What we need:
The Product Manager plays a major part in the creation of a new mobile and web products as well as enhancement to existing products. The Product Manager is responsible for working closely with our team to understand and flesh out all of the complexities and intricacies of the software products, and work collaboratively with creative and technology teams to create compelling, insight-driven interactive products.
The Product Manager duties will include creating and managing the documentation of products, helping to facilitate project teams to consensus-driven solutions, working with the technical lead to determine requirements feasibility, working with the creative team on interface and interaction design, and working with the Quality Assurance (QA) team on test plans and test cases.
Based in Los Angeles, California, Grindr is a two year old start-up dedicated to finding new ways for people to connect. Our mobile phone application uses creative technology to help users make new friends and reconnect with old ones. Grindr is a location-based mobile network that determines your exact location and instantly connects you with nearby friends. This location-based service works is available for iPhone, iPod touch, iPad, Android, and BlackBerry devices. It’s fast, fun, and easy to use—offering profiles, photos, and stats at a touch. And unlike other social networks, Grindr is mobile and works based on your location. Currently, Grindr services the gay community but is expanding into the general public with a mainstream version, Project Amicus (projectamicus.com), due to launch in summer 2011.
What the selected candidate will do:
• Taking a leadership role in developing and documenting functional requirements, user/process flows, and information architecture of software applications and transactional, informational, and marketing websites
• Developing and documenting (via wireframes) detailed user experience specifications for highly interactive interfaces
• Research and prioritize user requirements, strategic and business requirements, and functional requirements
• Create use cases using standard modeling formats (such as UML)
• Facilitate team understanding of options and decision-making during informal working sessions, formal reviews, etc.
• Provide review and input into other deliverables as appropriate (e.g. visual designs or technical specifications)
• Map functionality to system components and develop system use cases for QA plans and documentation
Our expectations for the right candidate:
• 3-5 years experience developing interactive products as either a functional analyst, product manager, information architect, interaction or experience designer (or similar role)
• Familiar with design and illustration software a plus (Adobe Creative Suite, specifically Illustrator & Photoshop)
• Solid understanding of application development (HTML, Java, PHP, C# .NET, database design/maintenance)
• Proficient with Omnigraffle, Visio, Microsoft Excel, and Word
• Solid familiarity with development methodologies, life cycles, and best practices
• Demonstrated experience using web analytics data to inform design decisions
• Demonstrated ability to lead design of complex transactional interfaces, taxonomies and metadata frameworks
• Ability to work independently and manage multiple tasks across multiple projects
• Excellent oral and written communication and presentation skills
• High tolerance for ambiguity and an ability to clarify such situations
Direct candidates only – no agency or 3rd party inquiries please.