A better future happens by design – and at Josephmark, we are a venture studio specialising in design, digital product, and venture strategy. We partner with passionate people and like-minded companies to envision a better way to work, live, and play: whether that’s bringing a pre-seed startup from 0 to seed through our VaaS model, breathing new life into legacy brand identities, or crafting new digital products and brands that propel the world forward.
About the Team
JM is made up of designers, developers, strategists, writers, storytellers, shapers, and technologists. We are a mission-driven team looking to build the future we want to see. Our studios work collaboratively across Australia (Brisbane and the Sunshine Coast) and Los Angeles.
Where could you fit in?
As Talent Acquisition Lead, your mission will be to find values-aligned, world-class talent and bring them aboard the good ship JM. We're growing, and you'll lead the charge in building out our team of exceptional humans across tech, design, product and strategy. You'll develop, own and deliver Josephmark’s recruitment and employer brand strategy, scaling our existing recruitment processes to be market-leading and support our next phase of growth.
In this role you will:
You should have:
What’s in it for you?
Equity: We believe in the ventures we work on so much that we invest in them ourselves. Ultimately, we want our legacy to be a portfolio of ventures that make the world a better place. As a JM employee, you have the opportunity to think and act like an investor by participating in our unique equity scheme, JM Tokens. The hours you work are tallied into tokens that you can invest into our ever-expanding venture portfolio. In a liquidity event for a venture, your tokens will pay cash dividends (and your tokens remain yours for life).
Growth: We can promise that you'll be challenged and intellectually stretched by the projects you work on. In an industry filled with shifts and changes, the sky’s the limit for your career progression – and we offer generous personal and professional development grants to help get you there.
Balance: We know you have a rich personal life outside of work (and at JM we love hearing about and celebrating your side hustles). We offer enhanced annual leave benefits, your birthday off, gender-equal paid parental leave and fully flexible working.
A sense of purpose: Every project we work on is heavily vetted to ensure it’s aligned with our mission and values. Unlike many other business models, we don't say yes to every brief that comes through the door. You’re guaranteed to work on world-class products, brand new startups, and your very own ideas to create a better future by design.
Belonging: At JM, we know better products start with diverse teams. We are an inclusive workplace committed to fostering a sense of thriving and belonging for all. That's why we strongly (see bold and underline usage) encourage members of underrepresented communities to apply. If you share our values and our venture mindset, you’ll find a home (with your work bffs) at Josephmark.
Fun: We host events, retreats and field trips on the reg both URL and IRL (when it's COVID safe).
P.S. If you’re reading this and thinking, “Oh no, I only tick a few of those boxes so I’m not going to apply...”, don’t be silly. If you’re a standout human, we want to hear from you!
What’s the most interesting thing you’ve worked on at JM? This is not a fair question! It's like picking between your children! One of them would be Spirit Creatures: collectible, playable and non-fungible blockchain tokens that directly represent endangered animals and fund their conservation.
How long have you been in the industry for? I've been at JM for just over a year now as a Product Manager, but have spent 6 years in the digital space doing all kinds of things from writing SQL queries for not for profits to launching CRMs, websites and products. I'm particularly in love with UX, to the point where I ended up creating a product that recruited participants for usability tests called Askable.
What’s the best thing about working at JM? It's hard to narrow it to one thing! Working on ventures with a really talented team. Our clients see us as equals, are open-minded and treat us with respect. Having the freedom to experiment and try new ways of doing things is up there, too.
What’s the worst thing about working at JM? Working for some of our in-house partnerships is so rewarding personally, and it can be hard to feel that impact when you switch back to fee-for-service projects. In saying that, client work means you can dip your toes into a variety of industries which can be invigorating – and some of the clients align with our values end up becoming partners.
What’s something people might not know about being a PM at JM? You'll spend a lot of time working directly with clients and partners. This means expectation management, being commercially-minded and thinking about how projects can evolve into future work, and project management duties (managing timelines and budgets). It's all part of being a PM. In saying that, JM are super open to hearing what you think your role should encompass. Roles change all of the time to suit the needs of the business.
What advice do you have for anyone looking to become a product manager? Be proactive in identifying problems and rallying people around that to help execute and solve it. Learn how to make something out of nothing, and be ok sharing your early work with people who will change and evolve it. Don't be afraid of taking initiative and asking for forgiveness later!
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