Product Associate

Proximity Designs

About us

"Proximity Designs is an award-winning social business in Myanmar. We design and deliver affordable, income-boosting products that complement the entrepreneurial spirit of rural families. Launched in 2004, we’ve created Myanmar’s largest agricultural services platform — farm technology, advising and finance — to help small family farms be profitable. Across our platform, we’re now engaging with over 100,000 new customers a year, on top of the 550,000 we’ve already served. These families see an average of $250 annual income increase as a result — a life-changing amount for those living on less than $3 a day. By using human-entered design, we listen, observe and learn from our customers. From this deep knowledge, we design and bring to market products and services to meet their changing needs. Today the scope of our
network reaches nearly 80 percent of the farming population. We have customers in the Ayeyarwady Delta, Lower Myanmar, the central Dry Zone and the Shan hills."

Workplace and culture

Made up of 800+ staff members nationwide, we are proud to have attracted some of the brightest talents in Myanmar, who share our vision to better the lives of rural farmers and create positive social impact through our work.

Despite our rapid growth, Proximity still operates on a flat structure as we first started. We value transparency and encourage our staff to carry out their ideas and participate in the decision-making process.

Besides competitive salaries, travel opportunities around the country and abroad, as well as a comprehensive healthcare package, we provide a platform where people come here to develop their skills and grow from their work. To achieve this, we created Proximity School. Modeled after leading corporate universities in the world, Proximity School delivers trainings directly to where our staff is. The list of available courses goes beyond just technical skill training but includes soft skill training and English learning.

Bahan,  Yangon   20 June 2019
Job Reference: MJ1558342807339
Product Associate - Proximity Finance

Your Mission

Proximity Finance is undergoing rapid expansion and is evolving how we do business. As a Product Associate, you will be working across strategic initiatives such as business process optimization, new product development such as creating Individual Loan as well as Asset Financing, etc. These projects ensure Proximity Finance’s services meet local regulations and address the comprehensive set of challenges famers face. You will be responsible for monitoring and analyzing product development process through communications with our 400+ team members, and engage with field managers across more than 16 townships, coordinating with them for timely and quality results. Our eyes and ears on the ground, you will conduct research and monitor microfinance industry developments through our networks and according to national policies.

What You Will Do

This position is responsible to manage all Product and Project information and communicating to concerned persons. The position requires attention to details as s/he is to ensure the product activities are going in the right direction. Key skills required for the position:

  • Ability to abide by strict deadlines
  • Strong organizational skills
  • Attention to details
  • Intermediate written and spoken English
  • Ability to manage many different product and deadlines at one time

Core Responsibilities

Data & Project Activities Management

  • Monitor product/ project roll-out plan/ activities on daily basic
  • Analyze key data and insights (existing & current products)
  • Prepare product roll-out/ project status report weekly/ monthly
  • Report highlights, concerns asap to supervisors/ team
  • Address, resolve complaints or cascade/report to supervisors
  • Assist in field research and data synthesis

Information Management

  • Update information from Government, competitors and field offices
  • Ensure client and staff feedback are maintained well and reported
  • Assist line manager with presenting project proposal for Management approvals

Administration and Coordination

  • Collaborate with respective team/ organizations for information gathering and dissemination
  • Translate project documents and in-person for non-Myanmar speakers needed from English to Myanmar and vice versa
  • Interact with internal departments for project reports and information
  • Arrange logistics for travels and training

      Is This You ?
      • Hold a bachelor’s degree in business management or other related fields. Prior exposure to project management and product
        development is preferred.
      • Strong communicator in Myanmar and English.
      • Minimum 2 years’ experience in international organizations.
      • Detail-oriented and a self-starter with a strong work ethic.
      • Creating products to serve others is your passion.
      • Able to multi-task in a fast-paced work environment.
      • Willing to travel to rural communities as necessary.
      • A critical thinker as well as a problem-solver

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