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Connectivity Technology Product Owner

Posting Country:  United Kingdom
Date Posted:  02-Mar-2021
Full Time / Part Time:  Full Time
Contract Type:  Permanent

Our purpose at Vodafone is to connect for a better future. As a Global Communications Technology company, we put the customer at the heart of everything we do. We are forever challenging, pushing boundaries and discovering innovative ways to connect our customers with their digital societies.

We connect people, businesses, and communities across the globe to create the future. We earn customer loyalty, experiment, learn fast and get it done, together.

Join our journey as we connect for a better future. Ready?

Location: Newbury


The Role

The Technology Product Owner manages the interface to the UCC Line of Business (LOB) and, in particular, to the Business Product Manager associated with your products/platform/developments.
You will be assigned to one or more products, and their value-streams, for product development. It will be necessary to negotiate, manage and agree demand into the practice for these products and manage the backlog, finance and operational governance.


You will work with wider practice leads, vendors, technology and operations teams to build the technology plan to inform and deliver the product/platform strategy and roadmap. This will require you to have a strong technology understanding for the products that are to be developed. You will also align and prioritise technology innovation and customer co-creation for the practice.

You will negotiate, manage and agree demand into the practice and manage the finance and operational governance alongside LPM and other stakeholders.


The product owner is responsible for the ‘how’, ensuring they support the LOB product manager (accountable for the ‘what’) to build the product roadmap, advising mandatory technology capabilities, progressing impact assessments and agreeing on behalf of the practice that the final prioritised roadmap is viable from a technology, cost and delivery perspective.


You will input to the creation of product feature requirements for developments working jointly with the LOB product manager who leads this. You will then translate these into lower level product/platform/operating model requirements ensuring these are underpinned by an E2E technical architecture (inc user journeys and service models) working with other roles in Technology (e.g architects and squad leads)


You will be responsible for in-life technology management activities encompassing the E2E product architecture (inc service, operations etc) in so far that they relate to the 12 month feature level roadmap aligned to the product/portfolio strategy

With us, you will:

  • Manage the interface between the UCC Practice and the LoB Product Manager(s)
  • Collate the Technology Strategy, Plan and requirements to inform, then deliver, the Product/Platform Strategy, Roadmap and features (may also include platform, apps, integrated solutions)
  • Interlock overall product/platform costs/budget/demands on the Practice with LoB Product manager, Pre-Sales, LPM, Finance and through governance. Ensuring continuous focus on cost management.
  • Lead on the technology planning process for the Practice (in line with Product roadmap). Confirm mandatory technical debt, enablers and KTLO to go onto the plan along with recommendations e.g. backlog, security & data privacy, technology insights and vendor roadmaps.
  • Progress new demands into impact assessment working with LPM. Agree on behalf of the practice that the LoB prioritised roadmap is viable from a technology, delivery and cost perspective.
  • Manage the output and budgets through governance agreeing value streams, EPICs, capabilities and sequence these into NPD.
  • Align, and prioritise, new technology innovation work taking inputs from the LoB Product Manager relative to the product strategy, roadmap and feature priorities. Also look to bring co-creation into technology innovation and product development. The product manager will help to align such requirements with the customers/markets/channels.
  • Own each of the Value Stream backlogs, being responsible for managing the relationship with Product Managers, operational teams, key stakeholders and their priorities, and coordinate the translation of these onto the development teams, achieving the balance between compliance to requirements and delivery times/costs/quality, within a virtual team, across many continents
  • Input to the creation of Product features with the Product Manager. Considering the backlog, technology innovation and insights, platform and technology strategy for the product. Agree to the final features for which the product manager has the final decision.
  • Translate the product features and requirements into buildable, lower level requirements working with the squad leaders and architects to feed into the design/dev/eng teams)
  • Manage local market integration and interface for product developments. Ensure that the technical specifications to be built align to local product/technology needs, share and interlock the technology plans, capture, cost SLA and vendor requirements
  • Undertake in-life technology management (inc service and systems) where it relates to the interlocked product roadmap
  • Create & maintains technical product content, where agreed with the product manager (Service specs, SLAs, training)
  • Ensure that new technology/vendor selection decisions meet the product requirements including features, unit costs, service models, CX, SLAs, roadmaps.
  • Responsible for compliance of all products & solutions to Cyber & Corporate Security and business resilience policies and standards through the new product development process and throughout the lifecycle of product/solution. Work with Product Manager (who is accountable) and actively engage with Security functions to ensure compliance.

Apply if you have:

  • Experience leading and delivering high performance through teams in Telecoms / Technology industry.
  • Agile product development experience (e.g. SAFe, Spotify, Scrum)
  • Experience of having managed/delivered Connectivity products – e.g. SD-WAN (Juniper, Cisco, VeloCloud), VNFs (Riverbed, Checkpoint, Paolo Alto, Fortinet), Underlay (IP-VPN, Ethernet, DIA, Broadband, Mobile), Security (Managed Firewall, DDoS), MANO (Blueplanet, Netcracker, CENX)
  • Foundational technology qualifications for the domain (desirable) e.g. CCNA, MEF
  • Experience with Office and Collaboration apps, also product development tools e.g. Jira, Confluence.
  • Working knowledge of SD-WAN, VNFs, Orchestration, Underlay technologies including IP-VPN, Ethernet, Internet and Manged Security


Vodafone is committed to attracting, developing and retaining the very best people by offering a motivating and inclusive workplace in which talent is truly recognised and rewarded. We are committed to promoting Inclusion for All with the belief that diversity plays an important role in the success of our business. We actively encourage everyone to consider becoming a part of our journey.