Product Owner

  • Development
  • Rotterdam, Netherlands

Product Owner

Job description

Shypple is looking for a Product Owner who wants to simplify a complex service on a global scale.

Shypple is revolutionizing the conservative logistics sector by making shipping simple. We offer companies an easy-to-use, in-house developed web application that offers real-time visibility in every aspect of the supply chain. From our web app, logistics teams can search, compare, book and track shipments for air, rail and sea freight directly. As a "digital forwarder" we offer companies a leap in efficiency that is unprecedented within the sector. Shypple minimizes traditional error margins and saves direct and indirect costs throughout the entire process.

Our strong growth has been acknowledged with various nominations, including EU Startups - Dutch Startups to Watch in 2019, and most recently we were elected Sprout - Startup of the year. Our culture and our organizational values are the backbone of our success. Shyppleness is based on our 5 beliefs - The High Five - and gives direction to all our decisions and actions.

The customer is our rocket fuel
- Focus on the customer and everything else will follow.
Together is more than the sum
- The collective genius is our leverage.
Be in it to win it
- Take ownership and hold yourself - and each other - accountable for the results.
Simplify and go
- Don't over-analyze. Execution is everything.
Always move forward
- Live on the solution side of life. Challenge the status quo.

Shypple is now at the forefront of scaling on a global scale. To further our progressive growth we are looking for a product owner to join our team.


Role and responsibilities
As a Product Owner, you’re the visionary for and guardian of Shypple’s Smart Collaboration Platform. From having a clear vision about the future of our applications to the nitty-gritty details that make our user experience flawless, you own the full scale of our product development process. In this role, you’ll be working very closely with different business departments from operations to sales and from marketing to management. Setting the right priorities and having them evolve from workable, quickly releasable prototypes right through to great tools for the power users of our applications. And, obviously, you keep refining the hypotheses of what works really well for our product by constantly validating this using hands-on analysis and (user) tests.

Critical Results

  • A company and customer supported vision on our product and the associated roadmap that drives our growth
  • Clearly groomed and prioritized backlog and active role in the development process
  • High product adoption among customers and employees


Vision and roadmap

  • Define product vision, road-map and growth opportunities
  • Liaise with all internal and external stakeholders to determine the roadmap and priorities (for the user application)
  • Assess value, develop cases, and prioritize stories, epics, and themes to ensure work fo
  • cuses on those with maximum value that are aligned with product strategy
  • Plan and prioritize product feature backlog and development for the product
  • Research and analyze the market, our users, and incorporate this into the roadmap
  • Follow competitors and the industry

Teamwork and cooperation

  • Take lead of scrum team(s) direction as the Product Owner
  • Providing vision and direction to the Agile development team
  • Create and maintain a product backlog according to business value or ROI
  • Create high-level requirements (and analysts create the details)
  • Ensure that the team always has an adequate amount of prior prepared tasks to work on
  • Provide backlog management, iteration planning, and explanation of the user stories
  • Provide an active role in mitigating impediments impacting successful team completion of Release/Sprint Goals
  • Stay up-to-date with Agile/Scrum best practices and new trends

Product adoption and release planning

  • Lead the planning and product release plans and set the expectation for delivery of new functionalities
  • Ensure customers are informed about new product releases and ensure high product adoption rates
  • Ensure employees are informed about new product releases and ensure they can guide customers in the usage of the new features
  • Ensure employees are making full and efficient use of our applications


Knowledge & Experience

  • A minimum of 5 years of previous working experience as a product owner/manager
  • Master in Computer Science, Business Information or Business Management
  • Experience in project management
  • In-depth knowledge of Agile processes and principles
  • Experience in a startup / scale-up is preferred
  • Knowledge of logistics industry is preferred


  • Creative, out-of-the-box thinker
  • Excellent (interpersonal) communication skills
  • Structured and organized
  • Team cooperation is very important - being able to align with team members and manage dependencies are important skills
  • The ability to adapt to a perpetually changing entrepreneurial environment
  • A strong sense of analytical, strategic and problem-solving skills


  • You start with the “why?” and instantly think of the “how?”
  • You are ambitious and are naturally looking for ways to trigger yourself
  • You thrive in a fast-paced and collaborative environment
  • You demonstrate a strong judgment and solution-driven mindset
  • You are passionate, curious and open to candid feedback about your performance
  • You are an optimistic go-getter with a strong hands-on mentality
  • You are interested in technology; tech-savvy
  • You are open-minded, flexible, knows how to adjust to surroundings

Our offer

Shypple offers you the opportunity to grow together and experience a great adventure together in a role and working environment where you can get the best out of yourself. You will work within an inspiring team in which we work together for extraordinary success. The growth potential within Shypple is significant. You are in an innovative organization where progress is stimulated and facilitated. You actively contribute to the further development of the platform and services, creating opportunities for both the organization and yourself.

This naturally also includes attractive employment conditions, such as a good salary, complete secondary employment conditions and attractive additions such as your own choice of laptop, telephone, and an annual personal development budget. And all this within a state-of-the-art working environment in the lively heart of Rotterdam with a sunny roof terrace, an in-house gym, Friday afternoon lunch and drinks, and inspiring team outings.

If you are convinced that you are the right person for this role, we are delighted to receive your application. You can apply by submitting your resume and answering a few questions on our application form. Interviewing will start upon first applications, fulfillment of the position will be as soon as possible.

For further information, you can contact Marcel Tankink - Recruitment Business Partner A.i. at