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Aleksander Uznanski

Product Strategist | Workshop Facilitator

Works remotely from Wrocław

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  • Suggested rate €800 / day
  • Experience 2-7 years
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Location
Wrocław, DS, Poland
Remote only
Primarily works remotely

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Languages

  • Polish

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  • English

    Native or bilingual

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Aleksander in a few words

I’m a Product Strategist on a mission to help early-stage teams discover, define, and validate new product opportunities. Skilled at identifying and articulating customers' needs to build industry-leading products, mostly in the fintech & HR markets. Proven track record of delivering high-quality products in a timely & cost-efficient manner by advocating for user-centric product development.

I love to dig into customers' problems, translate them into opportunities, and organize the team around proven frameworks to ideate solutions to those problems. I strive to help early-stage product teams to build the right products = products that are both viable and usable to the end-user.

Experience

AU Venture Studio

Product Strategist & Founder  - As a freelancer

Wrocław, Poland

January 2021 - Today (1 year and 8 months)

Leading product discovery agency helping European startups and SMEs discover & launch digital products.
- Co-leading Product Discovery process for a Hiring Platform start-up from Switzerland
- Defined product strategy & UX design for Belgian neobank expanding into wealth management
- Led Product Discovery of a SaaS cybersecurity corporate venture for a Polish service company (from 0 to Build phase)
- Redefined Core Value Proposition & redesigned website for a Polish DevOps startup (facilitated Value Proposition Workshops & Design Sprint, redefined customer persona, created SOPs for user interviews, created a new design of a website)
- Conducting multiple remote Design Thinking workshops (problem framing, team alignment, Design Sprint)

elyps

Interim Product Lead  - As a freelancer

Brussels, Belgium

February 2021 - December 2021 (10 months)

I helped a French-Belgian neobank expand into a wealth management platform by redefining Product Strategy and implementing Product Discovery practices to define the new product direction.
- Product Strategy & Discovery
- Market & User Research
- Customer Discovery Interviews
- UX/UI Design
- User Testing
- Product Backlog Prioritization
- Remote Team Alignment Workshops (Design Thinking methodology)

TestArmy - QA and Software Testing Agency

Interim Product Manager  - As a freelancer

Wrocław Metropolitan Area, Poland

January 2021 - September 2021 (8 months)

I led the Product Discovery process of building an MVP of a cybersecurity corporate venture for a Polish service company (from a rough idea to the Build phase).
- Product Vision & Strategy
- Market & User Research
- Customer Discovery Interviews
- Expert Interviews
- UX/UI Design (with an interactive prototype)
- User Testing
- Product Development Scope Handover (to external software house)
- Financial Planning & Budgeting

elyps

Product Lead

Brussels, Belgium

August 2020 - December 2020 (4 months)

Promoted internally to lead the Product team, while providing ongoing support to the Business Operations.
- Product Management: Facilitated cross-functional communication among Operations, Design, Marketing, and Engineering teams
- Product Planning: Created and executed Product Roadmap (market research, backlog scoping & prioritization, development, tests)
- Product Development: Oversaw new product releases and phased in Quality Assurance process, test protocols, and product feedback loops to optimize alpha testing (on DEV, QA, PROD environments)
- Product Validation: Implemented UX-driven approach to product validation & conducted over 20 user test interviews with beta testers (based on Design Sprint 2.0 framework)
- Business Operations: Supported Business Operations team in the areas of Compliance, Customer Support, and PMO

elyps

Business Operations Manager

Brussels, Belgium

November 2019 - July 2020 (8 months)

Hired as the 10th employee (2nd in Operations Team) of a seed-stage fintech start-up to support its mobile app product launch.
- Operations Management: Led the areas of User Onboarding, Compliance, Customer Support, and PMO within the Business Operations team
- Vendor Management: Managed relationships and negotiating pricing with strategic suppliers, while ensuring the proper implementation and maintenance of their software (KYC IDV, AML, SMS, Customer Communication)
- Tools Management: Restructured internal tool stack (Slack, Asana, G Suite) & set up workflows to enhance remote team's productivity
- Business Process Management: Implemented Business Process Design practices to build over 100 business process maps and Standard Operating Procedure (SOPs) to facilitate cross-functional work efficiency

Boston Consulting Group (BCG)

Management Consultant

Wrocław, Poland

September 2016 - June 2017 (9 months)

Recruited as a consulting team member (contractor) of BCG-managed PMO on IT Transformation Program for a universal bank in Poland to manage the project areas of Change Requests and Defect Management. The project scope included the big-bang deployment of new IT functionalities and data migration of its several systems to one core banking system.
- Change Management: managed scope, realization, and budget of over 400 change requests and improving the change process
- Defect Management: coordinated the defect management of the Program's critical path with a resolution rate of ~100 defects daily
- Service Delivery Management: coordinated the software deployment of fixes to all non-production environments
- UAT Management: supervised Cutover Team and supported Validation Tests Team in successful roll-out during the go-live weekend

Eminatio

Co-founder

Wrocław, Poland

October 2015 - February 2016 (4 months)

Founded and developed a start-up: a membership web application providing restaurant concierge services to entrepreneurs and corporate employees in Wrocław, Poland
- Product Management: managed product development of a web application MVP (virtual membership card, internal chat with concierge, deals catalog)
- Business Development: established 10 partnerships with local restaurants and cocktail bars (F&B discounts and special offers for Eminatio members)

McKinsey & Company - McKinsey & Company

Analyst Assistant

Wrocław, Poland

July 2015 - February 2016 (7 months)

I was a member of Corporate and Business Functions team (McKinsey Knowledge Center) helping corporate clients in examining performance and efficiency across business support functions with a full-time equivalent (FTE) data diagnostics

Education