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Founder / Senior Product Manager, Autonomous Store Venture (80-100%)

Valora Group


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Founder / Senior Product Manager, Autonomous Store Venture (80-100%)

Valora Digital is the tech unit of Valora, a European retailer with more than 2'700 stores. We are a team of engineers, designers, entrepreneurs, growth marketers and product managers that tackle projects that delight customers, improve processes and make the company ready for the future of retail. We call ourselves builders & doers instead of thinkers & talkers, because we pride ourselves on taking ownership of projects from A to Z and not letting anything get in the way of shipping.

As part of our broader Autonomous Stores strategy, we are building a team to capitalize on a great opportunity in this space. We are looking for an entrepreneur to take on this challenge with the full support, resources and funding of Valora Digital behind them. As the "Founder / Senior Product Manager", you will be responsible for all aspects of turning this venture into a success, including building the product, hiring as well as leading the team and getting the first customers. We're not ready to share our idea with the world just yet, but will be happy to let you in on all the details at the beginning of the interview process.

Key tasks and responsibilities

  • Lead the ideation, technical development and launch of a new product in the Autonomous Store category
  • Hire and lead a small but world class team to help you execute and scale fast
  • Establish a shared mission, vision, strategy and goals across your team
  • Write specs and create wireframes
  • Build the business case, conduct market research and define a go-to-market strategy
  • Create a sales and business development strategy and drive growth
  • Pitch the product to potential B2B-clients and partners yourself until you've hired a sales team
  • Gather and analyze qualitative & quantitative customer data to iterate often and find Product/Market Fit as fast as possible
  • Collaborate with engineering, design, legal, marketing and business teams to realize your vision on time and on budget

Key skills / requirements

  • Minimum of 4 years of working experience in startups, tech companies or consulting
  • Ability to quickly absorb technical concepts and communicate them to a non-technical audience
  • Empathy for customers and intuition for creating products that solve their needs
  • Track record in building something from scratch
  • Strong organizational and project management skills
  • Leadership experience
  • Experience in pitching products/ideas to potential clients or investors
  • Ability to think outside the box / envision a world different than the status quo
  • Excellent spoken and written communication skills in English and good spoken and written communication skills in German
  • BSc. or MSc. in an engineering, design or economic field
  • Experience in sales
  • Basic programming or data querying (SQL) knowledge
  • Experience with creating hardware products

What we offer

  • Build products for a customer base of more than 5 million people across 5 countries
  • Access the resources of a big corporate but get the entrepreneurial freedom of a startup
  • Open-minded and results-oriented working culture with flat hierarchies and highly-talented and ambitious colleagues to learn from
  • Steep learning curve in a tech-heavy environment
  • Competitive salary incl. some variable, success-based compensation
  • Office with roof terrace in the heart of Zurich, equipped with free snacks and free drinks
  • State-of-the art hardware and software to work with
We look forward to receiving your complete application documents. Please apply online only. Direct applications are preferred.