Technology Product Manager at Equity Bank Kenya

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  • Company: Equity Bank Kenya
  • Location: Kenya
  • State: Nairobi
  • Job type: Full-Time
  • Job category: - - Engineering Jobs in KenyaEquity Bank Jobs in KenyaIT/Telecom Jobs in Kenya
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Job Description

Equity Bank Limited (The “Bank”) is incorporated, registered under the Kenyan Companies Act Cap 486 and domiciled in Kenya. The address of the Bank’s registered office is 9th Floor, Equity Centre, P.O. Box 75104 – 00200 Nairobi. The Bank is licensed under the Kenya Banking Act (Chapter 488), and continues to offer retail banking, microfinance and related services. The Bank has subsidiaries in Kenya, Uganda, South Sudan, Rwanda and Tanzania. Its shares are listed on the Nairobi Securities Exchange and Uganda Securities Exchange. Equity Bank was founded as Equity Building Society (EBS) in October 1984 and was originally a provider of mortgage financing for the majority of customers who fell into the low income population. The society’s logo, a modest house with a brown roof, resonates with its target market and their determination to make small but steady gains toward a better life, seeking security and advancement of their dreams.

JOB PURPOSE

The Technology Product Manager at Equity Group will be a key member of our IT & Operations organization, responsible for the technical direction, strategy, overall prioritization, design, development, and overall delivery of world-class digital experiences that resonate with how our customers live their lives. This role will be the link between the business and IT. There will be a focus on the overall success of highly visible and prioritized efforts, and you will own and drive overall planning and project execution.

This position requires strong leadership skills, a capability to build effective technical-project teams, and a results-driven attitude. To deliver to expectations, you will collaborate and partner closely with Senior Product and Channel managers, key business stakeholders, and business teams along with various IT & Ops teams.

You will be responsible for gathering business stakeholder and customer needs and translating them into a product plan and roadmap. You will scope appropriate solutions for test, including conducting analysis to optimize existing products/solutions, set success objectives, define technical solutions, drive development with internal and external partners, and work cross-functionally to build next generation products. You will have the freedom, support, and encouragement to think big and prove out new experiences and disruptive solutions on behalf of our customers.

To fit in, you must believe in the power of APIs, be jazzed about delivering amazingly simple experiences that transform and improve people’s lives through simple, straightforward digital tools and technology. You have to tie everything back to the customer, ensuring you deliver on solving a need for the customer, in addition to delivering business value through a technically sound product.

Job Responsibilities/ Accountabilities:
  • Build effective relationships with key internal business, operations, IT, product, design and external partners
  • Stakeholder Management: strategy, tactical execution, communications, etc. Work collaboratively with executives, Product owners and other key stakeholders in the organization.
  • Lead the definition of product requirements using input from various sources including external sources such as market trends, technology innovations, industry standards, bold intelligence, and customer research, as well as internal sources such as analytics, marketing, operations, and customer feedback.
  • Manage feature prioritization & tradeoff decision making in collaboration with other Technical Product Managers, business & engineering teams and ensure alignment of business goals with the incremental delivery of solutions.
  • Lead the design and conceptualization of the customer experience including the look & feel of the customer journeys, development of functional designs and wireframes, creation of product collateral, and user interfaces.
  • Ensure delivery of scalable, reliable, and maintainable platforms and solutions
  • Assess the business impact of different solutions and the tradeoffs between customer needs, technology requirements and costs.
  • Work closely with peer Technical Product Managers across all products and channels capabilities to prioritize initiatives, share insights on customer demands, identify opportunities for
  • teamwork, and coordinate product development and delivery.
  • Serve as a product evangelist & subject matter expert to the technical/developer community.
  • Ensure Knowledge Transfer and hand off to Support teams and users.
  • Assess & address all delivery risks.
  • Define success criteria for product acceptance.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.
Requirements

General Requirements

  • Strong written & verbal communication skills
  • Superior interpersonal & collaboration skills with demonstrated ability to use diplomacy & communication skills to influence outcomes and influence others without authority.
  • Experience and expertise in project planning, including product definition, feature prioritization, trade-off processes, and roadmap creation.
  • Strong analytical skills with hands on experience in conducting technological analyses of business problems developing technical roadmaps, story outlines, writing user stories, refining product backlogs, and coordinating/prioritizing conflicting requirements in a fast-paced, demanding environment.
  • Ability to work across geographies, understand the diverse cultures and manage people and partners cross culturally is a must.
  • Ability to work independently, without the need for day-to-day guidance, make independent decisions and influence positive outcomes.
  • Demonstrated ability manage multiple projects simultaneously.
  • Experience working in a Technical Product Management set up and maintain an organized oversight of specific product delivery schedules to ensure the proper balance of speed, features, timing, and integration with other functions, in tight coordination with Program and Project Management
  • Experience with Design Thinking or similar empathy-driven customer-focused design methodologies.
  • Financial services and Digital technology experience.
  • Business Analysis experience in a high-tech company a plus.
  • Intermediate understanding of programming languages, software architecture, data analytics, MI reporting etc .

Knowledge and Experience

  • Bachelor’s Degree in information technology, engineering, or related field required. A MSc in addition is preferred.
  • Minimum five (5+) years’ experience as a technical product manager or similar role related to product creation and management, in Telcos, in financial services, retail banking or related field
  • Experience in building large scale software systems and digital platforms and API integrations.
  • Demonstrable expert experience in building loosely coupled systems (Microservices) using RESTful API.
  • Strong knowledge of internal and external API exposure related security concerns.
  • Minimum three (3+) years’ experience in cloud (preferably Azure) infrastructure to work efficiently with the DevOps team for API implementation.
  • Demonstrable hands-on experience with:
  • Azure, Azure Stack, and Azure AD with strong knowledge of Kubernetes and Azure Kubernetes
  • API Gateway setup, support & maintenance
  • API Products: Azure API Management, Apigee, MuleSoft or similar platform in designing API facades.
  • Designing and implementing API Proxies, and Developer portal Experience in securing APIs using Oauth, SAML, Open ID Connect etc.
  • Must have a solid understanding of application security, compliance, authentication/authorization between multiple systems, servers, and environments.
  • Must have experience in:
  • developing complex application components based on detailed solution designs.
  • designing and developing high volume web services using API Protocols and Data Formats (REST, JSON, SOAP & XML).
  • building and consuming RESTful APIs/Microservices.

Personal Attributes

  • Strong human relations, leadership, and communication skills
  • Strong analytical, decision-making, and problem-solving skills.
  • Structured thinker, effective communicator with excellent written and oral communication skills.
  • Excellent listening and interpersonal skills.
  • Logical and efficient, with a keen attention to detail.
  • Ability to conduct research into systems issues and products as required.
  • Highly self-motivated and self-directed.
  • Ability to effectively prioritize and execute tasks in a high-pressure environment.
  • Experience working in a team-oriented, collaborative environment.
Method of Application
Submit your CV and Application on Company Website : Click Here Closing Date : 9 May. 2022