Paytm’s APM 2023 Programme – Preparing Product Leaders of Tomorrow

byPreeti VermaSeptember 8, 2023

We are back with our second batch of APMs (Associate Product Managers). A tight-knit cohort of full-time APMs, who will undergo a seven-month training and will be groomed towards becoming future product leaders. We are a product-focused company building the future of fintech in India. Through the APM programme, we are enabling and building the next generation of product leadership from the ground up.

After a huge success with our first batch of APMs, we have reached out to a much wider audience and doubled the number of participants to 61. These new hires were recruited through regular campus hiring from technology backgrounds from Tier -1 colleges, and business schools. With this, these bright, young talents will get to build impactful products across our businesses and grow in their professional journeys at Paytm. They will learn through hands-on experience, mentorship and learning from the best minds.

As the leading tech innovator, we look for top talent to drive our company’s growth. We believe in the power of learning through challenging assignments and pushing the boundaries of innovation in the market with our products, technology, sales and marketing strategies. We always provide opportunities to every Paytmers to create, expand, and envision solutions. For this, we attract top-notch talent and facilitate them with rich discussions and networking opportunities to foster peer learning through our various learning & development programmes such as Campus To Corporate Programs, and Paytm APM. 

The course of the programme remains the same as last year, where the APMs will spend time working under two business units, dedicating three months each towards the successful completion of key projects. Additionally, the team will collectively work with the Founder’s office to contribute their fresh & diverse perspective on building Paytm’s main app. This is their chance to work with diverse product teams and gain valuable experience. Our competitive, speedy and innovative environment is the perfect incubator for them to contribute to high-impact, mainstream and output-based projects.

This time, all the sessions that we offered in the last batch will be offered as online learning. Our focus is to set up best practices and ready a talent pipeline for future product leaders. We want to tap into young talent who will bring a fresh perspective and will garner a wider context, learnt in the system from our experienced product leaders. 

With induction, a detailed orientation was lined up to set expectations as well as understand the journey of the programme. Each APM was then paired with a buddy – a seasoned Paytmer who will play a guiding and mentoring role. Then it was followed up by an orientation by the senior product leadership, a BU connect, and introductions with the program manager assigned to the project and at PM Round Tables.

With our APM programme, we have also introduced a new programme – Growth Accelerator Programme – for our Growth Managers this year. Stay tuned for details on the Growth Accelerator Programme.  

Look out for Part 2 in this series, where we will next take you behind the scenes of this year’s APM programme.

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