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Product Owner

- Financial Services


Location: Observatory, Cape Town


Responsibilities:

*Driving product development in line with company’s strategic goals, vision and business architecture.
*Define product roadmap and iterative innovations based on market analysis.
*Work closely with stakeholders from all business areas to build a deep understanding of the product.
*Analyse business needs, document features and translate into product solutions for functional and nonfunctional requirements. Meeting the following criteria:
-Ease and consistency of use for the customer’s journey
-Simple, maintainable systems that are fit for purpose (pulled by a real business
need),
-Yet flexible enough to cater for innovation within the companies domain/ambitions
-Systems which meet performance and scalability needs of the business
*Conduct requirements workshops and liaise with Business Analysts to create requirements.
*Support the day-to-day needs of the Scrum team in understanding the business requirements and priority.
*Maintaining a prioiritised Product Backlog in order to maximize ROI of the product and development teams.
*Ensuring the teams understand stories or tasks in the backlog to the level required.
*Creating Sprint goals with the Team.
Collaborate and work closely with the Scrum Master to ensure that Grooming meetings are well structured for the team
*Liaise with the development team for estimation on work.
*Help resolve impediments should they arise.
*Liaise with various industry partners around service integration and product offerings.
*Keeping abreast of market trends and technical advancements that support the company's product vision.
*Work closely with the Scrum Master around team capacity, understanding the team velocity and how this may impact commitment.
*Take ownership of release planning

Requisite Skills:

*An undergraduate degree preferably with an Information Systems focus.
*Experience as a Product Owner or Business Analyst.
*3 years relevant experience for Junior Product Owner role
*5 years relevant experience for Product Owner role
*Previous experience working in an Agile environment (Scrum preferably)
*Ability to manage stakeholder expectations.
*Ability to create feature maps, user stories, activity diagrams and use cases.
*Ability to analyse financial and customer data relevant to the product you own to make informed solution decisions.
*A good understanding of project scoping, project management, prioritization.
*Ability to work independently with minimal supervision.

Desired Personal Traits:

*A strong personality
*Analytical
*Able to make informed, decisive decisions in a collaborative environment
*A self-organising attitude and a strong will to get the job done.
*Excellent interpersonal and communication skills.
*Should be a self-starter, quick learner, capable of setting priorities and remain efficient while multi-tasking.

Bonus / Beneficial:

*Recognized , product owner, business analysis or information systems qualification.
*Technical background and understanding of system integration's
*Experience in the financial or retail industry.
*Card payments and processing experience.
*Experience dealing with compliance regulations.

Based at one of their offices in either Observatory (Cape Town), Rosebank (Johannesburg) or Parkview (Pretoria). Monthly travel locally and minimal travel abroad.

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