Digital Product Owner - German speaker

Job Title: Digital Product Owner - German speaker
Job Reference: DPOG1

Location: Reading
Job Type: Permanent

Salary:
£50000 - £65000 per annum, Benefits: 15% Bonus, healthcare, pension, vouchers etc.
Sector: IT

Posted 13 days ago

Digital Product Owner - Global blue chip organisation
Reading - £50k-£65k per annum

**Must be fluent in German**

The Company

With Operations across 40 countries in Europe, over 10,000 employees, 152 production facilities
and over £2bn revenue, this global blue chip firm are a digital e-commerce enterprise looking to continue their huge digital transformation.

The Role

Based out of Reading, with occassional travel to Germany (once a month), the overall remit of the Digital Product Owner is to take ownership of the consumer digital experience for the German division of the business, to deliver against business targets. Within the digital team, we are looking for a personality that can provide direction and delivery for a growing product and service proposition. The organisation have requirements to hire both B2C and B2B focused Product Owners

The role reports to the Head of Digital Commerce with a strong alignment to the Managing Director based in Germany.

  • Take responsibility for the B2C or B2C (dependant on experience) digital experience for the German brand of the company
  • Together with the digital and business management teams, set product goals that overachieve against business targets
  • Build and maintain close working relationships with the team in Germany and the UK Digital DevOps team to continuously develop the digital experience to overachieve against business targets
  • Develop a roadmap for the B2C or B2B digital part of the service proposition and generate a high-level release plan
  • Create and communicate the vision with stakeholders, development teams and users to realise it
  • Set the lead generation strategy and actively optimise the performance of quality and quantity of leads delivered to the German site
  • Optimise the lead generation funnel through constant testing
  • Identify the key business metrics that need to be measured and conduct regular reporting against performance
  • Manage the proposition backlog including defining, elaborate, estimate, order or delete product backlog items
  • Project management (Sprints) - Get things done and constantly apply a fast ‘test and learn’ approach to releases and updates
  • Manage SEO and SEA activities (internally/externally)
  • Understand the German market for roofing including participating in direct conversations with consumers where appropriate

Knowledge & Experience Required

  • Fluent communication skills in German and English
  • 4+ years of experience as a digital Product Owner or similar role
  • Demonstrable experience of continuous test and learn approach to digital experience
  • Ability to demonstrate an excellent understanding of customer needs
  • Project Management skills
  • Experience of managing a product backlog
  • Experience working in a Start-up environment
  • Skills in managing internal stakeholders and external partners
  • Knowledge of cost per read, contact and acquisition within lead generation
  • Demonstrable experience of working in an agile scrum environment, ideally as a PO
  • The unconditional will to make your products the best and most successful
  • Strong entrepreneurial thinking and business skills - proactive, goal-oriented, energetic with an independent way of working
  • Experience with ticket systems such as Jira and basic knowledge of programming
  • and/or SQL skills as well as knowledge in web analysis
  • Great organizational and time management skills
  • Track record delivering high-quality software that meets the business need
  • Outstanding presentation and leadership skills

Preferred:
  • A background in digital marketing would be highly desireable
  • A strong track record in the retail, e-commerce or commercial software development sectors
  • Strong technical skills and an analytic mind set
  • Data-driven and a Google Analytics professional
  • In-depth knowledge of Agile process and principles
  • Experience in estimating the value of software features, and in cost-benefit analysis and constructing business cases
More details available upon application.

Introducing...

Philip Fanthom

Managing Director

I joined Jenrick in 1997, as a Junior Consultant working within both permanent and contract markets.

From 2000 I began to focus the majority of my efforts within The City, successfully developing relationships within the Banking & Financial Services Sector - most of whom are still clients today.

In May 2006, I made the move to become Jenrick Group's Sales Manager, before gaining the opportunity to return to Jenrick IT as Sales Director, before taking on the role of Managing Director.

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