Product Owner

Job Title: Product Owner
Contract Type: Contract
Location: England
Salary: £500 - £650 per annum + Inside IR35
Start Date: May 2020
Reference: BBBH22333_1585746686
Contact Name: Zoe Latuszka
Contact Email:
Job Published: April 01, 2020 14:11

Job Description

Product Owner

Newport or Titchfield - start work remotely for foreseeable future but then choose with location if and when allowed back into the office.

3-month contract - 25 hours per week

Inside IR35

SC clearance needed - Please do not apply if you do not have valid SC clearance used within the last 12 months.

This role sits at the heart of business development. Central to this is the ability to quickly understand users and their needs, turning them into deliverable goals, while balancing a wide range of stakeholders across the business domain.

The Business Product Owner maximises the business value of the products they are responsible for, working with multidisciplinary teams building products and services to meet users' needs. They will be a high-energy, proactive and adaptable individual who isn't afraid to take tough, practical decisions to keep product development moving forward. At the same time, they will have the skills and empathy to get user buy-in for the product definition


  • Delivery, on-going success and continuous improvement of the products that they oversee
  • Empowered to make informed decisions balancing business and technical issues
  • Accepts responsibility for the product, is committed and available and works as part of a multidisciplinary team to support and continuously improve products and services through the delivery lifecycle
  • Developing achievable goals and measurable objectives for product and service development, which are aligned to the goals and objectives of the department
  • Creating effective, prioritised product descriptions to meet user needs in a cost-effective way - maintaining and prioritising the Product Backlog in line with needs and priorities and ensuring the pipeline is translated into effective user stories that can be passed through design and development hands with ease
  • Working with the team and stakeholders to write clear, concise user stories with acceptance criteria and definitions of success
  • Understanding and champion the real needs of users of the products and services with business area subject matter expertise
  • Empathising with the needs of users, colleagues and stakeholders, and to balance and prioritise competing needs effectively when required
  • Communicating and collaborating with other teams across business and more widely within Government
  • Communicating progress and decisions clearly and effectively with senior stakeholders across business and more widely within Government
  • Sharing knowledge and progress with others through 'show and tells', product showcase and talks
  • Work with analysts to develop meaningful performance measurements and use these to inform improvements to the product or service.
  • Keep abreast of industry developments and best practice and ensure an element of continual improvement is built into products

Essential Skills

Agile ways of working: A practical understanding and experience of working within an Agile environment and applies this to day-to-day work. Aware of and understands agile methodology and how to apply the agile mindset to all aspects of their work.

Is recognised as an expert and is able to act as a coach or mentor to other members of ESG in sharing best practice

Managing conflicting priorities: Is an expert in being able to manage differing and conflicting priorities for the delivery team and present this in a clear and concise backlog.

Plays an active role in the wider business, helping negotiate with others in order to ensure priorities are met

Leadership: Able to inspire and motivate their own team, providing clear direction in line with corporate strategy. Is an effective role model (leads by example, is visible and approachable, shows enthusiasm, promotes a culture of inclusion)

Communication: Has strong verbal, written and visual communication skills and takes a proactive role in communicating with both internal and external stakeholders ensuring their voice is heard in decisions.

Is an expert in being able to communicate with technical and non-technical audiences alike

User focus: Understands users and can identify who they are and what their needs are based on evidence. Able to translate user stories and propose design approaches or services to meet these needs and engage in meaningful interactions and relationships with users. Puts users first and can manage competing priorities.

An expert in the techniques required to capture user needs

Product Ownership: Understands the concept of product design and minimum viable product (MVP). Is able to work with development teams to influence the design of a product.

Is proficient in the ability to assist technical leads in the interpretation of user needs so that they can be incorporated into an appropriate product design