Technical Product Owner (Retail and Digital) (Contract)

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ENVIRONMENT:

A renowned Asset Management company is looking for a dynamic Technical Product Owner (Retail and Digital) who will be responsible for managing the development backlog, analysing systems for possible improvements, and for facilitating close collaboration between the technical and business stakeholders throughout the systems development life-cycle. Successful incumbent should have a Relevant Accounting, Investment Management or Computer Science Degree with Retail Investment Management experience as well as 5 years’ experience as a product owner, business or systems analyst. Please note this is a 12-month Contract position.

 

DUTIES:

Facilitate formal workshops and ongoing active communication between the development team and other stakeholders.

Closely collaborate with all stakeholders ensuring solution design and implementation is continually aligned with ongoing changes in business requirements, product strategy, the long-term IT architecture and overarching IT strategy.

Facilitate agile refinement and sprint planning sessions between business stakeholders, project managers, business analysts and the development team.

Report on development and testing progress on your projects to stakeholders.

Report on impediments to progress and actively work to remove or mitigate the effect.

Negotiate the priority and delivery of business value with all stakeholders in accordance with resource availability, logical task sequencing and other technical constraints.

Work closely with all departments, translating business requirements into operational system solutions.

Review, interpret and analyse business rules and requirements for technical systems.

Facilitate the design of practical and elegant systems solutions to meet business requirements.

Supplement rules and requirements with functional, non-functional and technical specifications, document these as solution acceptance criteria.

Document other business and technical specifications as required through user stories and diagrams (activity, sequencing, entity relationship, deployment diagrams).

Ensure extensive system testing occurs prior to production.

Review completed development to ensure alignment with requirements.

Assist in setting up operational procedures and training manuals.

Provide training to key users and other stakeholders during testing and commissioning.

 

REQUIREMENTS:

Qualification:

Graduate student in accounting, investment management or computer science fields (with strong mathematical/accounting background or subject knowledge an advantage).

Agile (Scrum / Kanban) certifications.

 

Experience:

Retail investment management experience.

5+ years as a product owner, business or systems analyst.

A proven track record of implementing word-class systems and solutions.

Extensive experience working with agile development teams.

Solid understanding in the areas of application programming, database and system design.

Should have knowledge and competencies in the following:

Core Microsoft Office Suite – Specifically Excel, But Also Outlook, Word and PowerPoint.

Microsoft SQL Server – Writing and Analysing SQL Queries, Views and Stored Procedures.

Service oriented architecture and application programming interfaces (APIs).

Design with object-oriented and other mark-up programming languages – Namely C#, XML, HTML, CSS & JavaScript.

 

Advantageous Knowledge:

CRM systems, specifically salesforce.

Content management systems (e.g. EpiServer, SiteCore).

Reporting software suites (e.g. SSRS, Vermilion, Crystal Reports).

Back office retail administration services (e.g. Silica, Flexcube).

 

ATTRIBUTES:

Strong knowledge of the financial services sector, and particularly retail investment management.

Strong understanding of retail financial services digitization and servicing clients through digital channels.

Strong analytical skills.

Strong interpersonal and communication skills.

Strong knowledge of agile software development methodologies and processes.

The ability to thrive in a fast-paced and delivery-oriented environment.

The ability to facilitate sessions with large groups of people.

Practical, outgoing and flexible

 

While we would really like to respond to every application, should you not be contacted for this position within 10 working days please consider your application unsuccessful.

 

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