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Mgr, Product Engineering

Date: Jul 8, 2021

Location: CHICAGO, IL, US, 60603-4013

Company: Grainger Businesses

About Grainger:


Grainger is North America's leading Maintenance Repair & Operating provider and we are the 10th largest North American E-commerce player with over 50% of our revenue coming from online transactions. Within the Enterprise Systems team we use technology to support the dynamic needs of a supply chain carrying 1.5 million products and an employee base of 25,000+; and we are committed to delivering technology solutions to support the business in our mission to stay atop. We create technology solutions across the enterprise including our call centers, branch network, sales, and our multiple digital channels. The team supports over 1000 applications across the network and operates in an agile environment to create complex solutions quickly. The team of 500+ is comprised of Infrastructure and Operations, Cyber Security, Technology Planning, Architecture and Engineering and are built in a way to support the dynamic customer landscape.


Position Details:


Product Engineering Managers oversee the health of development teams and their members. You are a coach and career development mentor for all members of the teams they manage. They are the stewards of the collective skills of the teams as well. To this end, they will make plans and find opportunities for upskilling. You may help build the performance management of team members.


You Will:


  • You will manage multiple teams of technical people on software development teams. Up to a maximum capacity of approximately (20) people.
  • Promote an engineering mindset into the team through coaching, mentoring, and partnering with practice leads.
  • Not directly hands-on coding, but understands how to code and develop, build, test and deploy a workload to production
  • Hands-on understanding of AWS, containers, and ability to step back to support a hybrid ecosystem.
  • You will ensure that all members of a development team (Tech Lead, Software Engineer, QA) have the skills and tools required to achieve their best work.
  • Partner with the practice leaders to upskill direct reports.
  • Connect people with upskilling needs to the proper departments and act as a coach towards those efforts.
  • Assist teams in the removal of impediments, especially when coming from outside the team. • Uses metrics to monitor the health and productivity of the teams and to understand capacity limitations for forecasting possible headcount changes.
  • Participate in headcount planning and other operational meetings with other levels of management.
  • Monitor the daily health of the team to stay informed about how their assistance/coaching the team in the delivery of their commitments/forecasts can improve outcomes.
  • Have regular touchpoints with direct reports to focus on maintaining understanding between teams, team members, and the business.
  • Create/Promote a culture of team autonomy, continuous improvement, and sustainable pace within the teams that they manage.
  • Offer technical guidance and pull in other experts to assist the team.
  • Manage staff through processes including feedback, career development, performance reviews, performance improvement goals and recognition, salary, and promotional reviews.


You Have:


  • 10 or more years of work experience in a technical capacity. 2 or more years of people management or team leadership
  • A Bachelor's degree in Business (or Management), Computer Science, Engineering, or related discipline, or equivalent work experience is required.
  • Understand how to identify opportunities for upskilling people they manage and how to improve others.
  • Deep passion for servant leadership and the knowledge of how to apply these principles from the perspective of people management.
  • Passion for Agile principles and processes and an understanding of how to monitor team health.
  • Working knowledge of business and strategy.
  • High-level knowledge of technologies used by the team.
  • Experience with the Performance Excellence process including goal agreement, career development, P&D and feedback


Our Benefits:


  • Comprehensive healthcare plans
  • PTO and family leave
  • Retirement plans


DE&I Statement


We are committed to equal employment opportunity regardless of race, color, ancestry, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, age, citizenship, marital status, disability, gender, gender identity or expression, or veteran status. We are proud to be an equal opportunity workplace.