Product Owner – Based in Utrecht, the Netherlands

Are you an experienced Product Owner who’s passionate about social sustainability and wants to make a meaningful impact on the world? Join us!

We are IDH, a global organization that drives sustainability from niche to norm, with the aim of delivering impact on the Sustainable Development Goals. Our Salary Matrix tool is a crucial part of our efforts to support the private sector in closing living wage gaps, and we’re looking for a talented Product Owner to help us take it to the next level. If you’re excited about working in a fun, international environment where your work can truly make a difference, read on to learn more about this exciting opportunity at IDH.

IDH is looking for an experienced Product Owner to oversee the development and management of our Salary Matrix tool, a key component in our mission to close living wage gaps in supply chains. As the Product Owner, you will be responsible for translating needs of the various stakeholders of the tool into improvements in our product. This means you will gather feature requests in the product backlog, help communicate them to the development team, support the development team in organized sprint planning, and ensure success and development in the tool is aligned with strategic goals.

To be successful in this role, you must have experience as a Product Owner or in a similar role in product management, as well as a strong handle on Scrum. Strong organizational and communication skills are also required, as is the ability to work effectively with cross-functional teams.


  • Consistently gather and prioritize stakeholder needs and potential improvements by managing working groups with users/stakeholders and by engaging with internal and external stakeholders such as private sector companies, verification schemes and producers
  • Prioritize development backlog and translate needs into description of needed tool functionality/user stories, further engage stakeholders to fully understand needs
  • Support development team to set sprint goals to ensure on-time product delivery
  • In the event of bugs and product issues, make strategic decisions about urgency of issues versus planned development
  • Analyse product performance and customer feedback to improve the product over time
  • Communicate developments and progress to internal and external stakeholders
  • Contribute to the overall improvement of the tool
  • Own and maintain all materials related to the tool such as documentation or the tool’s principals, creation of demo materials, guidance documentation for users, etc.


  • Proven experience & knowledge as a Digital Product Manager or similar role, confident in leading a team through the scrum process
  • Ability to communicate with various stakeholder groups and organize, sort and prioritize opinions into concrete tool development ideas and ask questions to ensure understanding
  • Excellent communication skills and ability to work in a team environment
  • Good organizational skills with the ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously
  • Affinity with PowerBI, Front-End Javascript Framework (Angular), Node.js, PostgreSQL database or Google Cloud Platform (GCP) a plus.
  • Curiosity and motivation to learn about Living Wage and social sustainability reporting Initiatives
  • Flexible and willing to perform other tasks as assigned
  • Fluent in English, Knowledge of Spanish, Portuguese and/or French is a plus

We offer you:

  • a competitive salary depending on experience and competences, along with 8% holiday allowance;
  • a fulltime (40 hours) 1 year contract initially, with the intention to extend (as this is a permanent position)
  • a challenging, pivotal role within an impacting, international organization;
  • 8% holiday allowance, contribution to sports/health club subscription, pension scheme, flexible & hybrid working, health insurance contribution, 26 holidays, travel cost allowance, monthly lunch contribution, etc.
  • an open environment where you can grow and develop yourself, including an individual development budget.
  • all the work supplies you need to excel in your role (e.g. laptop and mobile phone).
  • opportunity to work with a global team and make a positive impact on society.
  • energy at our office, with our sustainable coffee, fresh ginger and mint tea and a selection of fresh fruit available.

Please note that these benefits are relevant for our HQ in Utrecht, NL.


Would you like to apply? Please follow this link and submit your application:

We encourage applicants to respond before June 15, 2023.

For more questions about the role and organization, please contact Phat Nguyen at

Who we are:

IDH puts people, planet, and progress at the heart of trade by leveraging the power of markets to create better jobs, better incomes, a better environment, and gender equity for all. To catalyze change at scale, IDH innovates, convenes, and invests in inclusive and sustainable solutions that enable businesses to create value for people and planet, while improving their own performance. To create the greatest impact in the shortest amount of time, IDH focuses on empowering people within corporations the global financial sector and governments that have the most influence over value chains.

Headquartered in the Netherlands, IDH has around 300 employees globally, operating in 20 landscapes and 12 commodities and sourcing regions with over 1000 public and private partners. In 13 years of operation, IDH has generated over 390 M in private sector investment and support for new business models that create better jobs, better incomes, a better environment, and gender equity for all.

IDH’s work is made possible thanks to the funding and trust of a variety of public and private donors, among which the Governments of Netherlands, Denmark, and other government donors and private foundations.

For more information, go to or follow @IDHTrade on Twitter and LinkedIn.

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