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Product Owner - Government Digital Project

Job Title: Product Owner - Government Digital Project
Contract Type: Contract
Location: South Wales, United Kingdom
REF: 1514
Contact Name: Mark Gale
Job Published: over 1 year ago

Job Description

Product Owner - Community Lead – Government Digital Project


Summary of the work   

Lead and develop the emerging community of product owners/managers within the clients’ organisation. Coach other stakeholders in the responsibilities, authority and autonomy of Product Owners


Latest start date                               Thursday 1 March 2018

Expected contract length                  6 – 9 months

Location                                            South Wales


Who the Product Owner will work with               

Mainly with the 20 or so product owners within the clients' teams but also with the delivery teams and senior stakeholders with whom they engage to ensure the responsibilities, authority and autonomy of the PO role is understood

  • Validate the Product Owner (PO) role description against the Digital Data and technology (DDaT) government Product Manager role(s),
  • Define the capability levels for POs to include options for assessment against those levels
  • Work with each PO to assess their skills and experience against these levels
  • Develop a blended approach learning path for the community with clear consolidation activities
  • Coach others eg SROs, project managers on the responsibilities, authority and autonomy of the POs and approach to backlog prioritisation
  • Coach POs to make informed decisions backed up by insight from research, data and analytics



Work will be based mainly in South Wales but there will also be a need to guide Product Owners in Hampshire


Working arrangements

As this is a coaching/mentoring and education delivery role the service must be provided on-site. Occasional working from non-client locations may be a possibility


Security clearance          



Essential skills and experience

  • Have strong verbal, written and visual communication skills that are tailored to the needs of the audience.
  • Have product manager/owner experience (from undertaking the role) from a government (or similar) organisation, ideally at a senior level.
  • Have experience of coaching and mentoring with the demonstrated desired to change how the organisation works.
  • Have practical experience of working as part of an agile delivery team, and a good understanding of agile working as defined by the GDS Digital Service Standard manual.
  • Have experience in a variety of disciplines; at least two of - digital and technology, user research, analysis, user experience design, development approaches and business.