Head of Hardware Products, Prague

At Y Soft we have 15 years of experience combining HW and SW to deliver excellent solutions for our customers. Our product portfolio ranges from USB NFC Card Readers, ARM based high-tech devices serving as UI terminals or Edge computers to unique 3D printers. The entire product lifecycle, from initial ideas over development, prototyping to full serial production, takes place in the Czech Republic.

Now, there is an opportunity for you as we are looking for the Head of HW Product, who will be responsible for the next product decisions. It will be a challenging task to sustain growth and keep our competitors behind us.  At the same time, Y Soft  offers a great opportunity, the freedom to  implement your  ideas and the satisfaction of seeing Fortune 500 customers using our products.

Responsibilities & tasks

  • Define strategic priorities and lay out a product vision that spans the company's entire portfolio
  • Understand our customers and be the product evangelist for HW products
  • Transform the product vision into actionable, measurable product plans based on data and insights. You will own the hardware product roadmap
  • Work with sales, marketing and other product leaders to drive adoption of new services and features. Develop decision-making and consensus-building to manage projects through to a successful launch
  • Continuously refine and evolve the product process and procedures to ensure productive and efficient collaboration within the product team and across the organization
  • Build solid working relationships with IT Operations, Security, and Enterprise Architecture teams to ensure the team delivers secure, reliable and high performing products
  • Provide a high-level of visibility and transparency around KPIs, design, backlog and results to senior leadership and other teams
  • Provide coaching and development for all direct reports, while helping the entire team grow and learn
  • Support and enhance the Y Soft culture
  • Recruit, motivate, mentor and lead a high caliber team

Role requirements

  • Hands on HW product leader with an innate passion for building successful products
  • Organizational leadership and product management skills and experience with building world-class product teams
  • Ability to create and encourage a healthy supportive/inclusive culture where collaboration across teams and the sharing of ideas and solutions is the daily norm
  • Ability to sustain partnerships with stakeholders across the enterprise to drive results
  • Develop a product story and vision that inspires teams and stakeholders
  • Develop and drive quarterly goals and objectives to drive execution
  • Has a deep understanding of business strategy and metrics
  • Ability to identify, prioritize and execute tasks to meet deadlines

We offer

  • Work place in Prague
  • 30 days of vacation, 3 sick days
  • Dog-friendly office
  • Quarterly bonuses, employee stock options
  • Free personal use of 3D printers
  • Support of language education
  • Family club, contribution to kindergarten fee
  • Meal vouchers
  • Vitamin voucher
  • Daily fresh fruit / vegetables at work
  • Community breakfast every Friday

More info

If you want to join our team, send us your curriculum vitae in English and a letter outlining your motivation for this role.

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Meet Your Future Colleagues

Engineering Tech Lead
"Since joining Y Soft part-time in 2014, I have advanced from a Junior Embedded Systems Developer to an Engineering Tech Lead and am now responsible for the Engineering Team's work. During these three years, I've touched on everything – from hardware to websites and applications.

I have learned more in one year at Y Soft than in three years at university.

My work is varied allowing me to learn many types of technologies and to integrate industry innovations into my everyday work."
R&D Manager
"I joined Y Soft’s R&D department as a QA Engineer. I have an interest in how people work together so after one year, I managed a group of student interns and took an interest in their career development. The following year, I managed a Quality Control Coordinator and then became a Test Lead two years later leading a group of QA Engineers. Soon after, we developed a robotic hand that has grown into a robotics team that I have been leading since its inception.
Currently, I am an R&D Manager and, in addition to the robotics team, I also take care of the R&D infrastructure. My career advancement was fueled by my will to always do something extra, to work on myself and to keep a professional attitude at all times."
Event Coordinator
"I joined Y Soft in April, 2016 as an Office Assistant. I quickly realized that this is the kind of work you do, not because you have to, but because you enjoy it.  

Just one year later, I applied for an Event Coordinator position. I succeeded and moved into the marketing department where I take care of corporate events held around the world.

I like the people I work with. I enjoy the freedom of organizing my own work, and I have gradually collected a variety of valuable skills that has enhanced my career further."
R&D Intern
"I became acquainted with Y Soft through a competition at Masaryk University. The competition topic I had chosen eventually turned into my Bachelor thesis. I liked how Y Soft worked with students systematically. Nobody at Y Soft looks at you strangely when you want to write a Bachelor thesis.

Today, I focus on monitoring. I appreciate the space that we have to research new technologies and the time flexibility allows me to combine work with university studies."
Solution Consultant
"After I finished my studies at Masaryk University, I stayed at the University as a YSoft SafeQ admin. When I started looking for a new job, Y Soft was my first choice. I joined the Customer Support Services department as a Technical Consultant in May, 2012.

Within two years, I became a senior technical consultant and have been working as a solution consultant for the last two years. 

With my career advancement, I am able to get new, more interesting and complex tasks by working with some of our larger customers. I am delighted that the company trusts me and appreciates the work I'm doing."
Junior Embedded System Developer
"I wrote my Bachelor and Master theses while working part-time at Y Soft. I was very motivated by Y Soft's constant interest in pushing my work further and received a lot of useful feedback from them. At the same time, I was given enough freedom and time to choose the direction I wanted to take.

Today, I work on projects for mobile devices and servers.  The team of people I work with are the main reason I enjoy Y Soft."
Junior Technical Product Manager
"My first contact with Y Soft was during my second year of university through a competition for talented students. After working on my Bachelor thesis with Y Soft’s assistance, I accepted their part-time job offer and worked with the development team to grow my knowledge of complex distributed systems. Now I'm a full-time junior researcher.
Because of the various projects I have worked on, I have learned about the entire product. This has given me exposure to the product management teams. I now participate in the most important projects related to our products."
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