Product Manager
Prodigy Finance
Cape Town
12h ago
source : Index Ventures

Prodigy Finance - who are we?

Prodigy Finance is a platform that delivers socially responsible financial services, making it possible for students to fulfil their dream of studying at the world’s top universities and schools by financing their international postgraduate studies, whilst delivering competitive financial and social returns to alumni, institutional and private investors.

This borderless and innovative model enables education loan financing to students from across the globe, using predicted post-degree affordability rather than present-day salary.

Since 2007, Prodigy Finance has extended over $1 billion dollars in loans to over 19000 students from over 150 countries attending over 750 world class universities around the world.

We are funded by some of the best, pre-eminent institutions in the world including Index Ventures, Balderton Capital and RMIH.

What will you do in the role?

The Product Manager will be part of a function that sets the company product strategy. You will work day to day in a cross functional team to gather and prioritise customer and business requirements, set objectives and key results, define the short and long-term product roadmaps and work closely with the Technology team to continue to deliver an outstanding product.

The role particularly focuses on ensuring customers are able to secure their loan and how to move the money effectively.

What are the roles and responsibilities of this role?

Build a good understanding of how our customers utilise the product, from competitive analysis to user segmentation, to determine the product roadmap

Manage the product objectives, key results and roadmap for your assigned business area; ensure these translate into the company commercial strategy

Work directly alongside your Development teams, driving the product backlog and prioritisation

Collaborate with relevant teams to design and execute user tests

Communicate and clarify your team goals and achievements with management and across all business functions, then reflect any changes, learnings and feedback for continuous improvement of the product and the company

Take a metrics-orientated approach to obtaining and analysing user feedback and be the user advocate within your team and across the entire company

Generate value by shipping effective products that delight users, on time, and without contention

Identify and build new business opportunities within your product domain and across the company

What would the ideal candidate be great at?

Relationship building; influencing; excellent communication and interpersonal skills across a number of stakeholder groups

Building excellent working relationships with engineering teams to deliver world-class software products in an efficient manner

Technical acumen; able to learn new paradigms quickly, and look to continuously improve and find better ways of working

Excellent critical judgment; able to make good decisions, be trusted, respected and dependable, be proactive and responsive, ask the right questions, raise flags at the right time, able to prioritise and plan workloads for the team

Analytical thinking capability; logical, systematic, strategic and pragmatic

Strong attention to detail; both quantitative and qualitative; can process large amounts of data from disparate sources

Able to learn new concepts and business issues quickly

Bias to focussed action

Self-starter and track record of delivering results across the finish line

Qualifications and experience

  • Finance, business or engineering degree or equivalent
  • 4+ years' consumer facing product management experience
  • An executor who has demonstrable success in owning delivery, where you have needed to understand commercial goals, think strategically and balance the desire to create an end product which is beautiful but where quality and functionality are equally as important
  • Track record of delivering projects with agile development teams, to ensure a product can be tested and iterated
  • Ideally you will have a FinTech background, or relevant experience in a consumer product
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