Director Product

Pune, Maharashtra, India Full-time

AgroStar is India’s foremost AgTech start-up with a mission of #HelpingFarmersWin through right advisory and solutions, powered by data and technology. It was started with a  vision to solve two of the biggest problems in Indian agriculture - Lack of guidance for healthy and sustainable farming AND limited access to quality farm inputs for consistent and qualitative farming. 

With technology at its core, we have built an innovative & sustainable ecosystem that includes products such as a customized enterprise sales solutions that maps data of farmers' crop life cycles, India's first online farmer community, online agri-advisory with online shopping for inputs and an incomparable logistics solution for last mile rural connectivity. 

We have procured and partnered with leading national and international brands for major agri-inputs like seeds, crop nutrition, crop protection and farm implements, that are needed for farming and we deliver them at the doorstep of farmers. Thus, our efforts at AgroStar are focused to become the driving force to equip our farmers with the power of knowledge to farm better and smarter, through technology and up to date expert advice.  

The company is funded by prominent VCs like Chiratae Venture Partners, Aavishkaar Ventures, Bertelsmann and Accel Partners. AgroStar also takes pride to have Snapdeal’s Kunal Behl and Rohit Bansal as its early investors and mentors. AgroStar is the winner of Economic Times' Best Startup Award 2016, under the 'Social Enterprise' category. 

In The Media

Fortune | Economic Times | Agribusiness Global | Yourstory | Entreprenuer Tech Crunch

Our Team

We are a team of highly motivated individuals, who are willing to push beyond the ceiling, initiate new ideas and take challenges head on. Apart from coffee, working in an extremely fast-paced, dynamic work culture is what we passionate souls thrive on. We ride against the tide as time is never enough and there’s always more to do.

Our mission of ‘Helping Farmers Win’ is a tall task as we try to bring change and development to the grassroots of India. We need heroes who are dedicated to the mission, live the dream and drive it with passion. If that sounds like you, here’s more about the role:

About the Role

The Head of Product Management leads the Product Management team with a focus on enhancing the definition and growth of the product in its market. The Head of Product Management is the primary driver of Agrostar vision; overseeing the development and management of the product’s roadmap based on the adopted strategies and vision.

The position demands  the individual in its occupation to be a highly analytical individual who is able to work quite effectively in a matrix environment.  

Objectives and Responsibility:

Innovation:  Overseeing the innovation and improvement of the business’s product as well as the day-to-day product activities in such a way that ensures that the product is constantly growing to suit the consumers’ needs.  Ensuring that necessary steps are being taken to make any modifications that are being made in the product or strategy in order to bring out the best results for the business. 

At this capacity,  essentially responsible for identifying opportunities that lead to the growth of the product through innovation while still maintaining the fundamental business goals/priorities. 

Collaboration: A high level of collaboration with different departments and different levels will be required. Need to engage with other product departmental leaders in order to align and execute product strategies and ensure that each department receives the right level of support due from its colleagues. Work very closely with the engineering department, design, sales, marketing, and other departments to deliver the business’s product into the market.

Product/Market Evaluation:  Responsible for spearheading investigation and analyses on the product and the product market. The candidate is then expected to process this information, identify opportunities, and present these to the leadership team.

Problem Resolution:  Apart from identification, responsibility to resolve  strategic issues, which potentially impair the whole department’s ability to meet the product’s financial, strategic, and technical goals.

Qualifications:

Education: Master’s degree in Business Administration, Economics, Finance, Engineering, Computer Science, or an equivalent in working experience.

Experience: The candidate must have 10-12 years of experience in product management or project management in complex/matrix environments. Preferably; this experience will be inclusive of at least 5 years experience in leading product teams and product strategy.

Communication Skills: Excellent communication skills are a must for this position. The position is a supervisory position and communication must be effective down the line in order to ensure the proper execution of the roles/functions in all junior positions.

Leadership/People Skills: Strong leadership skills with an ability to move his peers as well as his juniors and have them follow a common vision. Great leadership should further be coupled with excellent people skills. People skills are what will makes people want to follow him and readily and happily apply his directives; hence improving the cohesion and functionality of the Product Management department.

Analytical Skills: Should be able to demonstrate a high level of analytical and quantitative skills. He should possess the ability to use information/data and various metrics to develop an informed and factual business case. The Head of Product Management also has to have strong financial analytical capabilities that are used to further develop informed product strategies, which subsequently improves product performance.