Summit Africa RecruitmentSummit Africa Recruitment
Job title: Head of Product
Employment type:Full Time
Experience:6 to 10 years
Job published:04 February 2021
Job reference no:21750914

Job Description

A fast growing online fashion business based in South Africa are looking for an experienced Head of Product to join their team of experts.


The Role

  • Product Vision. Define and drive the integrated product strategy for the business, ensuring strategy is aligned with business goals, and communicated effectively to stakeholders.
  • Product Execution. Maximise the product team’s ability to execute consistently, rapidly, and effectively. This includes implementing and best practices for product planning, customer discovery and research, and product development - and ensuring positive collaboration with other departments within the business.
  • Team Development. Identify and recruit potential talent, and work actively and continuously with the team to exploit their strengths and develop areas of weakness. Build a team that is engaged, energised, and motivated, and a product culture that is focussed on delivering business and customer value.
  • Contribution to Management Team. Able to collaborate effectively with all members of the management team, and contribute to business strategy and vision.

Qualifications & Experience

  • A Bachelor’s degree in a relevant field, or equivalent industry experience, would be beneficial.
  • At least 6 years of product management experience that includes 2 years in a mobile environment (preferably ecommerce).
  • Data and research driven, analytical approach to features and changes.
  • Proven track record of delivering business value.
  • Detail oriented, and comfortable generating relevant artefacts for an effective, light production process.
  • Proficiency to manage a diverse workload and assign priorities to tasks.
  • Familiarity and significant experience with agile and lean processes.
  • Thorough knowledge of prevailing and emerging mobile trends and technologies.
  • A great communicator with presentation experience. Able to convey complex concepts in a simple and digestible manner.
  • Strong commercial acumen, with proven track record of using product improvements to realise market opportunities. Able to articulate strategies in terms of impact on business metrics.
  • Experience in both setting and executing the product strategy to achieve set business goals.
  • Exceptional planning, project management and problem-solving skills

Key attributes and competencies

  • Excellent interpersonal skills and a can-do attitude.
  • An appreciation for best practices and innovation in product design and development, user experience, and team management.
  • Excellent leadership, communication and persuasive skills.
  • Strategic orientation with an attention to detail.
  • Structured thinking, ability to remove ambiguity and work under pressure.
  • Self-starter and moves quickly.
  • Decisive and able to take accountability, and balance multiple priorities.
  • Can solve complex problems and distil into deliverables.
  • Proficiency to work closely and collaboratively with multiple departments and executives, and lead cross-functional teams.
  • Exceptional communication and presentation skills.