Vice President, Product
Phylagen, Inc. (Phylagen) is a data analytics company leveraging artificial intelligence (AI) to harness the vast, unseen world of microbes. The company utilizes the naturally occurring microbes on a broad range of products and materials to determine where they came from, and for monitoring the quality of built environments we spend most of our time in. Phylagen is building a microbial data platform by digitizing the genomes of microbes found in a place or environment and creating a unique, identifiable fingerprint. This fingerprint is then applied to a variety of solutions in global supply chains for customers ranging from retailers, to brands, to farmers, and to governments. Most recently, Phylagen has leveraged its technological capabilities to help combat the global COVID-19 pandemic. The company’s new product line, Phylagen Surface, is a kit that tests surfaces in the built environment for the presence of SARS-COV-2, the novel coronavirus that causes COVID-19.
Located in San Francisco, CA, Phylagen was founded in 2014 by Dr. Jessica Green, who serves as Chief Executive Officer, and Dr. Harrison Dillon, who serves as Chairman. Phylagen originally raised a $6.8M seed round and closed a $14M Series A financing in 2019. Their investors include Breakout Ventures, Cultivian Sandbox, Working Capital and others.
The Vice President, Product will work intimately with customers on a segment-by-segment basis to understand their evolving needs and requirements, and leverage this to refine and optimize Phylagen’s products, solutions and services to address those requirements. Reporting directly to the Jessica Green, Chief Executive Officer, the Vice President, Product will provide leadership for all of Phylagen’s product management activity. The Vice President, Product’s primary mandate will be setting the strategic roadmap and leading all aspects of the product management effort to advance the company’s leadership position in the market. S/he will ensure that the company is keenly attuned to its customers’ needs from a product perspective, and through this will help identify opportunities and new areas for innovation and growth. The Vice President, Product will also be responsible for the New Products Introduction (NPI) process that encompasses identifying new product opportunities and driving that process from concept to market launch. S/he will be responsible for ensuring that Phylagen is constantly identifying and building an innovative suite of products that meet customer demands and represent successful commercial opportunities for the company.
Phylagen’s product team will serve as the interface between the market and internal engineering and technical teams, and will be instrumental in configuring product requirements and enhancing the current and future product strategy. In addition to keeping an ear toward the market, this individual will need to take input from internal constituents, including the technical and business development teams.
At a personal level, we are seeking an individual with a minimum of ten years of relevant experience in product management, and ideally someone who has worked in companies at the intersection of science and big data. S/he will also have experience in a leadership capacity.
Though the Vice President, Product will work closely with the internal technical teams, we are seeking someone with experience defining and executing robust product management initiatives, including understanding and gathering customer requirements, competitive product positioning, reviewing existing products and proposing strategic changes in order to optimize these products and services, and over time, managing new product introductions to the market.
It will be critical that this individual demonstrate a successful track record bringing products through the complete development life-cycle by maintaining disciplined project schedules, detailed documentation, effective communications, and meeting deadlines in the context of a fast-paced entrepreneurial environment.