Ayotunde Salako, Product Manager in Lagos, Nigeria
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Ayotunde Salako

Verified Expert  in Product Management

Product Manager

Location
Lagos, Nigeria
Toptal Member Since
May 20, 2021

Ayotunde is a passionate individual skilled in product management, product design, and DevOps with a balance of solid communication and presentation skills. He's a fast learner and a self-motivated individual, applying methods and technical updates in his day-to-day work with a high degree of attention and commitment.

Project Highlights

Treford
Co-founded a digital skills training startup focused on youth in Africa. Currently building an edtech solution to offer courses in digital skills. The startup has trained students across four continents in the past two years.
RexHub
Organized a suite of financial APIs used internally and commercialized them for public usage in less than four months of joining the team, leveraging UI/UX design, making API documentation publicly available, and developing a developer portal.
Payloader
Led the product development team, making business and technical decisions that resulted in the successful launch of the product to the market. Championed successful migration of users from the previous platform (Topupxtra) to Payloader.

Expertise

Work Experience

Senior Product Manager of Developer Experience

2021 - PRESENT
OkHi
  • Drove initiatives to constantly improve developer experience with key metrics around reducing customer integration time, ease of integration, best practices and more.
  • Initiated early revenue-generating strategies that recorded 100% revenue assurance throughout the year.
  • Translated complex technical capabilities into clear business benefits.
  • Facilitated and coordinated backlog refinement sessions with development teams and stakeholders.
  • Managed the address verification portal for customers to monitor end-user address verification.
  • Collaborated with developer relations to support customers during and after integration.
  • Improved developer rating on ease of integration from 3.5 to 4.5 within three months of joining the team.
  • Led the overhaul of the developer documentation to simplify and reflect the current status of OkHi product offerings.
  • Created information architectures, lightening demos, and a strawman of product features to aid product design efforts.
  • Conducted user experience research and measured and learned from the product metrics to improve products.

Product Manager | APIs and Digital Payments

2019 - PRESENT
Global Accelerex
  • Organized a suite of financial APIs used internally and commercialized them for public usage in less than four months after joining the team.
  • Increased the product revenue by over 600% in less than eight months.
  • Introduced the developer experience to solutions that require third parties to integrate with by building a developer portal, documentation pages, and administrative console for API offerings.
  • Reduced the revenue leakages in two of the in-demand API suites within two months.
  • Collaborated with business intelligence to make sure product metrics are easily interpreted and accessible by all internal stakeholders.
  • Generated new ideas daily and worked to ensure processes are streamlined, customers are satisfied, and business goals are met.
  • Aggregated loan providers to offer their loan offers to integration partners as a means of offering loans on third party platforms so that end users can access these loan offers.

Product Manager | Head of Operations | DevOps Engineer

2018 - 2019
Platform Lead Limited
  • Sourced, interviewed, hired, and set up the on-site and remote development and administrative teams.
  • Used high-level perspectives to define goals and create a vision for development projects.
  • Juggled the triangle of scope, budget, and time, weighing priorities according to stakeholders' needs and objectives.
  • Acted as the key player throughout each event, including planning, refinement, review, and sprint.
  • Built and maintained tools for deployment, monitoring, and operations (DevOps).
  • Collaborated with software engineers to design, develop, deploy, and operate our systems and automate and streamline our operations and processes.
  • Provided support, leadership, and guidance to the team.

DevOps Engineer | Team Lead

2016 - 2018
Mettalloids Limited
  • Collaborated with software engineers to design, develop, deploy, and operate systems and automate and streamline our operations and processes.
  • Built and maintained tools for deployment, monitoring, and operations.
  • Troubleshot and resolved issues in our development, test, and production environments.
  • Worked with management to achieve business goals and onboard and retain partnerships.
  • Led and mentored the design and development teams. Served as a product manager for Payloader.

Developer | System Administrator

2014 - 2016
Mettalloids Limited
  • Implemented user authentication and authorization between multiple systems, servers, and environments.
  • Managed the hosting environment, including database administration and scaling applications to support load changes.
  • Installed and deployed customers' server-side systems on company cloud infrastructure.
  • Interfaced with and supported clients across varying projects and needs.
  • Worked with the business development unit on implementing marketing strategies.
  • Served as a product manager for Mettadomain.net, Pedsurguch.com, and Topupxtra.com (now Payloader.ng).

Treford

Co-founded a digital skills training startup focused on youth in Africa. Currently building an edtech solution to offer courses in digital skills. The startup has trained students across four continents in the past two years.

