After a business school and an internship as a Product Manager in Berlin, Ariane attended the Web Development bootcamp in Paris to understand the technical challenges that developers face.
At the Wagon, she met Quitterie and Sami, the co-founders of Skello, and joined the team as a developer for a year, before becoming the first Product Manager of the company. Six years later, Ariane is VP Product & Project at Skello and manages a team of 20 people.
Discover her journey!
What was your dream job when you were young?
When I was a teenager, I was interested in being an architect. Finally today in my current job too, I like building things!
Today, you're VP Product at Skello. What are your missions?
I oversee the development and management of the product. I work closely with Quitterie Mathelin-Moreaux (CEO & Co-Founder) to establish the vision and strategy of the product. Most importantly, I ensure that Skello's product is aligned with the overall goals and objectives of the company.
My day-to-day missions are therefore :
- Define Skello's product strategy: the vision, the long-term objectives of the product(s) we are building, the market opportunities and the target market segments
- Challenge, validate and direct the design of the product & the different functionalities
- Ensure the proper launch and go-to-market of features, that they are understood, adopted internally and externally.
- Management of the entire Product & Design team
- Collaborate and communicate with the Revenue team's division managers, particularly the Sales, Key account and Customer Experience teams.
What are the 3 biggest advantages of your job today?
- I have a real impact on the company's overall strategy, the Product plays a key role in Skello's success.
- The Product team is in charge of bringing value to our customers on a daily basis, and must be constantly looking for ways to make their lives easier. What I like is the satisfaction of seeing that the features we bring to them every day is game changing for them!
- But also, the days are never the same. It's a very versatile role, with a lot of different people, different products for our external customers mainly, but also for internal use. Every day there are new challenges, which allows you to develop very transversal skills, and to have a global view.
Is there a Before and After Le Wagon?
Yes, a bootcamp at Le Wagon teaches you the basics of coding, but it also teaches you to look for solutions on your own, to know how and where to look, even if you don't know how to do something, you have the marbles to look and learn.
It opens up a world of possibilities for the products you want to build, and you feel like you can do a lot more than you could have done 2 months ago!
What made you decide to do a training with Le Wagon?
Word of mouth, I had great feedback from this course, and I didn't want to go through 3 years of studies again. So I wanted something short with an intensive training.
Do you see a complementarity with your business school training?
Yes, Le Wagon's course is very practical. We have a little bit of theory and a lot of practice, it connects us, and it connects what we do much more to the world of work, and to the daily life we will face in a company.
Do you still interact with the Le Wagon community?
I work daily with Wagon alumni... at Skello ;)