Lead Product Manager, Ads


San Francisco, CA, US
  • Job Type: Full-Time
  • Function: Engineering Prod Mgmt/Dev
  • Post Date: 05/27/2021
  • Website: smartnews.com
  • Company Address: 6-25-16 3F Jingumae Shibuya, Tokyo, 150-0001

About SmartNews

SmartNews is the free, award-winning news-discovery app for iOS and Android. Since SmartNews launched in Japan in December 2012, more than four million people have downloaded its apps, with impressive user-engagement metrics.

Job Description

Founded in Tokyo in 2012, SmartNews has quickly become the go-to source of news for millions of users around the world, and a leading news aggregation mobile app. Our mission is bigger than simply aggregating news, and we are working to break through the filter bubble and deliver the world’s quality information to the people who need it. We are seeking a talented, strategic product Manager with a “get-it-done” attitude to lead our US Ads strategies and roadmap. Join us and make a difference!


  • Align with strategy, build roadmap for the first party ad platform of SmartNews.
  • Set KPI target goals, design and execute roadmap from MVP to official release, and iterate as needed to meet goals.
  • Hire product managers and product related positions as needed.Align Ads strategy to market trends, advertiser’s needs, sales team’s feedback, and company’s overall mission and strategy.
  • Define the issues to be solved and collaborate cross-functionally with PMs, Sales, Engineers, Designers, Data Scientists, and others to build project plans and execute to deliver results.
  • Work with advertising partners to resolve feedback and conflicts.
  • Motivate and encourage the team to deliver product and drive product to meet sales goals.
  • Strive to serve and make decisions to further realize the company’s mission, vision, and values.


Minimum Requirement

  • At least 5 years of experience as Product manager or Planner and more than 3 years should be revenue related.
  • Experience of managing a first party ad platform which generates more than 30M USD annual revenue.
  • Understanding of basic ad delivering sequence and component chart.
  • Possess strong communication skills and ability to own the loop between product, engineers, designers, data scientists, and sales.
  • Ability to facilitate information from different stakeholders, calculate impact, and prioritize tasks.
  • Experience of designing KPIs and analysis.
  • Experience working in an agile environment with engineering teams to drive execution of a project plan.
  • Basic knowledge of the internet related with ad delivery (such as cookie, IDFA, and GAID).
  • Experience facilitating at least 2 different teams with different interests and delivering successful products to the market.

Preferred Requirement:

  • Experience of engineering
  • Experience of ad-sales
  • SQL skill


  • Equity included
  • 100% medical, dental and vision insurance coverage (60% coverage for dependents)
  • Monthly housing, commute, mobile phone and gym allowances
  • 401k matching program
  • Free lunch, snacks, drinks, etc.
  • Pet friendly office

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Disclaimer: Local Candidates Only
This company does NOT accept candidates from outside recruiting firms. Agency contacts are not welcome.