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Chief Product Officer and Co-founder (f/m/x)

Berlin, Berlin, GermanyManagement

Job description

In the last few years, traveling overall has, unfortunately, become too stressful, too complex, too inconvenient, and too time-consuming. And although everyone in the industry is working very hard to improve the passenger experience, there is so much more that can be done.

Traveling and retailing should be seamless, simple, transparent, fast, and convenient. And digital. This is where Duffle comes in.

The timing could not be better to emerge as a category winner: the global pandemic has accelerated the demand for a better and renewed approach to global travel retail, and as the world begins to open again, pent-up demand for travel and travel-related retail is set to boom as brands, retailers, airports, and airlines are doubling down their efforts to make up for lost sales.

This is a unique startup position - with sufficient funding, we can offer the impact, growth opportunity, and challenge of a new startup along with competitive compensation.

We are searching for an exceptional, entrepreneurial, and energetic full-time Chief Product Officer to join the team, working closely with the CEO to build the next-generation global travel retail platform. As CPO, you will be responsible for defining and implementing the product strategy and vision of the company. The perfect candidate has international start-up experience, loves challenging the status quo, and can build, lead and scale high-performance teams but also needs to get their hands dirty to collaboratively solve complex problems and build scalable and secure solutions.

What you will do:

  • Work closely with the CEO and leadership team to define the product strategy and roadmap, driven by a deep understanding of our retail partners and customers and in alignment with our vision and business objectives
  • Envision, lead and drive an industry-transforming product across B2C, B2B, and B2B2C, collaborating with teams across the organization to build best-in-class user experiences and world-class products
  • Build and enable a strong product team and a culture of excellence from the ground up to execute our product strategy through setting objectives, coaching, and mentoring
  • Work closely with the People function to support best-in-class recruitment, onboarding, training, and employee engagement across the organization
  • Maintain and ensure strategic focus and execution across all technical projects, particularly with external technology partners, to ensure timely integration and exceptional QoS
  • Develop and foster a data-informed product and innovation culture throughout the organization
  • Oversee and manage all security, privacy, and legal/regulatory compliance from a technical perspective across the organization
  • Identify, select, and negotiate external partnerships to make better-informed buy vs. build vs. partner decisions
  • Represent the company and team at external events for purposes of recruitment, business development, and employer branding
  • As VP of Product, you work very closely with the CEO to actively contribute to the company strategy and support in managing our investors and close partners.

Location: Our current locations are Hamburg and Berlin. We currently have a hybrid work environment balanced between home and office.

Job requirements

About your profile:

  • Extensive experience as CPO, Director of Product, or similar leadership role - preferably with startup experience in the marketplace, logistics, or eCommerce business
  • Strong leadership and entrepreneurial mindset: do-as-I-do with a hint of pragmatism and get-stuff-done mentality, empowering, enabling, and engaging teams to become autonomous, fast-decision-making, self-motivated and engaged members of the company
  • Creative problem-solving skills: out-of-the-box, pragmatic and quick solutions supporting both management and engineering teams to remove any obstacles and ensure continuous progress
  • Strong negotiation skills: able to see win-win solutions both internally that help prioritize and optimize resources within the technical team and externally with partners and service providers
  • Continuous personal development and learning: encourage and support continuous education, learning and training across the teams to provide personal development and growth opportunities for each team member
  • Excellent verbal and written communication, strategic thinking, and willingness to always be available to mentor anyone that needs help or support
  • The ability to track and identify new technologies that help solve complex business issues further differentiates the company and services, accelerate growth or provide significant cost optimizations through automation

What we bring to the table

  • We are offering a unique full-time co-founder opportunity where you actively shape and contribute to the future success of the company
  • We are offering a competitive salary (based on your background and experience)
  • We are offering equity in the company
  • We are offering the ability to build an international team, culture, and technology platform from the ground up - no legacy technology to deal with

Sounds interesting?
We are looking forward to connecting with you!


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