Product Manager – SourceUp

Do you have experience as Product owner/content manager? Are you looking for a job with real impact? Would you like to contribute to an exciting new platform aimed at accelerating the production and uptake of sustainable commodities globally? If this sounds like a plan, take this opportunity to join IDH as Product Manager SourceUp!

The program

Our Landscapes approach brings together businesses, government, farmers, communities, and civil society to build sustainable governance models across tropical forest regions, or landscapes. To link Landscapes approaches with Markets, IDH & partners have created the innovative SourceUp platform. SourceUp, one of IDH’s core initiatives, is a two-sided online platform that intends to change the way companies buying agri-commodities, and producing regions collaborate to solve some of the most important environmental and social challenges of supply chains.

SourceUp is based on three fundamental pillars: jurisdictional multi-stakeholder sustainability initiatives (“Compacts”), an online platform (SourceUp platform) and Committed End-Buyers. Through SourceUp, local parties in the Compact can work in close cooperation with the Committed End-Buyers and supply chain actors to achieve both increased sustainability in the jurisdiction as well as demonstrating real impact from the ground.

SourceUp is currently on its MVP form, and for its further growth, IDH has hired an external agency which is working and developing the technical and digital aspects. We are looking for an individual with 8+ years of experience in digital product development as a business analyst or as product owner, who can coordinate the development of the platform, and who has an interest in sustainability.

The role

As SourceUp product manager, you are leading coordinating the further development of the online platform design (product owner role) with our partner digital agency and stimulating the development of content for the platform (content manager role), working closely together with the Landscapes and Markets Team of IDH and IDH regional offices across the world.

SourceUp is being developed using a Lean and Agile approach based on which we deploy and validate new functionalities at a very quick pace. In this position you will be a key member of the SourceUp thought-leadership team, helping to shape the platform from its core. You will act as a bridge between IDH team of global sustainability experts and the technical development team of the platform.

Based in Utrecht, you are part of the Business Unit Landscapes, reporting directly to the Director Markets & SourceUp. The position is a full-time position and requires international travel – if the situation allows.

Who you are

IDH is looking for an organised, self-motivated, team player with technical IT development skills, who has experience working with people from different nationalities and cultural backgrounds and has an interest in sustainability work itself. You are both analytical and practical, able to work independently and learn fast. Working in a results-oriented, flexible, and hands-on manner, you take control of the development of the SourceUp platform with respect to the assigned tasks.

Your key responsibilities will be:

  • Responsible for the development and further improvement of SourceUp online platform: (i) coordinating the UX design and deployment of new functionalities based on feedback from users and IDH sustainability colleagues, (ii) design and improve the user journey of both Compacts and buyers, and (iii) validate the consistency of information reported by Compacts.
  • Participate in relevant SourceUp team meetings and being a key contributor to the digital strategy
  • Prepare the roadmap, product backlog, sprint backlog and the detailed user stories.
  • Work with the SourceUp team and users to generate high-quality content for the platform
  • Stakeholder management: (i) Collaborate in the onboarding process of Compacts into the platform, (ii) assist Compacts in the general use of the platform, (iii) control and ensure consistency in the information being reported by Compacts – stories, data.
  • Engaging with other tools or solutions who can add value to SourceUp in the form of new functionalities or modules.
  • Analyse the use patterns of the platform, validating learning and deciding on the prioritization of the new functionalities.
  • Collaborate with SourceUp Social Media strategy

What you bring

  • 5+ years of relevant working experience, designing or coordinating the development of online platforms, preferably in an international environment (beyond Europe).
  • Working and thinking at M.Sc. level;
  • Problem solver, with a can-do attitude towards problems and who knows to cope with the realities of a complex world.
  • Thorough understanding of Lean and Agile working methods;
  • Ability to lead the development of technical documents and subsequent implementation;
  • Proven ability to deliver programmatic work with sharp project management skills.
  • Demonstrated experience in co-creating tools and communicating with people with different backgrounds, helping to translate complex sustainability issues into new functionalities.
  • Ability to command the confidence of people at all levels of seniority;
  • A strong team player, with experience of collaborative working with people from different cultural backgrounds;
  • Good interpersonal skills and ability to deal with multiple organisations located in different locations;
  • Skilled communicator (fluent in English), second language a plus

Who we are

IDH brings companies, CSOs, governments and others in public-private partnerships together to realize green & inclusive growth at scale in commodity sectors and sourcing areas. Our approaches are designed to drive sustainability from niche to norm in mainstream markets, delivering impact on Sustainable Development Goals. We focus on creating positive impact on deforestation, living incomes and living wages, working conditions, toxic loading and gender. In this we are supported by multiple European governments, including our institutional donors: BUZA, SECO and DANIDA. IDH is a company that works together with over 600 companies, CSOs, financial institutions, producer organizations and governments in 12 sectors and 12 landscapes in over 40 countries worldwide. For more information about IDH, please visit www.idhsustainabletrade.com

What we offer

IDH offers a dynamic international environment and an enthusiastic and passionate team. As an IDH team member you can contribute to positive global change. IDH offers a challenging position with opportunities for growth within an enthusiastic and passionate team. The successful applicant will initially be offered a one-year contract but with the possibility to extend. The position is fulltime (40 hours per week), and we offer a gross monthly salary between €€3.500 and €4.000 (based on a 40 hour week), solid fringe benefits including a good pension scheme.

Interested

Please feel free to contact Antonio Roade (roade@idhtrade.org) with any question about this position.

Would you like to apply? Just send us your motivation and 2-page resume in English by using the following hyperlink: https://idhtrade.inhroffice.com/en/job/208385/apply

We encourage applicants to respond as soon as possible, latest by November 26, 2021.

Candidates should be EU nationals and have permission to work in the Netherlands.