Senior Product owner - Innovation

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JR - SPOI1401
Any of our hubs - UK
From £47,000 up to £51,000 per annum
Full Time

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Role: Senior Product Owner - Innovation
Salary: From £47,000 to £51,000 per annum depending on experience (when working full time max 35 hours per week)
Contract: Permanent
Location: Hybrid - office based with full flexibility to work from home or at any of our hubs – London, Bristol, Manchester and Harwell.

We believe in ‘Technology for Good’ – in improving lives through education and research. Our people want to make a real change – at Jisc, everyone plays a key role and gets the chance to feel part of it, that to us is the definition of a meaningful career. Being a social enterprise means that no matter how small our individual actions are, the positive impact on our collective is huge.

We’re a place unlike any other, where the best of education fuses with the best of technology to create a unique model with unique opportunities and interesting problems to solve in a diverse and inclusive environment. It’s what keeps our work varied, original and surprising – and that’s why we love it.

We’re gearing up for our most exciting chapter yet – one with the chance to both build new systems and make our mark by improving old ones. Our story will be written by those ready to take on challenges and see them through; the kind of people who never stop learning, celebrating differences and using it to drive better solutions.

The team:
The Data analytics directorate supports members and customers by providing data analytics and services, which enrich the student experience, and advance higher and further education with powerful business intelligence and analysis.

This role is in the product team. The team is responsible for the vision, ownership and development of the growing Jisc Data Analytics product portfolio currently including analytics for teaching, learning and wellbeing (including learning analytics), business intelligence (including Heidi Plus and Online Surveys), and product innovation/new product development.

About you:
We know that sometimes people can be put off applying for a job if they think they can’t tick every box but we realise the ‘perfect candidate’ doesn’t exist. So, if you can do most of what we’re looking for, go ahead and apply. You could be exactly what we need!

We are looking for:
• Experience within a Product Owner/product manager or innovation / research and development role, with proved experience of innovating new products.
• Proven ability to manage multiple products at one time.
• Experience of product lifecycle management.
• Experience of working with a multitude of stakeholders/ customers in the context of project management, organisation change and product delivery.

About the role:
The purpose of this role is to own the innovation stages of the product lifecycle for new products in development a within the Data Analytics directorate, advocating innovation internally and externally and playing a pivotal role in identifying and prioritising customer problems that could be solved through the exploration, experimentation and development of new products. The Senior Product Owner (SPO) will be responsible creating and communicating a clear vision for each product - working with the product development team to ensure the vision is delivered. You will be responsible for leading and managing innovation developments – covering analytics, business intelligence and digital capabilities and insights – and any other new or emerging areas of potential benefit to our sectors/ members.

Other responsibilities may include:
• Be accountable for the delivery of high value innovation, and for optimising the value of the work of one or more product development teams.
• Developing detailed and high-quality (to Jisc standards) statements of requirements, distributed and understandable to both technical/ non-technical people – internal to the data analytics directorate and beyond e.g. software services directorate.
• Liaise with staff at all levels in the organisation and across the customer bases and third party suppliers whilst working within the defined processes to assist in the development of new technical features.

Why work at Jisc:
We want to make sure our people have the flexibility they need to balance their personal lives and do well at work. So, we focus on outputs rather than presenteeism and are open to a whole range of ways of working, including flexible hours and working from home.

We’re always learning and developing. All our people have access to a huge variety of learning resources to help them achieve this.
Our benefits are great too. We offer:
• 25 days holiday (plus bank holidays and three additional days Christmas closure) and flexible agile working
• A range of health and wellbeing benefits, including access to wellbeing support
• The option to join a generous pension scheme
• A wide range of discounts, a cycle scheme, financial wellbeing savings and season ticket loans, as well as a range of other benefits
• We also offer generous parental leave arrangements, career breaks and volunteer leave

Connecting with each other is easy, thanks to our technology but getting face to face is something we value and find time for when we can. Our main offices are Bristol, London, Harwell and Manchester, so you may need to travel on occasion.

Other stuff you need to know
At Jisc we celebrate diversity and know that it is critical for our success. We work hard to make sure we’re inclusive. So, if you are great at what you do and share our values, we want to hear from you.

If you need any adjustments made to the application or selection process so you can do your best, let us know. We will be happy to help.

Just so you know, we review CVs as we receive them, and interview as soon as we have applications that look like a good match (usually within a week). We don’t use closing dates. So, please apply as soon as possible to avoid missing out on this role. We advertised this role on 14/01/2022.