Product Manager

Ampersand Rwanda Ltd

Ampersand is an energy and mobility startup based in Kigali. We’re building electric taxi motorcycles that perform better, are easier to drive, cost less to buy and operate, and take less time to refuel.

We want to achieve the world’s first true mass-market shift from petrol to electric power across a major vehicle fleet, achieving a vital tipping point in the fight against climate change.

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Do you want to do work that matters? Do you want to help improve the lives of some of the most hardworking people in Africa, while also reducing carbon emissions? Do you want to use your skills to advance Africa towards a zero-carbon future, not just to make a living? Ampersand is your answer.

About Ampersand 

Ampersand has grown from a tiny, bootstrapped R&D garage project in 2018 into East Africa's leading electric vehicle operation, with a team of over 170 staff drawn from diverse backgrounds and we plan to see all 5 million taxi motorbikes in East Africa electric by 2030. We are rapidly scaling our operations, currently, we are expanding our fleet to Kenya and expanding our engineering capabilities to Europe, in Berlin, Germany. We are looking for innovative professionals who are passionate about clean energy and environmental impact to lead and contribute to our rapid growth.

About the role 
Ampersand manages a fleet of batteries that our moto drivers change at one of our many Swap Stations. These batteries are used by more than 700 vehicles across multiple countries, which make close to 3 million km every month and swapped thousands of times a day. We are on our way to release more than 2000 batteries and vehicles in the next year.

Our software engineering team creates and maintains products for supporting operations of the fleet and mobile applications for drivers. We are searching for a person to manage these software products and work closely with Ampersand’s users and the software engineers on our way to scaling further.

This would be a role in the Engineering Team. Your objectives will include the following:

  • Help to shape Ampersand’s digital products through data driven decision making
  • Define what does success look like for Ampersand’s software products, define a roadmap and manage product delivery towards this goal
  • Understand business objectives, break down complex problems and write clear specifications to manage and prioritize a product backlog
  • Understand customer and user needs and balance business objectives and those needs
  • Ensure synergy between hardware and software by communicating and influencing decisions with other engineering teams
  • Promote a culture of learning, feedback and continuous improvement in Product Development and modern practices 
  • Mentor team members on understanding and communicating design decisions

Ampersand is a good fit if:

  • You love to see your impact on the product as quick as possible
  • You love complicated systems where optimization is key
  • You like working in a fast-moving agile environment
  • You are motivated by personal growth and seeing your teammates grow and develop 
  • You are looking for an entrepreneurial company that values innovation and strong execution 
  • You value diversity and community in the workplace 

Minimum requirements

  • 5+ of Product Management experience including taking the role of Product Owner.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of managing mobile, cross-platform and browser based products
  • Degree in (not limited to) Computer Science/Engineering, Product Design, UX Design/Research, but experience is also highly valued
  • Experience in running workshops with business stakeholders and facilitating collaboration within interdisciplinary teams.
  • Understanding of technical concepts, tools and platforms in software development (hardware is a plus)
  • Experience with UX Design and Research, ability to collaborate with Product Designers
  • Fluency with Scrum and Agile
  • A strong work ethic, and the ability to manage shifting priorities and unforeseen challenges   
  • Strong communication skills with a supportive and nurturing disposition
  • (Bonus) Experience in a start-up environment
  • Fluency in English

Timing 
ASAP

Compensation: 
A competitive compensation package commensurate with local market rates and experience including health insurance.

Job location
This role will be based in Kigali, Rwanda

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