Fit For Free wants to be the gym where everyone feels at home. And not without success, because together with its sister company Sportcity, the gym is the second largest sports chain in the Netherlands. In order to shake up the highly competitive fitness market, the chains are currently working on groundbreaking digital products. The supervision of this lies in the hands of the very experienced Product Manager.
About Fit For Free
Unleashing a true online fitness revolution, that’s what Fit For Free and Sportcity have in mind. Olympus Investment, the parent company of both brands, aspires to become a state-of-the-art health and fitness platform. Following the acquisition by Bencis Capital Partners in 2018, a new management team has started to realise this ambition. An important element in all this is the focus on ‘digital fitness’.
The digital transformation is in full swing. Based on a successful pilot, a new app was launched at the end of 2019 to help members achieve their personal health goals. As it turns out, many members lose their motivation to exercise due to a lack of personalisation and the feeling that they don’t have time. The new product therefore offers personalised workouts that you can add to your own online calendar. Furthermore, the app works with a machine-learning-based algorithm. The more someone uses the app, the more personalised it becomes.
This is just the beginning. Olympus Investment is working on an integrated fitness journey that goes beyond the confines of the gym. The year 2020 will therefore have a strong emphasis on doing a lot of research, product development as well as designing and building new features. The focus is on groundbreaking functionalities inside, but especially outside the gym.
“Our main goal is to become the number one health app. We are focusing on exercise and beyond. Think of it as a kind of life coach. This app is in line with our mission of ageing in happy & healthy fashion.” – Tim de Jardine, Chief Product Officer
The basis is already there, but there is still a lot of work to be done to reach the level of ‘gym 2.0’. That is why a new team is currently being formed to further expand this digital transition. It all starts with a data-driven mind that takes control of a product that helps people develop new fitness habits; this person is the Product Manager.
Vacancy: Product Manager
With his/her work, the experienced Product Manager has an enormous impact on the user base of around 400,000 people. This function focuses on discovering new possibilities. The ideal candidate therefore constantly seeks to challenge the status quo and likes to think outside the box. He/she works closely together with Tim de Jardine, Chief Product Officer. The Product Manager further filters their bigger picture into concrete product visions and easily strikes a balance between commercial awareness and eye-catching technology.
Fit For Free and Sportcity have a fast cycle of learning, their aim is to innovate and have closer interaction with their customers. From making product roadmaps to managing backlogs, the Product Manager has a versatile range of tasks. He/she understands the impact apps have on people’s lives and possesses a curious mind always hungry for more. This entrepreneurial personality is very customer-oriented, can perfectly prioritize and has excellent problem-solving skills.
The Product Manager possesses a strong ability to empathise. This is an essential enabling them to empathize with the user, but also for their role as a manager. The Product Manager is responsible for the end-to-end team output. For this task he/she works closely with the Technology Lead who is responsible for all technology related decisions. The Product Manager works well in cross-functional teams, has extraordinary team spirit and knows how to make optimal use of everyone’s talent.
Finally, the strategically strong Product Manager knows how to communicate the product vision to the team and the rest of the company. This person is therefore an excellent stakeholder manager and has ditto communication skills. The Product Manager reports to Tim de Jardine, Chief Product Officer and works out of a new office in Amsterdam.