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Product Manager


Reports to: Head of Lending
Start Date: Feb 2018

Ask Inclusive Finance
Helping make more businesses great businesses

AskIf’s mission is to transformationally scale the availability of loans to businesses who can’t secure credit from the mainstream banks and financial institutions.

Our platform combines the best of lending tech with human risk assessment and business support to be able to lend to SMEs who don’t fit an automated credit scoring model.

We are launching an integrated solution which solves the issues preventing the sector from scaling.

  • We are creating a market place platform that connects borrowers with loan capital facilitated by experienced relationship lenders and the best lending tech to step change process efficiency, data integrity and reporting.
  • We will deliver loan capital funding, leveraging peer to peer technology to provide over £200m loan capital over the next 4 years

We launched our pilot platform in June 2017 and have already processed over £2.8m of applications.  

We will scale up to launch a £20m fund in 2018, growing to £200m from 2019.


Why work at AskIf?

We are an exciting start up organisation that is looking to transform the marketplace for enterprise lending. We are committed to leveraging technology to make the finance industry a fair and more inclusive place for all businesses for whom borrowing will enable their growth, success and the creation of jobs.

We are a small, experienced team with fantastic industry partnerships, looking to recruit someone who shares our passion & vision to transform the finance industry.

Current staff love working at AskIf:

• We do work that will have a positive impact on people and communities, enabling job creation and social mobility.
• We’re creating something that is transformational and will disrupt traditional models of lending & finance.
• We dream big, are results focused and operate at a fast pace
• We are a non-hierarchical organisation and value diversity. Integrity & transparency are core to our values.
• We’re working with a fantastic set of stakeholders
• We have fun, support & respect each other

The successful candidates will not only display skill and competence in delivering the responsibilities of the role but also demonstrate alignment to our values: Dream Big, Get it Done, Have Fun & Be Respectful

About the Role:

This is a new role and the successful candidate will be part of a small and growing team who will define the direction of the business and implement our ongoing exciting product roadmap.

Collaboration, an ability to solve problems and a bias to action are key to success in an environment where there will be extensive interaction with all levels within this growing business.

Responsibilities:

  • Collaborate with the team to successfully optimise existing products, and identify, develop and launch new and updated products.
  • Maintain our technical product database and technical product collateral.
  • Support lending partners in the use of the platform ensuring quick and quality resolution of queries.
  • Liaise with lending partners to identify, report and solve product issues and include feedback into the product roadmap development process.
  • Gather, analyse and report on data with a view to ongoing development work.
  • Contribute towards critical thinking around user needs and the wider strategic objectives of the business.
  • Liaise with our development team on both development and maintenance activities, including user research, user testing, and writing user stories.
  • Assist with the updating and recording of product-related knowledge, as well as its dissemination amongst the team and lending partners
  • Research 3rd party technology partnerships and competitive products to enhance platform capability
  • Embed data integrity and robust process design whilst ensuring a seamless UX & UI.

Successful candidate profile:

  • Product related role experience ideally in an agile project environment
  • Excellent user-empathy and user-centred deep thinker
  • Passionate about solving problems in a hands-on manner
  • Responsible attitude willing to take proactive ownership of activities on own initiative
  • Confident at building relationships with a diverse range of stakeholders
  • Clear and concise communicator with excellent command of written and spoken English
  • Strong range of software skills, including standard office software
  • Proficient with data analysis
  • Highly numerical and analytical; able to present a business case based on facts and analysis
  • Able to successfully operate in a dynamically changing environment juggling multiple priorites
  • Flexible mindset able to turn skills to non-core responsibilities during short bursts of short-term team need


Helpful Additional Skills:

  • Background in working with/in small businesses and/or finance industry
  • Degree in Product Management, Business Management or related disciplines
  • A sound technical understanding or experience of how loan management systems work
  • Experience of working with Mambu & jasper soft reporting


Remuneration and Package:

  • Competitive remuneration based on experience (£175 day rate)
  • Start on a contract basis with intention to make the role permanent in 6-9 months (subject to performance)
  • Participation in the company Employee share scheme once a permanent employee (with considerable upside potential)
  • Defined contribution pension

Reporting to Head of Lending and regular direct contact with founding CEO & COO.


Application Process:

We intend to have the right person through the door by mid-February 2018 or sooner.

  • Send CV and Cover Letter by 5pm, 8th January
    (please provide contact number although we would prefer you do not provide name, age, address or photo for our initial sift)
  • Initial Sift  by 10th January
    (we call your contact number and will ask for your name at this stage to arrange the Phone Screening Interview once you pass the Initial Sift; unsuccessful applicants will receive a text)
  • Phone Screening Interviews by 12th January
    (we will cover a broad range of topics)
  • Face-to-Face Interviews week beginning 15th January
    (we will focus on your team and business culture fit although we may cover some topics from the Phone Screening Interview again)

AskIf is an equal opportunities employer.

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Sound interesting? Pl‍‍‍ease apply by email to info@askif.co.uk

Contact us
E: info@askif.co.uk

T: 020 3176 7633

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Registered Address: Fryern House, 125 Winchester Road, Chandlers Ford, Hampshire SO53 2DR | Registered in England and Wales No. 10020883

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