Principal Product Manager
Job TypeFull Time
Job FieldICT / Computer
Your Role

As a Principal Product Manager you will lead our product efforts in one business area and play a key role in enabling KOKO’s long term success, including our expansion beyond Nairobi and Kenya. This is a very visible leadership position and has the potential to help increase revenue, make complex logistics and operations more efficient, and delight our colleagues, customers, and partners.

You will be a member of the Product leadership team and work directly with executive team members on key company priorities and with other leaders across Engineering, Operations, Marketing & Sales, and Manufacturing.

This is both a creative and analytical role – building on insights gained from data, refining product strategies, and building solutions to better acquire and retain customers, support our employees, and broaden our product offering.

This role requires significant time in the local market and close to our operations in Nairobi. We will consider candidates based there, willing to relocate there, or able to travel there 30-40% of their time.

What You Will Do

You will be a senior leader in the organisation, defining the KOKO product roadmap and vision, identifying opportunities to innovate and drive value for our customers and colleagues
You will lead across the entire product lifecycle, from research and requirements to working with designers and engineers, to user testing, to measuring impact and optimising
You will think about the end-to-end customer and user journeys, across functional and solution boundaries to ensure their experience is compelling, coherent, and consistent
You will help us build, lead, and mentor a world class team of product managers
You will develop strong partnerships with KOKO business teams and partners and empathy for our customers, creating continuous feedback loops that allow us to better understand their pain points
You will ensure we are solving the right problems by sourcing input from multiple channels and prioritising effectively to drive maximum impact
You’ll create an environment that fosters high quality, metrics-driven experimentation and set high standards for how we measure product success
You will bring and build deep domain knowledge and experience; people across the company will look to you as an expert; and you leverage it through teaching, guiding and coaching others
What You Will Bring to KOKO

We are looking for a hands-on leader with a strong blend of business and technical savvy as well as strategic thinking and tactical execution, who is passionate about shaping markets in Kenya and beyond
8+ years experience in product management with a strong track record of shipping high quality products
Proven ability to deliver business results by developing, prioritising and delivering on a roadmap that addresses customer needs and pain points via innovative products
You may have managed PM teams but would prefer to get back closer to the product work itself
We strongly prefer if you have had experience working in combined software and hardware businesses (with manufacturing and logistics)
You are a strong leader, very confident and competent at leading individuals and teams.
You have excellent communication skills in any medium
You have a growth mindset; a willingness to own problems
You are comfortable with ambiguity, have a passion for building product, a desire to make things better, and a sense of optimism
You’re able to easily switch between thinking creatively and analytically for best results
What we offer

We believe that our people are critical for our ambitious growth plans in Kenya and beyond. We want to build an organisation where people thrive, feel included, grow professionally, and enjoy having high impact through their work.
Competitive salary plus a quarterly cash bonus
Annual compensation reviews – we reward great work
Discounted health insurance with no-cost financing for you and your dependents (in Kenya)
21 days of annual leave plus public holidays plus examination leave
Ongoing investment in you and your skills, incl. full access to over 5,000 online courses
The right equipment for the job – a choice of MacBook, Windows, or Linux laptop
If you share our passion for technology and our vision for global impact, we strongly encourage you to apply.

KOKO is committed to gender and racial diversity in the workplace. We encourage candidates of all backgrounds to apply!


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About KOKO Networks

This company was formerly known as SmartCook Energy. Last-mile energy networks for Africa's cities. Smarter commerce for urban Africa. Unique rich media delivery platforms. Our mission is to improve life for everyone in Africa’s cities.