Jobs at Alumni Ventures Portfolio Companies


Product Manager



Posted on Saturday, March 23, 2024

Street addresses weren’t designed for 2024. They aren’t accurate enough to specify building entrances, and they don’t exist for parks, rural areas and many parts of the world. This makes it hard to find places and causes problems and inefficiencies on a global scale.

That’s why we created what3words. We divided the world into 3m squares and gave each square a unique combination of three words. It’s the easiest way to find and share precise locations.

Over the last year, what3words has been used in 193 countries, and our monthly active users continue to grow at an impressive pace. Our tech is used by emergency services, delivery companies, eCommerce businesses, ride-hailing apps and NGOs, and is integrated into the navigation systems of millions of cars around the world.

Who we’re looking for

Based in Vietnam out of our centrally located Ho Chi Minh City office, we are looking for a Product Manager with a passion for creating and evangelising great products to join the what3words product team. Our products include our API and SDK, our mobile apps and map site, our plugins for e-commerce partners, a number of Voice Assistant extensions, and really anything that a person or business can use to interface in some way with the underlying what3words technology. Basically if it's our technology and it has the what3words name on it, we'll be involved somehow.

Reporting to the Head of Product, this role will be instrumental in translating functional user stories into technical requirements that fit with our overall business strategy. On a day-to-day basis, you’ll be responsible for managing the development team’s backlog for your products, defining user stories, running sprint meetings and co-ordinating with the business to ensure on-time, on-budget and to-specification feature releases. You’ll also work heavily with our Product Designers to develop and test great new features to help users get the most out of what3words technology.

With a strong technical background and an ideally proven track record of managing live technology products, you’ll be adept at consolidating an ever-changing range of “to-dos” into agile development cycles whilst being able to respond to both shorter-term opportunities and keep in line with the company’s overall strategic priorities.

Demonstrating excellent interpersonal skills, you’ll be able to work with and influence people across the team, as well as being a key evangelist inside and outside the company on all things what3words.

What we expect:

  • Excellent communication skills in written and spoken English

  • A strong technical, academic background

  • Previous experience leading product development of an app or consumer tech product

  • Previous experience working with in-house design teams

  • Roadmapping skills

  • A passion for and understanding of agile software development

  • The ability to work in a fast-paced, deadline-driven environment

  • Previous Product Management/Project Management experience

Bonus points for:

  • Competency using project management tools such as Jira

  • Managing experimentation

  • Experience of rapid prototyping development cycles

  • Experience handling multilingual products and localisation processes

  • An interest in maps and location - we love maps!

The role is based in our centrally located HCMC office. While you can work from the office five days a week if preferred, our Product team can choose to work up to two days a week from home. We also offer a six-week remote-work allowance; for up to six weeks a year, you can work from anywhere in the world (as long as you’ve got great WiFi and are happy to work with your main office timezone).

Equality, diversity and inclusion at what3words

Our mission is to help everyone talk about everywhere, and we believe diverse perspectives make for a better company and better products too. We strongly encourage applications from underrepresented groups and are committed to diversity, equity and inclusion in our hiring processes and company culture.


We offer the following benefits to all permanent employees of what3words:

  • Competitive salary

  • Flexible working

  • 6 week remote working (work from anywhere) policy

  • 25 days holiday: plus the option to buy more!

  • Share options

  • Private health insurance

  • Wellbeing Days

  • Generous parental leave policies

  • Family friendly policies

  • Employee Assistance Programme (EAP)

  • Lunch & learn sessions

  • Team social budget