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Product Owner – 12-month FTC

Transform the project, sector and workplace, based from home, salary up to £45k with a market leading pension.

About the Company

Our client is at the forefront of data collection in the UK, in terms of prestige it’s hard to think of a better organisation to work within if technology is your career. They collect, analyse and interrogate data on a huge scale to provide a trusted source of information to support accurate and better decision making. Your opportunity is to join the team as a Product Owner, within an organisation where technology is at the heart of everything they do.

About the Role

To ensure delivery teams (e.g. scrum) understand what needs to be delivered, by developing a product vision, sense of requirements and relative priorities.

To represent and interpret customer and business need, able to communicate clarity. Bridges the gap between business intent and product delivery.

Reporting Relationships

Reports to the Head of Service Development.

May be managerially responsible for one or more Data Quality analysts.

Key Responsibilities / Duties

Collaborate and negotiate with the business stakeholders to devise a product backlog that communicates a common vision and defines the success criteria for the product.

Use own knowledge of the business and data collection streams to influence and identify items for the Product Backlog and assist the Scrum team in finding solutions.

Act as the Product Owner for an agile delivery team; owning and managing the product backlog and encouraging the participation of team members to refine the product backlog.

Clearly express the product backlog by writing user stories that with clarity and acceptance criteria ensure the successful delivery of the features in each sprint.

Continually evaluate the progress of the product backlog with reference to information such as the team velocity to deliver on schedule.

Ensure that the product efforts support the company’s overall strategy and goals.

Be the primary source of information and truth for the product and leverage this expertise to provide insight and clarity.

Ensure that the Product Backlog is visible, transparent, and clear to all, and shows what the delivery team will be working on next.

Set priorities and collaborate with the delivery team to organise and prioritise work.

Collaborate with other Product Owners to align work and manage core platform features.

Promote creativity and encourage business innovation in the pursuit of targets.

Advocate Scrum and Agile techniques both in development and to the wider organisation.

Work with other colleagues in the Group to provide a coherent and effective approach to the delivery and development of the Group’s functions.

Work with the Head of Operations and Performance to agree the priorities for and resolve workload conflicts of the members of the team.

Work with colleagues across the Agency on cross-cutting issues as appropriate.

May include line-management responsibility including appraisal, development and support issues.

Any other reasonable duties to support effective team working across the Agency.

Principal Contacts


Technology Group – Scrum team.

Colleagues in the Enterprise, Statutory Services and Data and Innovation Groups.

Product stakeholders, to include the Executive Management Group (EMG).

Internal data users.


Strategic customers, providers, software houses.

Person Specification


Someone who demonstrates awareness of their environment, sensing and anticipating situations and being able to ask the right questions at the right time.

Someone who is comfortable with change, able to fail fast, learn quickly, and be able to adapt to new challenges.

Excellent at interacting with empathy and humility.

The ability to influence cross-functional teams without formal authority.

Able to take on different views from various parties and still be consistent.

Able to work closely with a delivery team – but maintain distance as needed.

In depth knowledge and experience of data collection streams.

A good understanding of data processing and reporting.

A skilled negotiator who can manage expectations and keep the broad range of stakeholders’ content.

Able to make clear, rational business prioritisations even when there are unknowns.

Highly Desirable

Experience of working in an agile/scrum environment.

Experience of business analysis.

Experience of managing a team.

Ability to

Demonstrate breadth and/or depth of experience that shows full proficiency across own product/specialism/discipline to be recognised as a source of expertise within own field.

Work with clients and reach agreement on a mutually acceptable data specification with a full understanding of the implications to the programme of work.

Question, probe and challenge the thinking of others to determine underlying issues.

Influence relationships and establish communication channels for self/others to use.

Negotiate and influence others and where necessary be assertive with internal and external contacts.

Plan work to meet specific objectives within a specified deadline and take initiatives to deliver those objectives in the most effective way, reflecting resource constraints and interdependencies.

Respond to a range of different situations, applying a broad range of written and oral communication skills to convey information clearly.

Generate solutions to complex issues and take the lead in the development of such solutions and in their implementation.

Pay attention to detail across all work programmes.

Provide input to Group planning (timescale, resources or quality standards) as a senior member of the Statutory Group.

Display diplomacy in sensitive situations.

Meet the requirements relevant to the role band as outlined in the company’s band descriptors – which are available on SharePoint.

The Benefits

Market leading pension scheme
22 days holiday rising to 33
Christmas shutdown
Up to 12 TOIL days per year
Flexible & remote working
Childcare vouchers
Employee loan scheme
Long service awards
Colleague recognition scheme
Wedding / first child gifts
Occupational health support To apply simply send your CV and we will review and make contact with you immediately. Your Talent Solutions is a recruitment company that specialises in projects and programmes

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