Product Owner & Manager (Tech Lead)

Cape Town
Posted 6 months ago

Start Date: Immediate | Duration: Permanent | Location: Woodstock, Cape Town | Education: Bachelor of Science

We’re looking for an ambitious, smart and innovative Product Owner & Tech Manager – a strong analytical thinker with attention to detail that loves tech – to join our team and help us build the technology to change the way people send and receive parcels. You have the experience and capability to be the product owner, project manager and lead the team of developer to ensure a smooth, fast and agile development processes. We offer a dynamic work environment, competitive remuneration and a chance to be part of a fast-growing business that is busy disrupting the logistics landscape in South Africa and the rest of the continent.

What you do

You will be the tech lead and your primary responsibility will be to manage (and further build) the team of developers – in the Netherlands and South Africa – that are building our innovative, robust logistics platform. You will create the development roadmap together with the CTO. You will test and improve of our current systems and design and create new products and features. You will oversee the maintenance of our technical products. You will be part of the management team and report directly to our CTO.

  • You make sure your teams have the right number of people and capacity to achieve the goals on their roadmap
  • Manage, delegate tasks to, organize, mentor and motivate a team of talented software developers
  • Create a development roadmap
  • Write detailed technical requirements
  • You’re responsible for recruiting, hiring, and supervising team members.
  • You monitor the continuous developments, best practices, and delivery
  • Test and improve existing systems
  • Design new products
  • Develop prototypes
  • Evaluate solution alternatives
  • Foster a culture of continuous improvement in all areas of technology and instil the principles of this culture in a team of developers
  • Work together with developers to plan and execute projects
Why you should join us
  • Because you’re excited about the digital economy and want to help build the leading smart logistics platform in Africa that will enable ecommerce growth on the continent
  • Because you have outstanding programming skills and a great passion for developing beautiful, innovative applications
  • Because you want to benefit from real rewards, by actively contributing to the performance of a great team, with hard work and exceptional output
Why you should NOT join us
  • Because you’re looking for a position that allows for a 9-to-5 mentality in which you can delegate most of the work to your colleagues
  • Because you prefer working isolated from a team and don’t enjoy communication about running and future projects
  • Because you’re looking for a static environment where nothing ever changes
What we’re looking for

You enjoy working in a young, agile and dynamic team but can also work independently and take initiative and ownership on projects. You are a strong leader and need to be passionate about building world-class solutions and offering the best possible customer experience. This means that you are user focused and understand the need of people who use our services. Because we are a fast growing start-up you need to be able to work under pressure, cope with change and have a solution driven, entrepreneurial mind set.

  • You’re smart and you work and think at a university level. You’ve completed your education, preferably in the field of Computer Science, Electronic Engineering, or Mathematics
  • You have at least 5 years of relevant experience as a technical team lead/manager of a Development group
  • You have experience as a hiring manager, and with the on boarding process for new colleagues
  • You’re skilled at coaching and improving the leadership skills of team leads
  • You have strong engineering skills and you have demonstrable experience as a developer
  • Scrum and Agile no longer hold any secrets from you
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Ability to determine software requirements, and deliver effective solutions
  • Critical thinker and problem-solving skills
  • Team player
  • Good organizational and time-management skills
  • Great interpersonal and communication skills
  • Basic understanding of front-end technologies, such as JavaScript, HTML5, and CSS3
What we’re offering
  • A competitive remuneration package
  • A dynamic office culture with room for creativity and self-expression
  • Insights into the operations of a high-growth, innovative start-up company
  • A cool office in the trendy Masons Press precinct, with a host of ad hoc perks, such as daily fresh fruit deliveries and yoga sessions
  • Team activities such as Friday drinks, sports activities (Cape Town Cycle Tour, Cape Town Marathon), cultural outings, and the never-ending Pargo Table Tennis championship
  • Valuable learning opportunities from seasoned professionals with an entrepreneurial spirit
Team & Culture

You’ll be joining a young dynamic team of exceptional, talented people, working to become the leading last-mile logistics platform in Africa. We strive to create exceptional output by listening to what our customers need and then taking action. Our ever changing work environment requires dedication and long, hard, and smart work. We make sure we are having a great time while doing this and exceptional output will lead to real rewards. We celebrate our milestones in and out the office, in the form of different activities lead by our Chief Fun Officer. Activities include evening football games, the Pargo Master Chef lunch competition, daily yoga sessions, music concerts, Friday afternoon drinks, early morning kayaking with dolphins, and entering the Cape Town Marathon.


Pargo is on a mission to be the leading smart logistics platform in Africa and to be a key enabler for ecommerce growth on the continent. We do this by offering multi-channel logistics solutions to solve the challenges of last-mile distribution and make deliveries more accessible, affordable and convenient. We have a tech enabled network of over 2,000 pick-up points (“PUPs”) and work with leading South African businesses including: FNB, The Foschini Group, Cape Union Mart, Onedayonly, Clicks, African Bank, Lewis, HomeChoice, and many more.


Candidates should send a CV to careers@pargo.co.za with ‘Candidate – Product Manager’ in the subject line. A brief cover letter should be addressed to Derk Hoekert.

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