Product Manager (Aarki)

Skillz, London, UK

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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 Fast Company’s Best Workplaces for Innovators, San Francisco Business Times’ Best Places to Work, Parity.org’s Best Companies for Women to Advance, Fast Company’s Most Innovative Companies, 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. 


About Aarki:

Aarki is redefining programmatic mobile app marketing, helping mobile app developers acquire and re-engage users and drive growth of some of the best known mobile games in the world. Using our proprietary creative platform, real time bidding technology, and machine learning we have become the media buying platforms of choice for the world’s top mobile app developers. 

We have recently been acquired by Skillz.


About the role:

We are looking for a product manager to lead Studio, our ad creative platform, and ad serving. Studio is used to create ads seen by millions of users around the world. Videos, playables, rich interactive ads that are personalized to users in real time can all be made in minutes using Aarki’s Studio. Our ad server is closely tied to our bidder, picking the right creative for each ad opportunity in milliseconds. 

We are looking for a visionary product manager that will take Studio to the next level, identifying new creative capabilities that engage and convert mobile users around the world for Skillz apps and Aarki’s roster of top mobile app customers. In this role:

  • Own the roadmap, manage prioritisation, and execute through the delivery of products.
  • You will be working closely with creative teams, and partnering with product design and engineering, to identify the tools and features that simplify complex creative builds, freeing creative teams to focus on creative strategy over production.
  • You will also partner with analytics and ML teams to optimize our creative delivery and identify new creative opportunities.
  • You will keep an eye on the market, looking for new creative technology to make Aarki ads stand out from the crowd


About You

  • You have experience in product management of technical products. You will be partnering closely with engineers to deliver products at scale. 
  • You can easily explain technical matters to non-technical end users of the Aarki platform. You will be working with platform users to improve our studio tools and address any product capability gaps, providing feedback to and prioritization to engineering teams. You will evangelize new creative capabilities internally and externally.
  • You like to flex your analytical talents and love setting up experiments. In this role you will be partnering with our creative team, data science, and analysts to identify, build, and validate the creative capabilities to drive performance. 
  • You can have detailed discussions about technical and business considerations to evaluate tradeoffs and prioritization of projects with both technical and non-technical stakeholders.
  • Bias for action, able to drive impact while balancing both short and long term priorities.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills. 
  • 4+ years of product management experience


Nice to have, but not required

  • Experience running experiments a/b, multivariate tests
  • Previous Ad Tech or Mar Tech experience is nice to have not required. 
  • Experience working with creative products, or an understanding of media encoding



You must have the right to work in the UK for this role


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, or disability status, and we operate in compliance with the San Francisco Fair Chance Ordinance.

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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