Product Owner

| Budapest, HUN
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About Chemaxon

Chemaxon is an industry-leading cheminformatics software company helping early-stage drug discovery and chemistry research for more than 20 years. Our clients are top pharmaceutical companies, innovative biotech startups, and leading academic institutions. 
We are agile, innovative and friendly, offering compelling opportunities for frequent collaboration and cross-training with teammates and stakeholders.

We operate internationally, with regional teams based in Budapest (HQ), UK, Boston, San Diego and Basel (Switzerland), along with distributors in the Asia Pacific. We are in an exciting time of organizational and business growth, so now is the perfect time to join our team! 

About the team

Would you like to shape the way one of our most important components is built and evolved and thus have a direct impact on most of our products? Then come and join us as a (Senior) Product Owner in our Representation and Input/Output team.

The work of this team enables all of Chemaxon's products to read and interpret chemical structures from a large variety of chemistry-related file formats (SMILES, MOL, MRV, etc.) into a common representation in digital space. Adhering strongly to file format specifications this team ensures that this representation can be translated to any supported file format with minimal to no loss of information. This team is also responsible for supporting the creation and extension of Chemaxon's proprietary file formats, and proper documentation for wider usage by the cheminformatics community.

A Product Owner at Chemaxon is a key member of the Product Management team, acting as a customer proxy, translating requirements into product features. They work with all product stakeholders to define and prioritise user stories for the product backlog in accordance with the product roadmap and our strategic goals.  They are accountable for the daily operations of their product, including, amongst others, backlog management and continuous discovery. They collaborate with other product owners and product managers on cross-product/team dependencies, ensuring that any identified obstacles are resolved in a timely manner.

This position will report directly to the Director of Product Management.

About your responsibilities

Collaboration and communication

  • Work together with other Product Owners and Product Managers to ensure Representation and IO is developed so that dependent products of strategic focus can achieve their goals.
  • Participate and contribute to a continuous solution discovery process.
  • Actively participate in team and cross-team demos and status meetings

Product scope and objectives

  • Collaborate with software development leaders to translate customer or market requirements into software requirements
  • Define appropriate user stories and epics to support the market and customer requirements

Program planning

  • Manage and prioritise the product backlog (i.e. story level)
  • Own the 1-year, high-level roadmap and the detailed quarterly roadmap; coordinate dependencies with other PMs and POs

Iteration Management

  • Ensure that the right amount of well-refined work is available to the team. Also, ensure user stories are written up with a sufficient level of detail
  • Lead the drafting, reviewing and validation of acceptance criteria
  • Accept completed user stories and make sure they adhere to the acceptance criteria

Experience, skills and knowledge you should bring to us

  • Very strong knowledge of organic chemistry concepts (stereochemistry, aromaticity, valence, coordination complexes, polymers)
  • Demonstrated ability to understand and navigate commonly used chemical file formats
  • Familiarity with basic cheminformatics concepts (for example, through professional experience in theoretical, organic, or computational chemistry fields)
  • Great communication, collaboration and presentation skills
  • Excellent English language skills (both written and spoken)
  • Ability to prioritise work and balance short-term and long-term goals
  • A practical, pragmatic and data-driven approach to problems

Bonus skills that will help you hit the ground running

  • Previous work experience as a product owner
  • Knowledge of the general software development life cycle and agile software development concepts
  • Hands-on experience with Chemaxon’s products is considered a distinct advantage but is not a must.

What we offer

  • Hybrid-way of working (8 days/month home office)
  • Private health insurance (Medicover)
  • Daily entry into Life1 Fitness Clubs
  • Generous annual training budget supporting your professional development (off-site training, international conferences, e-books)
  • We work with global Top500 companies (R&D) and leading academic institutions, giving you a chance to gain insights into these dynamically evolving industries.
  • Inspiring working environment - leisure and recreation area, playing corner for children, English lessons, yearly user conference with social programs, innovation days 
  • You will be a valued member of a creative and supportive agile team 
  • Everyday use of English in a multicultural environment

Location: Budapest, Váci Greens Office Park

For some info on Chemaxon, you can check out these videos:

  • a shorter one about what we do in a nutshell (~1.5 min)
  • and one about the Budapest HQ (~30 min)

Please note, we’re unable to support relocation or sponsor visa for this role.

More Information on Chemaxon
Chemaxon operates in the Software industry. Chemaxon was founded in 1998. It has 223 total employees. To see all 10 open jobs at Chemaxon, click here.
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