Director of Product and Innovation

  • Mid-level, Full-time staff position
  • Posted on 22 March 2021
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Job Description


If you’re passionate about the power of data and creating a more equitable world, we’d love to meet you.

Nexleaf exists to improve global health through the power of data and innovation. We are a nonprofit technology company that brings end-to-end data visibility to the design and delivery of life-saving interventions. Our mission is to support the delivery of healthcare, food, and energy in low- and middle-income countries. Partnering with leading organizations such as, Gavi, Qualcomm, and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, we use data-driven insights to help improve global health systems by making them more effective, resilient, and sustainable.


As our head of product and innovation (P&I), you will help us deliver on our company purpose to improve the health of everyone, everywhere by leading and growing a team of engineers and innovators who develop products that shape global health solutions with powerful data insights. We are building an integrated IoT and data platform that is deployed in 25 countries, and protects the vaccine supply for 1 in 10 babies born on earth every year. You’ll be a visionary for all stages of our product development while being a key member of our leadership team and strategic thought partner to our CEO. As our first product leader, you’ll set the vision for our product strategy and roadmap,bringing an unwavering focus to the priorities that will take our organization to the next level. If you’re a dynamic leader obsessed with connecting end users to products and are excited to tackle pressing global health problems within a complex ecosystem, let’s talk about how we can work together to unleash our product impact!

Your Role

  • Inspire the leadership team, product committee, and your department with a focused vision and roadmap that will inform what we say yes and no to
  • Attract and build an amazing team by hiring a UX Designer or Product Manager and supporting the engineering manager with assessing recruiting needs and developing the team
  • Work cross functionally to drive our product lifecycle and engineering planning processes, inviting continuous improvement throughout
  • Ensure engineers have detailed requirements for software/product development including specified designs, from UX to feature prioritization, for every technology they build
  • Partner with our Nexleaf Business Office to analyze customer data to inform sales strategies and product solutions
  • Systematically evaluate and implement user adoption indicators, and get to the root of adoption challenges
  • Bring your coaching skills to support everyone on the team, including our in country team members, to think like a product manager
  • Actively contribute to and shape Nexleaf’s success beyond the product strategy by serving as a peer mentor and advisor to senior leaders

Your Impact

  • Your approach to product innovation permeates throughout our culture and mindset, creating mini product owners across our organization that increase autonomy, stretch our talent and transform decision making
  • You push the boundaries on what’s achievable by balancing a user first approach with imagining and articulating what’s possible
  • We can evaluate product success through the measures you’ve developed and our team regularly reviews our roadmap to celebrate wins and learn from mistakes
  • We incorporate learning to close in on product market fit as we are making intentional and intelligent investments that improve our products based on clear ROI
  • Our products result in actionable and reliable data and governments are starting to use data to make decisions in a low friction experience
  • 5+ years of product management experience across the full product lifecycle, particularly with early stage development (new market)
  • 1+ years of experience leading a product team
  • Deeply curious, bringing great listening skills along with an ability to ask powerful questions that unlock insights and perspectives from others even when they’re stuck
  • Natural coach and mentor, committed to and experienced with developing the next generation of leaders, influencing other leaders and amplifying the talent around you
  • You bring first principles thinking and strong judgment drawing from deep experience, balancing instinct and analytics, and balancing discipline with agility
  • You love feedback and are masterful at giving and receiving feedback in all directions
  • Experience delivering finely-tuned product strategies in a small, early stage organization
  • Experience with agile software development methodologies
Post-pandemic: Ability to travel to Africa and Asia extensively to get to know our users early on and to our LA office every other month or so Benefits
  • Amazing start-up culture that’s purpose-driven and highly collaborative
  • Fast-paced, high performing team focused on learning and getting better every day
  • Benefits including health, retirement and generous PTO (14 holidays, 3 weeks vacation, 1-2 week year-end office closure)
  • Flexible work hours
  • 80 hours of parental leave
  • Pet inclusive sick leave
  • 401k employer matching

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