Olivier Schaer, Product Manager in Lausanne, Switzerland
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Olivier Schaer

Verified Expert  in Product Management

Product Manager

Lausanne, Switzerland
Toptal Member Since
January 7, 2022

Olivier is a seasoned technical product manager with over 20 years of remarkable experience and accomplishments in the tech, telecommunications, and consumer electronics industries. He has worked for various startup and multinational companies across Europe and the United States, accomplishing outstanding and sustainable results in driving business through customer-obsessed experience and innovations.

Project Highlights

Machine Learning Platform for the Telecom Industry
Led the product definition and delivery of a machine learning platform generating individual end-of-promotion price recommendations.
Sporfie Video Acquisition Platform
Founded and led the product definition and strategy for Sporfie's sport video acquisition platform.


Work Experience

Senior Product Manager

2023 - PRESENT
  • Trained and mentored a cross-functional team to introduce tinyML machine learning at the edge of an IoT wearable.
  • Redesigned the UI/UX of the mobile and dashboard to accommodate video communication between the team leader and members.
  • Defined the overall architecture of the new connected tactical vest for a Western country's law enforcement forces.

Product Owner/Manager

2022 - 2023
Pfizer - PGS Operations Insights
  • Worked with senior leadership to establish a future roadmap and present status progress for an analytics team at a global pharmaceutical manufacturing company.
  • Delivered a new analytical solution for good manufacturing practices (GMP) complaints management.
  • Led the introduction of Elasticsearch and an accurate multi-language NLP pipeline supporting character-based languages.

Product Director

2019 - 2022
Nagravision SA
  • Defined the requirements of a machine-learned uplift impact prediction model while managing the Nagra SaaS Insight platform delivery.
  • Trained and mentored pre-sales and sales organizations to introduce drastically different success-driven business models.
  • Worked with senior managers to build a product roadmap and sell it internally.
  • Maintained the entire profit and loss statement (P&L) with finance, prepared budget cycles, and made sales forecasts with the senior managers.

Founder | Chief Technology and Marketing Officer

2016 - 2021
  • Launched and got early-stage funding for internal entrepreneurship initiatives focused on acquiring and distributing amateur sports videos.
  • Led the iOS and Android mobile apps test and deployment.
  • Defined the entire UI and UX of the website and mobile apps.

Co-founder and VP Product Designer

2015 - 2017
  • Defined and implemented the customer acquisition strategy for word of mouth and social media campaigns.
  • Designed the entire user experience workflow of a mobile-first web service to discover and engage with local boutiques and artisans.
  • Engaged with local retail shops to define the product strategy and launched a beta version to confirm the product-market fit.

Senior Product Line Manager

2012 - 2015
Nagravision SA
  • Oversight product definition and delivery of one of the first fully-managed over-the-top video delivery platforms.
  • Used an agile process to guide a dedicated engineering team of ten elements. Prioritized day-to-day activities as part of my responsibilities as the product owner.
  • Defined the UI/UX of the onboarding screens for the set-top-box deployment.
  • Supported all pre-sales activities, including webinars, roadshows, and digital marketing campaigns.

Head of Product | Trusted Media Platform

2009 - 2011
Nagravision SA
  • Defined the strategy of the hardware and software security extensions for video content delivery platforms.
  • Led the licensing of a custom security silicon library embedded in more than 80 million chipsets and certification programs for hardware root of trust security.
  • Introduced the next-generation security IP block, migrating 100 million in-field products.
  • Managed a 5-people team of product managers and system architects.

Senior Program Manager

2006 - 2009
GE Security
  • Led the development of the GE Security VisioWave IVP platform, delivering enterprise video surveillance systems for fixed and rugged embedded markets.
  • Collaborated with senior leaders on defining the product strategy and resources allocation.
  • Led the selection of an external manufacturing partner and drove design transfer from prototyping to complete autonomous production.

Senior Project Manager | Desktop and Keyboard Engineering Unit

2002 - 2006
  • Participated in the project strategy definition for Logitech wireless keyboards, including modularity aspects and ensuring strategy application from design to manufacturing.
  • Managed the entire product delivery from the electrical, mechanical, software, and industrial design to the Far East manufacturing.
  • Traveled extensively to China to guarantee proper production launch and supplier quality.
  • Articulated with Bluetooth LE chipset vendors to migrate from a proprietary wireless protocol to future-proof standards.

Senior Firmware Engineer | Video Firmware Design Group

1999 - 2002
  • Participated in the development and architecture definition of the firmware embedded in Logitech's video and still digital cameras.
  • Developed and designed various QuickCam cameras, handling the analog and digital hardware design, hardware and software system integration, and support for transferring the final design to mass production in the Far East.
  • Qualified all the new webcams and gaming products before release to manufacturing.

