Product Owner

Higher Education Statistics Agency
Cheltenham, UK
07 Aug 2019
14 Sep 2019
Contract Type
Full Time
An exciting opportunity not to be missed! Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA) is looking for a Product Owner to join our team based in Cheltenham. You will join us on a full time, permanent basis and in return you will receive a highly competitivesalary of£36,001 - £45,000 per annum!

About Us:

HESA exists to advance education by collecting, analysing and disseminating data about the UK higher education sector. This is a really exciting time to join HESA as we continue our transformation with the strategic aim to be the analytical powerhouse for the UK higher education sector.

The Product Owner role:

We are looking for a Product Owner to ensure delivery teams (e.g. scrum) understand what needs to be delivered, by developing a product vision, sense of requirements and relative priorities. This role will report to the Head of Service Development and may be managerially responsible for one or more Data Quality Analysts.

Key responsibilities include:

- Collaborate and negotiate with the business stakeholders to devise a product backlog that communicates a common vision and defines the success criteria for the product.
- Use own knowledge of the business and data collection streams to influence and identify items for the Product Backlog and assist the Scrum team in finding solutions.
- Act as the Product Owner for an agile delivery team; owning and managing the product backlog and encouraging the participation of team members to refine the product backlog.
- Clearly express the product backlog by writing user stories that with clarity and acceptance criteria ensure the successful delivery of the features in each sprint.
- Continually evaluate the progress of the product backlog with reference to information such as the team velocity to deliver on schedule.

Essential skills & experience of our Product Owner:

You will be a skilled negotiator able to manage stakeholder expectations, be comfortable with change, able to fail fast, learn quickly and adapt to new challenges, along with having a good understanding of data processing and reporting, including in-depth knowledge and experience of HESA data collection streams.

Experience of working in an agile/scrum environment, business analysis and/or managing a team is highly desirable.

Benefits of becoming our Product Owner:

HESA's bright and modern offices are right in the heart of Cheltenham, situated on the Promenade - the proximity to the shops, cafes and bars make this an attractive location and provide opportunities for socialising.

We offer an attractive package with initially 25 days leave, increasing to 30 days, plus bank holidays and extra Agency shutdown at Christmas; flexible working including remote and home working options; pension scheme and occupational health support.

If you have the skills and experience we require for this role and are looking for a new challenge then please click 'apply' today to become our new Product Owner, we'd love to hear from you!

Application forms should be completed via our recruitment portal; It is planned that any suitable candidates will be interviewed at the earliest possible opportunity.

No Agencies please.

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