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Senior Technology Product Owner

Posting Country:  United Kingdom
Date Posted:  20-Jan-2022
Full Time / Part Time:  Full Time
Contract Type:  Permanent

At Vodafone, we’re working hard to build a better future. A more connected, inclusive and sustainable world. As a dynamic global community, it's our human spirit, together with technology, that empowers us to achieve this. 

We challenge and innovate in order to connect people, businesses, and communities across the world. Delighting our customers and earning their loyalty drive us, and we experiment, learn fast and get it done, together.

With us, you can be truly be yourself and belong, share inspiration, embrace new opportunities, thrive, and make a real difference.


Senior Technology Product Owner(129891)

Location: Newbury

The Senior Product Owner manages the interface to the IoT & Cloud and Security Lines of Business (LOB) and, in particular, to the Business Product Manager associated with your products/platform/developments.
You will be accountable for managing a team of Technology Product Owners who deliver end to end solutions on behalf of Vodafone Group to Vodafone Local Markets. End to End solutions consist of devices, applications, connectivity and services that deliver a valuable outcome to our customers. The Product Owners 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 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.The team of Technology Product Owners is responsible for the ‘how’, ensuring they support the LOB product managers (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 and your associated team will input to the creation of product features for developments working jointly with the LOB product managers who leads this and has the final decision. You and your team will then translate these into lower level user stories and technical specifications 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 product roadmap interlocked with the LOB product manager.

Job Responsibility

Core competencies, knowledge and experience:
• Technical product development / product owner experience
• Strong understanding of the products and technology under your responsibility – not as deep a technology understanding is required as a domain or solution architect
• Brings a balance of customer, business and technology understanding to relate technology solutions to product outcomes
• Strong collaboration, communication, team working and influencing skills
• Relevant product, platforms and technology experience
• Ability to build E2E technology plans specific to products and platforms
• Customer centric focus ideally with experience defining capabilities and features through customer co-creation
• In-life technology management and KPI performance relevant to products
• Roll out and manage in-life vendor cost and service performance specific to products Budget management and performance
• Experience building technical specifications for products and in turn user stories, service models, in conjunction with business and technology teams
• Backlog management and prioritisation
• Working knowledge of data privacy and security by default and by design principles and alignment to Information Security frameworks

Must have technical / professional qualifications:

• Align, and prioritise, new technology innovation work taking inputs from the LoB Product Management team 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/ ensure the creation of Product features with the Product Management teams. 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.
• Ensure product features are translated into requirements that are buildable, lower level technical specifications (user stories) working with the squad leaders and architects
• 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
• Ensure creation & maintenance of technical product content, where agreed with the
• University degree as relevant to the role
• Managing in multi-market and global environments
• Experience leading and delivering high performance through teams in Telecoms / Technology industry (Senior roles)
• Agile product development experience (e.g. SAFe, Spotify, Scrum) and qualifications
• 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.
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