As a Technical Product Owner you’ll lead our journey into the digital age and evolve our online presence

Vacancy : Technical Product Owner / Website Support Expert

Location:  Yakult HQ Almere.
Posted:      February 2024

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We’re seeking a Technical Product Owner / Website Support Expert to empower our journey into the digital age, seamlessly blending traditional practices with digital strategies. This is your chance to play a pivotal role in evolving our brand’s online presence. Join Yakult Europe’s transformative journey towards digital excellence.

About the role

Yakult has been at the forefront of promoting well-being for almost 90 years through our mission ‘contributing to health and happiness of people around the world’. As consumer behaviours and market dynamics shift, we recognize that to fulfil this mission we need to evolve our strategies to stay relevant and impactful. In 2021 a growth strategy has been defined within the Yakult Group in Europe that is driving many positive changes. The direction that has been chosen is to give more strategic guidance, coordination, and support from the European Head Quarters in Almere, to create both more effectiveness as well as efficiency/scale in (pan-EU) activities.

As part of this strategy a largely new marketing department of ten people is being built at Yakult Europe. You will be a key member of the compact, dynamic digital team of four, guided by the Manager of Digital Strategy & Solutions, within this marketing team. The digital team is aimed at driving digital innovation and effectiveness. It involves extensive digital communication and support for our operational teams across various countries, ensuring cohesive strategy implementation and operational excellence from our headquarters to each local office.

As a Technical Product Owner / Website Support Expert, you’ll be instrumental in this evolution. Your primary focus will be to support our local operating companies (OpCos) with their, country specific WordPress websites, optimizing these platforms for branding and SEO to maximize our digital footprint. You’ll offer technical WordPress and SEO support and occasionally spearhead projects aimed at developing new WordPress components or potentially launching a web shop pilot. Your work will directly contribute to enhancing our digital presence, ensuring our brand continues to resonate with consumers in an ever-changing digital landscape.

This role is an exceptional opportunity for an experienced digital support professional with an entrepreneurial mindset to leverage their expertise in a distinctive operational context. You’ll be at the heart of driving our digital strategy forward, making tangible contributions to our mission of promoting health and happiness. If you’re passionate about digital transformation and ready to make a significant impact within a unique and operational environment, we invite you to join us on this exciting journey. Because of this limited team size, we need you to be a generalist more than a specialist. Unique within the team, this role requires an individual who can independently drive digital support and occasional projects, bringing a wealth of experience.

Original Yakult Bottle

Your main responsibilities

  • Day to day management of all country support and technical updates for the Yakult websites.
  • Improving the scalable way of working with the CMS of Yakult (WordPress) for all teams in the OpCo’s by providing guidelines, documentation and occasional trainings.
  • Manage and own all processes with our development- and UX-agencies.
  • Act as a liaison between the digital team, marketing team, OpCos, and external partners.
  • Occasionally lead digital projects from conception through to execution, including the development of new WordPress components, enhancements to existing sites, and potential e-commerce initiatives.

Qualifications and personal qualities

In order to enjoy your work and perform this role well, you must have the following characteristics and skills:


  • Bachelors or Masters degree, in Computer Science, Technical Business Management or related.
  • Working experience:
    • 7+ years in digital support, web development and project management;
    • 5+ years owning all processes with development- and UX-agencies;
    • 5+ years of hands-on experience installing, developing and managing (WordPress) SEO websites;
    • 2+ years with analytical tools such as Google Analytics and Google Search Console;
    • 3+ years in a B2B environment is a plus;
    • 3+ years running B2C e-commerce is a plus;
    • 2+ years with A/B testing and CRO are a plus;
    • Experience in a similar role for an international FMCG company is a plus.

Personal qualities:

  • You are an independent problem solver; pro-active, willing, and able to professionally challenge others on every level in a confident and respectful way, always striving for the best interests of Yakult and its mission.
  • You convince and inspire based on intelligent insights and appealing examples.
  • You can act on a strategic, tactical, and operational level in an international, multicultural context.
  • You are easy to work with, a team player, willing to ‘pick up the ball where others drop it’.
  • You are authentic and honest, with a sense of humour.
  • Fluent in English, and ideally also in Dutch or one other European language.

Even if you do not meet all the requirements but recognize yourself in the description and feel you can succeed in this role, we invite you to apply and we would like to get in touch with you.

What we offer

We offer you a position that gives you the opportunity to contribute to our mission “working on a healthy society”. From day one you’ll be part of a multi-cultural, dynamic, and close-knit team. We will encourage you to develop and make a difference. Next to that we offer you:

  • A competitive salary that matches your knowledge and experience, with a maximum of € 5,700.- per month (full-time).
  • A variable bonus scheme (5-12% of the annual salary).
  • 27 days of leave, with the possibility to purchase a maximum of 5 days extra;
  • A fulltime position (32 hours is negotiable) and a one-year contract, with the intention to convert into an open end contract after a year.
  • A flexible and hybrid work environment (max. 2 days per week at home for full-time employment).
  • Based on our mindset of continuous improvement we actively facilitate you to develop yourself by attending (external) trainings and courses.
  • And much more, such as free Yakult at work, an iPhone and laptop, travel expenses, a good pension scheme and group health insurance.

About Yakult

Yakult was created in 1935 when scientist Dr. Shirota marketed the first bottle of fermented dairy drink containing probiotics in Japan. Since then, our mission is to contribute to the health and happiness of the world. And with success, Yakult is now available in 40 countries and regions and more than 40 million people around the world enjoy it every day.

Yakult came to Europe in 1994 and specifically to Almere in the Netherlands, because of the high drinking water quality necessary to produce Yakult. Next to that, the Netherlands is known because of its high dairy technology. The central geographic position of the Netherlands provided a perfect gateway to the rest of Europe. The European headquarters are located in Almere, next to our production facility, we have offices in six European Countries and Yakult is available in 13 countries across Europe.


Do you want to apply? Send your CV by e-mail to If you have any questions about the content, please contact the HR department via telephone number: +3136-5211 300.

We are looking for talents for this role ourselves, which is why acquisition in response to this vacancy is not appreciated.

Yakult stands for diversity, so we don’t care where you were born, what you believe in, and who you love. We are curious about your talent and how you can make a difference.