Productmanager – Cotecna SA – Schiedam


Cotecna is a leading provider of testing,inspection and certification services. We offer solutions tofacilitate trade and make supply chains safer and more efficientfor our clients. Our trusted network of professionals and certifiedlaboratories provide expertise across four key sectors: agriculture& food, government & trade, minerals & metals, andgeneral cargo. Founded in Switzerland in 1974, Cotecna started offas a family business and has now grown to become a world-classinternational player with 3,000 employees in close to 100 officesacross more than 50 countries.

For theexpansion of our team we our looking for an ITProduct Manager, located in the Netherlands(Rotterdam area), willing to travel and enthousiastic in being thelink between our internal needs, customer requirements and IT;

MISSIONThemission of the IT Product Manager is to contribute to Cotecna’sbusiness, operations and growth ambitions providing best-in-classservices, delivering innovative solutions, and ensuring we operatein a safe and secured IT environment.The Product Manager isresponsible for representing the customer to the Agile Team, todefine the value proposition of the applications used byunderstanding and prioritizing the needs from the network and toensure development corresponding to create value for the customerand for the business. MAINACCOUNTABILITIES

  • Define and driveproduct strategy in agreement with Product Director and businessheads
  • Create productroadmaps
  • Make proposals to improve existingapplications to bring added value to users
  • Workclosely with internal/external business stakeholders to identifyopportunities and solve pain-points throughtechnology
  • Develop deep knowledge of Laboperations and IT systems used to supportit
  • Use design thinking to solve criticalproblems, ensuring creation of customer and businessvalue
  • Act as the voice of customer/users withinthe organization
  • Benchmark product againstcompetition, identify forces of competition and recommendimprovements to product
  • Work closely withengineering teams to launch high quality products and featuresusing Agile Development methodologies
  • Strictlyfollow agile methodology, maintain a healthy backlog ofwell-defined user stories, playing the role of productowner
  • Active involvement in sprint planning,prioritization, testing and validation, and usertraining
  • Collaborate with other productmanagers to balance the utilization of commonresources
  • Evangelize product by collaboratingwith marketing, preparing collaterals – user guides, FAQs,publishing release notes, running demo sessions, effectivelysharing product vision
  • Mobilizecross-functional resources – sales, marketing, businessdevelopment, legal, operations – to ensure productsuccess
  • Establish self as an expert byacquiring deep product and businessknowledge
  • Embody product principles and cultureof Cotecna


  • Product Objective suchas Customer satisfaction/ Productadoption
  • Business Value as measured by businessmetrics such as productivity gain,efficiency
  • Definition, delivery and maintenanceof product roadmap in alignment with productstrategy
  • Backlog of User stories ordered andfed with enough material to ensure efficient sprintplanning
  • Smooth cooperation with other ProductManagers to ensure that development resources are used at the bestof their capacities and having all applications of the groupenhancedregularly


  • 8-10years of experience in software industry with 2 years in productmanagement
  • Atleast 4 years experience workingin food safety labs or developing systems forlabs
  • Prior experience of working in Agile teamfor a minimum of 2 years
  • Have worked as productowner for end to end product including UI, application and datalayer
  • Have experience in managing productlifecycle
  • Have experience in managing atleast 1product or set of features from idea tomarket
  • Good understanding of softwaredevelopment lifecycle


  • DrivesResults
  • Entrepreneurial
  • BusinessInsight
  • CustomerFocus
  • Collaborates
  • SituationalAdaptability


  • Strong Problem Solvingskills & ability to think out ofbox
  • Experience using Azure Devops, JIRA orsimilar tools is a plus
  • Experience in usingStrategyzer, figma, Miro or other suchtools
  • Basic understanding of finance andability to create …