Vacancy: Product Manager

SokoFresh is on a mission to provide professional services to smallholder farmers. We are currently providing cold storage services, market linkages, and processing of produce for farmers in Kenya. Our ambition is to reduce food loss on the farm, increase farmer income, and provide professional services to the food industry in Kenya

Your role in SokoFresh
As the Product Manager(PM) at SokoFresh you lead the development of our technology innovation at Sokofresh. You will define the right thing to build, rally a remote cross-functional team to deliver it, and iterate until the user and business outcome is met.
The PM will need to innovate on behalf of his/her colleagues, based on a deep understanding of users’ pain points as well as business needs and priorities. They will also develop metrics to measure and effectively manage the deployment of solutions that optimize internal business processes.
To be successful in this role they will need to be a great communicator, innovator, influencer and an analytical problem solver. They will need to think and act fast, deal with ambiguity and be able to develop ideas into scalable products
This is a rare opportunity to impact not just the future of Sokofresh, but the future of digital agronomy across Africa.
Key responsibilities
●  Strategic alignment: Define the vision, roadmap and strategy of tools for farmers, and the different stakeholders they transact with
●  Product Discovery: Collect, organize and prioritize product enhancements for maximum business/user impact. Define what needs to be built in line with the company’s objectives and product strategy.
●  User Experience enhancement: As the primary User Experience (UX) person on the team, translate user research and hypothesis testing into product requirements to enhance user experience. Work closely with User Interface Design to craft simple, useful experiences.
●  Scope Definition: Collaborate with Engineering to discuss scope trade-offs, and agree on specific timelines for functional solutions. Help to champion and model an agile approach to product design and management
●  Product Review: Conduct regular user testing and analyses of products and services to ensure they are meeting user needs.
●  Reporting: Review and report on your team’s success metrics. Monitor the project and keep stakeholders updated on progress and escalate any risks to delivery.
●  Documentation: Occasionally create support and training documents for users. Produce and prioritise product backlogs and other relevant project documentation
Skills and Competencies : required skills 
●  Relevant bachelors degree
●  3+ years experience as a Product Manager with a focus on discovery
●  2+ years experience in designing/developing digital products
●  A passion for product development, evident in experience and education
●  Experience working closely with Engineering, Design and Data/Data Science teams
●  Experience in handling the pressures of fast-paced, start up environments where you wore multiple
hats and used limited resources
●  Excellent communication skills along with the ability to effectively collaborate and lead cross-functional teams. You must also be abe to articulate the strategy and business rationale behind your decisions.
●  Focus on the key problem to be solved, and build only the right thing
●  Time management skills to distinguish between urgent, and important, and know how to prioritize
and plan your time
●  User understanding skills to empathize, listen, and co-create with the end customer and solve for an existing pain point or identify new pain points
●  Problem solving skills to break down an ambiguous product/customer need and go about experimenting or iterating to find an appropriate solution
●  Strategic thinking to create a plan and a story to explain what’s next while also taking into account the many moving parts across a team, product, or organization
Nice to have skills
●  Background in user research
●  Experience in Agritech
●  Experience with Odoo ERP
 
What we offer you
-Competitive package with the opportunity to develop yourself in a truly unique and challenging environment.
-A job with purpose and societal impact
-The opportunity to lead the development of an innovative, technology platform
-Working with a small group of talented, passionate and fun colleagues
For this role, we are offering an initial 1-year contract for 40 to 45 hours per week. We offer a job with leadership opportunities, ability to design & define a solution, with plenty of space and time to code to your heart’s content.
Does this sound like you? Please apply here