I am a facilitator for certain modules in available courses and also the head of products for the edtech platform we are building to cater to digital skills in Africa. We are in the testing phase for the web platform featuring courses in video formats, examination, and certification with several integrations to aid live teachings, marketing, and growth.

RexHub

Organized a suite of financial APIs used internally and commercialized them for public usage in less than four months of joining the team, leveraging UI/UX design, making API documentation publicly available, and developing a developer portal.

RexHub allows third-party systems to connect to payment APIs in a secure, organized, and reliable way. It provides a single point of access to the company's public-facing APIs (bills payment, disbursement, collections, loans aggregation, identity verification, and so on) and ensures that a third-party application has the required access to the service it needs to integrate with. ​

RexHub offers solutions to issues around unorganized payments APIs, access, and management coupled with the need for free, fast, and easy integration.​

Some of the APIs offered are:

Loans: Clients can offer loans from different loan providers on their digital channels. The API connects the client to multiple providers and loan offers that end users can enjoy.

Bills payment: One single API that helps customers pay different bills such as Cable TV, Electricity, Airtime and so much more across a variety of providers.

Disbursement: The API helps businesses make single and bulk transfers from a third-party application to any bank account in Nigeria.

Collections: The API allows clients to get paid via direct debit and payment gateway with USSD, cards, bank transfers, QR payment channels.

Payloader

Led the product development team, making business and technical decisions that resulted in the successful launch of the product to the market. Championed successful migration of users from the previous platform (Topupxtra) to Payloader.

Payloader is an online airtime vending platform that allows both single and bulk recharge of airtime and mobile data to phone numbers. It is used by IoT companies in Nigeria with devices in the field that needs mobile data to function. It's also used by individuals and companies to recharge up to 1,000 staff lines at once.

The system was designed to be network agnostic (meaning you don't need to specify a network to recharge any line), schedule recharges to be done at specified periods, and provide reports and analytics for all transactions.

Electronic Medical Record Solution

Gathered requirements through user interviews and research. Managed the development of the product through sprint planning, development, demo, and deployment. Managed the project stakeholders to provide project updates.

The Electronic Medical Record Solution is an application built to help the pediatric unit of a university teaching hospital in Nigeria manage the medical records of inpatients and outpatients.

It covers features for scheduling, content management, prescription, lab integration, and lots more. Two other teaching hospitals later adopted the solution.
2019 - 2021

Bachelor's Degree in Business Administration

Nexford University - Wаshington DC, United States

Tools

Jira, Slack, Office 365, Pencil & Paper, Confluence, Postman, Corel X5, Adobe Illustrator, Figma, Kibana, Spreadsheets

Paradigms

Scrum, Agile Product Management, Agile, Kanban, Agile Software Development, Iterative Development, Requirements Analysis, B2C, DevOps

Platforms

WooCommerce, Coda

Other

Product Management, Product Requirements Documentation (PRD), Product Strategy, Customer Obsession, Customer Support, User Empathy, Product Vision, User Stories, Team Leadership, Agile Sprints, Product Ownership, Teamwork, Product Roadmaps, Requirements & Specifications, Feature Roadmaps, Product Owner, Technical Product Management, Scrum Master, Documentation, User Experience (UX), UX Prototyping, Lucidchart, Adobe Experience Design (XD), Competitive Intelligence, Business Process Optimization, Customer Research, Market Research, Competitor Analysis & Profiling, Stakeholder Management, Communication, IT Operations Management (ITOM), AWS DevOps, Business Analysis, Recruitment, B2B Partnerships, User Research, Ideation, Validation, UI Prototyping, Stakeholder Engagement, Sales Presentations, Creative Design, QA Testing, WordPress, Graphic Design, Creative Thinking, Print Media, Agile Product Delivery, Cross-functional Collaboration, Discovery Workshops, Fintech, Mobile Apps, Backlog Management, Feature Backlog Prioritization, SaaS, B2B, Complex Problem Solving, Software as a Service (SaaS), Competitive Strategy, eCommerce, Aha!, Edtech Design, Prototyping, Quality Management, UX Specifications, Test Specifications, Functional Requirements, System Requirements, FullStory, Metabase, Project Management, SEO Tools, Business Development, UI Design, UX Design, Software Development, HTML, CSS, Email Marketing Automation, User Requirements, Business Requirements, Process Flows, Software Technical SWOT Analysis, Databases, Continuous Improvement, Feature Prioritization, Backlog Grooming, Hiring, Market Fit, Product Design, Loans & Lending, Web Product Management, Teaching, Growth Hacking, Web Analytics, Healthcare Services, Miro, Amplitude, Developer Experience (DX), Product Analytics, UX Research, Billing Systems, SDKs, APIs, Geolocation

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