Join the Ag
Revolution

At FluroSat, we are constantly innovating, and we do so by expanding the scope of solutions to our current customers by empathetically listening to them and understanding their problems, as well as by adapting our solutions to the needs of adjacent market segments. We call these experiments when we are venturing out into new territories to seize the opportunity we see or respond to a customer need – New R&D products.

As we are scaling as a company, learning about new market opportunities and our customers share more and more of their needs with us, we see a need for additional formal Product Management support for new product development to help structure, coordinate and realize these new opportunities and our R&D efforts for them to successfully find their way into our core products.

How will you make an impact?

Our new Product Manager – R&D New Product Development is a pragmatic leader, who thrives on “productising science”, and translating customer needs into MVPs of features and tools with the help of a small yet mighty team of data scientists, and engineers. She/he will be both externally-facing, liaising with our research partners – government, research organizations, and agribusinesses, as well as internally-facing – guiding the team of data scientists and engineers (Project Team) to meet the timelines of the contracts/grants and the science-based feature requirements.

Our new Product Manager – R&D New Product Development will help us increase the cadence of commercializing science by supporting the Product and Science teams, as well as make our research partners happier by providing more formal project management support and consistent communication to them.

Responsibilities

What we think you’ll be doing (it’s a startup, so things will change):

  1. Primary responsibility for leadership and management of Project Teams developing new products
  2. Matrix responsibility for working with Heads of all Departments (Product, Science, Engineering and Sales) to ensure
    – selection of most relevant projects and initiatives,
    – efficient use of resources for new product development, and
    – effective handover of the finished “MVPs” to the product team

Position’s functional responsibilities can be broken into the following groups.

1. Take charge of our current research partnerships and commitments:

  • We have a number of grants and early-stage R&D projects where we are developing new tools and new science to solve critical issues in crop production.
  • You will take ownership of managing our grants, and R&D projects and will develop a system to help us stay on top of the milestones and commitments we have in those projects, translating these deliverables into new product

2. Liaise with external research partners and customers to capture, analyse and evaluate their requirements for new products

  • Coordinate meetings following discovery conversation with partner/customer to learn more about their needs
  • Articulate the needs of the research partner/customer as feature or new product requests
  • Capture the value/business rationale behind the partner/customer’s request and their expectations of the new feature/product in terms of delivery format, latency, accuracy, mode of use, and any other needs
  • Place each new customer and product-development project into the current reference frame of the company’s projects, products, and initiatives, identifying which functionalities can be reused or adapted to fit new project requirement, and how much new science and product development needs to be done
  • Clarify the project scope/product feature request with the external parties to promptly develop a rough scope of the project for internal use and evaluation (we are talking startup timelines here, so think days or maximum of weeks, not months)

3. Assist the Senior Leadership Team in selecting new products and projects that help strengthen company’s position in the market

  • Bring the requirements and the project proposal to Senior Leadership and Project/Science teams for discussion, weighing out the pro’s and con’s of each project/initiative,
  • Contribute to the development of the strategy of the company by helping select and implement the most suitable projects and new products that will position the company for growth in the best way possible
  • Being able to represent the company and our capabilities to external partners, demonstrating awareness of all company products and capabilities

4. Coordinate the Project/Product teams to deliver on multiple concurrent projects and product initiatives

  • Primary responsibility for leadership and management of Project Teams developing new products
  • Help guide development teams to meet deliver on those projects by helping them fully understand customer needs and translate those needs into tangible deliverables across Product, Science, and Engineering
  • Being able to direct the members of the Project Team to relevant research, or to seek the guidance of their senior colleagues to seek the most straightforward approaches to implementation ideas (iterate fast!)
  • Creating, maintaining and organizing necessary documentation and project records (in Confluence and Jira); responsible for the quality of the project deliverables and documentation.
  • Partner with Product, Science, and Engineering teams in maintaining and improving the processes, tools, and tracking metrics for project management and product development
  • Ensure projects meet customer expectations of quality and delivery timelines

Experience we are looking for in candidates:

  • Degree in Agriculture, Agricultural Science or related discipline
  • 3+ years of experience in academic research or agriculture industry, preferably including familiarity with digital decision support systems or precision agriculture
  • 3+ years of experience in managing the development of digital products from start to finish, or product management lifecycle
  • Strong problem solving and scientific skills
  • Autonomy – ability, and experience in operating in agile, fluid, and fast-paced surroundings
  • Ability to work cross-functionally with Science, Product and Engineering teams to develop and implement effective product prototypes (MVPs)
  • Strong product management skills with a focus on product deliverables, quality, and timelines
  • Ability to manage complexity; flexible and able to work well in a rapidly changing environment; ability to manage many projects at the same time
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills including strong presentation skills
  • Strong attention to detail and focus on quality results
  • Collaboration, conflict resolution and team management skills

Who will love working at FluroSat:

  • You will experience exciting challenges and professional growth while being a part of something huge – not every day you can join the company that meaningfully and tangibly contributes to a better future of the planet and humanity.
  • You will be developing and applying your skills to accelerate the digital agriculture revolution, globally
  • You will be working with the best customers in the space – the largest, most innovative, and most sophisticated
  • With flexible hours and ways of working, you will get the opportunity to craft this role to ensure you are successful in the performance of your job and satisfied at work and outside of it. You r family is important to us, since you will be part of ours – FluroFam.
  • You will be a part of a team of dedicated passionate professionals who have built a multi-national award-winning start-up that is changing the way agriculture works (check out our TEDx, TechCrunch)

If you recognise your calling in this position, meet the position requirements and we sound like the kind of team you’d like to join, please apply by clicking “Apply for position” below or sending your resume and cover letter to jobs@flurosat.com