Product Owner

About Citylife

Citylife is a tech-driven real estate startup specialized in (re)building co-living apartments based on the needs of young people. We perform an end-to-end approach, where we purchase the real estate, refurbish, rent, and manage it. With this way of working, we can assure a top-notch experience among our members. We create high-quality apartments that friends can share, while we provide them great service during their stay. Furthermore, co-living makes living in the very heart of the city affordable for students and young professionals.

Our vision for Citylife is to become a love-brand for renting co-living apartments that acts as a recognizable quality stamp all over Europe. But Citylife offers more than just a beautiful and modern home for you and your friends. You become part of an active community and also gain access to various Citylife events. This makes you a Citylife member (and not just a tenant).

Citylife is growing fast. We’re in the transition from buying and renting out single apartments to purchasing, refurbishing, and renting out co-living buildings. The first building of 300 m2+ has been purchased recently, but many will follow in the next year. To prepare for rapid growth, we’ve implemented Salesforce as our core system. We’re looking for a Product Manager that can take the lead in streamlining our processes even further.

Job description and responsibilities

We’re looking for a proactive, ambitious and creative Product Owner that will gather feature requests, schedule releases and coordinate sprints. You identify stakeholders’ needs and determine the scope. Next, your role consists of defining backlog items, prioritizing them, and developing appropriately detailed specifications for the product features so that they are clearly understood by our international software development team. You will have to check and test the work that is delivered by the developers. On a daily basis, you’ll have to solve product related problems, make decisions, and complete trade-off analysis to stay on track. You are responsible and accountable for the created product(s) and will have a leading role in the further development of our IT systems. This means that we expect you to be strategic, detailed focused, entrepreneurial and creative, but you should also have strong communication skills and be a good listener.


  • Minimum two years of working experience
  • University-level education
  • Deep understanding and experience with Agile methodologies
  • Knows how to define the product roadmap
  • Experience with a definition of minimum marketable features and minimum viable products
  • Ability to work with cross-functional teams to deliver on a common goal
  • Outstanding communication, presentation and leadership skills
  • Analytical and problem-solving skills, combined with organizational and time management skills
  • Overall understanding of technologies used in the product and affinity with IT
  • Attention to details
  • Positive attitude and interpersonal skills
  • Fluent in English and preferably Dutch
  • Interested in real estate and co-living

What we offer

A position at Citylife will give you the chance to take a leading role in the development of our IT systems, such as Salesforce. You’ll acquire skills and experience in your field of expertise, understand the workflow of a starting company, and adapt to a fast-paced work environment. You’ll be giving a huge amount of responsibility and freedom to realize your ideas. Our office location (42workspace, co-working space for tech companies) is also a big plus – we are located in the heart of Rotterdam, right on the Witte de Withstraat, with a rooftop terrace, a gym, and a community of tech entrepreneurs.

Preferred start date: the beginning of 2021
Availability: fulltime
Salary: market level based on experience and skills



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