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Title:  Product Owner

Location: 

Lier, BE, 2500 Amersfoort, NL, 10 3812 RK

About Descartes: 

Descartes Unites the People and Technology that Move the World
The need for efficient, secure, and agile supply chains and logistics operations has become ever more critical and complex.  By combining innovative technology, powerful trade intelligence and the reach of our network, Descartes helps get goods, information, transportation assets, and people where they’re needed, when they’re needed. 

 


We’re one of the most broadly deployed logistics and supply chain technology companies in the world. More than 22,000 customers around the globe use our cloud-based solutions to transform the way they move inventory and information to enhance productivity, better serve customers, thrive competitively, keep pace with evolving regulations, and respond to rapidly changing market conditions. Descartes is publicly traded (Nasdaq:DSGX, TSX:DSG) with headquarters in Waterloo, Ontario, Canada, and offices and partners around the world. With record financial performance for more than 16 years, we lead the industry in innovation investment. Every day, logistics service providers, manufacturers, retailers, distributors, and other logistics-intensive businesses of all sizes rely on our scale, stability, and comprehensive solution footprint to move what’s most important to them. Learn more at www.descartes.com. 
 
We’re growing fast and invite you to join our amazing team. 

Descartes is seeking a Product Owner for our carrier connectivity solutions. Customers of these products and services are global and regional companies that are shipping or receiving freight, as well logistics service providers, international freight forwarders and local and global carriers. 
This position writes feature requirements and creates user stories based on customer, market and internal requirements, including sessions with mostly internal stakeholders. This person becomes the domain expert on carrier connectivity for the various transport modes, in terms of message flows and data sets related to booking, shipping, tracking and freight invoicing. 
The successful candidate discusses the user stories and feature requirements with the development team and other stakeholders. The person participates as product management representative in Scrum meetings when applicable.  The candidate also leads and coordinates projects to expand carrier connectivity capabilities and to roll out new technology including expansion of API connectivity, and will be engaged in contacts with carriers and partners that we integrate with.  
The person leads the translation of software features into technical requirements and follows Agile Scrum based Software development. The position works closely with different product teams, activations and implementation teams globally. The person reports to the Director product management for TMS, carrier connectivity and ports in Europe. 

 

Responsibilities:

  • Assess value, develop cases, and help to prioritize stories, epics and themes to ensure work focuses on those with maximum value that are aligned with product strategy.
  • Clear defined Acceptance Criteria per feature, including definition of test scenario’s 
  • World Class Program & Project Execution.
  • Effective Agile Processes (Scrum and Agile Hybrid) and Cross Functional communication.
  • Efficient and Effective Solution Delivery Process.
  • Promotes Continuous Improvement, including process improvement


Scope

  • Responsible for conversion of internal and external customer requests into feature descriptions and user stories
  • Analyze the current customer and carrier integrations and propose functionality to further standardize and streamline the customer implementation and onboarding process. 
  • Domain expert in carrier integration workflows and the related data sets
  • Support integration of new partners into the Descartes platform
  • Support expansion of carrier API connectivity
  • Responsible for weekly reports to Product Management translating weekly Scrum activities for broader audiences. 
  • Manage the backlog for sprint and release planning post-development start through QA. 
  • Create and update relevant product documentation, such as product specifications, user manual and release notes. 
  • This position will also raise risks / impediments to the Product Manager and the development manager and development team.

 

Requirements and Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s in business, computer science, or related field; master’s preferred.
  • Two years previous experience as a product owner, business analyst, or in a related field.
  • Certification for Pragmatic Marketing or Product Ownership preferred but not required.
  • Solid understanding of the product lifecycle.
  • In-depth understanding of Agile methodologies, technical understanding of products, and up-to-date on industry standards and best practices.
  • Proficient computer skills, Microsoft Office Suite (Word, PowerPoint, Outlook, and Excel); working knowledge of software development.
  • Comfortable working with multiple teams, in-house and remote.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Very good knowledge of the English language.
  • Accurate and precise attention to detail.
  • Able to build strong interpersonal relationships with business analysts, UI/UX team, leadership, senior management, and internal and external stakeholders.
  • Significant depth of knowledge of the multi-modal transportation processes is preferred but not required.

 

Location
This position will be based out of our office in Lier, Belgium, however the person can be located in other locations in Europe.
 

Join Us 
As we scale, we’re looking for new doers, collaborators and innovators to join Descartes in uniting the people and technology that move the world as the Global Leader in Logistics and Supply Chain Technology. We’re entrepreneurial, hardworking, geeky-in-a-good way problem solvers. Guided by our values, we nurture a TEAM focused culture that invests in people and creates opportunities for advancement across a broad spectrum of career paths. We prioritize work-life balance and foster an environment with the space to take ownership, to be heard, and to carve a path for your individual accomplishments to help drive our success. At Descartes, everyone has a voice and the best argument wins, regardless of who makes it. We offer competitive compensation, great benefits, remote and flexible work hours, and the opportunity to join a company on an awesome mission with a great existing team and trajectory. 

 

Descartes also has a deep sense of environmental responsibility. Learn more about how we helped our customers save over 552,000 metric tons of CO2 in 2020 by reducing fuel and paper consumption: https://www.descartes.com/who-we-are/social-responsibility-sustainability/environmental-impact.  Join a team that’s committed to working with customers to conserve resources and enhance sustainability. 

At Descartes, everyone has a voice and the best argument wins, regardless of who makes it. We offer competitive compensation, great benefits, remote and flexible work hours, and the opportunity to join a company on an awesome mission with a great existing team and trajectory. If you feel you have 70% of the qualifications we are looking for, and Descartes sounds like the team and the mission you want to be part of, apply now. We can't promise it will be a fit, but we do promise to consider your experience. 

 

Due to COVID-19, we've implemented a virtual hiring process and continue to interview candidates by phone or video (Microsoft TEAMS) and are on-boarding new hires remotely. We value the safety of each member of our community because we know we're all in this together. 


We are an Equal Employment employer. We do not discriminate in hiring on the basis of sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, race, color, religious creed, national origin, physical or mental disability, protected status, or any other characteristic protected by federal, provincial, or local law. For more information about our commitment to equal employment opportunity, please review our Code of Business Conduct and Ethics at Descartes.com.  


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