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Product Owner

OpenUp is currently looking for a talented Product Owner to join the team in a fixed-term, contract position.

This role will work closely with organisational management, project managers, and project implementation teams, in order to create a product that fits the organisation’s portfolio. Please note that this is a senior position.

The position of product owner encompasses, but is not limited to, the following tasks:

  • Define product vision and strategy in line with the organisation’s strategy and goals.
  • Define and manage product roadmaps, including development cycles and release management.
  • Make evidence-based decisions regarding the direction of the product.
  • Determine product specifications, requirements and features based on strategic input, user feedback and organisational needs for both existing and new products.
  • Continuous monitoring of product performance and meeting of product goals.
  • Continuous improvement of products, based on monitoring and user feedback.
  • Work closely with the implementation team to realise the product requirements.
  • Develop the scope and define a backlog of items (epic/features/user stories) that guide a project team’s implementation, solving product-related problems.
  • Lead product planning sessions.
  • Manage the product backlog in terms of prioritisation and grooming.
  • Assesses the value, develops cases, and prioritizes stories, epics and themes to ensure work focuses on those with a maximum value that are aligned with the product strategy.
  • Identifies and helps the client understand the business model, value and value proposition of the product.
  • Develop metrics to assess the success of products and their features
  • Demonstrates a fundamental understanding of end-to-end customer experience integration and dependencies.

Requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree or higher (preferably in a tech, programming, or data science field)
  • At least 5 years experience as a senior staff member (manager, team leader etc.)
  • Experience communicating at various levels.
  • Proven track record in research.
  • Excellent writing skills.
  • Excellent computer skills (Google Drive and/or MS Office, project management tools, etc.)
  • Strong communication skills.
  • Fluent in English.
  • Ability to self-manage.
  • Ability to work independently as well as collaboratively.
  • Has their own laptop.
  • Access to a stable internet connection that can handle video conferencing 
  • Non-South Africans must have a valid work permit.

Start date: Immediately.

Salary: In line with experience and market related.

Location: Remote.

Application instructions:

  1. Carefully read through the job description below.
  2. Apply by sending an email with your CV and a brief cover letter of no more than 300 words to jobs@openup.org.za. Please clearly indicate in the subject of the email the position you are applying to.

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