Product Owner

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Reference
WRC/PO
Closing date
01 Aug 2017
Hours
40 hours per week
Contract type
Full-time
Location
Wroclaw, Poland
Description

Job Purpose

Background

 

Ocado Technology provides the platform that powers a highly successful, online only, grocery delivery business. Unlike its competitors, Ocado does not pick groceries from store shelves. Instead highly automated fulfilment centers are used as part of a fully integrated e-commerce operation. This operation is powered by a set of state of the art software systems. Ocado Technology responsible for their continued development, ensuring industry leading service and efficiency through cutting edge technology and continuous innovation.

 

This technology platform is developed in house and the division has a strong emphasis on software engineering. The working environment at Ocado combines informality in areas such as dress and management style with a strong commitment to professionalism and quality.

 

Job Specification         

 

The main purpose of this role is envisioning the future of internal systems and working with stakeholders, development teams and users to realise it. The environment is one of Agile Development with Scrum based teams and high focused approach to constant delivery of high value, working software.

 

At the core of this position is the Product Owner role in the Scrum development methodology.  This includes managing the product backlog, benefit analysis, minimum viable product, prioritisation, acceptance criteria and reviewing completed work. It requires a close working relationship with both internal customers and development teams.

 

You must be technically competent to be able to understand the systems, and prioritise and work with business users and developers to decide product direction. However you must be comfortable allowing the development teams to come up with the solutions, while you will be their knowledge base and proxy for the business.

 

 

Key Customers

 

Ocado Technology, the Ocado retail team, the Morrisons retail team and a range of stakeholders across the business

 

Roles & Responsibilities

 

You will have responsibility for:

 

●      Developing the product vision and strategy to drive our grocery websites and apps forward

●      Building strong relationships with business users and stakeholders

●      Developing a deep understanding of the business uses and potential of our software products to enable you to act as a proxy for the business to effectively progress development solutions

●      Facilitating the scrum process wherever required

●      Product backlog management, including defining user stories and prioritisation

●      Working with the stakeholders to prioritise stories to maximise business value created by the development teams for your product

●      Maintaining the development teams focus on delivering value, balancing multiple streams of requirements so that they can concentrate on what they do best: creating a great product!

●      Working with development teams in estimation and review sessions

●      Facilitating development by working with design and UX teams to ensure the developers have the things they need to keep moving forwards

●      Constantly be monitoring progress, looking for ways to improve the product and make adjustments based on strategic goals

 

You may be asked to perform tasks as required by management deemed as a reasonable request. This job description is a summary of the typical functions of the role, not an exhaustive or comprehensive list of possible role responsibilities, tasks and duties and is subject to review. The responsibilities, tasks and duties of the job holder might differ from those outlined in the job description and other duties, as assigned, might form part of the job.

 

Knowledge, Skills and Experience

 

ESSENTIAL

  • Degree or equivalent in Computer Science, Software Engineering, Information Technology or similar technical degree
  • Demonstrable experience of working in an agile scrum environment, ideally as a PO, but possibly as an agile coach or a similar role.

●      Excellent communication skills.

●      Strong business skills.

●      An understanding and appreciation for software development and design, solid technical skillset.

DESIRABLE

●      A strong track record in the retail, e-commerce or commercial software development sectors.

●      Strong technical skills and an analytic mind set.

●      Previous experience in a Product Development role

●      Track record delivering high quality software that meets business need in a timely fashion.

●      Experience in estimating the value of software features, and in cost-benefit analysis and constructing business cases.

●      Experience of managing a product backlog

REQUIRED COMPETENCIES

 

●      Innovation & Problem Solving  - able to solve complex problems, participates in continuous improvement, adapts the ideas of others

●      Teamwork – works well with others and actively contributes towards team objectives

●      Communication & Impact – strong verbal and written communication, robust interaction with internal stakeholders and other members of the team.

●      Productivity, Drive & Achievement – proactive approach, gets things done, demonstrates accountability and ownership, prioritises own workload

●      Technical Excellence – demonstrates intellectual rigour, possesses relevant abilities and is able to pick up new skills quickly

●      Business awareness – ability to apply learned skills, awareness beyond immediate area/role

●      Adaptability - working under pressure, flexible, positive and focused during times of change         

Benefits

Multi Sport Card

Medical Insurance

Life assurance

Lunch Vouchers

Training and Development opportunities

Equal Opportunity Employer

Ocado is an equal opportunities employer and as such makes every effort to ensure that all potential employees are treated fairly and equally, regardless of their sex, sexual orientation, marital status, race, colour, nationality, ethnic or national origin, religion, age, disability or union membership status.

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