We're looking for a Product Manager!

Who are we?
We’re Humane Engineering – a small, tech-for-good company founded by two designers, Alex Rothera and Ivor Williams – to design and build things that can genuinely improve people’s lives. We wanted to build products that utilise technology in a more expressive, meaningful way, so we began with a subject close to our hearts: helping young people cope with the loss of a loved one.

With the support of the Bethnal Green Ventures, the tech-for-good accelerator, we designed and built Cove – an app that enables you to express a mood or a feeling by creating music and capturing it in a journal. Now, with the support of NHS England, we’re developing the next version of Cove. We are looking for a product manager who is passionate about the positive role technology can play in health, especially within mental health and support services. You will have the opportunity to steer the future of Cove, helping to destigmatise emotional health using music and technology.

Your team will be made up of designers, developers, musicians, academics and researchers. We’re committed to combining evidence-led research with an incredible user experience to create a product that really helps improve people’s lives.

What is Cove?
Every year, almost 6 million young people in the UK experience the loss of someone close or significant to them - as many as 92% will endure this life-defining and profound loss before the age of 18. The Childhood Bereavement Network reports that it can take up to 3 months before young people are seen by a counsellor or therapist. Even when in therapy, they often don’t possess the emotional maturity to effectively communicate their complex emotions. Current therapy tools and social media platforms do not support the forms of self-expression often needed by young people experiencing grief or loss.

Cove functions as an effective tool for young people to improve their emotional health – such as building resilience, supporting post-traumatic growth and increasing confidence through self-expression – by utilising the everyday technology of smartphone apps to deliver radically innovative mental health support.

Cove has been selected by NHS England who are going to support companies in bringing digital tools for mental health to the NHS. It will be amongst the first generation of apps to be officially endorsed by the NHS following academic and clinical evaluation.

Download the app

We launched the first version of Cove in November 2015 with great support from press and industry. It was featured on the front page of the Apple app store as a “Best New App” in 100 countries.

“Coves Journal App Lets You Process Your Emotions With Music”

“A music journaling app swaps words for sounds to help you express emotions”

The Next Web
“Cove is a journal you write with music, not words”

It's Nice That
“A new app that wants you to tell it how you feel, using electronic music”

Future Laboratory interview

The opportunity
A passionate freelance product manager with an interest in healthcare and experience leading tech startups, or working within consultancy or design studios.

You will lead a small but dynamic team, working with the two founders and a development team to help design, build, test and evaluate Cove in a lean and agile way, delivering on the company’s vision and strategy.

You will lead the day-to-day running of the design process, whilst managing the technical requirements and connecting with our researchers to bring all the various elements of the project together. We would like someone who is comfortable reporting to the founders frequently and communicating between the various team members, across various settings and skillsets.

You will have the opportunity to:
• Shape and build the product.
• Drive the vision and execution of the product.
• Support the core team (developer, UX designer, researchers) in building the app and business.
• Identify opportunities for the product to develop in new ways, including future business models.

The successful applicant
We are looking for a driven individual who wants to make a positive and significant difference for young people who are going through a tough period in their life. You should be excellent at:
• Learning quickly and being adaptable;
• Managing small, agile teams;
• With UI/UX experience;
• Operations & project management;
• Business strategy and planning.

Above all, you need to be confident and adept at taking ownership of an important product, able to immerse yourself in the complex healthcare world and deliver the team to success.

This role is for 3 months. We offer a competitive salary to suit the level of experience.

How to apply?
Please send a short covering letter, and CV/portfolio including two references to:
Please include the position 'product manager' in your email subject.

Applications deadline: 20th January 2017