VP of Product

| Austin
Come work at Smarter Sorting!
About Us
Smarter Sorting is a purpose-driven company committed to increasing sustainable options for unsold or damaged products. Our cutting-edge machine learning technology enables cost-effective, compliant decisions for all unsold products, and our process advances our partners’ zero-waste goals.
As a collective group of machine learning experts, successful serial entrepreneurs, data scientists, sustainability experts, and national account program managers, our passion for data-driven sustainability drives us toward a singular goal: to reduce waste through the salvation of unwanted items. Our goal is to take valuable products current being driven hundreds of miles and burned and have them be used for their original purpose in local communities.
At Smarter Sorting: We do what it takes. We are driven to become experts. We are not jerks. We are real. We have grit. A healthy culture is key to our company’s success and more importantly our employees’ happiness. Our core values drive our culture and in turn, we achieve our vision.
Better decisions. Better data. Greener planet. All made possible by the best people. Come join our team!
About You
Smarter Sorting is looking for a VP of Product to own the strategic direction of our data products and manage our world-class team to fulfill this vision. This person will lead and manage a team of Product Managers to own, build and ship the best products to achieve our mission. This person will work closely with the Chief Product Officer to develop meaningful, measurable and specific goals for the product roadmap. 
By building and implementing formal processes, this leader will increase clarity and efficiency both internally and externally. Smarter Sorting needs a VP of Product who can execute for the immediate needs while also laying the groundwork for our long-term strategic vision. 
To be successful in this role, our VP of Product should be an empowering and transparent leader who brings cohesion and coordination to the top of the company, allowing the team to deliver an impeccable product for our retail customers.

What You’ll Be Doing

  • Setting product deliverables and measurables for the Product Management team 
  • Managing, coaching and mentoring team members with a regular cadence to inform team alignment and growth
  • Direct product development efforts on a project basis using quality tools to deliver value added services to customers
  • Oversee the day-to-day product roadmap for Smarter Sorting’s suite of products, with a heavy focus on workflow-driven hardware & software that helps our customers better sort and manage products
  • Work cross-functionally with the CPO to set and review priorities and create documentation for product initiatives and processes 
  • Support and empower product owners to hit deadlines, manage expectations and proactively communicate project status to other departments

Your Experience + Skills

  • 5+ years of experience managing product teams, preferably at a technology startup
  • 2+ years of experience working with hardware and/or software products, preferably in data acquisition in the retail industry
  • 1+ years of experience rolling out a product to market, preferably at a data company
  • BA degree preferred, but not required
  • Proficient in Excel, PowerPoint, Wrike or similar project management tools a plus
  • Comfortable querying data with tools such as Kibana
  • Strong IQ and emotional intelligence required
  • Strong problem solving, communication, time management and organizational skills

Your first month

  • Learn everything there is to know about our products and fully understand the roadmap
  • Become an expert on the hardware, software, data and customer needs 
  • Listen and learn from the team; get to know the Product Managers and understand what they own and how they work
  • Complete a bootcamp to learn about shipping and waste regulations for dangerous goods

Your first 3 months

  • Present and implement improvements to processes and people management (e.g., Backlog Grooming, Sprint Planning)
  • Develop a first round of strategic recommendations to improve roadmaps and sequencing
  • Fully manage the Product Managers with a regular cadence of 1:1s and mentorship to make their hours more productive

Your first 6 months

  • Become an active contributor to the global product strategy and roadmap
  • Be the subject matter expert on retailer workflows
  • Own the execution of the product roadmap

Your Benefits & Perks
Smarter Sorting offers:
-Competitive Compensation Packages
-Medical, dental & vision insurance
-401k program
-Short-term disability insurance
-Unlimited PTO
-Continuing Education & Lunch N Learns
-Bi-Annual All-Hands
-Volunteering & Special Events (with baby goats in attendance)
-Snacks, drinks, lunches and dinners

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Technology we use

  • Engineering
  • Product
  • Sales & Marketing
    • JavascriptLanguages
    • PythonLanguages
    • RubyLanguages
    • SqlLanguages
    • Node.jsFrameworks
    • IonicFrameworks
    • SinatraFrameworks
    • MongoDBDatabases
    • PostgreSQLDatabases
    • DockerDatabases
    • InVisionDesign
    • WrikeManagement
    • MailChimpEmail

Location

We are in the heart of East Austin right next door to Lustre Pearl and all the best food. Our 2,500 sq ft. office used to be an auto body shop. #ReUse

An Insider's view of Smarter Sorting

What's something quirky about your company?

We always have baby goats, bunnies and chickens attend all of our company events because they've been scientifically proven to sharpen business acumen and bolster synergy.

Jared Robertson

Software Engineer

What's the biggest problem your team is solving?

My team is working to develop a product that will bring back of store technology into the 21st century. We are helping clients better manage all of their back of store processes by providing tools that work for them instead of tools that they have to work with. It's fun to be a part of a team that is building out a revolutionary product!

Maya Lozada

Product Manager

What does career growth look like on your team?

Smarter Sorting is extremely supportive of our career growth. One of our values is 'We will become experts.' This year, Smarter Sorting sponsored my professional HR certification exam fees and a class at UT. Our company is always willing to support continuing education.

Valerie Lara

Director of HR & Recruiting

What is your vision for the company?

My vision for Smarter Sorting is to revolutionize the industry with smart technology. I truly want to maximize the salvation of unsold or unwanted items and force people to second guess the word “waste.” Internally, I want to create a culture where genuine, talented people can learn and grow.

Katy

VP of Customer Success

How do your team's ideas influence the company's direction?

At our fast-paced startup, idealistic ideation, sales, & product development are largely one in the same process. It has been gratifying to see ideas and observations communicated in 1:1's or team meetings turn into Smarter Sorting products. Now, these products have been implemented across many of the US's largest companies!

Scott

VP of Sustainability

What are Smarter Sorting Perks + Benefits

Culture
Volunteer in local community
Friends outside of work
Eat lunch together
Daily stand up
Open door policy
Team owned deliverables
Open office floor plan
Diversity
Documented equal pay policy
Dedicated Diversity/Inclusion Staff
Diversity manifesto
Someone's primary function is managing the company’s diversity and inclusion initiatives
Health Insurance & Wellness Benefits
Disability Insurance
Disability insurance covers 60% of annual salary up to $6500 monthly maximum payout.
Dental Benefits
Vision Benefits
Health Insurance Benefits
Retirement & Stock Options Benefits
401(K)
Employee Stock Purchase Plan
Performance Bonus
Child Care & Parental Leave Benefits
Generous Parental Leave
Flexible Work Schedule
Remote Work Program
Family Medical Leave
Return-to-work program post parental leave
Vacation & Time Off Benefits
Unlimited Vacation Policy
Paid Volunteer Time
Paid Holidays
Paid Sick Days
Perks & Discounts
Casual Dress
Company Outings
Stocked Kitchen
Some Meals Provided
Happy Hours
Parking
Professional Development Benefits
Job Training & Conferences
Diversity Program
Lunch and learns
Acme Co. hosts lunch and learn meetings once per month.
Cross functional training encouraged
Promote from within
Customized development tracks
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