Chief Product Owner

Chief Product Owner

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Dortmund, Germany. Veghel, Netherlands.
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Vanderlande is the global market leader for future-proof logistic process automation at airports and in the parcel market. Furthermore, we are also a leading supplier of process automation solutions for warehouses, which seamlessly integrate innovative systems, intelligent software and life-cycle services. 


At Vanderlande, you can develop your career, satisfy your ambitions, aspire to new heights, while enjoying personal growth and thriving on achievement. 




At Vanderlande, we’re not just leaders in material handling systems; we’re pioneers in shaping the future. In a rapidly changing world, innovation is our compass, and cutting-edge solutions are our currency. But here’s the secret: Technology alone doesn’t define us—it’s our unwavering belief in people. 


As part of our Development Centre Software (DCS) team, you’ll be at the forefront of creating software that drives equipment and solutions for some of the world’s leading companies. Your contributions will directly shape their competitive advantage. Passionate about the latest tech? So are we! Beyond code and algorithms, it’s our people who make the difference. We value collaboration, creativity, and diverse perspectives. 


What will you be doing?​  


We are seeking a dynamic and passionate Chief Product Owner (CPO) to guide and support multiple Product Owners within one of our Agile Release Train. In this role you are responsible for defining, prioritizing, and accepting work, as well as mentoring Product Owners within the Stream. As CPO you will also work closely with other CPOs across various ARTs, Product managers, Operations to ensure alignment with the broader Solution Platform strategy. 



You will be responsible for creating business opportunities for DCS Global Stream business operations. As a CPO, you need to influence decision making processes (change management), network and manage business relationships with decision-makers (both internally and at the client) 




You will be  


  • Accountable for product- and development lead-time, quality and cost. 

  • Responsible for creating, maintaining, and communicating a transparent multi-year development roadmap and backlog, that contains a balanced mix of initiatives required for the different stakeholders in the organisation.   

  • Leading ideation, conceptualization, prototyping, product development, quality assurance and roll-out to sales- and delivery organizations. 

  • Responsible for creating the product vision and roadmap for respective product/module. How does this product deliver value? How does it solve the relevant business- or customer problem? How can we improve it in the future? What technologies do we need? What competences do we need? In what timeframe can we achieve this?  

  • Developing and managing stakeholder relationships with business unit functions, such as sales, engineering and services, and supporting organizations such as ICT. Manage requirements and dependencies to ensure the needs of the business are met. 

  • Leading other product owners responsible for part of the product scope or components / applications shared with other products or leads multiple agile development teams responsible for the development of the new digital product. 

  • Leading co-creation activities with important customers, and suppliers. Balance individual customer needs with own strategy and ability to scale the product to other customers. 


What do we ask from you?​  


  • Bachelor's degree in Business, Computer Science, or a related field. Advanced degree preferred. 

  • Proven experience as a Product Owner or similar role in an Agile environment. 

  • Strong knowledge of Agile principles and practices. 

  • Experience in mentoring or leading other Product Owners. 

  • Excellent stakeholder management skills, with the ability to manage expectations and explain complex details. 

  • Strong decision-making skills and a proven track record of effective product ownership. 

  • Exceptional communication and presentation skills. 

  • Demonstrated ability to lead cross-functional teams towards a common vision. 

  • Knowledge of the industry and the competitive landscape is a plus 




About the team​  


This role is part of our Global Warehouse Stream. Team is distributed between Netherlands, Germany and India.  



What we offer​  

In the challenging and responsible position of Chief Product Owner DCS Software you will have the chance to make a significant contribution to industry-leading projects and be connected to our dedicated people and customers. We offer a position in an informal, international and professional working environment with a lot of scope for personal development. By joining our profitable and growing company you will be able to reach your goals and focus on your future.​ 


This position offers a competitive salary range of € 6969 to € 8270 gross per month (excluding 8% holiday allowance). Through exceeding performance expectations, you even have the possibility to grow outside this scale.   


On top of your fixed salaryyou’ll receive the following secondary benefits:​ 

  • 40 vacation days (20 statutory days and a flexible budget worth 20 days).​ 

  • Flexible working hours.​ 

  • A hybrid workplace (40% working from home and 60% in the office).​ 

  • A Health & Wellbeing budget worth €300,- per calendar year. 

  • Commuting allowance, including full reimbursement of travel by public transport.​ 

  • Working from home allowance.​ 

  • Collective pension scheme and discount on additional health insurance.​ 

  • On-site company health centres with a gym, physiotherapists and occupational therapists.​ 

  • Vanderlande Academy and training facilities to boost your skills.​ 

  • A variety in Vanderlande Network communities and initiatives.​ 

  • And a great company restaurant and coffee bar with barista. 





Are you interested in this position? Then apply now directly on our workday vacancy link with your resume and motivation letter! 

For more information about the position, please contact / +31413494702. 



Diversity & Inclusion 


Vanderlande is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. Qualified applicants will be considered without regards to race, religion, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status, or disability status 


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