We are recruiting a Product Owner!

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The Web Development team is looking for a talented Product Owner.

Full information: http://bit.ly/1cj3UxW

Closing date: 21 June 2015


The Role

The Product Owner is a post within the Web Development team at the University of Kent. It is a great opportunity for someone who enjoys working with customers to ensure the team understand their requirements for building great digital systems (web and mobile). They will help ensure the team can keep their range of customers happy and continue to improve student experience.

You will be working in an enthusiastic and highly motivated team and will be responsible for gathering, prioritising and developing requirements for new and existing digital (web and mobile) projects. You will also need to gain a close understanding of the users and elicit their requirements using interviews, requirements workshops and user surveys.

The Person

We are looking for a Product Owner with a passion for making customers happy.  They will need to be an excellent communicator who is able to work with customers to draw out and prioritise their needs. They should also be comfortable running focus groups and user requirement surveys, especially from our student and prospective student base.

The successful candidate will have a degree or equivalent as well as least one year of experience working with customers in a Product Owner, Business Analyst or similar customer-focused role.

Experience of Agile software development practises would be an advantage but we would also like to hear from talented people with the enthusiasm to learn and develop these skills on the job. Being a Certified Scrum Product Owner (CSPO) would be a distinct advantage but we aim to train you to this level within your first year in the post.

The Department

Information Services is comprised of four sections: Customer Support, Library Collections and IT Development together directly support almost all areas of University activity, and the Planning and Administration section supports the work of the department.

Information Services is responsible for:

  • Delivering innovative, proactive and co-ordinated services to support the University’s strategies including those for Research, Learning and Teaching, Widening Participation and E-learning
  • Providing all members of the University community with conveniently accessible, cost-effective, reliable, secure information services and systems appropriate to their needs on the University’s Canterbury, Medway, Tonbridge and other campuses.
  • Maintaining information resources in its care (including those in the British Cartoon Archive, and the Templeman Library’s Special Collections) and facilitating access to these and others located elsewhere.
  • Providing guidance, advisory services and training to promote the exploitation of all relevant information resources, including newly emerging, stable technologies.

For further information visit Website: www.kent.ac.uk/is/who

Information Services’ commitment to Gender Equality

Athena SWAN is a national scheme whereby universities commit to advancing and promoting the careers of female scientists. In 2014, the University of Kent was awarded an institutional Athena SWAN Bronze Award. In aiming for excellence in employment practices in Higher Education, a better working environment is created for all staff.

Information Services is not a science department, but is committed to many Athena SWAN principals: encouraging people to apply for jobs in industries where they might traditionally have been underrepresented; challenging assumptions about gender and work; supporting staff in their career development; creating a supportive and inclusive work environment.

Further Information

Start date for applications: 27 May 2015

Closing date for applications: 21 June 2015

Interviews are to be held: Week commencing 29 June 2015

How to apply – for posts of this nature you will be required to fill in the main details section as well as upload your CV, a one page summary (this should include details of experience and other information in support of your application with direct reference to the advertisement and further particulars) and any supporting documents.

If you require further information regarding the post or application process please contact Michelle McCartney at M.McCartney@Kent.ac.uk

Please note applications must be made online via the University website; details sent directly via email cannot be considered.

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