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Prodigy Finance - who we are
Prodigy Finance is a platform that enables financing for international postgraduate students at the world’s best universities, 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, whilst using predicted post-
degree affordability rather than present-day salary. Since 2007, Prodigy Finance has extended over US$500 million through the platform to fund over 12,000 students from over 120 countries.
Our team of over 150 (and growing) is already truly global. Our head office is in London with much of the team being based in beautiful Cape Town.
We also have an office in New York plus team members based across Europe and Asia.
We are funded by some of the best, pre-eminent institutions in the world including Index Ventures, Balderton Capital, AlphaCode, Credit Suisse and Deutsche Bank.
Why this is an amazing opportunity
This role is perfect for an experienced Product Owner who wants to supercharge their career by leading part of an energetic, extremely fast growing company.
On top of this, you’ll be surrounded by a set of other fantastic Product people, including strong mentorship from management who has worked in top-tier global companies.
The sense of impact and reward will be huge. You will help to build a product which makes a very real difference in the world.
Be a part of delivering socially responsible financial services to the masses; make it possible for students from more than 120 countries to obtain the finance to fulfil their dream of studying at the world’s top universities and schools.
We are a small non-hierarchical team; this means that you are going to get exposure to all aspects of our business immediately.
You’ll gain as much accountability as you can handle and have a huge influence on scaling the company, and we will demand that you create a large impact on the business.
Our team is very international and very sociable; you will interact with the broader business on a regular basis. The position will be based in Cape Town.
One of our goals is to build one of the top FinTech teams and cultures anywhere in the world. This means putting a lot of time into ensuring we only hire people with exceptional potential and creating the best working environment possible.
If you want to work somewhere where you're learning from some of the best brains in FinTech, this would be a good fit.
Why join Prodigy Finance
Be a part of a pioneering global growth company
Experience the excitement and learn from being part of an incredibly fast-growing young company. No kidding exponential growth. Happening right now
Be pivotal in scaling the business by identifying smart solutions and partners with tech at the heart of it
Enjoy the agility and flexibility offered by a startup culture. A sociable, relaxed and friendly work environment (with a serious coffee culture where you can wear shorts to work)
We will help you make your mark. Make a real impact on the business and experience a steep learning curve with huge opportunities to grow and develop
Gain an inside perspective on the functioning of a venture-backed FinTech startup, backed by one of the top European VCs, learn day-
to-day management and build functional expertise
Build a platform that helps to make a very real difference in the world
What you will do in the role
The Product Owner acts as one of the key linchpins for the company. You will be part of a team that sets the company product strategy, advocating for the user while integrating concerns from executives, Business Development, Technology, Operations, Legal, Marketing and other stakeholders.
You alone will help guide a team with your part of the product strategy.
You will gather and prioritise product and customer 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 outstanding products.
Specific responsibilities are to :
Be a product leader in the company, working with other senior leaders to help set company goals and strategy. Mentor and coach other Product Owners within the team
Solve the product issues found in company’s most difficult long-lived, cross-functional and nebulous business objectives, including strong stakeholder management, communication and working on multiple teams and / or across multiple teams
Have a good understanding of the market for your product, from competitive analysis to user segmentation, and drive this understanding through the business
Be a strong advocate for user needs across all functional areas, and help maintain the proper intersection of user needs with implementation and business needs
Manage the product objectives, key results and roadmap for your assigned business area; ensure these dovetail into the company commercial strategy
Work directly alongside your Development teams, driving the product backlog and prioritisation
Work closely with the User Experience team 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
Develop artefacts to drive all your work forward, including requirements documents, use cases, personas, white papers, demos and presentations, and distribute these effectively throughout the organisation to ship value for the company and bring kudos to your teams
What you will be measured on
Your ability to generate value by shipping effective products that delight users, on time, and without contention
Your ability to tackle some of the most difficult product deliveries within the organisation
Setting product strategy across the entire organisation and align product development to strategy
Effective leadership to the product org and entire company
Identify and build new business opportunities within your product domain and across the company
Your ability to lead data-driven decision making across the company
Ability to help the company learn about the market through competitive analysis, segmentation, and user testing
Your ability to lead by influence and negotiation to successful outcomes, and build strong relationships across the company
What you need to be great at
Personal stature, gravitas, a relationship builder; influencer; excellent communication and interpersonal skills across a number of stakeholder groups
Develop excellent working relationship 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 doing things
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
A strong advocate of agile practises and software development life-cycles with the ability to educate the wider business teams on the development process
Bias to action; create ideas, think outside the box
Problem-solver and solution finder, proactive, use initiative to develop and improve
Structured in an unstructured environment; highly organised, ability to multi-task and project manage. Can correctly prioritise multiple issues, opportunities and creates structure, systems and processes from scratch
Who we are looking for; track record must haves
3-5 years' 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
Proven track record of a role where you live and breathe customer experience, the end to end journey, UX and UI
Track record of delivering a mass-market consumer product or service via a bespoke tech (digital) platform
Track record of delivering complex projects with agile development teams, (with a firm personal belief and business strategy of MVP and test, iterate, test, iterate)
Experience that would be nice to have (but we’ll trade off if everything else fits)
Ideally you will have a FinTech background
Startup experience, or experience with complex ambiguous environments
A computer science background including some development experience
The Prodigy Finance fit; attributes which run true in everyone at Team Prodigy
To be an A player at Prodigy Finance, you need to possess in spades - the following attributes :
Innovative + Smart
Be curious enough to want to know more, think out the box, maybe even break the box, show initiative and be smart about it to find implementable, impactful solutions.
International + Accountable
Push yourself to be better every day. Work with others across the world, be resilient, add value and then hold yourself accountable.
Encourage and celebrate each other.
Energetic + Fun
Sense of humour survival. Bring energy and fun. Wear your heart on your sleeve. Work hard and find the time to play. We’re in this together.
Do you want to be our next Senior Product Owner? Here’s what to do now :
If this sounds exciting and you'd like to have an informal chat, get in touch below and tell us why you want to work at Prodigy Finance.