Axiom Zen is an award-winning venture studio. We specialize in creating and reinventing businesses for a software-centric world. Our products have made “Best of the Year” lists (Apple; The Next Web), improved millions of lives, and are used by the world’s leading companies – including Adobe, Sony, Starbucks, Phillips, and SEGA. In 2015 alone, our work was featured in TIME, The New York Times, USA Today, and Wired. We just made the cover of Canadian Business' 2016 "Most Innovative Companies in Canada.”
With our work that continues to reach new heights, we are looking for a Lead Project Manager to act as mission control for our most critical projects. At the most fundamental level, you will be responsible for ensuring that projects are prioritized and progressing in a meaningful way and that all of our work aligns with Axiom Zen’s goals, values, and expectations.
Our organization does not have a typical hierarchy, nor does every role fit into a tidy job title. This is one such role. For the right candidate, we’re willing to adapt the role to empower maximum impact. We do, of course, value the experience a candidate brings with them, but even more important to us is their ambition and their willingness to try new things.
To be clear: this will be a challenging role. We want a candidate who relishes the sweat that goes into growing both themselves and groundbreaking projects.
With that in mind, here are the three most important responsibilities our future Lead Project Manager will be responsible for:
Partner management and communication.
You’ll act as the point person for communications with our partners, ensuring expectations and goals are aligned, and that everyone involved in the project is informed regarding it.
Not only will you need to tick all the typical requirements (e.g. clear communicator, effective coordinator, etc.), you’ll be taking an active role in the discovery process, identifying pain points and communicating technical and non-technical concepts to everyone involved. This liaising extends to bringing different stakeholders together, often working closely with our leadership team where appropriate.
With your understanding of what’s important to our partners, you will be responsible for keeping an eye on burn rate, budgets, feature adjustments, end dates, and overall progress, and ensuring all these factors are accounted for across Axiom Zen’s diverse portfolio.
Align and prioritize key Axiom Zen projects.
At times, this role will have less to do with managing individual projects and more to with putting our portfolio of projects into the “bigger picture” at Axiom Zen. You will be expected to develop a native command of organization-wide resources: each person’s skills and abilities as well as their interests and areas for growth.
You will need to ensure budding internal projects support organization-wide priorities, and that attention and resources are prioritized for “best bets.” The key is to know where tensions lie (e.g. if we speed up this project, we’ll slow down that one) and to communicate that information to all relevant stakeholders. For the most part, you’ll be working closely with engineering, design, and product leads, as well as our leadership team.
Speak a project team’s language, and help them help themselves.
We want you to be able to assess how successful a project team is at organizing itself, allocating resources, and using the right tools. You will help teams choose between Scrum, Kanban, Agile, and other various methodologies, explaining the pros, cons, and right ways to apply each. Most importantly, you will help disseminate best practices around using our internal project management suite (GitHub + ZenHub) effectively for maximum transparency with minimum overhead.
Does this describe you?
Not only are you up for a challenge, you thrive when met with one. Your experience and expertise will be tested; some of your ideas may receive pushback, and you will need to defend or adapt them without missing a step.
You have a willingness to experiment, and you can improvise when necessary. Most important, you're able to fail, pick yourself up, learn your lesson and try again.
We are striving to build the future through big ideas and big swings. If this excites you -- and you think you have what it takes to help build that future -- we want to hear from you.
How to Apply
If you believe you’re a fit, please apply via the form below with your resume, links to active social media profiles and anything else you think we should see. Also please answer the following hypothetical question (between 100 and 250 words total):
If you could pitch any technology product to any celebrity figure of your choice, what would you pitch, how would you pitch it, and why do you want it to exist?
Axiom Zen is a startup that builds startups. We specialize in new venture creation, taking ideas from paper to product-market fit. We have developed the people, processes, and perspectives necessary to successfully navigate the nexus where the latest advancements in design, engineering, and business intersect.
We believe traditional approaches to innovation have stopped working; the strategic landscape is changing too fast. By the time carefully-laid plans are implemented, they are already outdated. A successful endeavour doesn’t play catch-up!
Optimizing for impact often means working with emerging technologies (like VR and AI), but also includes advances in product, visual design, and even storytelling. Our team of fifty founder-quality engineers, designers, and product leads combine a wealth of experience from fast-growing startups as well as companies like Apple, Google, and SpaceX.
Salary and Benefits:
Competitive salary, exceptional benefits, and generous stock / equity.
A few highlights:
Zen Den Vancouver
B1 - 788 Beatty St.
Vancouver BC V6B 2M1
Zen Den San Francisco
550 15th Street, Suite 39
San Francisco, CA 94110
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