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VP of Product

Cambridge or Bristol

FocalPoint Positioning is an exciting start-up, backed by some of the biggest names in the tech industry and we are on a journey to revolutionise the positioning, navigation, and timing of smartphones and vehicles. We have created technologies that have rewritten the textbooks on how GPS works and are looking for talented scientists and engineers to join our team to help bring our products to the world.

For the last five years FocalPoint has strengthened its technology, reputation and team in order to be at the forefront of providing next generation positioning solutions. We are looking for a VP of Product who has a passion for technology and had previous experience in building successful Product Teams. Taking pride in owning our commercial product strategy, you will be ambitious, collaborative and creative in communicating our product value propositions.

  • Plan and execute the day-to-day implementation of our commercial product strategy

  • Devise and map product strategies of both IP-licensing products and software products whilst understanding their technical capabilities

  • Identify further research or insights to improve FocalPoint’s proposition

  • Develop product feedback, analytics and privacy strategies to maximise usage insights

  • Collaborate on technical architecture with various stakeholders to aid in commercial delivery and flexibility

  • Effectively communicate the commercial drivers and generate customer pull of new features from our product pipeline.

  • Create messaging for product value propositions and develop material for consistent external communications

  • Evangelise product opportunities to external audiences e.g. trade shows, developer conferences, etc.

  • Participate in strategic planning across capabilities and contribute to product-focussed road mapping exercises

  • Develop short and medium term roadmaps which involve team coordination, a focus on priorities/efforts, feature/bug tracking and prioritisation for development planning

  • Support the activities of the product team and assist in commercial negotiations as required

  • Manage and mentor Product Managers/Owners where necessary

  • Support development of multi-layered business model targeting chipset vendors, OEMs, operating system partners, software vendors and app developers

  • Support external meetings with strategic partners & customers to close contract commitments and secure recurring revenues

  • Work alongside our VP of Marketing to create key product marketing initiatives and scope any investment required to drive results

  • Budget forecasting and business planning for the short - medium term

  • Ensure cross-capability communications are maintained so that product deliverables, issues etc can be managed effectively

  • Assist in the management, maintenance and growth of the company’s sales and commercial staff to achieve delivery goals

  • Provide suitable metrics and reporting as required to support team performance goals and bi-annual reviews.

Your Experience
Essential:

  • Experience of deep-tech product management in the smartphone sector, ideally experienced in both chipset-company product development, and also handset/OEM/Applications products.

  • Extensive experience in a Senior Product Management role

  • Proven experience managing team(s) at a Senior/Executive level

  • Strong strategic and leadership skills alongside the ability to operate with highly technical individuals in an agile environment

  • Previous track record of growing, managing and mentoring Product teams

  • Excellent communication skills, both verbal and written, with strong IT, technical, analytical and problem-solving skills

  • Able to work effectively to tight deadlines within a collaborative team-oriented environment using sound judgement in decision-making

  • Organised and detail-oriented with the ability to change direction and re-prioritise at any given moment

  • Strong negotiation and interpersonal skills with the ability to effectively resolve conflicts and manage multiple priorities

  • Talent management and resource planning skills to execute business plans for both short and medium term

Other Desirables:

  • Experience with GNSS chipset product development

  • Extensive network across the mobile handset/chipset landscape

  • Extensive experience in a Senior Product Management role within a startup, experience as founder or startup executive would be highly valued

Your Development and Perks

Your development is equally important as we grow our organisation. We offer opportunities including appraisals, career development plans, training courses, feedback sessions through 121 meetings, knowledge-sharing and cross-training.

Our generous benefits package is impressive and might give our competitors a run for their money also!

  • 5% matched contribution pension scheme

  • Company Options Scheme

  • Bonus Option

  • Flexible working (remote working)

  • 25 days holiday including bank holidays

  • Christmas - New Years off (our operations close over this period)

  • BUPA private healthcare

  • Bi-annual appraisals and remuneration reviews

  • Access to PerksAtWork

  • £2000 Recommend a friend

Are You Ready to Change the World?

Our people are at the heart of everything we do. Our successes are achievements driven by our employees.

And that is why our culture is about investing, cultivating and growing our people. We thrive on being trailblazers in the industry and in being honest and the best at everything we do, we will always lead the way in the industry.

Equality, diversity and inclusion is what we continue to build upon. We aim to attract diverse talent from around the world, ensure fairness and equality is at the top of our agenda and sustain an inclusive culture where everyone can grow and succeed.

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