Product Owner (m/w/d)

Started in the Handelsblatt Media Group, ada Learning GmbH has been an independent company since 2020, led by the three founders Miriam Meckel, Léa Steinacker and Verena Pausder. In addition to regularly publishing journalistic content in the form of magazines, podcasts and newsletters, ada initiates the ada | fellowship every six months.

The fellowship is an annual program for employees from business, politics and public institutions, consisting of physical and virtual events, workshops, expert talks, working & mentoring sessions and much more. Upon completion, participants will have learned a deep understanding of current technological developments, new world of work methodologies, and digital product development, and will be able to take a leading role in the digital culture transformation of their organizations.

Partners of the fellowship, which started in 2019, have so far included the German government, Lanxess, Lufthansa, Allianz, Swiss Re, Deutsche Telekom, and many more, sending a total of more than 1,000 Fellows to the fellowship.

ada, our thinking and work is guided by clear values:

We move forward boldly, with a love of experimentation and a pioneering spirit.
We are committed to an open, diverse society and a fair, adaptive and agile world of work.
We look to the future with confidence and curiosity and actively shape technological change.
We empower people to take responsibility and act sustainably for themselves and others.
We connect people and value respectful, appreciative communication. We treat others with acceptance, authenticity and humor.

If you share our views on values, goals and our vision, we look forward to hopefully welcoming you to the ada team soon.

What we stand for

At ada, we believe that tomorrow is full of opportunities and full of good stories.

With ada, we want to contribute to Germany and, in a second step, Europe becoming drivers of a value-oriented, open-minded and confident technological transformation. To this end, we offer organizations from business, politics and society the ada | fellowship, a twelve-month in-service training program that shows how to deal with the challenges of digital transformation and shape the future for oneself, one's own team and one's own organization.
Together with representatives from business, politics and public institutions, we launched the first cohort of the ada I fellowship in 2019, in which over 1,000 fellows have now participated. The annual program consists of physical and virtual events, workshops, expert talks, working and mentoring sessions, and much more. Upon completion, participants will have gained a deep understanding of current technological developments, new world of work methodologies, and digital product development, and will be able to take a leading role in the digital culture change of their organizations.

We also address how the economy, the world of work and society are changing in our journalistic offerings: our weekly newsletter, the ada podcast and our quarterly ada magazine.


Who we look for

We are less interested in grades or milestones in a polished resume. Instead, we value the ability to work in a team, fairness and transparent communication. In the ada team we work team-oriented, agile and with flat hierarchies. What counts is a really good result. And we are looking for ownership: What has to be done, will be done, what I am responsible for, I will do independently and reliably.

As a product owner at ada you are primarily responsible for the development of our learning platform. You ensure that our ada fellows enjoy using the learning platform and are well guided through their fellowship. This is

  • you coordinate regular user-testings
  • you conduct ideation workshops with the ada team/developer team
  • you manage the agile implementation of new features
  • you are responsible for the backlog management and steering of our external developer team as well as other IT service providers
  • you are responsible for updating and completing the technical documentation of our products
  • Together with the Director Product, you will continue to expand the Tech Team and our Tech Infrastructure.

We are looking for you as a new team member in this position if

  • you have been working as a product owner/product manager for several years, ideally in areas such as e-learning, SaaS, e-commerce or media
  • agile product development is second nature to you, because you have extensive experience in agile working methods (e.g. Scrum, Kanban, Dev-Ops).
  • you have a proven track record in planning and executing user tests
  • you are looking for a job in which you can make decisions and act on your own responsibility 
  • you enjoy learning about new technologies and are eager to learn new skills
  • you are used to work in English and German
  • you have a comprehensive technical understanding and ideally experience with our core technologies: 
    • HTML & Javascript
    • Angular 9
    • Nginx
    • React Native
    • Flutter
    • Ruby on Rails
    • PostgreSQL
    • Oauth
    • REST API

We offer a dynamic work environment, a great team that makes thinking and working together fun, work in and on one of the most important topics of the future, and excellent development opportunities in a company that is focused on growth and expansion. Our company is headquartered in Düsseldorf, Germany, but our Tech Team works from locations all over Europe. The Product Owner position is therefore not location-specific, but regular attendance at team meetings in Düsseldorf is a must.


How to apply

Send us your application, from which we can see your motivation, your qualities and your salary expectations, via our careers page.

Please note: Instead of a cover letter, we kindly ask you to answer the following questions on one page:

  • How would you describe ada to your grandma? 
  • What personal development do you expect at ada?
  • What are the technologies that you consider to be most important for the future?
  • According to your experience: What is most important in the management and development of digital products in everyday work?


Contact details

Feel free to contact with any questions.