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Lead Product Manager

@ Shara



Contract Typepermanent
Experience Level7Year (s)

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About The Product Manager Role

Shara is building the operating system for accessing African retailers. They have developed a digital platform designed to help send receipts and invoices on SMS or WhatsApp, track who owes money, send free reminders and statements to clients. The company's platform sends free scheduled reminders, customized professional statements, and provides a free and secure wallet, enabling clients to organize and grow their businesses in a systematic manner.

About The Role

Shara is looking to hire a Lead Product Manager who will help develop strategies to sell their products. This involves planning and assisting in the development, marketing, and distribution of the product. 

What do you need to be considered successful

As the Lead product manager, you will have to provide a clear plan for their product, outlining goals as well as potential risks, challenges, and opportunities. You will also be responsible for:

  • Executing product roadmap, and leading the product team.
  • Steering product strategy and taking charge of product development.

  • Ensuring product development is on track and adjusting schedules as required.
  • Working with multiple teams to produce product prototypes.
  • Work with cross-functional teams both internally and externally to address opportunities to increase growth rates
  • Conducting market research and obtaining consumer feedback on products.
  • Build out a rapid experimentation framework that makes it cheap and easy to run experiments to enable data-driven decisions

  • Identifying weaknesses in prototypes and making the necessary changes
  • Obtaining feedback from clients, designers, and engineers, and adjusting product specifications as needed.

How Important are you to the bottom line?

You will manage their portfolio of products from strategy through to delivery, with the dual goals of improving core infrastructure, operational efficiency, and improving member experience to drive revenue. You’ll also be a member of Shara's leadership team and report to the CTO with a dotted line to the CEO.

The biggest problem-solving duties on the Job

You also have to be able to seamlessly weave between cross-functional teams in order to build and grow a wide range of products with insights into community and SME behavior that reduces the risk of default and poor performance.

What do you need to have done In your career?

  • 7+ years proven experience in building Empowered Product Teams and previous senior product role or co-founder for fintech or social startups that have scaled across emerging markets (+100k users)
  • Entrepreneurial and driven with a track record of building and scaling intuitive, compelling consumer-focused products, with a preference for social and network-focused products

  • You have an informed opinion - partly based on data, partly based on lessons learned, and partly based on gut feel (and the communication skills to articulate this
  •  Have developed compelling product visions and made strategic decisions about new markets, new products, and features to increase growth and improve customer experience
  •  Have the ability to think creatively beyond what has been done before to build strategies rooted in qualitative and quantitative data

  • Comfort with defining white space opportunities, embracing a test and learn mentality, and swiftly scaling winning strategies

What Do you stand to Gain?

  • A nearly unlimited room for career growth with support along the way
  • The exciting opportunity to be part of building something extraordinary
  • Competitive Salary