PRODUCT PLANNER / PRODUCT MANAGER
l Cirius Technologies, Inc. is a technology start-up founded in Tokyo in 2004 after the CEO graduates from University of Tokyo.
l Cirius is gaining presence in the global market;
Ø Got "CNET Networks Japan: Tech Venture 2008" award in February 2008.
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Ø Presented a talk session at Web 2.0 Expo Europe in October 2008.
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Ø US office has just been founded in California in October 2008.
l Currently, 2/3 of the employees are engineers at our Tokyo office. Cirius develops most of its technology products and services with its own engineering resource.
l The primary business is a location-based mobile advertising network called "AdLocal".
Ø AdLocal empowers local businesses with the ability to deliver local targeted advertisements to mobile users in their neighborhood, by selecting;
² Where (‛Within 1 mile of Palo Alto Caltrain station“)
² When (‛Every week day from 9:00am to 7:oopm“), and
² Who will receive the advertisement (‛Female in their thirties“, ‛Users of the New York Times mobile“)
l Missions of Cirius US office
Ø Marketing and business development in the US and international markets
Ø Provide AdLocal international product to US and international customers.
(Service operation, server operation and customer support.)
Ø In the future, Cirius will expand its core engineering organization to the US office to develop/enhance AdLocal product and its global base platform for US and international market.
[Product Planner / Product Manager]
l Responsible for the global product strategy of our products including a mobile ad service called "AdLocal" for the US and international markets.
l Analyze market situation and define target market segment, value proposition and business models.
l Co-work with product development to define high-level requirements of the products and their roadmaps.
l Figure out the priority areas of improvement, based on customer feedback and research.
l Create plans to drive penetration within key segments.
l Partner with our Business Development and Marketing Group to define high-level go-to-market strategies, and provide timely analysis of business and market trends to them.
l This role is not responsible for the Japanese market.
Qualities specific to this position
l Analytical and creative-problem-solving skills to find out potential demands among customers and then convert them to high-level requirements.
l Strategic thinking to deal with ambiguity and influence change.
l Strong verbal and written communication skills
Other screening criteria
l Strong product planning or product management background required