Chief Product Officer (f/m/d)

Permanent employee, Full-time · Remote, DE

Your mission

As a Chief Product Officer at GotPhoto you lead the entire product organization (Product Management, Design & Partnerships).
You are responsible for the strategic product direction in alignment with our company vision, mission and strategy.
As a C-Level and leader of this function, you are a role model for our team and an active, visible Executive of our company within our management team. 

At the end of the day, we want to ensure we build the best SaaS+ solution in the people photography market.
The GotPhoto SaaS platform helps school photographers streamline their workflow and ensure that they can easily manage large photo shoots and print amazing products their customers want.
GotPhoto is a profitable startup that has been around since 2010.
Our culture is one of a positive business model, with the mindset “we make photographers more successful”. Photographers, parents, schools, and labs are better off when using our software. Our team members are crucial for this success! 

As you might be curious to get to know our customers as well:  
Here’s some first hand insight from our photographers. 

Your role
First things first: We'd like to introduce you to your team ... 

Our Product Team

The Product team is a newly established team within our organization and currently consists of 8 amazing talents (3 talents in Product Design, 5 talents in Product Management); however, we're continuing to hire and grow the team.
Most of our team are based in Berlin and USA, this role is a fully remote position based in either Germany, Portugal or Spain.
The Management Team is currently fully based in Germany (Berlin).
If you enjoy going to an office then we would love to help you relocate to Berlin, just ask our recruiting team about it when you speak to them.

Your role and responsibilities

You are an essential part of our leadership team, which consists of our CEO, CFO, COO, CTO and Head of People & Culture. We are hiring an additional CMO and (obviously) our CPO :)
As a CPO you will be reporting to our CEO and be fully responsible for our Product team and strategy. 
At the same time, you will closely collaborate with our CTO and follow a highly cross-functional approach in managing our product endeavours. 

Below we describe what we’re looking for and how we outline your role:

Product Strategy:

  • You represent and shape the Product strategy; you do so, by making sure  relevant stakeholders and our CEO are aligned with your ideas and it buys into the company strategy. Your aim should be to effectively work with all parts of the organization and support GotPhoto in creating the best SaaS solution for our photographers. 

  • You are responsible for the “Why” of the product and how to differentiate and position our product. You must then align the company around the overarching product vision. We believe in ownership, while not creating islands and silos - therefore the management team, and especially our CEO, will be a strong sparring partner to give insights and support you in creating this vision!

  • As a strategic thinker, you envision what may happen in the future, instead of focusing on what is directly ahead. You look across different industries to see the big picture, analyze large volumes of information to spot trends, and offer new approaches to old problems.

  • You create a product & partner strategy and a detailed roadmap to fulfill and meet various OKRs. You do so, to assure we measure product performance and create sustainable solutions.

  • You oversee the budget and spendings in your function, and make sure they are in line with the company’s financial goals.

Inspire & Lead:

  • You act as a role model for our employees and your direct team, by being an ambassador for a healthy and honest company culture. Within GotPhoto and especially the management team, we pay attention to psychological safety and avoid politics.
  • As a CPO you have excellent leadership skills to supervise and oversee the entire product organization and are well connected within the company. This ensures that initiatives run smoothly across internal teams, customers, and stakeholders. 
  • You are an advocate for our product practices and make sure that our organization has transparency and is collaborating effectively with the Product teams.

Customer focus:

  • One of your crucial responsibilities is to deeply understand the problems, needs, and desires of customers. The customer discovery conducted by the CPO (and other members of the product team) are necessary to build excellent product experiences, identify proper positioning in the market, and more.

  • You are always well connected within the industry, know the trends and new challenges arising.

  • You are not shy of travelling to tradeshows, meetups, customer meetings in order to get to know the market better and better over time

Data & Research:

  • You use research data to plan improvements and differentiate the product from our competitors. 

  • As the CPO, you make objective, data-driven decisions. You define the metrics related to product performance and track them on an ongoing basis. 

  • By measuring and tracking our data points, you also ensure the product continues to adjust to changing conditions and satisfies the overall organizational objectives.

Skills we are looking for
  • Your 8+ years of professional experience must include leadership of product management teams, especially the ability to lead through influence across functional and organizational lines. Ideally you were in a CPO role previously. 

  • You have deep product knowledge from frameworks about building a product and methods to collaborate cross-functionally, design elements to user behaviour and research - and beyond! If you like to geek out, that’s perfect.

  • You are able to interpret market trends, develop your own vision, and successfully execute on that vision.

  • As a professional, you are a highly analytical and strategic thinker, without losing your head in the clouds. 

  • You must enjoy developing technical talent to achieve great things. You should have a passion for educating, training, and enabling the confidence of team members to think critically and the skills to develop leaders.

  • You will interact with partners, customers, and different teams. You should understand and communicate GotPhoto’s value proposition and technology and evangelize GotPhoto to the overall Photography/SaaS industry. Travelling to main conferences or attending speaker slots can be expected.

  • You need to be familiar with and have proven experience working cross-functionally with numerous business functions such as Marketing, Engineering, Sales, Operations etc. Also to understand different business disciplines. Remote management experience across different locations is preferred.

  • You should possess a data-driven yet creative mindset that is oriented towards solving problems and delivering solutions.

  • Ideally you have experience in the SaaS industry or even creative and photography industry; To understand our service, customers and competition. If you have experience on the US market, that’s an additional plus.

With us, you can look forward to this
  • The Culture
    • A company that has grown sustainably and profitably over the last 10 years and is a market leader!
    • A culture based on trust and an inspiring atmosphere where ideas are heard and implemented
    • Supportive environment that likes to set each other up for success, we can be vulnerable and authentic 
    • Regular employee surveys to measure employee satisfaction and foster continuous improvement
    • The occasional get together via virtual team events (lately also in person)
  • The Perks
    • Remote work - You have the freedom to decide whether you want to work from home or from the (dog friendly) office in Berlin (for this position, Spain + Portugal is also an option)
    • Education budget, that allows you to grow professionally and explore new ideas
    • Urban Sport Club membership discount, to keep active even in these isolated times
    • Unlimited holidays (26 days are the minimum)
    • SpendIt Card - With a monthly sum to spend on your groceries or whatever you like (after your probation period)
More information on why to work with us, our team, and our journey as a company
About us is the market leading digital workflow solution for volume photographers in Europe & US.

Did you know …? There are over 440 million school and preschool children photographed yearly around the world.
Our software supports photographers to scale their business and focus on their passion: Photography!
We are a start-up that has grown profitably and sustainably over the last few years and created a human-centric culture, where honesty and authenticity are clear values.

Why work with us? Let us introduce ourselves! 
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We work as one team. Wherever you come from. However, you identify. We believe in equal opportunities.
We welcome applications from all members of society irrespective of age, sex, disability, sexual orientation, race, religion, or belief. 

We make recruiting decisions based on your experience, skills, and personality. We believe that employing a diverse workforce is the right thing to do and is central to our success.
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