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Principal Product Manager



Job Description

💧 About Pallon

At Pallon, a spin-off from ETH Zurich, we’re creating AI that automatically detects defects in sewer inspection videos and advises cities on when & how to fix them. By providing more precise, objective data, we aim to fix wastewater leaks, reduce CO2 emissions, and prevent urban flooding. Our mission is to make cities more sustainable and resilient.

As Pallon’s first Product Manager you will be responsible for setting up processes and systems from scratch. We’re looking for someone with a strong product intuition who can confidently validate features to ensure they achieve the expected outcome and impact while working iteratively, quickly and with limited resources. Most importantly we want someone with a high-drive who likes to get their hands dirty and gets things done.

💪 Your role

We're a fast growing company and the problems you will face are often challenging and diverse. Some of the tasks you'll be working on are:

  • Setup end-to-end product development processes from scratch and adequate for our stage

  • Confidently implement the right tooling to fast-track our product development.

  • Clearly define requirements, ensure things get delivered quickly and achieve the desired impact.

  • Identify, assess, and mitigate value and viability risks, and coordinate regarding usability and technical feasibility risks.

  • Collaborate and coordinate our Machine Learning, Design and Platform teams.

🎯 Requirements
  • Proven Experience in Product Management: Extensive experience with complex, technical products, demonstrating strong ownership and precise requirement definition.

  • Startup Leadership: Previous role as the first Product Manager in a successful startup, showcasing autonomy, iterative work with limited resources, and decision-making in uncertain environments.

  • Delivery-Focused Approach: Ability to balance speed and quality, with a keen sense of necessary detail level and strong product intuition.

  • Data-Driven Decision Making: Skilled in deriving strategic insights from both quantitative and qualitative data, including conducting user research for product improvement.

  • Project Management: Expertise in de-risking, simplifying, and prioritizing projects efficiently.

  • Resilience under Pressure: Remaining structured and composed in fast-paced settings.

  • Communication Skills: Exceptional written and verbal skills, with a preference for clear, concise, and logical data-supported communication. Comfortable with asynchronous collaboration and working with diverse teams.

  • Adaptability: Thriving in chaotic and fast-paced environments; capable of high-quality, rapid decision-making.

  • Independence and Team Spirit: Highly autonomous and driven, yet inquisitive, humble, and open to seeking assistance when necessary.

😎 Benefits & company culture

As a part of Pallon, you will:

  • Contribute to a positive impact on society and the environment

  • Develop a novel product that changes a whole industry

  • Work in a stimulating and fast-paced environment

  • Be part of a motivated, smart, fun, and supportive team

  • Own a part of Pallon and have a part in our success with our Employee Stock Option Plan (ESOP)

  • Work for the Underworld, not the Devil: exploring sewers virtually and in real life during our Pallon offsite

  • Work from home or enjoy access to our beautiful office space located in Zürich

Inclusion statement

At Pallon, we highly value equality of opportunity and inclusivity, and we would like to particularly encourage women and candidates from under-represented backgrounds to apply, even if you don’t match with 100% of the requirements.

Advice from our career coach

As the first Product Manager at Pallon, a startup focused on AI for detecting defects in sewer inspection videos, you must be ready to set up processes and systems from scratch and work iteratively with limited resources. To stand out as an applicant, highlight your experience in product management, startup leadership, and data-driven decision-making. Showcase your ability to balance speed and quality, communicate effectively, and remain resilient under pressure.

  • Highlight your experience with complex, technical products and strong ownership.
  • Demonstrate your autonomy and decision-making skills in uncertain environments.
  • Showcase your ability to derive insights from data and conduct user research.
  • Emphasize your project management expertise and ability to prioritize efficiently.
  • Highlight your exceptional written and verbal communication skills and experience working with diverse teams.
  • Showcase your adaptability, autonomy, and team spirit.

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Apr 19, 2024


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