Product Owner Growing System

  • Permanent contract 
  • Starting date:  November 4, 2019
  • La Courneuve
  • Master's Degree
  • > 3 years

The company



  • FoodTech
  • From 50 to 250 employees

The job

Product Owner Growing System

  • Permanent contract 
  • La Courneuve


Our grandparents ate better than our parents and better than us. That’s crazy. Agricool turns this trend on its head: we’ll eat better than them all! We’re growing local, tasty and pesticide-free fruits and vegetables for everyone. For the moment, that means tasty and plump strawberries in Paris. Tomorrow, it will be a wide range of delicious fruits and vegetables everywhere on earth.

To achieve our goal, we’ve created a paradise for fruits and vegetables in recycled shipping containers. In just 35 m2 we can produce the same amount of food as 4000 m2 of traditional farmland. We do it with no pesticides, no transportation, and 100% renewable energy, and we sell our fruits through direct sales and supermarkets.

We started as 2 co-founders in 2015, and are now more than 75 people working everyday to shape a better food system ;-)


Job description

About Growing Systems

Beside agronomic research on crops, Agricool actively invests in the development of production systems, branded “Agricool Farm”. Our production technology is supported by two product families: “growing systems” and “automation solutions”.

Growing systems optimize the production environment providing the best cultivation layout / lighting / climate / irrigation and air quality, design the operation environment for productive and ergonomic urban agriculture working experiences, establish farm infrastructure and supporting services for integration into urban environment.

It is a multidisciplinary product family implying frequent interactions with a wide range of stakeholders. As the interface between business requirements and technical implementation ; you will interact tightly with the management team and technical directors, as well as stakeholders from various teams within Agricool. The product ownership carries from product design to downstream implementation: beyond plans and simulations, you will coordinate all the interfaces and resources to build prototypes and manage first-time implementation.

About Team and facility

In the “Farm product” division of the Tech department, you will be managing a passionate and creative team of multidisciplinary engineers who are all result-driven and love prototyping. We have a well-equipped fablab and testbench, a 650m2 workshop with 5 handymen, 1 full-size production unit and 5 cultivation experimental areas for the design / prototype / test of growing systems.

Your role

As the Product Owner of the whole Growing systems, you have 3 missions:

Establish and implement product strategy and roadmap

  • Drive product development roadmap to support global business interest
  • Align product development teams on a shared product vision, ensure the coherence of product definitions (problem definition, feature scope and validation criteria)
  • Build trusted relationships with cross-functional stakeholders, seek product feedback in collaboration
  • Develop exploitation / production insights and user experience design to guide product design orientation
  • Coach project managers
  • Prioritize product backlog to best achieve goals and missions
  • Oversee development stage and evaluate product progress

Manage product teams

  • Unify all teams around the global Agricool missions and our core values
  • Evaluate individual performance and define talent development plans
  • Organize hiring and integration
  • Define, allocate and oversee product development budget

Contribute to the global product vision

  • Help build a product portfolio vision that bonds technical direction and architecture with business and strategic requirements (eg. business cases)
  • Contribute to “futures narratives” to help different teams project themselves in long term perspectives
  • Author product strategy documents and presentations, and represent your team’s work to senior management and cross-functional partners

Working at Agricool

What does the back-stage of Agricool look like ?

  • Great office space : two buildings of 1500 square meters (a.k.a the “Factory”) where very diverse profiles meet everyday to contribute building the future of food : agronomy, engineering, software development, marketing, operations …
  • Team lunches and strawberries tastings
  • Monthly drinks with the whole team (“Agribeers”)
  • A patch of garden under the sun where anyone can relax or experiment

Preferred experience

Minimum qualifications

  • 3 to 5 years of engineering product development and/or technical operations experience
  • Experience building tactical product roadmaps from corporate strategy and business needs, and leading their delivery effort within schedule and budget
  • Experience with project management methodologies and tooling
  • Capacity to lead product direction by working across engineering and operations teams
  • Engineering and software development culture
  • Ability to manage teams of diverse background
  • Ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously

Preferred qualifications

  • Capacity to navigate a startup project in a young industry with lots of moving uncertainties
  • Experience identifying and communicating business needs, as well as understanding and supporting technical solutions in a fast paced environment
  • Ability to handle both executive-level discussions and functional/technical deep dives.
  • Written and oral communication skills

Recruitment process

  • Welcome call (15 min)
  • Business Case (a week to deliver)
  • Interview with Sisi (Heads of) & Pierre (Technical Director)
  • Immersion day with the product team
  • Debriefing with William (CTO) & Sisi

Meet the Agricool team



Product Owner Growing System

  • Permanent contract 
  • Starting date:  November 4, 2019
  • La Courneuve
  • Master's Degree
  • > 3 years
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