Project Manager

1996 - 1999
  • Developed the encoding and decoding set-top boxes' firmware for an analog pay television system.
  • Led the counter-measured initiative to keep our system secure from video hackers.
  • Traveled on-site to install and monitor the encoding units.

Machine Learning Platform for the Telecom Industry

Led the product definition and delivery of a machine learning platform generating individual end-of-promotion price recommendations.

Nagra Insight is a machine learning platform that generates individual price recommendations by maximizing the uplift potential. Over 400,000 recommendations are used monthly for an overall direct impact of more than $50 million every year. I managed the long-term product roadmap and short-term product decisions. The platform includes a customer-facing dashboard serving built-in reports and exporting to standard BI tools.

Sporfie Video Acquisition Platform


Founded and led the product definition and strategy for Sporfie's sport video acquisition platform.

Sporfie is a mobile app for coaches, athletes, parents, and officials to instantly review and share any play. I founded the initiative and secured funding to launch the project following a lean approach. I also defined the entire UX and UI of the mobile and web experience and managed the complete DevOps of the mobile apps as well as some architectural design decisions. I've secured a deal of more than $600 thousand with the AHL and ECHL major hockey league for an in-game referee review system.

Solid State MP4 Video Camera

Led the design and development of all device drivers for the first solid state MP4 videocamera launched in the world.

Logitech used its knowledge in the webcam industry to launch the first commercialized solid-state MP4 videocamera. As part of the founding team, I defined the product's technical architecture and developed the first iteration.


Founded and led the customer experience design of a mobile-first web service to discover and engage with local boutiques and artisans.

TaleAround was about the discovery of local gems. I developed a two-sided web platform to showcase local boutiques and artisans. The platform was designed around a mobile-first experience. I led the customer journey onboarding and discovery experience and developed the platform's front end based on the Vue.js framework.

IoT Wearable Product Director


Led the product definition of a wearable IoT safety platform for first responders and lone workers.

Wearin is an intelligent platform that connects people in the field with those in charge by integrating biometrics and environmental wearable sensors.

The solution is made of two products:
1. A wearable garment integrating data sensing and secure transition.
2. An intelligent data platform sorting and interpreting the collected data.
2023 - 2023

Certificate of Advanced Studies (CAS) in Management in Life Sciences

Swiss Federal Institute of Technology | EPFL - Lausanne, Switzerland

2022 - 2022

Certificate of Completion in Strategy in the Age of Digital Disruption

INSEAD - Paris, France

1991 - 1994

Master's Degree in Computer Science

Swiss Federal Institute of Technology - Lausanne, Switzerland


Deploying TinyML

Harvard University | via edX


Executive Data Science

Johns Hopkins University, via Coursera


Product Management: Building a Product Strategy



Becoming an AI-first Product Leader



Product Management Certification

Berkeley Haas School of Business


Jira, Slack, Office 365, Confluence, Git, GitHub, Figma, CircleCI, Sketch, AWS ELB, AWS IAM, Provisioning Tools, ETL, Microsoft Power BI


Embedded Linux, Mixpanel, Firebase, ARM Linux, Arch Linux, Blockchain, Demand-side Platforms (DSPs), AWS IoT


Agile, B2B2C, Agile Product Management, Data Product Management, Scrum, Agile Project Management, Business to Business to Consumer (B2B2C), Scalable Application, Requirements Analysis, Mobile App Design, Design Thinking, Data Science, Key Performance Metrics, B2C, Marketplace Platforms

Industry Expertise

Telecom Equipment & Solutions, Electronics, Telecommunications, Healthcare, Pharmaceuticals, Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP)


