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Product Manager

Xero

Xero

Product
Auckland, New Zealand
Posted on Friday, July 5, 2024
Xero is a beautiful, easy-to-use platform that helps small businesses and their accounting and bookkeeping advisors grow and thrive.
At Xero, our purpose is to make life better for people in small business, their advisors, and communities around the world. This purpose sits at the centre of everything we do. We support our people to do the best work of their lives so that they can help small businesses succeed through better tools, information and connections. Because when they succeed they make a difference, and when millions of small businesses are making a difference, the world is a more beautiful place.
As a Product Manager you will be responsible for driving customer and business value through ownership of new and existing products. You will manage products end-to-end, from early-stage research and ideation, through to implementation and improvement over time. Your impact will be measured by key commercial and customer success metrics. You will be comfortable working autonomously where appropriate, with the support of your product leadership team.
About the team
The Global Tax team provides platform products that empower internal regional product teams to deliver beautiful tax experiences. Tax Mapper is a key part of the Global Tax portfolio, streamlining annual tax compliance workflows for accountants and bookkeepers. You’ll work alongside a talented team of product managers driving impact for the Global Tax portfolio.
As the Product Manager for Tax Mapper, you'll be the bridge between this platform product and regional tax teams. You'll work closely with internal stakeholders and customers to understand their unique needs, iterate on Tax Mapper's functionality, and drive integration with regional tax products. This is a chance to have an impact on how Xero delivers tax compliance globally.
Collaborate with design, engineering, architecture and other counterparts to develop a strategy, establish success metrics, and define roadmap initiatives. Your direction will be instrumental in ensuring the successful delivery of these initiatives, and establishing the Tax Mapper integration in regional tax products.
Understanding of the SaaS / Fintech / Accounting industry and / or adjacent sectors relevant to Xero are highly sought after for this position.

What you'll do

  • Actively network across Xero to understand how products fit into Xero's strategy, objectives and future
  • Work directly with the customer to conduct research, collect insights or validate understanding, getting support from the broader product function as required.
  • Use customer data and insights particularly in assessing value and viability risks, to inform product roadmap and planning
  • Define the scope of the customer problem and frame possible solutions to test, validate and refine with the support from relevant team members
  • Build strong relationships with the broader product function’s teams, collaborating effectively with your internal stakeholders
  • Participate in developing a strategy for the product line, including securing funding, resourcing
  • Taking an active role in the annual and quarterly OKR process, with support from product leadership
  • Take responsibility for managing risks (in line with Xero Risk Management Standard) arising
  • from non-functional concerns including security, privacy, regulatory change and compliance, accuracy, responsible data use and availability: consulting with stakeholders and leading trade-off decisions
  • Develop product roadmaps to execute on the product strategy, and can manage a product to its roadmap
  • Take responsibility for establishing team delivery cadence and rituals, and facilitating these as required
  • Develop an effective release strategy, with the support from relevant team members
  • Work collaboratively with the product function to ensure an effective launch
  • Monitor the overall commercial & customer results of the product line, working with other product team members to support as required
  • Monitor and analyse the ongoing performance of a product
  • Determine where improvements to the existing product can be made or scheduled
  • Provide support between stages of product development to ensure continuity and
  • cohesiveness, and alignment of product to strategy and roadmap
  • Manage a product across the end-to-end lifecycle (e.g. launch through to sunset) to ensure maintenance and support throughout the life of the product
  • Work as a tie-breaking decision-maker, ensuring where the product team cannot get to consensus, the product manager will weigh up all inputs and make the decision
  • Support recruitment of new Xero's as required, ensuring team members are high quality, fit Xero's culture, and are on-boarded effectively

What success looks like

  • You are responsible for the establishment of OKRs for your product
  • Your work is contributing to team OKRs
  • You understand our customers and their problems
  • Your roadmap is being executed according to plan and you are focused on the most important initiatives
  • All individuals working on and around your product understand what’s being built, why it’s being built and when it needs to be delivered
  • You have strong relationships with your stakeholders who are engaged and have a thorough understanding of your vision, strategy and roadmap
  • You have clearly defined product success for your team, with key customer and
  • commercial metrics articulated and constantly measured
  • You demonstrate and amplify Xero’s Values

What you'll bring with you

  • Love customer problems:
  • Plans, runs, documents and synthesises user research initiatives using standard frameworks to deliver impactful insights for Xero
  • Uses multiple techniques to interrogate customer evidence to accurately identify and define problems customers care about
  • Develops and justifies well thought through MVP/MLP solutions to solve customer problems
  • Designs and executes experiments to validate solution options with quantitative and qualitative evidence
  • Look to the future:
  • Clearly articulates the product’s value, functionality, and competitive industry trends, to act as a trusted source of information for the product/domain
  • Develops a product strategy and roadmap in line with Xero’s strategy to guide product decision-making and long-term goals
  • Generates new ideas to drive more innovative and creative products
  • Work the Xero way:
  • Effectively groups and prioritises stories, bugs and chores, managing both team capacity and release timeframes
  • Effectively applies and advocates for Xero’s PM ways of working to improve team operations
  • Effectively manages releases, including developing accompanying assets, to
Why Xero?
Offering very generous paid leave to use however you’d like (plus statutory holidays!), dedicated paid leave to care for your physical and mental wellbeing as well as an Employee Assistance Program to access mental health care for you and your family, free medical insurance, wellbeing and sports programmes, employee resource groups, 26 weeks of paid parental leave for primary caregivers, an Employee Share Plan, beautiful offices, flexible working, career development, and many other benefits that reflect our human value, you’ll do the best work of your life at Xero.