As the Director of Backend, you will lead product development efforts for our operations, finance and customer-facing post-order systems. Minted is building a world-class fulfillment platform which processes millions of customized unique orders; and this team is building a portfolio of disruptive and highly differentiated new products that aim to be even more scalable and efficient in order to meet Minted’s continued growth. You will have a deep understanding of the supply chain landscape, operation processes, competitive offerings, and customer needs, and will leverage qualitative and quantitative data to support feature prioritization and positioning. You will ensure that the products meet and exceed the highest standards of customer experience, security, technical precision and scalability. You will work across the company to build partnerships and leverage Minted assets to develop products that grow with our customer and business needs. You possess a strong background in product development, and the ability to communicate and coordinate with and influence a range of stakeholders including senior management, product development, system engineering, finance and business development teams. You absolutely must have a solid and proven track record of bringing successful products to market. You must be able to drive multiple initiatives simultaneously.
Shape and drive the operations and financial systems product roadmap
Gather and distill requirements from Minted customers, internal teams (operations, engineering, merchandising), and elsewhere; translate these into a cohesive and actionable vision aligned with company goals
Identify product needs based on analytics, financial and operational targets and metrics, and competitive analysis
Help determine and drive buy/build/partner solutions for components as necessary
Write specifications, prioritize features, build consensus, and coordinate product schedules
Create wireframes, PRDs and other illustrations to convey feature ideas and gather feedback
Communicate product roadmap and release schedules to stakeholders
Manage product teams including running product meeting, maintaining product specs and backlog, coordinating design, development and QA activities
Lead the implementation of the product roadmap through close partnership with the engineering and operations teams
Coordinate with other product managers and designers to ensure the cohesiveness of the overall user experience
Define hypotheses for new features, measuring success against clearly defined goals and metrics
Define and coordinate the creation and analyze the results of A/B tests
Define, monitor and react to key product metrics
Review, edit and prioritize bugs and features
Experience and Skills
You will be successful in this role if you’re a strong leader who loves to work cross-functionally and has the following characteristics:
Excellent product judgment: Ability to make sound judgements based on tradeoffs of different solutions, complex problems, various stakeholders, and many constraints
Creative and high-bandwidth problem-solving skills: Ability to define a course of action in the face of significant complexity and ambiguity
Strong communication skills: Ability to communicate effectively, create common knowledge, generate buy-in and influence stakeholders and senior management towards recommended decisions
Project management skills: Ability to plan, set expectations, make and meet commitments
Superb analytical skills: Ability to solve complex problems through analytics and data-driven approach to decision making
Strong leadership skills: Ability to balance and productively resolve contradictory demands and timelines in order to deliver against the company vision and goals
Focus on results-orientation: Proven capability to entirely own complex problems and deliver results regardless of impediments and resourcing
Strong Detail-orientation: Ability to identify and resolve edge cases as well as aesthetic and functional details in order to deliver a high-quality product experience
High Customer advocacy: Demonstrated understanding of and care for Minted customer through product development process
Intense commitment to quality: Demonstrated focus on quality of product/customer experience and testing/bugfixing until all pain points fade away
Technical skills: Demonstrated understanding of technology / architecture and effective partnership with engineering to identify technical solutions based on tradeoffs of user experience, technical debt, latency, scalability, reliability, time to market etc.
Fast twitch muscles: Thrives under pressure and working to aggressive timelines
Previous experience in operations or supply-chain management
You have a computer science degree or equivalent programming experience, and can communicate effectively with engineers about product details and technical options.
Experience with agile product development experience
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