Product Manager

Posted 6 days ago
Main Location
Chicago, IL, United States
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To create the next great global sport, we need the world’s best equipment. Come build with us.

The product manager role is a new one at Spikeball. We’re proud of our current product line-up and aspire for much more. We need a capable manager who can use their consumer, strategic, and technical expertise to create a best in class product strategy, line-up and roadmap.

You’ll be a part of the marketing team but work across the company with our sales, creative, finance and sport development teams. You’ll lead the development process with our design and manufacturing partners. You’ll partner with Elite players, noobs, and all skill levels in between to build the most valuable, relevant products out there.


  1. Consumer champion. We’re big believers in Clay Christensen and Bob Moesta’s ‘Job to Be Done’ theory of innovation. You’ll work with team members to uncover and validate consumer’s “jobs” through regular interviews, research, and playtesting. You’ll keep these jobs top of my mind throughout the project and the organization.
  2. Strategy. Collaborate with team members to create a long term strategy that hits our Product and Sport Development goals, while supporting our retail & eComm teams.
  3. Communication. Lead and inspire design agencies and manufacturing partners. Manage internal stakeholders across ops, sport development, retail and quality teams.
  4. Technical curiosity. Constantly keep your eye out for new materials, technologies, partners and methods that could help our product better address a consumer job.
  5. Project Management and Planning. Ability to manage multiple facets of multiple projects at a single time. Consumer research, product design briefing, playtesting, prototyping, packaging etc.

Who we’re looking for:

  • 2-5 years of relevant experience, preferably in a product manager type role. Bonus if you’ve seen a product through from concept all the way to market launch. Double bonus if you’ve worked on high end consumer based products
  • We aren’t looking for an engineer per say but we’d love if you’re versed with different facets of the product development & manufacturing processes, materials, and logistical constraints that seem to affect every project.
  • You’re excited about working with TONS of autonomy
  • Managing multiple projects and multiple stakeholders doesn’t cause instant anxiety
  • You’re just as comfortable chatting with players at a tournament as you are talking coefficient of restitution with a manufacturing partner
  • You enjoy gear and taking things apart, even if you don’t always put them back together correctly
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Product Manager