Technical Product Manager

Position Summary

Sortable is on a mission to change online publishing and advertising.  We believe that the millions of digital publishers and creators (app, web, video) who create the content the world consumes on a daily basis need better tools and services.  The first service Sortable launched a little over a year ago, automated ad operations. It now touches hundreds of millions of people in the US and manages billions of ad impressions every month.  At Sortable, we work with publishers and advertisers and our mission is to improve both of their lives with innovative products, data and systems.  We care about how content makes money, how it's distributed and the opportunities advertisers have to engage with the billions of users consuming it.

 Sortable needs product-centric thinkers to join our team of product managers. The best candidate will be comfortable getting up to speed quickly on the content publishing and digital advertising landscape and is passionate about evaluating a prototype, defining an MVP and then tracking impact as it rolls out broadly to our entire network.

Within a feature area, you’ll define a series of tactical steps to move our product closer to the best product on the market. At this point, your ability to collaborate across multiple disciplines will emerge as a key strength. Product management is an inherently cross-functional role, so your strong communication skills will be used every day.  You should have a strong knack for UX, unit economics, strategic positioning, product marketing, technology, market trends and stakeholder alignment.

About Sortable

We're a Waterloo Region startup on a mission to make ads suck less. Learn more at sortable.com/about-sortable

Why work at Sortable?

We are one of the fastest growing startups in Kitchener-Waterloo

  • Great perks (catered lunches daily, candy mountain, fun environment)

  • Work with smart, supportive people

  • Help to fix a broken industry

Learn more about working at Sortable: http://sortable.com/jobs

Read our Dev Blog: http://dev.sortable.com/

Key Responsibilities and Accountabilities:

  • Translate high-level business objectives into functional specifications that the engineering team can bring to life

  • Receive partially formed feature ideas from a variety of internal sources and explore the most promising ones

  • Lead 2-3 features at a time, each likely at a different stage of its lifecycle

  • Manage each feature through its lifecycle from prototype to network-wide adoption, providing progress updates to stakeholders as needed

  • Work cross-functionally with the engineering, sales, demand and customer success teams

  • Ensure features under development are always moving forward by identifying and removing roadblocks before they slow us down

  • Liaise with external vendors, advertisers and publishers as needed

 Required Skills:

  • Willingness to dive into the technical details of a feature to help us deliver the best product

  • Strong understanding of how an opportunity translates into an MVP and how an MVP gets operationalized into a revenue driving full scale roll out we can invest in

  • Proven analytical and quantitative skills; you’re at home in a spreadsheet and can back up your opinions with easily understood analyses

  • Strong intuitions for design, UX and marketing

  • Awareness of and comfortable discussing technical effort and time-to-market trade offs with the engineering team

  • Bachelor’s degree in Business, Commerce, Engineering or Computer Science

Bonus points:

  • Experience in product management

  • Experience in ad operations from both the buy and sell sides

  • Past experience with the digital advertising ecosystem (display ads, video ads, native ads, mobile app ads, PPC ads)

  • People describe you as someone who can get things done, an influencer.

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