Verizon Product Manager in Basking Ridge, New Jersey

What you’ll be doing...

In order to increase our speed and capacity to innovate, experiment, and generate more value to our business partners and customers, Verizon Information Technology is transforming itself into a next-generation, engineering-centric, global technology organization.

As the Verizon InnerSource and Open Source Product Lead ("Product Lead"), you will lead an enterprise-level InnerSource and Open Source initiative to

Apply Open Source principles, process models, and best practices to internal software development and innovation efforts, and

Increase geographically dispersed, cross-organizational collaboration with open source process models to efficiently deliver high-quality, reliable, and secure software products.

nnerSource strategy

  • Lead the creation of a Strategic Plan that defines the InnerSource Program's objectives, goals, and success criteria

  • Create and execute an Implementation Plan with tasks needed to achieve InnerSource goals.

  • Discover strategic opportunities and market possibilities to business partners and IT leaders

  • Build Verizon's internal engineering reputation to attracts and retain talent

  • Partner with and support IT Rationalization, App Modernization, and Verizon Innovation Acceleration initiatives

  • Foster and manage partnerships with leading InnerSource companies like Hewlett-Packard, IBM, Walmart, PayPal, CapitalOne, and Bloomberg to share lessons-learned.

  • Work with the Executive sponsor to justify and procure funding for infrastructure, equipment, travel, events, and tools.

Community building and engagement

  • Strategize, plan, promote, and build an open, transparent, participative, collaborative, and governed InnerSource community within Verizon

  • Identify and build communities of interest (CoI), communities of practice (CoP), and InnerSource product delivery teams that span organizational and geographic boundaries

  • Build and facilitate community communication channels

  • Address cultural, managerial, and organizational challenges to InnerSource communities as they arise

  • Help teams and stakeholders define and understand InnerSource product delivery scope

  • Publish an InnerSource "readiness checklist" with references to activities that prepare teams to manage InnerSource products

  • Leverage community diversity and knowledge to create and document important architecture design designs

  • Make Verizon a fun place for engineers, designers, and creatives to work!

Cultural transformation and cross-organizational support

Work with HR, Legal, Security, and Vendor Management to:

  • Establish Code, Community and Culture foundation necessary for success

  • Focus on merit instead of status;

  • Build awareness around OSS program strategy, objectives, approach, roadmap, etc.

  • Support cost management with InnerSource/Open Source discovery adoption and deprecation

  • Expand our engineering capabilities with deeper competencies in DevSecOps, cloud native/cloud ready architectures, and security-based design

  • Increase IT innovation by mapping design-thinking processes to software product delivery practices (like behavior-driven development)

  • Recognize and reward individual, management, team, and (cross-)organizational collaboration

  • Train InnerSource teams to communicate effectively and efficiently; resolve conflict; and attract diverse contributors

  • Identify thought leaders within InnerSource teams, CoIs and CoPs in order to groom them for future leadership positions

Work with IT product delivery team leads and the Verizon Innovation Acceleration Initiative and:

  • Confer with Senior and Middle Management to gain sponsorship and support with Common Requirements and Module Code

  • Partner with the Review Committee to consult and support senior leadership with technology decisions and help change developer-mindset.

What we’re looking for...

You'll need to have:

  • Bachelor’s degree or four or more years of work experience.

  • Six or more years of relevant work experience.

Even better if you have:

  • Has xperience with the Open Source working model (or similar community-based working models)

  • Has experience running large programs within Technology organizations

  • Understands how to manage and drive change

  • Exhibit excellent soft-skills and networking skills

  • Communicate effectively and persuasively with executives, middle managers, and Engineers

  • Successful track record of managing complex development programs to deliver technical solutions

  • Ability to develop effective, matrixed, cross-organizational relationships

When you join Verizon...

You’ll be doing work that matters alongside other talented people, transforming the way people, businesses and things connect with each other. Beyond powering America’s fastest and most reliable network, we’re leading the way in broadband, cloud and security solutions, Internet of Things and innovating in areas such as, video entertainment. Of course, we will offer you great pay and benefits, but we’re about more than that. Verizon is a place where you can craft your own path to greatness. Whether you think in code, words, pictures or numbers, find your future at Verizon.

Equal Employment Opportunity

We're proud to be an equal opportunity employer- and celebrate our employees' differences, regardless of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, disability, or Veteran status. Different makes us better.

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