Title:  Product Operations Manager, Sr

Date:  Jan 6, 2022
Legal Entity:  Entergy Services, LLC
Description: 

Posting End Date:  

-

*The preffered location for this role is New Orleans, LA; however, other locations within the service territory may be considered.*

 

 

JOB SUMMARY/PURPOSE

The Product Operations Manager, Sr. will play a critical role in Entergy’s innovation journey by leading and collaborating on efforts in the following functional areas: product operations, innovation center operations, portfolio management, innovation center branding, internal presentation materials, and miscellaneous innovation initiatives. The role is a central function inside of KeyString Labs (KSL), Entergy’s innovation center. The leader in this role will drive success across KSL by collaborating with leadership and cohorts to establish the foundation and continuous improvement for our processes, methodologies, product development framework, and brand management. The person in this role will also be responsible for tracking and reporting KSL’s progress on products and initiatives underway to various stakeholder groups, including executive leadership. The ideal candidate will have strong familiarity with innovation methodologies and best practices, experience with innovation technology platforms, and an ability to leverage soft skills across functions in a fast-paced environment to accomplish objectives.

 

JOB DUTIES/RESPONSIBILITIES

Product Operations

  • Develop, refine, and manage KSL’s innovation process (in collaboration with others across the Lab), along with stage gates and stakeholder mapping.
  • Collaborate with product teams to ensure adherence to the process and utilization of the stage gate approach.
  • Work with leadership teams and product teams to develop storyline and presentation materials for innovation board meetings.
  • Develop and maintain reporting cadences and tools (dashboards, presentations, other tools) to be used to track key aspects of KSL’s workload and report on these efforts to leadership and partners across the organization.

KSL Operations

  • Lead the delivery of innovation activities and education through workshops, hackathons, interdepartmental summits, events, etc.
  • Lead continuous improvement efforts within the Lab by identifying areas for development, presenting the problem and proposed solutions to the innovation leadership team for approval, and implementing the improvements once approved by the leadership team.
  • Create and present analyses that measure team velocity and efficiency and provide leadership with recommendations based on findings.

Innovation Partnerships

  • Establish and maintain a current roster of internal innovation stakeholders with whom the Lab partners to augment innovation efforts and ensure engagement cadence and coverage is effective.
  • Create and maintain communication channels through which internal partners can provide feedback and insights on ongoing initiatives and request support or guidance from KSL personnel.

KSL Branding

  • Partner with innovation leadership and others across the organization to develop and refine KSL and product-specific brand strategy.
  • Work with the leadership team and others across the Lab to socialize the strategy(s) and best practices with key stakeholders across Entergy.
  • Ensure consistency with KSL and product-specific materials produced prior to distribution.

Miscellaneous

  • Perform miscellaneous assignments as directed and supported by the innovation leadership team.

 

MINIMUM REQUIREMENT

Minimum education & experience required of the position

Bachelor’s Degree and 3+ years’ professional experience in an innovation, startup, or consulting environment and working on customer solutions OR, in lieu of degree, 7+ years’ professional experience in an innovation, startup, or consulting environment and working on customer solutions

 

Minimum knowledge, skills and abilities required of the position

  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office tools
  • Familiarity with other software tools, such as: Slack, Airtable, SharePoint (preferred)
  • Experience applying agile methodology
  • Ability to handle ambiguity and remain flexible as business needs evolve
  • High level of emotional intelligence; ability to work with a high level of empathy on cross-functional teams
  • High level of organizational, project management, and communications skills

 

OTHER ATTRIBUTES

Functional Knowledge    

  • Familiarity with innovation methodologies, practices, and processes.
  • Understanding design thinking principles and agile methodology.

Business Expertise          

  • Strong strategic, analytical, and business acumen.
  • High level of comfort presenting complex information to all levels of an organization.

Leadership         

  • Experience using “soft skills” and emotional intelligence to influence cross-functional teams in order to accomplish goals.

Problem Solving

  • Strong conflict resolutions skills. 
  • Ability to identify problems and collaborate with others to find swift resolution.

Impact 

  • Self-starter. 
  • Ability to proactively identify needs of the business and collaborate with partners across functions to fulfill them.

Interpersonal Skills          

  • Strong interpersonal skills. 
  • Ability to form partnerships across Entergy.
  • Ability to work well on teams and collaborate with others to create value for the organization.

 

WORKING CONDITIONS

  • Flexibility to work in an open innovation environment
  • Ability to travel across Entergy’s footprint (~25% of time)
  • Ability to work across various levels of the organization

 

LIMITED NATURE OF JOB DESCRIPTION

This job description provides a general overview of the minimum requirements for and duties of the position and does not provide an exhaustive or comprehensive list of all possible job responsibilities, tasks and duties.  Additionally, this job description does not list all essential job functions.  If you have any questions or need additional information regarding the essential job functions of this position, please contact the supervisor or manager responsible for this position.  

Please note that the duties and essential functions associated with this position may change over time to include new responsibilities and tasks as management deems necessary to address business needs.  Also, please note that, as a provider of vital public services, Entergy System Company employers expect employees to be available to assist in emergency situations, including storms and unexpected outages.  Individuals who will require some sort of accommodation in order to meet this expectation should discuss those matters with their management and HR Management Support.

 

 

Primary Location: Louisiana-New Orleans
Job Function: Professional
FLSA Status: Professional
Relocation Option: No Relocation Offered
Union description/code: NON BARGAINING UNIT-NBU
Number of Openings: 1
Req ID: 105107
Travel Percentage:Up to 25%

 

An Equal Opportunity Employer, Minority/Female/Disability/Vets. Please click here to view the full statement.

 

WORKING CONDITIONS: 

As a provider of essential services, Entergy expects its employees to be available to work additional hours, to work in alternate locations, and/or to perform additional duties in connection with storms, outages, emergencies, or other situations as deemed necessary by the company. Exempt employees may not be paid overtime associated with such duties.


Job Segment: Operations Manager, Product Development, Consulting, Developer, Operations, Research, Technology