Miro, Teams, Mobile Apps, Machine Learning, Video Players, Product Management, Video Streaming, Consumer Electronics, Computer Science, Digital Video, Embedded Systems, Product Roadmaps, Cryptography, Project Management, Artificial Intelligence (AI), SaaS, Software as a Service (SaaS), Product Owner, Pricing, Product Engineering, Innovation, Use Cases, User Stories, Technical Product Management, B2B Product Management, Product Design, Internet of Things (IoT), Software Development, Solution Architecture, CTO, Business to Business (B2B), User Interface (UI), Requirements & Specifications, User Requirements, Wireframing, Apps, Hardware, B2B, Product Launch, Feature Roadmaps, Product Lifecycle Management (PLM), Technical Requirements, Minimum Viable Product (MVP), Go-to-market Strategy, Stakeholder Management, Best Practices, Agile Sprints, Feature Backlog Prioritization, Requirements, Product Ownership, Mobile App Development, App Store Acceptance Process, App Store, Enterprise, New Product Development, Software, R&D, New Products, Roadmaps, Go-to-market Plans, Customer Success, Amazon S3 (AWS S3), Strategic Planning, Technology, Front-end, API Integration, Product Vision, System Requirements, Product-market Fit, Product Marketing, Sprint Planning, Lean, Agile Leadership, Web Applications, User Needs, Feature Analysis, B2B Lead Generation, Revenue Modeling, Analytical Thinking, Functional Requirements, User Journeys, Stacks, Integration, Backlog Management, Websites, Web & Mobile Applications, Data-driven Dashboards, Data Visualization, Website Redesign, Product Enhancement, Scope Management, Project Timelines, Competitive Analysis, Functional Specifications, Mobile/Web Project Management, Conceptualization, Product Leadership, Access Control, Embedded Software, Product Development, Technical Project Management, Videos, Dashboards, Software Development Lifecycle (SDLC), MVP Design, Cloud, App Development, Project Planning, Customer Segmentation, Customer Insights, Consumer-facing Product Design, Over-the-top Content (OTT), Web App Development, Project Tracking, Version Control, Cross-functional Collaboration, Development, Solution Design, Client Delivery Management, Team Building, Remote Team Leadership, Planning, Product Discovery, Customer Research, Geolocation, Hardware Integration, Onboarding, Payment Processing, Mechanical Engineering, Big Data, Amazon, iOS, Android, Lean Manufacturing, Offshoring, Digital Signal Processing, Vue, Intellectual Property Licensing, Cybersecurity, Business Intelligence (BI), Bluetooth LE, Wireless, Data Product Manager, Product Strategy, Data Science Product Manager, Data Processing, Lean Startups, User Experience (UX), SaaS Product Management, Business Models, Enterprise SaaS, Data Analytics, Systems Analysis, Data Analysis, Dashboard Design, Sensor Data, Technical Consulting, Entrepreneurship, Business to Consumer (B2C), UX Design, Ergonomic Design, Contract, Digital Product Management, Startups, Pricing Strategy, Pricing Models, Negotiation, Offshore Team Management, Business Analysis, Algorithms, Automation, Mobile Applications, Artificial Intelligence Product Manager, Product Operations, Leadership, IoT Protocols, Wireless Sensor Networks, Digital Advertising, Advertising Technology (Adtech), APIs, Cryptocurrency Wallets, Transformational Leadership, People Management, Mockups, Launch Strategy, Data Architecture, Monetization, Google APIs, Amazon Web Services (AWS), Data Warehouse Design, eCommerce, Discovery Workshops, Licensing, Databases, B2C Marketing, Monetization Models, Data-driven Decision-making, International Growth, Competitor Analysis & Profiling, Audience Targeting, Market Research & Analysis, Product Customization, Markets, IT Product Management, User Research, Financials, Revenue Strategy, Product Analytics, Coaching, Team Mentoring, Strategy, Digital Transformation, Consulting, Market Research, Market Fit, Team Leadership, UI Design, Digital Marketing, Data Warehousing, Audio, Competition Research, Mapping, Ideation, Business Consulting, Robotics, Risk Management, Patents, Legal, Technical Writing, Documentation, Prototyping, Presales, Training & Training Content Development, Pitch Decks, Small & Medium-sized Enterprises (SME), Subscription Pricing, Direct to Consumer (D2C), Recommendation Systems, Consumer Behavior, Customer Data, Buyer Personas, Scaling, Data Products, React Native, Mobile UX, Business Model Canvas, Copywriting, Customer Experience Management, Business Planning, End-to-end Implementation (E2E), Contract Negotiation, Manufacturing, Ethical Sourcing, Industrial Design, RFID, Quality Control (QC), Device Drivers, China, United States, Linux, Dynamic Pricing, Early-stage Startups, Business Modeling, Web UI, Realtime, Mobile UI, Mobile Ads, SEO Tools, Web Analytics, Blockchain & Cryptocurrency, Non-fungible Tokens (NFT), SQL, Taxonomy, Python, Product Mapping, User Feedback, User Interviews, Natural Language Processing (NLP), Multi-channel, Data Engineering, Google Calendar, Life Science, Product Requirements Documentation (PRD), Advertising, Speech Recognition, Generative Pre-trained Transformers (GPT), Biometrics, Product Positioning, Wearables, Medtech, Communication, Long-term Evolution (LTE), Deep Learning, Healthcare Services, Management, Disruptive Innovation, Machine Learning Operations (MLOps), Laboratory Information Management System (LIMS), Healthcare IT, Amazon QuickSight, Quantum Computing, Research, Writing & Editing, Pricing Software, Release Management, Managed Service Providers (MSP), Healthcare Software, Growth Hacking, Electronic Medical Records (EMR), BI Reports

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