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Technology Product Owner

Posting Country:  United Kingdom
Date Posted:  29-Jul-2022
Full Time / Part Time:  Full Time
Contract Type:  Permanent

At Vodafone, we’re working hard to build a better future. A more connected, inclusive and sustainable world. As a dynamic global community, it's our human spirit, together with technology, that empowers us to achieve this. 

We challenge and innovate in order to connect people, businesses, and communities across the world. Delighting our customers and earning their loyalty drive us, and we experiment, learn fast and get it done, together.

With us, you can be truly be yourself and belong, share inspiration, embrace new opportunities, thrive, and make a real difference.


Role title: Technology Product Owner
Location: UK


You will work with a small team of Technology Product Owners, to effectively negotiate, manage and agree demand into the practice for these products and manage the finance and operational governance delivering agreed enhancement/changes. 


You will work with wider practice leads, vendors, technology and operations teams to build the technology plan to inform and deliver the product/platform strategy and roadmap. This will require you to have a strong technology understanding for the products that are to be developed. You will also align and prioritise technology innovation and customer co-creation for the practice.

The Product Owner is responsible for the ‘how’, ensuring they support the LOB product manager (accountable for the ‘what’) to build the product roadmap, advising mandatory technology capabilities, progressing impact assessments and agreeing on behalf of the practice that the final prioritised roadmap is viable from a technology, cost and delivery perspective. 

Job Responsibility

Key accountabilities and decision ownership: 

  • Interlock overall product costs/budget/demands on the Practice with LoB Product manager, Pre-Sales, Finance and through governance. Ensuring continuous focus on cost management as directed by the LoB Product manager.
  • Lead on the technology planning process for the Practice (in line with Product roadmap). Confirm mandatory technical debt, enablers and KTLO to go onto the plan along with recommendations e.g. backlog, security & data privacy, technology insights and vendor roadmaps. 
  • Progress new demands into impact assessment working with LPM. Agree on behalf of the practice that the LoB prioritised roadmap is viable from a technology, delivery and cost perspective.
  • Manage the output and budgets through governance agreeing value streams, EPICs, capabilities and sequence these into NPD to meet the product manager’s roadmap.
  • Align, and prioritise, new technology innovation work taking inputs from the LoB Product Manager relative to the product strategy, roadmap and feature priorities. Also look to bring co-creation into technology innovation and product development. The product manager will help to align such requirements with the customers/markets/channels.
  • Own each of the Value Stream backlogs, being responsible for managing the relationship with Product Managers, operational teams, key stakeholders and their priorities, and coordinate the translation of these onto the development teams, achieving the balance between compliance to requirements and delivery times/costs/quality, within a virtual team, across many continents
  • Input to the creation of Product features with the Product Manager. Considering the backlog, technology innovation and insights, platform and technology strategy for the product. Agree to the final features for which the product manager has the final decision. 
  • Translate the product features and requirements into buildable, lower level technical specifications (user stories) working with the squad leaders and architects
  • Undertake in-life technology management (inc service and systems) where it relates to the interlocked product roadmap
  • Responsible for compliance of all products & solutions to Cyber & Corporate Security and business resilience policies and standards through the new product development process and throughout the lifecycle of product/solution. Work with Product Manager (who is accountable) and actively engage with Security functions to ensure compliance. 

You should have:

  • Strong understanding of the products and technology under your responsibility – not as deep a technology understanding is required as a domain or solution architect
  • Brings a balance of customer, business and technology understanding to relate technology solutions to product outcomes 
  • Relevant product, platforms and technology experience
  • In-life technology management and KPI performance relevant to products 
  • Roll out and manage in-life vendor cost and service performance specific to products Budget management and performance
  • Experience leading and delivering high performance through teams in Telecoms / Technology industry (  roles)
  • Agile product development experience (e.g. SAFe, Spotify, Scrum) and qualifications
  • Foundational technology qualifications for the domain (desirable) e.g. CCNA, MEF
  • Experience with Office and Collaboration apps, also product development tools e.g. Jira, Confluence.


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