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Technical Product Owner - Supply Chain Management

Posting Country:  United Kingdom
Date Posted:  17-Oct-2021
Full Time / Part Time:  Full Time
Contract Type:  Permanent

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Role title: Technology Product Owner
Location: UK


Role purpose: 
The Technology Product Owner manages the interface to the UCC Line of Business (LOB) and in particular, to the Business Product Manager(s) associated with the ‘Device Lifecycle Management’ Mobility product. The specific area this role relates to is DLM Supply Chain Management work stream within the product. 
You will be assigned to the ‘Device Lifecycle Management’ product, 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 Product Owner is responsible for the ‘how’, ensuring they support the LOB product manager (accountable for the ‘what’) to build the product SCM/Logistics 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 features for developments working jointly with the LOB product manager who leads this and has the final decision. You 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 SCM product roadmap interlocked with the LOB product manager. 
Technical Product Owners will help to undertake activities such as building lower level feature designs and user stories within agile development teams and prioritising the backlog. 

Job Responsibility

Core competencies, knowledge and experience:
•    Technical product development / product owner experience
•    Strong understanding of the Supply Chain Management and Logistics technology – 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 Supply Chain Management / Logistics 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: 
•    University degree as relevant to the role
•    Managing in multi-market and global environments
•    Experience in Supply Chain Management / Sales & Operations Planning (S&OP), and Logistics including 3PL/4PL management
•    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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