Senior IT Product Owner

Job Title: Senior IT Product Owner
Job Reference: HQ00056056

Location: Brighton
Job Type: Permanent

£75000 - £85000 per annum, Benefits: Plus CA, Superb Bonus Scheme & Benefits Package
Sector: IT

Posted 10 days ago

With remote working for the foreseeable future, an exciting greenfield opportunity has arisen for a Senior IT Product Owner with experience of Actuarial systems, to join the Group Finance area of this hugely successful corporate company in Brighton.

The Senior IT Product Owner will manage a newly forming team of 3 other Product Owners, providing them with leadership, coaching & mentoring and will enjoy the opportunity to shape the Product Ownership function.

Core responsibilities for the Senior IT Product Owner include being the SME for the Actuarial systems, with specific experience of Prophet or similar software for Risk Management and Actuarial Modelling being a distinct advantage. Other duties include shaping the product roadmaps, introducing & expanding the use of AGILE as a methodology and ensuring the function delivers value, innovation and in conjunction with the Business Product Owners, improves the infrastructure for the business.

You will lead on technical discussions for the solution and provide advice on the “art of the possible”, whilst ensuring that solutions ensure robust and supportable operational processes.

A key part of the role will be leading and shaping how IT Product Ownership functions, adds value and engages with the business product owners.  You will provide thought leadership, and ensure the team has a clear purpose and goals with a defined Customer Charter and strong operating principles.
  • Leading the team to collaborate and engage with the Business Product Owner/s.  Ensuring the appropriate level of challenge is provided to fully understand the key technology aspects, requirements and desires relating to their various product lines, anticipating business need through use of deep market knowledge and technical understanding
  • Ensure the development and maintenance of Product Roadmaps across the estate, outlining the high-level strategic vision and direction for the product offering over time.
  • Acting as the key interface between Business Product Owner/s and relevant teams to provide technical vision, direction and support to the Engineering Development Team and associated stakeholders.
  • Driving Technical Requirements (Functional / Non-Functional), ensuring their validity, robustness and fitness for purpose to ensure optimised performance and solution outcomes in a standard and consistent way.
  • Constantly assessing, and sharing with stakeholders, industry best practice against internal methodology.  Introducing agreed enhancements in a way that stakeholders can help influence and support decision making, whilst continually improving ways of working
  • Monitoring and driving progress of IT Product Development and solutions across the product groups.  Keeping stakeholders updated on progress and identifying continuous improvement opportunities.
  • Communicating at an expert level across all levels to ensure engagement and buy-in from stakeholders on all major decisions and strategy, as well as giving clear directions and deliverables for the solution development function in the Engineering team
What we're looking for
    • Knowledge of an IT Product Area
    • Knowledge of Solution Design and Test
    • Knowledge of Actuarial Systems
    • Experience in regulated industry ie. FCA, PRA is desirable
    • Knowledge of the management and change associated with Product development in an IT / Engineering operation
    • Experience of working closely with and influencing project sponsors and project teams to understand the implications of options in relations to developing solutions
    • Experience of Waterfall and Agile delivery paradigms
    • Experience with BI solutions (Tableau, PowerBI or similar), SQL Server or Oracle with SSIS or other ETL tools is desirable
    • Thought leader on solutions, able to paint a compelling image of the future IT capability and its desirability
    • Ability to coach, mentor and guide product teams
Interested Candidates should apply now and can expect initial feedback on their application within 72 hours.

Trevor  Lee


Trevor Lee

Managing Director

In 2006 I decided to form Jenrick Commercial and now nearly 15 years later the business has thankfully gone from strength to strength. Having now been in the mad world of recruitment for nearly 25 years, I've seen a massive amount of change in that time (in my early days we used to fax CV's off to a client and if you were looking for work you use to photocopy your CV and even hand-deliver it into the agency, there was no internet in the early days!!) 

The foundation of our success has always been to build the greatest relationships with both our clients and candidates, we are always super honest and try to leave the greatest impression with everyone you connect with. 

My father taught me that life is very much what you put in, put a little in and you get a little out, put a lot in, and of course, you get a lot out. This is a rule I firmly believe in and has served me well over the years. 

What can I tell you about me? Well, I have been married for nearly 25 years (my wife is extremely lucky or completely mad) and we have a beautiful son Toron who is 15 now. I also cannot function properly without a triple shot skinny wet latte first thing in the morning. If you ever catch me before this time then I apologise in advance! I go to the gym every day and I've probably been on a diet since I was born so I am very body and image-conscious. 

I am also a glass half full type so love listening to Tony Robbins motivational podcasts to give me that extra kick. I support West Ham United so I definitely need something positive as I don't get it from the team I support. I also love the good old US of A (California). I think my music taste is great (it's very eclectic) however the team in the office are always moaning about my playlists (it's them that have no taste).

Why recruitment? Well, I love people, I genuinely love to understand how people tick, and after 25 years I know I'm damn good at what we do. In this job, every day is different and I'm humbled and grateful that I have met some amazing people over the 20+ years, plus it's always lovely to change peoples lives for the better so to play a part in their journey of life is something I am truly grateful for. 

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