Product Owner, Web Platforms

SOFTWARE/ WEB DEVELOPMENT - United Kingdom

Ref: 105Thursday 10 June 2021

£60,000 plus benefits

Product Owner – web platforms (visualisation and analytics) (based in Cambridge or London)

Our client is an innovative high growth data and consultancy provider serving the life sciences sector. Due to significant growth they are hiring a Product Owner for their web platform products. The suitable candidate will be able to work between a range of stakeholders and ‘conduct the orchestra’ to drive the product forward.

This role will advance the development of a suite of cutting-edge data tools that draw from core data assets and as well as the consulting teams expertise. The Product Owner will manage and report on development progress to ensure that that software is delivered on time and to demanding quality standards.

The PO will initially take responsibility for our clients new analytics platform, capturing and delivering the business vision and user requirements and ensuring continued quality improvement for existing platforms.  They will communicate across the business both internally and externally from board level to capturing detailed user stories. They will be responsible for ensuring that appropriate product management methodologies are put in place, as well as contributing to Agile delivery methodology (Scrum).

Responsibilities and Duties

  • Oversee the delivery of web platforms, from conception to production, ensuring that schedules and quality standards are upheld.
  • Together with business stakeholders, develop and manage roadmap for a pipeline of future products, solutions, and features
  • Capture business requirements from clients and client facing teams, as well as working with the development team to ensure these requirements are understood.
  • Set and communicate development task priorities, appropriately balancing the requirements of the business with internal system improvements.
  • Work through the details and ensure these are captured in user stories, so that the developers can confidently work on implementation.
  • Be available and approachable for the development team, so that they can quickly get answers to questions about their tasks.
  • Ensure that the development team (based across London, Cambridge in the UK and Mumbai in India) buy into the business strategy, appreciate their role in making it happen and are motivated towards delivery.
  • Contribute to the Agile process by supporting the Scrum Master and hosting relevant “ceremonies” (e.g., planning).
  • Ensure that a high-quality appearance and UX is maintained across all products (working with designers and QA as needed).
  • Report regularly to key stakeholders and the wider business, so they are kept abreast of project progress.
  • Train and mentor junior product owners (as appropriate)

Key Subject Matter / Technical Skills

  • A proven ability to deliver projects in an Agile environment whilst remaining responsive to ad-hoc requests for supporting client projects
  • Experience in delivering scalable, robust, database driven web applications, utilising a range of technical frameworks, tools and languages
  • Knowledge of the pharmaceutical market, particularly market access and pricing would be an advantage

Personal Attributes

  • An enthusiastic and can-do attitude, always looking for opportunities to drive the organisation forward through collaborating with client delivery and development teams.
  • An exceptional communicator, able to translate business strategy into a development roadmap.
  • A creative problem-solver, with the analytic capabilities to solve the correct problem.
  • An ability to foresee risks and roadblocks and take early evasive action to resolve issues without compromising on delivery.
  • Sensitive and empathetic to the needs of our users; able to appreciate their motivations.
  • The ability to be detail-oriented as needed, without losing sight of the big picture.