CenturyLink Senior Manager Product Management - IP VPN in Broomfield, Colorado

CenturyLink (NYSE: CTL) at http://www.centurylink.com is a global communications and IT services company focused on connecting its customers to the power of the digital world. CenturyLink offers network and data systems management, big data analytics, managed security services, hosting, cloud, and IT consulting services. The company provides broadband, voice, video, advanced data and managed network services over a robust 265,000-route-mile U.S. fiber network and a 360,000-route-mile international transport network. Visit CenturyLink at http://www.centurylink.com/ for more information.

Job Summary

The Senior Manager Product Management leads a team of Product Managers with the primary responsibilities of defining the product strategy, developing and executing the product roadmap, managing financial growth and profitability, and developing detailed market requirements based in network and IT technologies. Directs the development and lifecycle management of CenturyLink product portfolios. Responsible for maximizing the competitiveness and financial performance of a product portfolio. Requires advanced technical/industry knowledge and span of control. Position is both deep in content and broad in scope. An entrepreneurial product leader responsible for defining, developing and leading how we deliver services to our customers. Focused on the customer experience with an ability to understand and translate market opportunities and customer needs into product requirements and product value messaging. Expert in communicating our product capabilities to both internal and external audiences via written and verbal presentations. This role provides opportunity to make an immediate impact on both our short-term deliverables and long-term strategic goals. Requires leading both a direct team of product professionals as well as matrixed organizations responsible for the development and lifecycle management of a complex product ecosystem that includes IT systems, networks, and 3rd party vendors and partners.

Job Description

  • Leads and manages a team of Product Mangers and/or Exchange Managers to high performance; hires and retains the right talent in the right roles; sets goals, delegates work, holds reports accountable; develops and empowers direct reports to make decisions and take action.

  • Manages all aspects of the portfolio’s financials for growth, revenue, and profitability. Understands and actively manages all of the levers that impact financials including funnel, usage, opex, netex, capex, credits, pricing, churn, and company accounting practices – the CEO of their business.

  • Develops and articulates vision and market strategy across the product portfolio. Identifies market direction, what’s important to customers, where technology and features are evolving and where the company can effectively compete.

  • Leads the development of new products and product features by understanding the market, writing detailed market and product requirements, developing financial justification, and championing the ask through leadership to market.

  • Prepares and delivers executive level presentations that include portfolio performance and portfolio development asks grounded in financial justification and business cases.

  • Prepares and presents company and portfolio content at industry events, panels, and to industry Analysts and experts with the goal of perpetuating CenturyLink brand, capabilities, and differentiation

  • Oversees team that manages specific customer opportunities as they relate directly to driving revenue for the portfolio. Negotiates business terms and conditions of customer contracts. Gathers and prioritizes customer requirements and benchmarks company products to competitor products to evangelize the portfolio roadmap.

  • Subject matter expert for portfolio including competition, market dynamics, points of differentiation, value proposition, and quote to cash processes.

  • Leads a matrixed team in the continued support of the growth and lifecycle management of the portfolio to dates and deliverables including product marketing plan, engineering, operations, development, and 3rd party vendors and partners

  • Monitors customer and operational metrics for the portfolio and champions development, organizational, and process improvements in quote to cash processes to ensure a market leading customer experience.

  • Leads the creation and delivery of all product related training across all organizations

  • Develops and maintains pricing and commercial constructs for product portfolios to maximize growth, profitability, and in line with market dynamics


  • 10-12+ Years in industry relevant role

  • Bachelor’s Degree required

  • Business Acumen: Must have an intermediate understanding of company financial measures and financial modeling

  • Good organizational and “action accountability” management skills.

  • Ability to provide leadership for direct teams and cross-functional teams.

  • Proactive and self-motivated – ability to drive projects and assignments.

  • Good written communication skills.

  • Negotiation skills and experience managing third-party vendor negotiations/relationships.

  • Experienced team leader.

  • Ability to lead transformation of a business.

  • Drive execution of short and long term strategies to grow product portfolio.

  • Opportunity to consult on possible M&A opportunities.

  • Problem Solving: Advanced analytical skills. Must be able to work through complex issues with a methodical approach. Must be able to understand and distill data into actionable items. Must have advanced data management ability.

  • Knowledge of layer 2/3 WAN, networking solutions and other telecommunications and IT technology desired

  • Work Style: Ability to work under pressure with tight deadlines. Ability to work on multiple projects simultaneously. Must be detail oriented.

  • Ability to distill broad concepts and business strategies into structured product management/marketing plans.

  • Technical aptitude to understand product dynamics and recommend product enhancements.

  • Record of success and top-tier achievement in prior work and education experiences.

  • Travel: Ability to travel as needed (Approx. 10%)


Bachelors or Equivalent

Masters or Equivalent

Alternate Location: US-Colorado-Broomfield; US-Colorado-Denver

Requisition # : 207381

This job may require successful completion of an online assessment. A brief description of the assessments can be viewed on our website at http://find.centurylink.jobs/testguides/

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