Head of Product

Location: Oakland, CA

To help continue to grow our offerings, we’re in search of an experienced Head of Product to lead efforts around product optimization and packaging. This person should be passionate, with strong expertise in industry operations, trends and metrics, preferably having already successfully performed this role at an early-stage SaaS start-up.

Objectives of this role:

  • Drive the product and business-planning process across cross-functional teams of the company
  • Analyze consumer needs, current market trends, and potential partnerships from an ROI and build vs. buy perspective
  • Assess current competitor offerings, seeking opportunities for differentiation
  • Analyze product requirements and develop appropriate programs to ensure they’re successful achieved
  • Develop, implement, and maintain production timelines across multiple departments
  • Appraise new product ideas and strategize appropriate to-market plans 



Reporting to the CTO, the Head of Product will:

  • Define and prioritize typical use case scenarios based on guidance from the Client Services team and direct client feedback
  • Translate these use case scenarios into intuitive and practical workflows
  • Express workflows into functional designs validated and optimized against both existing functionality and technical/content realities
  • Work with technical, editorial, and other teams to define final visual implementation via UI-wireframes, samples datasets, app mock-ups, etc.
  • Produce detailed product specifications for the Engineering and Editorial team to work with including time and budget projections agreed beforehand with the team
  • Develop and maintain pricing strategies and structures and monitor how these compare with alternate solutions as appropriate
  • Constantly explore various product packaging options and validate these options against market realities.
  • In doing so work with conflicting priorities, find acceptable compromise solutions, and obtain buy-in from key stockholders for the proposed product designs and overall roadmap
  • Understand the overall markets in which the company operates, by spending time with customers, colleagues and partners, encapsulate and distil this understanding in relation to the business goals of Social Standards
  • Perform research and analysis of competitors and develop and maintain competitor analysis briefings
  • Review and update, as required, the market areas the company should address and develop product roadmaps to ensure the product has the features to allow the company to succeed in the defined segments
  • Develop comprehensive Go To Market strategies for each market, taking into consideration the GTM plans of the customer segments. These will include layered messaging and other market collateral
  • Work with the Chief Revenue Officer to gather client (and potential client) feedback in order to validate company roadmap
  • Provide ongoing visibility of roadmap/GTM plans to trusted customers and partners to ensure buy in and ownership
  • Using client feedback, build comprehensive business cases to justify the investment in the product and new business solutions
  • Working closely with Chief Technical Officer, coordinate and lead product roadmap meetings with the management team
  • Work closely with the Revenue Team to help define and support campaigns, including targeting specific groups of customers with particular messaging
  • Analyze business performance, such as win/loss analysis, market sizing and continual pricing analysis


Skills & Qualifications 

  • This person will have performed the role of “Head of Product” or “Product Director” within an early-stage SaaS start-up, or come from Tier1 Management Consulting, likely at Associate Principal or Engagement Manager level
  • Experience and enthusiasm for working across all areas of a hyper-speed start-up
  • Excellent understanding of data analytics and data platforms, especially as it related to interactivity and visualization
  • A track record of launching successful “complex and intimidating” B2B data analytics products
  • Technical background: need to know how to make estimates and evaluate trade-offs/compromises in timing development projects
  • Proven experience across key product management principles from inception to launch
  • Proven experience of delivering across the entire product development lifecycle.
  • Experience working with iterative development methodologies – Agile, Scrum
  • Bring an eye for that spark of detail that can delight a customer in elegant, intuitive interfaces


Apply for this position by emailing your cover letter & resume to jobs@socialstandards.com