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Digital Commons Product Manager Full-time

Published at 2021-11-15 - Viewed: 1915 times - Digital Commons in remote, United Kingdom

Digital Commons is the mapping and data sharing cooperative.

Our mission is to use GIS, mapping, linked data and other tools to support the growth of the solidarity economy and the commons.

We want to see a world where data is recognised as a common good; and where the broad solidarity economy is empowered and enabled to collect, use and share data in ways that contribute to the commons.

We believe that mapping and visualisation of data is something anyone working for social change should be able to access; it should not be the preserve of people with financial resources or specific technical tools.

Solidarity Economy Association & Shared Assets have formed Digital Commons as a joint venture to take forward their respective mapping and data sharing projects.

Digital Commons will initially act as an umbrella for the founders’ two respective mapping platforms – Land Explorer, a mapping platform which helps people find out information about the land around them, and Sea-Map, a mapping tool that supports community-led mapping projects and membership organisations, focussing on social and solidarity economy organisations.

We are now at the stage of being able to recruit our first two (initially freelance) team members, a product manager and a comms lead. Over the next year we plan to launch several new or refreshed products, and carry out a crowdfunding campaign followed by a community share issue.

Job purpose
We are looking for an individual to take responsibility for the management of these exciting products.You will be working with a small, experienced development team and one of the Directors.

Key responsibilities
You will initially be responsible for:

  • developing and managing the product roadmap;
  • maintaining product specifications and development plans;
  • the product user documentation;
  • liaising with designers;
  • setting test requirements;
  • managing manual test procedures;
  • tracking the product development budget;
  • coordinating release procedures;
  • reporting on progress of the products to other team members;

As we are a small and new organisation, the role is likely to evolve. You may be asked to work with other team members on the following activities:

  • developing the product vision and strategy, and how it fulfills the organisation’s mission & vision;
  • negotiating development schedules (with the dev teams and the biz dev/sales team);
  • coordinating the work of the user support team members;
  • playing an active role in client/partner relationship development, to * maintain an understanding of the developing needs of users;
  • supporting the fundraising team with grant application writing etc.;
  • supporting the marketing team with promotional material creation;
  • contributing to R&D efforts to devise new products/services;

It would be great but not essential if you had some of the following experience:

  • working as a product manager for a digital platform service;
  • interpreting non-technical user needs and requests;
  • writing clear technical requirement documentation;
  • writing quality user documentation;
  • working in a co-operative or other democratically managed organisation;
  • working with GIS Tools

The role is a 4 day/week position, initially for a 6 month freelance contract, offering a pro-rata rate of £180-£200/day. Subject to successful fundraising we would look to make this a permanent position.

The Digital Commons team are currently spread across the UK. You could choose to work mainly from home or in a local co-working space, but you may be required to travel occasionally for conferences, team face-to-face meetings and client visits in the UK.

You could start straight away, but we will wait for the right candidate.

How to apply
Please send a covering letter and CV to by the 21st November (we will be sifting in the week commencing the 22nd). The covering letter should include why you think your skills and experience would make you a good fit for the role and organisation.

Feel free to get in touch with Colm to have an informal discussion about the role.

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