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Lead Product Owner (Technology Transformation Programme)

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Recruiter: Cambridge University Press & Assessment
Listed on: 23rd November
Location: Gateshead office or remote working with agreed days and times at Gateshead office would be considered
Salary/Rate: £43,300 - £57,900
Type: Contract
Start Date: ASAP

Contract:  6-month fixed term contract

Be the voice of the customer, working with agile teams to translate customer needs into business requirements, deliverable as digital product features

As part of Cambridge Assessment and Cambridge University Press, the Centre for Evaluation and Monitoring (CEM) is seeking a talented Lead Product Owner to be responsible for leading on the definition, prioritisation and refinement of requirements that will be delivered as part of CEM's technical platform transformation programme of work.

Whilst based in Gateshead, in our vibrant new office at Gateshead Quay opposite the Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art, we are happy to support remote working, with agreed days in Gateshead based on business needs and candidate circumstances.

What you'll be doing

Leading on defining the product deliverables as part of a large technology transformation programme you will work with Product, Assessment, Marketing and Business Development to understand, help to define and iterate the product roadmaps and backlogs, and lead on coordinating work across multiple agile teams.

Using qualitative techniques to understand customer pain points and validate solutions, along with quantitative data to inform prioritisation, success criteria, evaluation and decision making, you will participate in review and retrospectives to improve processes and outputs, and work with Service Delivery colleagues to ensure the service readiness for new products.

What we're looking for

Already a Product Owner or have product owner duties as part of your current role, you will be looking to take your career more in this direction. Passionate about the development of digital educational products, you will make ongoing improvements to products and new product launches. In possession of a good degree or equivalent relevant experience, you'll have a track record of delivering digital product improvements as part of a challenging overarching programme of work and adept at working with cross-functional teams in an Agile environment.

You will have an excellent understanding of digital technologies and software development along with strong leadership skills and excellent communication and stakeholder management skills. A strong level of commercial acumen is required so that you can quickly understand the business value of deliverables.


  • Appropriate accreditation (e.g., Certified Scrum Product Owner) or relevant experience 

The demonstrable skills you'll need 

  • Excellent communication and stakeholder management skills
  • Strong level of commercial acumen to ensure understanding of the business value of deliverables
  • The ability to capture requirements, add details and describe user stories to teams
  • Excellent organisational skills
  • Excellent analytical and problem-solving skills
  • Analyse skills with the ability to map processes or user journeys and associated wireframes
  • Leadership skills
  • A high level of attention to detail
  • An excellent understanding of digital technologies and software development


We're also looking for the following experience:

  • Team leadership experience
  • Extensive experience of delivering digital product improvements as part of a challenging, overarching programme of work
  • Experience of working with cross-functional teams in an Agile environment
  • Experience of backlog management, user story development and prioritisation with Agile development teams
  • Understanding of Lean Product approaches
  • UX and UI design experience would be beneficial

Who we are 

CEM, part of the Cambridge family is a vibrant organisation which, since its beginning over 30 years ago, has established a reputation for innovation and quality in educational assessment and research. CEM works with schools, colleges, education authorities, government agencies and other organisations to provide high quality information through scientifically grounded research.

CEM aims to inform and improve education in two ways: 

  1. By providing educators and educational institutions with a body of world-class research to support evidence-based education practices, and 
  2. By providing cutting-edge, digital assessment and monitoring systems which support learning through the provision of robust information on the ability, attitudes, potential and progress of young people. 

The key to our work is our colleagues, whose shared commitment enables us to have an ever-greater impact. We are a united, vibrant, and respectful global community of people, and we ensure that every individual is recognised, listened to, and cared for. And because our impact is amplified when our people are empowered, we give everyone the opportunity to develop in their own way. Whether you want a career that's linear, or want to follow your own path, we'll support you, and help give you the resources and training you'll need to be bold and take ownership of what you do.

The closing date for applications is 5 December 2021. We will however be reviewing applications on a rolling basis and may invite candidates to interview before the closing date. 

To apply, please upload your CV and covering letter by clicking the APPLY button.            

Cambridge University Press & Assessment is committed to being a place where anyone can enjoy a successful career, where it's safe to speak up, and where we learn continuously to improve together. We welcome applications from all candidates, regardless of demographic characteristics (age, disability, educational attainment, ethnicity, gender, marital status, neurodiversity, religion, sex, and sexual identity), cultural, or social class/background.

We believe that diversity of thought, background, and approach create better outcomes. More importantly, fostering an inclusive culture is the right thing to do, and it's part of how we achieve our purpose: to contribute to society through the pursuit of education, learning and research at the highest international levels of excellence. Ensuring that anyone, no matter who they are, feels they belong here is an essential part of who we are and the contribution we make to society, and to our planet.

To enable an environment which our people can thrive in, our customers benefit from, and where work complements life, we empower everyone to manage their time and capacity, and to prioritise their wellbeing. That's why from day one everyone at Cambridge University Press & Assessment can discuss flexible working options to find the best solution for them and their role.

Contact Name: Cambridge University Press & Assessment
Reference: TJ/4353/1065
Job ID: 3009354

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