thrive in a results-driven, fast-paced work environment.

Get in touch

Finding the right people to help us build Root is a top priority. Whether you would like to explore the possibility of working together or simply learn more about the position, we’d love to hear from you!

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Join us.
At Root, we judge people based on the merit of their work, not who they are. Very few (if any!) people will fit every description; so if you are passionate about what this role entails, and are excited by solving real problems, we encourage you to apply; we want to learn about you, and what you can add to our team!

Who we are.
Root Insurance is the nation’s first licensed insurance carrier powered entirely by mobile. We were founded on the belief that the services you need for everyday life should serve you better. That’s why we base insurance coverages on you, not your demographic. It’s the way insurance should be. And it’s all conveniently in an app.

What draws people to Root.
We’re a venture-backed technology company. Our early success is in large part due to our unwavering standards in hiring. We recognize that our product is only as good as the people building and promoting it. We look for individuals who find solutions by going through the cycle of ideation to implementation with curiosity, rigor, and a highly analytical lens. Ask anyone who works here and you’ll hear similar reasons for why they joined:

Autonomy. For assertive self-starters, the opportunities to contribute are limitless.

Impact. By challenging the way it’s always been done, we solve problems that have a big impact on our business.

Collaboration. We encourage rich discussion and civil debate at every turn.

People. We are inspired by the collection of crazy-smart people around us.

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If you’d like to be a part of what we are building but don’t see an opening that suits you, email us at jobs@inc.joinroot.com.