Group Product Manager


South Africa
  • Job Type: Full-Time
  • Function: Engineering Prod Mgmt/Dev
  • Post Date: 01/13/2021
  • Website:
  • Company Address: , Cape Town, 8001

About Yoco

Yoco is a point-of-sale payments provider for small businesses in Africa.

Job Description

Yoco is here to open up commerce. We build progressive products and services that make it easy for micro and small businesses to take payments and manage their money. Our brand and our products are built around this community – we succeed when our merchants succeed.

This is a rare and exciting role for our first product lead. This role will lead or establish a significant product department and manage product managers, with plenty of room for growth. It’s a chance to shape not just the future of our products, but also how we practice and evolve product at Yoco.

We use modern and customer-centered working practices. Our goal is that multi-disciplinary teams of product managers, designers, engineers, and data analysts have the autonomy and support to achieve their goals as they see fit. We run discovery to understand the user job to be done, build prototypes to test our solutions, and use data, experiments, and feedback to iterate and run live products
Your key responsibilities will be to:
Lead a product area at Yoco:
  • Collaborate across disciplines to set and deliver a clear, cohesive product strategy for your area, and balance it with room to source and test exciting new opportunities.
  • Lead multidisciplinary teams to deliver on that strategy, working alongside peers in design, data, and engineering.
  • Support your team to set clear goals and key results, regularly check in on progress, learn and adjust course 
  • Help your teams to set hypotheses, test risky assumptions, and break down complex problems into small steps
  • Ensure all our work starts with a deep understanding of our customers, and that our brand promise is expressed throughout the product experience
  • Reduce dependencies, remove blockers and co-ordinate with other teams and stakeholders
Manage Product Managers 
  • Manage and develop 3-5 Product Managers to run effective teams that ship things customers really value
  • Make sure we hire and develop an exceptional team
Build a product management profession as great as our product. 
  • Contribute to and codify product management practices at Yoco. You’ll be an active part of our product management community


Key requirements to perform responsibilities:
We support and encourage applications from people with diverse backgrounds, and value inclusive working practices. If you need adjustments to our interview process, please let us know. If you’d prefer to work part-time or as a job-share, we’ll facilitate this where we can. 
  • You’ve led successful consumer or internal software or hardware products from concept to adoption, with experience across product life cycles and during rapid growth.
  • You’ve managed product managers and are passionate about developing and supporting people to be part of high-performing teams.
  • You know when to employ different approaches to product management and can balance lean-style MVP experimental work with focused iteration.
  • You’re metrics-obsessed and understand how product changes impact our goals.
  • You understand the power and value of world-class design and the value of an authentic brand in shaping a product that users genuinely love.
  • You have enough technical knowledge to quickly understand your teams’ products.
  • You have a proven ability to quickly get up to speed in a domain and identify trends and opportunities, and a strong commercial mindset. 
  • Financial services expertise is a plus.
Our approach to work is a set of behaviours to create maximum value for our customers and help us grow.
Core Values - Our way of working to create value & grow
  • Stay Connected
  • Make Space to Explore
  • Keep it Simple
  • Master your Craft
Leadership Principles - How we show up, engage & treat each other
  • Get to know each other personally
  • Say what you think and challenge me directly
  • Be courageous and focus forward
  • Don’t let ego get in the way
Every individual is given the space to focus on and develop their innate strengths. Everyone at Yoco has the opportunity to lead a project and become a specialist, enabling flexibility, collaboration, and accountability at all levels. You will be working with a diverse, motivated, and skilled team who will continuously stretch you as an individual. To learn more about our culture, go to our #YocoLife page or subscribe to our Exposure Gallery.
Join us on a meaningful journey at Yoco, and help enable our merchants to thrive through Open Commerce!
Please note… 
Yoco encourages applicants from diverse backgrounds to apply. Open positions at Yoco are competitive and we often receive high volumes of applicants. If you have not received further updates on your application after three weeks, you’re welcome to request feedback. 

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This company does NOT accept candidates from outside recruiting firms. Agency contacts are not welcome.