We’re hiring!

Product manager

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About Futureproofed

Why?
To guarantee a safe future and ensure our prosperity, we must halve CO2 emissions every decade. At the same time, we have to rebuild nature and its ecosystems services through massive reforestation and improved agriculture.

At Futureproofed, we care about driving cities and companies to make this transition happen while becoming more attractive and futureproofed.

With our online tool, FutureproofedCities, we connect cities and help them implement climate action.

Goals
We launched in early 2017 and currently have about 105 municipalities running on FutureproofedCities, including Antwerp, Ghent, Namur, Kortrijk, Hasselt, Ostend, Vilvoorde, Bonheiden, Pont-à-Celles and Valencia (ES).

By the end of the year we’ll have launched a few more cities in Belgium and across Europe (probably in Spain and in South East Europe) and we’re just getting started!

Whom are we looking for?

To grow FutureproofedCities, we are looking for people who are the most talented, curious, fun dedicated, right across the organisation — from sales to customer support, from product development to accounts receivable.

We don’t want to be hiring just the smartest people, it’s also about developing the most flexible people, to form the highest-performing teams. At Futureproofed we are also committed to creating an Asshole-Free-Zone .

You have skills, knowledge, energy and time and we realize there's many offers to contemplate... So why should you devote these precious resources to FutureproofedCities? Here’s the deal you have to offer: you will have work hard to catch up with a large and growing backlog of issues; things may be more chaotic than elsewhere; our plan might even fail. But the quid pro quo is that you will have more responsibility, it will be more fun, you will learn and grow more, you will do meaningful work, and if things go well, you might participate in the upside.

About your day at Futureproofed

Managing the product development at Futureproofed is about creating something you are proud of.

At Futureproofed we realise nobody knows everything. As a team, we complement each other. This means that you may ask for help today and coach others tomorrow.

We are looking for someone who can understand our vision, listen to our customers and prospects, understand their needs and expectations and translate all of this into continuous and impactful product improvement. This includes prioritising the product pipeline, holding user interviews, design sprints and user testings and managing the developers’ work.

You take ownership and are proud of your work. This means you take initiative in pushing our product forward. You respect your colleagues and love to collaborate, you value and can give constructive feedback.


Job description

Job responsibilities

You are the voice of our customers and prospects. In combination with our tool vision you manage the further development of our tool.

  • You will interact regularly with users, but also with management, marketing, customer success and sales to deeply understand, document, analyse and synthesize users’ needs and expectations into product features, priorities, roadmap plan and detailed technical specifications or into new services.

  • You will collaborate with our development team to find the best implementation methods as well as a reasonable execution schedule to regularly ship new, impactful features or services.

  • You will hold design sprints and (currently) design new product features.

  • You will conduct implementation decisions with a focus on usability, quality and ease-of-use to deliver the greatest value to our customers.

  • You will manage and coach our development team.

  • Doing so, you will become crucial in contributing to the vision on our tool and manage the execution.

Qualifications

Must have

  • Previous experience of minimum 3 years in a similar position.

  • Previous experience with a SaaS.

  • Knowledgeable and passionate about sustainability.

  • Excellent level of English both orally and in writing, in addition to French or Dutch.

  • A passive comprehension of Dutch and French (written).

  • Absolute team player with experience working in agile methodologies with technical teams.

  • Able to make and communicate tough business decisions in a compelling way.

  • Good speaker who can communicate effectively with people from different levels of the organization as well as external stakeholders.

  • Able to think strategically and clearly articulate a product vision.

  • Deep understanding and caring for user experience and design.

  • Understanding fundamental design principles behind a scalable application.

  • Self-motivated and eager to grow and learn; you enjoy challenges, are a creative problem-solver and able to handle responsibility and to work independently.

Bonus points for

  • Willing to challenge us in technology and process.

  • An entrepreneurial mindset, able to translate ideas into feasible action points.

  • Speaking more than two languages.

  • A passive comprehension of Spanish (written)

  • A fun personality.

Our offer

  • A meaningful work experience.

  • A nice team with genuine people.

  • The opportunity to grow and learn within a fast-growing startup.

  • Nice place to work, in Leuven (literally next to the station).

  • A full-time and permanent contract.

  • A competitive salary package that is optimized to your individual needs.


Are you the superstar we are looking for? ⚡️
Quickly hand over your resume and cover letter to info@futureproofed.com.

Already looking forward to meeting you! ☕️