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Chief of Staff to VP Product

New York, NY
Oct 21, 2022
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Nov 20, 2022

At Inkitt, we believe every author should have an equal opportunity to succeed. Our mission is to discover hidden talents and turn them into globally successful authors. Traditional publishing often leaves authors behind with human editors responsible for selecting books fit for publication. Inkitt is a pioneer at the forefront of Data Driven Publishing. By inventing an algorithm which analyzes users' reading behavior to identify hits, we have removed subjectivity from the traditional publishing equation. This gives Inkitt the unique ability to discover hidden talents that might otherwise have gone unnoticed.

Are you a builder? We are looking for the change-makers of the world; the people who just build the solution anytime they are unsatisfied with the status quo. Be a part of the revolution to develop new ways of distributing our books, audiobooks, creating games, and video series!

Come build the Disney of the 21st Century with us!

As the Chief of Staff to our VP Product you will be the right hand of the product lead, making sure that all trains run on time. The individual in this position will work on organizational effectiveness, internal & external communications, special projects, and have accountability for key initiatives and deliverables owned across the organization. The ideal person will have had experience working with or on a Product team to define and execute a product strategy, and serve as a cross-team liaison.

You will thrive in this role as someone who enjoys context switching and has exceptional judgment and high emotional intelligence. We’re ideally looking for someone who is familiar with working in an early-stage company environment, who can self-direct and prioritize their own work when needed.

What you'll do:

  • Continuously improve and iterate on internal product processes, tools, meeting rhythms, documentation and communication
  • Be responsible to keep multiple product roadmaps continuously updated and containing the most relevant information for internal stakeholders
  • Work closely across departments to communicate updates and priorities; ensure everyone is aligned on product strategy and existing capabilities
  • Set up and follow new processes to ensure extraordinary quality in all the features launched, taking into account translations, logic, and design implementation
  • Centralize valuable feedback obtained from users and make sure it is acknowledged by the Product team
  • Coordinate with Engineering Managers in order to ensure planned releases are executed on time and properly documented
  • Ensure engineering resources are effectively allocated taking into account product priorities and unpredicted urgent tasks
  • Support product managers in order to keep an organized AB testing framework which helps the company access all of our learnings gained during experiments
  • Own the agenda for product meetings, facilitating healthy discussions of the most important topics for the business. Also you will ensure accountability for action items
  • Keep the VP Product accountable for commitments, while helping keep reports accountable for results
  • Develop and execute a solid product onboarding and training programs for the new hires

Who you are:

  • 3+ years of experience in product or digital project management
  • Completely fluent and proficient in English
  • Proven track record setting up different processes within product and engineering teams
  • Strong communication: you are able to communicate succinctly and confidently across different functions
  • Structured mind: You are an organizational ninja, bringing structure to chaos in a powerful way
  • Wide experience using Jira or a similar project management tool
  • Nice to have: Previous Chief of Staff experience, especially for product or technical leadership, experience using product board or a similar roadmapping tool, SQL knowledge

What we offer:

  • Top of the line health benefits that align with your local market
  • Generous parental leave and support with growing your family
  • Ways to help you save and invest in your future
  • Opportunities to continuously grow, learn, and develop yourself
  • Time away - no set holiday or vacation policy, observe what works for you
  • Free access to our Galatea App, as well as an unlimited budget for books
  • Fantastic office spaces in Berlin and San Francisco - and always coming up with the next best way to keep our remote colleagues connected

How we've been doing:

  • We're a well-funded, mission-driven, series B company with top-tier investors like NEA, HV Capital, and Kleiner Perkins. Recently, Inkitt has raised $59 million, which is one of the largest Series B funding rounds on record for a Berlin-based business. We believe we have a breakthrough idea that will disrupt the publishing industry while changing undiscovered authors’ lives for the better

At Inkitt, we strive to build a company culture and provide employment opportunities based on diversity and inclusion. We believe every author should have an equal opportunity to succeed, as should our team members. As a growing team from 20+ countries, we welcome everyone to apply.

We look forward to hearing from you!

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