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Product Management (Tushop)

  • Applications are considered on a rolling basis
  • Applications are considered on a rolling basis

THE VFA FELLOWSHIP

Whether you're looking for your next challenge or planning a major career move, becoming a Venture for Africa Fellow gives you a unique opportunity to gain startup experience and local industry knowledge while contributing to meaningful impact at a leading African startup.

Venture for Africa is a fellowship program designed to immerse top global talent in the African startup landscape. We partner with Africa's fastest-growing startups to co-design an experience that enables fellows to quickly gain relevant skills and in-market knowledge, complete real project work and get fast-tracked to apply for a full-time role in their field.

Are you ready to #TaketheLeap?

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HOW IT WORKS

  • Get Matched: Apply and get matched with a VFA startup partner in your area of interest.

  • Get Immersed: Spend 3 months in this role, during which you will be immersed in the local context, be connected to expert mentors, and get to understand market nuances.

  • Get Working: Work on real project deliverables for your assigned startups while being paid a stipend.

  • Get Hired: While full-time roles are not guaranteed, you are fast-tracked through ordinary application processes for available full-time roles with the startup post the fellowship

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Startup Partner: Tushop

Tushop is a venture-backed technology-enabled company operating in Kenya. The company's mission is to strengthen the welfare of communities by giving them more value with their groceries. It does so by aggregating communities’ demand for groceries to help them access wholesale prices and provide convenient delivery to end customers.

Additionally, Tushop works with Community Leaders, who earn an additional income for the work that they do within their communities.

Project Description

Tushop is in its early-stage and therefore your role will be foundational. The company is looking for an experienced product manager, who will be responsible for leading the vision, direction, and execution of its product roadmap.

You should be comfortable with using data-driven methods and be able to manage the success of software products through experiments, established tools, and work with cross-functional teams to design, build and roll-out products.

Key Project Deliverables

  • Design delightful products and features for Tushop's customers
  • Design seamless internal tools for Tushop's employees to increase efficiency
  • Develop Tushop's product vision, which aligns with customer needs, business growth, and overall technology strategy
  • Pursue a deep understanding of user and customer needs through fieldwork and data analysis
  • Own and drive the execution of all product lifecycle processes for products, including product research, market research, competitive analysis, planning, positioning, roadmap development, requirements development, and product launch
  • Maintain multiple roadmaps for outward and inward-facing products
  • Collaborate closely with engineering, production, marketing, and sales teams on the development, QA, and release of products while balancing resources to ensure success for the entire organization
  • Develop metrics and KPIs to measure the success of products and identify areas for improvement
  • Drive scalable processes and innovation around the product development cycle
  • Build, mentor and manage a product team including product managers and UX designers, and nurture a customer-driven product culture
  • In the absence of a CTO, build and manage the engineering team

Reports to: CEO

Skills & Requirements

  • 5+ years of experience working in a product management role, preferably at a startup
  • Drive to create groundbreaking products, and create exponential success as part of a high performing team
  • Past track record of recruiting and developing a high performing product team
  • Passionate about customers and demonstrated experience of building a relationship with them and interpreting their needs
  • Ability to manage multiple projects and priorities simultaneously in a fast-paced environment
  • Experience leading technical product plans and aligning business strategy and technology delivery
  • Previous experience delivering finely tuned product marketing strategies
  • Exceptional writing skills combined with strong presentation and public speaking skills
  • Experience with data-driven methods for decision making using KPIs and metrics

About the company

Venture for Africa is a fellowship program designed to fill talent gaps in Africa’s startup ecosystem by enabling top local and global fellows to access opportunities with leading startups in Africa. Our flagship 3-month fellowship program combines on-the-ground experience offering localized context, expert mentorship, and real project work at leading startups hiring now. Launched in 2020, our mission is to accelerate economic growth and technological innovation in Africa by mobilising the next generation of startup talent and equipping them with the experiences and context they need to meaningfully contribute to elevating businesses and livelihoods in Africa.

May 2020We launched on this date announcing open applications for our inaugural cohort, the Venture for Africa Remote Fellowship; matching skilled global talent with leading, African tech startups via a 3-month immersion program.

June 2020Our inaugural fellowship kicked off with 5 fellows working across 3 startups in Nairobi, Kenya

November 2020Recruitment drive for VFA Cohort 2

January 2021Following 350+ applications, our second cohort kicked off with 4 additional fellows and a new partner in Lagos, Nigeria

Tobi Lafinhan | Contact Person

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