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VP of Product

Skillz, San Francisco, Portland

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About Skillz:

Skillz is the leading mobile games platform connecting players in fair, fun, and meaningful competition. 

The gaming industry is larger than movies, music, and books, with more than 2.7 billion gamers playing monthly and 10 million developers worldwide. Mobile is the fastest-growing segment of the gaming market, expected to increase from $86 billion last year to $161 billion in 2025. 

As the first publicly-traded (NYSE: SKLZ) mobile esports platform, Skillz has pioneered the future of the gaming industry. The Skillz platform helps developers build multi-million dollar franchises by enabling social competition in their games. Leveraging its patented technology, Skillz hosts billions of casual esports tournaments for millions of mobile players worldwide, and distributes millions in prizes each month.

Through its philanthropic initiatives, Skillz has harnessed the power of its platform to transform the way nonprofits engage with donors, enabling anyone with a mobile device to support causes such as the American Red Cross, Susan G. Komen, American Cancer Society, and NAACP by playing in Skillz tournaments.

Skillz has also earned recognition as one of San Francisco Business Times’ Best Places to Work, Fast Company’s Most Innovative Companies, Parity.org’s Best Companies for Women to Advance, a two-time winner of CNBC’s Disruptor 50, one of Forbes’ Next Billion-Dollar Startups, and the #1 fastest-growing company in America on the Inc. 5000.

Who we're looking for:

Skillz is looking for an exceptional and experienced VP of Product to lead the consumer experience  at Skillz.  The right leader will know how to build a product organization, instill a culture of excellence and passion, and deliver amazing world class experiences for end users and developers.  

You’ll lead a team of product leaders, product managers, designers, and analysts in 3+ offices to create the future of digital competition.  This will be done in collaboration with Engineering, Design, Marketing, and Program.  The right leader will be able to form strong relationships with other functions and influence the entire team to execute effectively. It's critical that the VP be able to establish credibility at the executive level, have a strong product viewpoint, and be able to lead the consumer product direction of the entire company.

What you'll do:

  • Help build and maintain a high performance, diverse & collaborative product culture
  • Recruit, hire and mentor, motivate and promote world class product talent of all levels of experience
  • Define the processes needed to achieve operational excellence in all major areas, including client-focused feature development, player experiences, viewing experiences, and scalability of systems.
  • You and your teams will build engaging consumer applications backed by highly resilient systems.
  • Work with program management to estimate ship dates of major deliverables with a 75% or better accuracy
  • Work with senior management to shape and deliver the product roadmap, and define quarterly OKRs for your department
  • Manage and evolve the development and product lifecycle process and achieve ideal delivery cadences for different product suites.

Your Skillz:

  • You have 10+ years of experience building and delivering user-centered, engaging experiences across a range of platforms and can demonstrate the success and impact of your efforts for both users and business.
  • Including 5+ years of management experience, including experience leading large product teams of 20+ people within a cross functional organization.
  • A leader who people want to follow. You build trust, inspire, and mentor your team.
  • A leader who possesses deep knowledge of consumer product, highly refined visual design sensibility, and a passion for mobile.
  • A great communicator (verbal, written, and visual) who has the ability to influence and build consensus both within a product team and with executive stakeholders across the company.
  • BA/BS and/or MA/MS in a related field
  • Experience building mobile gameplay, viewing, and discovery experiences at a platform level. 
  • Experience transitioning to a public company is a plus

Skillz embraces diversity and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. As part of our commitment to diversifying our workforce, we do not discriminate on the basis of age, race, sex, gender, gender identity, color, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, marital status, citizenship, veteran status and/or disability status.

About Skillz

Today, people spend more time playing video games than they do playing all physical sports, and eSports are poised to become bigger than the NFL, NBA, MLB and NHL combined. Skillz provides the technology that powers an eSports industry forecast to exceed $5 billion in annual revenue by 2020. Skillz has been named the fastest growing private company in America, ranking number one on the 2017 Inc. 500 list. This makes Skillz the first eSports company to top this prestigious ranking, and also comes on the heels of being the first eSports company ever named to the CNBC Disruptor 50 list of the most innovative companies changing the business landscape. As the leading mobile eSports platform, Skillz connects the world’s 2.6 billion mobile gamers through competition. Skillz is the eSports provider for over 3,000 game studios, and accounted for more than 46 percent of all eSports prizes awarded in 2016 while broadcasting 40 million minutes of gameplay to spectators worldwide. Skillz makes games better by powering the competitions that players love and giving developers the chance to turn their game into the next great electronic sport. Founded in 2012, Skillz is headquartered in San Francisco and backed by leading venture capitalists as well as the owners of the New England Patriots, Milwaukee Bucks and New York Mets. In our quest to make gaming better for players and developers, we’re looking for savvy, passionate and hardworking teammates to help us build the future of sports. If you’re excited about defining a multibillion dollar industry, building an awesome product, or working with bleeding edge technology, Skillz just might be for you!

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