Access Partnership is the world’s preeminent tech policy consultancy: corporates seek our advice on bringing their tech to market, and governments need our advice to regulate tech so that all stakeholders are treated fairly and can benefit from it. We partner with the world’s largest and most innovative organisations in a market that is growing exponentially. Our firm uniquely mixes public policy, economics and engineering competencies to achieve our goals. We have offices in London, Brussels, Singapore, Washington, Abu Dhabi, and Johannesburg—and are growing.
You will work alongside some of industry’s most influential thought leaders and be responsible for delivering client objectives and helping to grow the practice in all regions of the world.
About the department – Commercial Operations
The AP team is looking for an exceptional product leader to work in a creative, fun, and fast-paced environment. This is newly created role, responsible for defining and driving our product strategy, roadmap, and implementation for a global Knowledge Management and content distribution platform.
As a Senior Product Manager, you will be responsible for the vision, strategy, requirements, and implementation of a bespoke Knowledge Management platform that will form the core of AP’s internal operations – and eventually be offered to clients as well. The position requires a highly entrepreneurial individual that can set the vision for the team, believes that product and user experience go hand-in-hand, and is not afraid of rolling up their sleeves. The ideal candidate has an extensive background in building 1.0 products – working with internal and external implementation partners – managing often conflicting priorities and requirements.
As a leader, you will inspire through your words, actions, and frequent, small victories. As a manager, you will focus on clear, prioritized goals. As an individual contributor, you will define and communicate AP’s knowledge management platform strategy, roadmap, plans, and priorities across organizations.
What you can expect to be doing
- Crystallize opportunities and trends into clearly defined business plans & proposals.
- Build a world-class product while influencing across functional and organizational boundaries.
- Select and manage implementation partner(s) for building out the KMS platform.
- Setup process for managing the development cycle (tools, tracking, KPIs, etc.)
- Review and/or write the actual epics and user stories for the KMS platform
- Collaborate closely with Marketing and Sales regarding product definition, project schedule, feature scope, definition, and project-related execution.
- Champion efforts to create a world class user experience. This will require an evangelist who believes the customer experience is integral to the company’s success and who inspires the company to create superior products that integrates across different systems.
- Prepare and deliver presentations, demonstrations, and product concepts. Typical audiences include executive management, customers, partners, and press.
- Research and evaluate competitive products & solutions
- Lead build, partner and buy scenario planning and execution.
- Be the voice for and represent AP’s product organization inside and outside AP.
What you will bring
Core values: You believe that candor is the foundation of a manager-employee relationship; you believe in maximizing employee productivity and employee job satisfaction; and you believe in individual responsibility and results over consensus. You treat customers, employees, and results as your most precious and treasured assets.
Superior leadership: You have extensive experience in leading within large, matrixed organizations comprised of strong individual contributors and managers. You are as passionate about leading, attracting, and growing talent as you are about continuously improving our products and processes.
You believe that data is the foundation for decision making and you are willing to challenge and be challenged. You believe in rolling up your sleeves and digging in when needed regardless of organizational structure or boundaries.
You understand how to balance strategy and execution and you can go both broad and deep on strategy and technology. You feel at ease driving discussions and decisions around product direction and strategy at the highest level of the organization and you know how to focus on winning the war vs. fighting every battle.
Ability to act as a catalyst, driving product strategy & roadmap to achieve regular and consistent results: You are highly productive, independent, creative, focused, and have excellent communication and presentation skills. Above all else, you are as passionate building and delivering a world-class content and knowledge management platform.
Deep technical expertise and leadership: You have a strong technology foundation (search platforms, unstructured and structured databases, REST APIs, Cloud Platforms, and big data). You enjoy researching new technologies, applications, and customer trends. You are as interested in technical trends as you are entrenched in the latest web- and internet business models.
You have ambitions and experience to make things awesome, not just good enough.
Proven experience: You have multiple examples under your belt of building a business or product line from conception to market - addressing the needs of a diverse customer base, as well as building consensus among the company's executive and product leadership groups. You have built and launched successful products and have also learned how to take something from 1.0 to 2.0 without getting lost in the process. You have scars and bruises from products and services that you were responsible for but didn’t succeed. You are proud of those, but don’t want more.
A minimum of 5-7 years’ experience in product leadership roles in an at-scale SaaS product company. Experience working with a globally distributed development organization is strongly preferred.
An undergraduate degree in a technical field, plus a similar postgraduate degree is strongly preferred.
What We Offer
Our diverse international client base of technology giants and start-ups will provide the opportunity to work on multiple international projects on behalf of some of the industry’s leading companies. Our firm boasts a collaborative working environment, social events and a robust support system. We are committed to providing training and professional development for all colleagues.