Gateshead, Tyne And Wear
Cambridge University Press & Assessment
6-month fixed term contract
Gateshead office or remote working with agreed days and times at Gateshead office would be considered
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 prioritization, 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.
The demonstrable skills you’ll need
We’re also looking for the following experience:
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:
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 to our website.
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.