Product Manager - Systems / Data at Sseko Designs
Portland, OR, US

Sseko Designs uses fashion (and now coffee!) to create opportunity and community for women across the world and right here at home. From luxury leather travel bags to customizable footwear, Sseko creates stunning goods with an innovative business model that enables women in Uganda to attend university and pursue their dreams. Sseko products are sold by Sseko Fellows, a bright and bold community of dreamers and doers, who are using their passion and smarts to send women in Uganda to college and earn an income to pursue their own dreams.

Job Description

This role will oversee the implementation, management and updates of all systems, tools, and platforms, and map and manage data across the organization. We are looking for a detail focused, data driven Product Manager who has a bent towards the creative, loves working with a team, and is ready to work hard to build a socially conscious, sustainable brand.    Every day we will expect you to help us dream big and take care of the people who have committed to growing with Sseko.

In addition to that you will:

  • Create and manage product roadmaps based on industry research, customer listening, and team interviews.  Propose enhancements, new tools and products, and ultimately oversee the implementation of those tools / systems.

  • Create buy-in for the product vision both internally and with key external partners

  • Manage and coordinate all products and platforms including coordinating with external partners or independent developers to rollout new systems, enhance product features, and resolve issues.

  • Document functional requirements for all new technology projects and integrations

  • Translate product strategy into flexible, coherent systems architecture for the company and detailed functional requirements

  • Scope and prioritize activities based on business and customer impact

  • Program manage ERP implementation, deployment, and upkeep; drive successful program execution by software vendor, integration team, and internal user team -- both at Sseko headquarters and our Uganda manufacturing facility

  • Assure business value achieved; drive training and user adoption of new processes embedded in ERP; Help users shed legacy spreadsheets and redundant manual processes; drive robust master data management to assure ERP draws on clean, current, usable data.

  • Configure and deploy key value enablers with our products: dashboards, reports, and automated workflows. 

  • Lead Beta and user testing for technology.  Communicate lessons learned with team, and make recommendations to technology partners.


  • Proven track record of managing all aspects of a successful technology product and/or project throughout its lifecycle; business value delivered. 

  • Strong problem solving skills and willingness to roll up one’s sleeves to get the job done.

  • Skilled at working effectively with cross functional teams

  • Strong competency with Ecommerce and ERP platforms

  • Hands-on experience with data architecture and master data management; BI and analytics experience a plus.   

  • 5+ years systems and data management experience (preferably with ERP / Ecommerce focus)

  • Experience framing and pitching a business strategy and working in highly cross-functional teams.  Ability to speak the language of commerce and customer.

  • Strong written and verbal communication skills

  • Detail oriented

  • Strong problem-solving skills

  • Entrepreneurial mindset; proven love of company building; wants to go far.

  • Positive energy!

Additional Information

Time / Opportunity

  • Start Date: March, 2021
  • Location: Preference for Portland, OR - Remote optional
  • This is a full time position
  • Compensation: Depending on Experience, Health Insurance, 401k, PTO


You will be a part of an innovative team that is pioneering the path that merges traditional for-profit business models with positive social change for women in East Africa and right here at home. You will have the opportunity to grow a company and develop a new model for doing business.  

Equal Employment Opportunity:

Sseko is on a mission to use business to create educational and economic opportunities for women across the globe. This is an ambitious goal that will only be accomplished with an inclusive culture that creates space for the most creative and courageous minds to have a seat the table. We believe that in addition to being in alignment with our value for justice and equality, building a diverse and inclusive team is required in order for us to achieve our audacious dream of creating a brighter and more just future for women everywhere. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, marital status, age, national origin, ancestry, physical or mental disability, medical​​​ condition, pregnancy, genetic information, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or ​expression, veteran status, or any other status protected under federal, state, or local law.