Title: Product Manager Cook
Reports to: Director Product Innovation
Direct Reports: Product Associate and Product Analyst Cook
Location: Africa HQ, Kigali – Rwanda (with some travel to East/West Africa and other locations such as UK and China)
Role Purpose: The Product Manager (PM) Cook owns the long-term roadmap for Cook and ensures the commercial success of this product range by assessing user requirements, competitor offerings and development cost versus market potential and future revenues. The PM is accountable for coordinating all product definition, development and introduction activities across the relevant departments in a matrix approach. This role must also have a good understanding of business process (especially LPG retail and last-mile logistics) to facilitate the integration of third-party software into the Pulse platform.
Key Interactions: The Product Manager Cook cooperates closely with the Product Managers for Power DC, VAS and Pulse as well as with the Heads of HW Development (Engineers) and SW Delivery (Product Owners). He/she will also have to coordinate with the Global Partnerships Director and with NGUs for identifying local partners/suppliers and understanding market-specific processes.
About the role
Defining the overall vision, strategy and roadmap;Help formulate the vision for Clean Cooking creating buy-in at Group and NGU-levelPropose commercial objectives and the strategic direction for third-party productsAgree the Cook roadmap internally with key stakeholders across all Divisions
Determining customer demand and market potential;Understand and represent Cook user needs throughout the product lifecycle Identify business opportunities for managing third party products through Pulse Monitor the market and analyse competition, taking action on product gapsCreate high-level business cases (B2B and B2C) for new Cook value propositions Propose competitive pricing structures and give input on B2B positioning of Cook
Managing Cook SW integrations and adaptations within Pulse 2.0: Assess potential providers of third-party HW and SWBuild technology partner and supplier relationships Work with Pulse Product Managers on integrating third-party HW and SWCoordinate with the Supply Chain team to source Cook appliances
Designing the B2B2C LPG/Cook value propositions (PAYC, Upgrade, Upfront);Refine the building blocks of the Cook B2B and B2C offer Support NGUs in adapting the value proposition (incl. pricing) to their markets Own the relationship with technology thought leaders (demand and supply)
Optimize LPG value chain 2.0 together with NGUs and LPG suppliers/partners; Analyse the LPG value chain and business process enabling the customer journey Identify elements of the value chain (pain points) that should be digitized/optimized Work with the Pulse team to adapt existing business processes
Managing the entire product lifecycle for all Cook products;Conduct customer research and write requirements Work with third party design and engineering teams
Perform user tests and run prototypes (proof of concept) Coordinate pilots and support the rollout in NGUs Support communications and training plansMeasure impact and evaluate adoption
Facilitating the key meetings and workshops for Cook; Plan the P&L and budget for Cook products & services Prepare recommendations on key strategic decisions for the Executive
Follow up on decisions/action items with the team of Product Associates
At least 3-5 years of experience as a commercially driven product manager (preferably in the off-grid energy or similar sectors) working closely with HW or SW development teams
Demonstrated track record of successfully expanding an existing product range into new geographies and demographies
Motivated to run a cross-functional team and aptitude to communicate remotely
Ability to quickly learn about new business areas, critically think through different use cases, synthesize requirements and present new ideas effectively at all levels of the organization
Good working knowledge of the human-centred design approach and agile methodologies Strong analytical, quantitative, problem-solving and project management skills
Excellent time management and organizational skills, with a strong ability to prioritize Attention to detail even when working under pressure
Master’s degree in business administration, engineering or other relevant discipline is a plus
Please upload your CV and answer few questions via our online application platform: https://bboxx.csod.com/ux/ats/careersite/4/home/requisition/1134?c=bboxx. Qualified candidates will be contacted with information regarding the next steps.
Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis, so we encourage you to apply ASAP.
The deadline for applications is July 07th 2021