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GM - Network Infrastructure



Other Engineering
New Zealand · Remote
Posted on Friday, February 23, 2024

Note: Partly is headquartered in Christchurch but has employees across NZ, AU, IN, UK and the EU. For this position, there is a preference for candidates who can be based in Christchurch, Auckland, NZ Remote or Australia (if you're relocating, Partly will cover those costs).

🚀 Our story

Partly's mission is to connect the world's parts, and we're doing that by building the first global platform for replacement parts, starting with auto parts. Our big vision is to accelerate the world towards a sustainable future where waste is eliminated, and all replacement parts are universally searchable, accessible and available to all.

Founded by ex-Rocket Lab engineers, we utilise cutting-edge technology to solve challenging but exciting problems that make a huge impact in a $1.9 trillion industry. We've more than tripled our team over the last 12 months and expect to continue to grow over the coming 12 months. We're a global team spanning Europe, Australasia and the US.

We provide a scalable digital infrastructure solution to some of the world's largest businesses and the most exciting startups. Partly's solutions are integrated across hundreds of companies globally, providing the backbone for cataloguing and managing parts online.

Our investors in Blackbird Ventures (Canva, CultureAmp etc.), Square Peg, Octopus Ventures, Hillfarrance, Icehouse, Peter Beck (Rocket Lab), Akshay Kothari (Notion Co-Founder) and Dylan Field (Figma Co-Founder).

We're continuing to build a world-class team and ensuring Partly is a place where people can do the best work of their lives. We're proud of the culture we've built at Partly, and our values are lived throughout every experience.

🖍️ This role

This role is the perfect opportunity for somebody wanting a green-fields project with enormous commercial and personal growth potential backed by a world-class team to work towards success with. The GM role will be critical in Partly's strategy and, ultimately, our success. You will be responsible for scaling a significant section of Partly's strategy and operation to gain adoption of our infrastructure across NZ and Australia.

💻 What will you do?

  • Commercial Viability: You will be responsible for the commercial viability and success in scaling a significant section of the business strategy across NZ and Australia.

  • Market Research and Planning: Conduct comprehensive market research to understand the needs of the auto parts industry in NZ & AU.

  • Platform Development - Connecting market research with technical requirements.

  • Project & Program Management: Develop a detailed project plan including timelines, budget and resources for successful NZ and Australian operations.

  • Partner/ Stakeholder Engagement: Engage with clients and distributors, sign and onboard Parts Suppliers. Work alongside the executive team on operating models. Specify requirements by working closely with the tech team.

  • Pricing: Build our pricing framework, stress test and implement.

  • Collaboration: Collaborate with the marketing team to create a launch plan that effectively reaches your target audience. Ensure the platform is ready for a smooth launch with all necessary support systems.

  • Building a Team: As the project progresses, identify the need for additional team members and lead the hiring process. Manage and mentor the team to ensure project objectives are met.

  • Operations & Support strategy: Develop and oversee how we support ongoing success with our partners and clients.

🥷 Your skills

  • (Preferred) MBA or equivalent experience

  • You have strong verbal and written communication and collaboration skills. You can quickly distil abstract problems into a concrete set of steps. You can understand the complexity and drive prioritisation of these steps.

  • Proven experience as a General Manager, Program Director, Operations Director or similar role.

  • Knowledge of business processes and functions (finance, HR, procurement, operations, etc.)

  • Strong analytical ability

  • Outstanding organizational and leadership skills

  • Exceptional problem-solving aptitude

Please note: if you don't have all the skills/experience listed above but believe you could be outstanding in this role, please still consider applying. Many folks, especially those from underrepresented or marginalised groups, often count themselves out. Please allow us to learn more about you and why you're exceptional!

🪅 Benefits

  • Competitive base salary plus equity. Even though we’re a small startup, we offer competitive salaries and great equity for every full-time employee.

  • Parental leave and flexible return to work. After returning to work, primary carers can work 4-day weeks for 100% of their pay for the first twelve weeks. For secondary carers, we offer 10 days of leave at full pay.

  • Flexible working hours. We have an office-first culture, but you can work remotely or from home whenever it suits you. There are no fixed hours, so you can choose to work when you’re most effective.

  • A brand new architecturally designed office in Christchurch CBD and on Auckland’s Karangahape Road. We have free snacks, drinks on tap, two different coffee machines, social areas, and some of the best cafes a stone's throw away.

  • Monthly team lunches to celebrate our wins and enjoy each other's company outside the office.

  • Ergonomic workspace. Sit-stand desks, ergonomic chairs, quiet spaces, and collaboration spaces to suit all kinds of working styles.