Job Purpose

To partner with Engineering teams within Technology, providing clarity of business requirements across relevant product stream areas and acting as a bridge between the technical and business worlds. This includes building vision, describing new functionalities, managing the product backlog, preparing benefit analysis, defining minimum viable product (and how to measure success), prioritisation, preparing acceptance criteria and reviewing completed work. It requires a close working relationship with both internal customers and development teams. 

The role will directly partner with one or more Engineering Team Leads, to be a key go-to person within a specific product area, sharing responsibility for product realisation to deliver great products and solutions for our clients and stakeholders. You must be technically competent to be able to understand the systems, and prioritise and work with business users and developers to decide product direction. However you must be comfortable allowing the development teams to come up with the solutions, while you will be their knowledge base and proxy for the business. 

This is not an ivory tower role - all of this will be done in close collaboration with the rest of the Product and Engineering teams. You’ll need to be a great communicator and influencer who can build an atmosphere of cohesiveness and focused collaboration between all the members of the team, all with the shared goal of driving the product forward.

Key Costumers/ Stakeholders

Principal Product Manager, Senior Product Manager, Product Managers, Head of Engineering, Engineering Manager, Team Lead, Solutions Product Managers, Solutions Managers

Role & Responsibilities

Leading & Influencing

  • Partners with Engineering Team Lead(s) to create a strong sense of purpose and mission for the development team
  • Acts as the go-to person for particular product areas covered by the development team
  • Establishes product alignment within Technology being the voice of the vision/strategy/priorities within the division
  • Role models behaviours and applies Ocado Technology principles in day to day work
  • Evangelises customer needs in a compelling way to department and engineering teams
  • Makes effective decisions with clear rationale, using appropriate tools for the scenario 

Product Knowledge

  • Champions the product vision & ensures the plan is in line with vision and goals and continues to be fit for purpose throughout roadmap delivery
  • Understands how their product fits in with the broader platform
  • Provides product expertise based on a sound understanding of the platform and capability requirements, signposting to technical knowledge where needed
  • Engages stakeholders effectively to gather user feedback to continuously refine the product roadmap
  • Defines scope & prioritises stories to maximise business value
  • Understands and measures the key business drivers for their product domain and assess how new capabilities impact upon them 

Insight & Innovation 

  • Actively seeks out opportunities for incremental value in achieving product goal commitments
  • Works with other PMs to continuously improve realisation processes and policies that govern it
  • Monitors progress, looking for ways to improve the product & make adjustments based on strategic goals
  • Contributes to documentation that is shared with relevant stakeholders as new features are developed and released
  • Proactively shares product knowledge, insight and tools with others Ocado Technology and representing Ocado expertise externally when necessary
  • Maintains an appropriate level of skills and the necessary capacity to fulfil product realisation responsibilities

Problem Solving

  • Leverages multiple sources of information to analyse user, system, and customer behaviour to diagnose and form clear recommendations
  • Evangelises and embeds best practices in tracking, analysis, and data-driven problem solving
  • Drives through issues and ambiguity with a structured approach and facilitative approach
  • Uses qualitative and quantitative methods to understand customer/business needs and opportunities, collaborating with UX and data science where appropriate.
  • Experiments quickly to validate hypotheses and find fit for purpose solutions

Planning, Delivery & Validation

  • Shares accountability with the Engineering Team Lead to drive the team towards realising defined goals
  • Applies fit-for-purpose agile processes, escalating and removing obstacles in workflow wherever required
  • Maintains a list of work to be done and its order of priority for delivery purposes at an appropriate level of granularity
  • Manages expectations within Technology for the rate of delivery required to achieve our platform goals
  • Collaborates with other product people to effectively schedule work between teams to minimize lead time of delivering value
  • Proactively identifies risks and challenges within their product area and takes appropriate actions to mitigate them

Stakeholders & Collaboration

  • Applies strong emotional intelligence when working with other teams and departments to manage interdependencies between platforms and products effectively
  • Builds strong relationships with team and stakeholders - establishing methods for obtaining product feedback
  • Articulates complex concepts in a way that end-users can follow and understand
  • Forms close working relationships with peers and key stakeholders, creating an environment of open collaboration
  • Facilitates and works closely with teams in estimation and review sessions, challenging appropriately to meet product goals and achieve product vision
  • Works closely with UX teams to ensure product design is focused around usability and quality

This role description is a summary of the typical functions of the role, not an exhaustive or comprehensive list of possible role responsibilities, tasks and duties.

Knowledge, Skills & Experience

Key Attributes

  • You actively lead and role model Ocado Technology behaviours 
  • You contribute to being part of a high performing product teams, working alongside engineering 
  • You respond positively to new / changing business requirements and prioritise accordingly
  • You are highly organised and able to plan, manage, track and deliver effectively
  • You are assertive but diplomatic and have a bias for action, collaboration and optimism
  • You proactively solve problems, facilitating decision making processes and comfortable putting together recommendations based on insights drawn from data
  • You are comfortable sorting out ambiguity and bring structure and clarity of purpose to a conversation
  • You communicate directly and clearly, with a strong emphasis on careful listening
  • You don't settle for good enough, you strive for great in every aspect of your work
  • You have a great track record of working with engineering and design teams so that people will always want to have you in their teams
  • You share knowledge with others internally 

Key Experience

  • Relevant industry experience or technology business
  • Experience with managing products built by engineering teams
  • Knowledge of working with multiple functional areas, including product management, engineering, UX/UI
  • Proven ability to plan, manage, track and deliver on commitments
  • Ability to work in a team effectively and / or work autonomously
  • Ability to handle multiple competing priorities in a fast-paced environment
  • Defining product roadmaps, building collaboratively with design and engineering peers, and shipping at scale
  • Capture, documentation and communication of requirements to support product realisation

What we can offer you

A relaxed, international, talented, creative and friendly environment, where we will provide you with the best tools to develop amazing stuff. We invest in our employees, ensuring we provide them with the best in-house and external training programs available.

  • Flexible working hours with short Fridays
  • Reduced hours in August
  • Private Health Insurance
  • Life Insurance
  • Ticket Restaurant
  • Ticket Transport
  • Ticket Kindergarten
  • Gym membership discounts
  • Free fresh fruit, snacks, tea and coffee
  • Monthly social events
  • Table football, board games and Nintendo Switch
  • Tech Talks and internal trainings
  • Developer exchange programmes between centres
  • English, Spanish and Catalan language courses

We are growing rapidly, making it a very exciting time to join, as we are currently at a brand new office in the 22@ district - the thrilling tech area of Barcelona. 

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Ocado is an equal opportunities employer and as such makes every effort to ensure that all potential employees are treated fairly and equally, regardless of their sex, sexual orientation, marital status, race, colour, nationality, ethnic or national origin, religion, age, disability or union membership status.

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