VP Product



London, UK
Posted on Wednesday, January 10, 2024

About 9fin

The world's largest asset class, debt, operates with the worst data.

Technology has revolutionized equity markets with electronic trading, quant algos and instantaneous news. However, in debt capital markets, the picture is completely different. It still behaves like it’s in the 1980s; trillions of dollars of trades are placed over the phone, news is slow, and corporate credit information is imperfect and scattered.

Our mission is to change this.

9fin's proprietary technology delivers fast and comprehensive financial, credit, legal & ESG analysis. Our clients are able to make faster, more informed decisions, win more business and most importantly, save time.

Our fast growing list of clients include 9 of the top 10 Investment Banks, leading Asset Managers, Hedge Funds and Law Firms

The opportunity

We are looking for an exceptional Product leader to play a key role in further driving the direction of 9fin, partnering with our co-founders as we embark on exciting growth and impact on a global scale.

Reporting directly to Huss, CTO & Co-Founder, you will lead and be accountable for all aspects of Product for 9fin in a period of significant growth on a journey to global category ownership. Combining your extensive personal expertise and track record in software product management, with an exemplary user focus and impressive leadership profile, you will partner closely with the Senior Leadership Team and Board to reveal and deliver the product experiences that place 9fin at the pinnacle of its market.

You will build a first-class product org, develop, champion and instill a rigorous, analytical and data-driven approach to all product development activities, and prioritise product initiatives. You will test, learn and iterate fast as the product capability evolves. You will continue to build the overall product vision with the leadership team and customer base. Working with the engineering team as a close partner, you will execute the roadmap with an emerging team of product and design talent to ensure product and operational excellence.

It will be vital that you lead through complex (and exciting!) discussions, dissect key problems and drive decisions around competing priorities and timelines. Proven communication skills, a transparent approach and an innovation-driven mindset will be the hallmarks of your success in the first phase of your role. As your role develops you will increasingly focus on the development, growth and scaling of your team as a key leader in the business. Mentoring, coaching and developing the existing team members, whilst expanding the org structure and capabilities for product management and design, will be critical to achieving our operational excellence goals.

This is a role with large influence across the whole organisation. You will drive the overall cross-functional alignment of the entire product development process in partnership with the co-founders. To be successful, you will stay up to date with market trends, dynamics and emerging competition whilst also considering strategic opportunities to expand the 9fin proposition through partnerships and potential strategic acquisitions.

Given the level of autonomy and influence in this role, there is a requirement for a disciplined, entrepreneurial and highly commercially-minded leader with deep experience in scaling a high-value SaaS/data business. You will provide key leadership and strategic knowledge to support a growing team, whilst also being hands-on. Someone with low ego and a collaborative ethos when working with the wider team is a must as this role will enhance cross-functional collaboration with other teams, particularly engineering, sales, operations, marketing, and business intelligence.

What you'll work on

  • Lead all aspects of product management and development end-to-end to deliver an experience that fulfils the market requirements
  • Partner closely with the Senior Leadership Team to extract, refine, qualify and schedule strategic objectives for 9fin
  • Discern and own the end-to-end product roadmap and ensure it is constantly evolved, refined, prioritised, sequenced and communicated across the organisation to ensure cohesive execution, efficient delivery throughout all teams and consistent goal achievement.
  • Hire, lead and develop product, design and research teams, spotting expertise gaps and attracting domain-leading expertise to fill them
  • Create the organisational structure and capabilities for product development to drive rapid delivery, efficiency and predictability across design, engineering and product management
  • Drive the overall quality of execution in product development and constantly drive a pragmatic approach focused on meeting market and user needs whilst reducing debate and ambiguity
  • Implement a consistent communication methodology for product delivery in partnership with engineering to improve coordination, alignment, speed, tracking and quality
  • Partner closely with the Sales, Marketing and other editorial and content production groups to drive simplicity into all aspects of the experience, removing roadblocks through making high-impact decisions that place users first and enable other functions to deliver quickly and operate the services
  • Establish the appreciation of the user experience throughout 9fin by driving an empathetic appreciation of the user challenges and conducting user research, market benchmarking and competitor insights
  • Drive the use of data, testing and experimentation in all product-related activities to improve understanding and reveal product opportunities and for prioritising
  • Prepare and deliver the product capabilities for fundamental product growth at a global scale across multiple user groups.