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Each and every day, around 15,000 employees in the Valora network work to brighten up their customers' day with a comprehensive convenience and food offering – nearby, quick, convenient and fresh. More than 2,700 small-scale stores are located at highly frequented locations in Switzerland, Germany, Austria, Luxembourg and the Netherlands. The company recruits committed entrepreneurs to manage its outlets, builds on strong own brands and benefits from a vertically integrated value chain as one.

The division Valora Retail operates the k kiosk, Press & Books, CIGO, U-Store, ServiceStore DB and avec formats, plus the own brand ok.― and brightens up the customers’ day when on the move at over 2,000 locations in Switzerland, Germany, Austria and Luxembourg.

Product Manager, Autonomous Stores

11382 Full Time Zürich 14/01/2022
The autonomous stores team builds and runs the unmanned avec box and avec 24/7 convenience store formats in Switzerland and Germany. Our stores are open every day around the clock and provide essentials, groceries and snacks when no other store is available. Customers shop and enter with an app, even when no personnel is present.

Our team of product managers advocates for our customers and our business, setting the vision for the future of retail. We use data, research, strategy, and empathy to guide our digital roadmap, balancing diverse perspectives and empowering our teams to do great work. We take projects from idea to rollout and take ownership of every step of the process.

As a Product Manager in the Autonomous Stores team you will be responsible for bringing products from the piloting phase to scaled roll-out and drive the development of new products and features. In other words, you will play an essential role in making the future of retail happen.

Key tasks and responsibilities

  • Set the mission, vision, strategy, and goals for products within the Autonomous Store team 
  • Work on the product process through all phases: from writing specs and creating wireframes, to calculating a business case and defining go-to-market strategy 
  • Gather, review, and interpret qualitative & quantitative data to uncover new insights, customer needs and business requirements 
  • Represent your projects and priorities inside and outside the company, including to all levels of company leadership 
  • Collaborate with engineering, design, legal, marketing and business teams to ship new products, features and projects on time and on budget 
  • Drive and fuel the “innovation engine” within the Autonomous Store vertical

Key skills / requirements

  • Minimum of 1-3 years of working experience in consulting, startups or tech companies
  • Ability to quickly absorb technical concepts and communicate them to a non-technical audience 
  • Empathy for customers and intuition for developing software and hardware that solves their needs 
  • Excellent spoken and written communication skills in English and good spoken and written communication skills in German 
  • Excellent analytical and conceptual skills 
  • Strong organizational and project management skills 
  • Ability to think outside the box / envision a world different than the status quo

  • Bachelor or Master degree from a renowned university 
  • Background in a technical field such as computer science, mathematics or similar 
  • Experience with wireframing for mobile, web or desktop applications 
  • Basic programming or data querying (SQL) knowledge

What we offer

  • Build products for a customer base of more than 5 million people across 5 countries
  • Open-minded and solution-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 
  • State-of-the art hardware and software to work with

Be the person who brightens up someone's day

We are a leading foodvenience provider. We value good ideas and implement them in a way that allows them to grow and develop. We are always exactly where our customers want us to be and brighten up their journey.

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