Product Owner - Wellington

Method are the makers of beautiful office recycling bins, designed and manufactured in New Zealand. Our waste solution can be found around the world, in some of the most influential facilities including; Foster + Partners, Qantas, the Sydney Cricket Ground, a thought-leading facility in New York and many more.

We aim to make a visible difference for our customers on their sustainability journey, but also to the world we live in.

A team of salespeople, designers, and marketers – we are growing fast, predominantly based in Wellington, but moving quickly into international markets; we now have 4 offices around the world. We aim to be a preferred employer, and we pride ourselves on our open, inclusive and transparent culture.

We want to continue to be innovators and leaders in the industry, making this an exciting opportunity to join as a leader of our future product innovations.

Job Description

Our organisation is growing quickly and we are looking for someone with a strong vision to engage with our customers and lead product development. This is an exciting opportunity to join a great team and to know you are working in a role that will make a visible change in recycling habits around the world.

In this varied role, you will:

  • Interact with our customers and learn from their waste behaviours
  • Identify customer needs and innovate in the waste industry
  • Lead and inspire the product team
  • Develop product vision with the head of product
  • Manage the execution of product strategy and manage team workload
  • Develop prototypes and assess if we are meeting customer needs
  • Engage with stakeholders across the business to ensure alignment
  • Manage and distribute the development budget

More about you

We’d like you to have the following:

  • A growth mindset and customer focus
  • The ability to identify issues and opportunities, and develop effective solutions
  • Exceptional organisation and planning skills, and the ability to monitor and adjust priorities on an ongoing basis
  • Have experience in lean principles and Kanban practices
  • Experience with budget management and validation processes
  • Experience in team leadership with a positive leadership style
  • Skilled in experimental techniques, MVP prototyping and data-driven evaluation
  • Strong business acumen
  • Exceptional communication, including communicating with key stakeholders and customers
  • Grit – ability to stay calm and focussed in a dynamic environment, while balancing a great work/life mix.

More about Method

Method’s award-winning bins came from years of research and continuous design by co-founders Steven and India Korner. With backgrounds in product and graphic design, engineering, and the world of commercial leasing they saw an industry that needed reimagining.

The Korners believed that redesigning office recycling bins would change the way we recycle at work, and it did. Method has transformed the way organisations recycle pioneering the concept of ‘open plan recycling.’ We estimate that in FY2018 we empowered our customers to divert 37 million kilos of waste from landfill.

Since our launch in 2015 we have received continued industry attention. Most recently, Method was highly commended at the NZ International Business awards and won at the ExportNZ Awards, both in the Best Emerging Business category. We have also won three Designers Institute of New Zealand Best Design Awards.

More than a recycling company, we’re a place where your potential will be nurtured and your ideas encouraged as our business continues to scale up.

We like people that are excited to contribute to shaping our future; particularly, as the lead in product design, you will have a great opportunity to design the future of our company and ensure we continue as industry leaders.

Work with us and be part of the journey.

Applicants for this position should have NZ residency or a valid NZ work visa.

To apply for this role, email your Cover Letter and CV to