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Product Owner

at Kin + Carta Europe

Location: London

Department: Product

About Kin + Carta

Want to help build a world that works better for everyone? Kin + Carta is a global digital transformation consultancy that makes a difference to the billions who now work, play, shop, communicate and share online.

Join 1,600 curious and diverse minds in connecting people, data and technology to produce amazing experiences for some of the world’s most influential companies. Become a maker, builder or creator as we explore the possibilities of sustainable digital technology, helping clients to rapidly innovate, modernise their systems, enable their teams, and optimise for continued growth. 

We focus on tech but we’re a proudly inclusive business with trust and human connection at its heart. People, the planet, and profit matter equally to us which is why we’re a certified B Corporation in the United States and Europe. With additional offices in South America, there is a place for you here wherever you’re based.

About the Product Owner role:

Part product specialist, project manager and account manager, the Product Owner at Kin + Carta will work with our expert in-house teams to deliver innovative, high-quality software for a range of well known clients across a variety of sectors including; financial services, retail & public sector.

You’ll work with key stakeholders to gather, understand and prioritise requirements for new or existing mobile products, and then communicate these to the development team in a way which is clearly and easily understood. You’ll take responsibility for defining a ‘vision’ for the product, and ensuring that every member of the team keeps that vision clearly in mind as development progresses. Ultimately, you will own the product roadmap, using your strategic insight and feedback from various sources to iteratively evolve features according to user and client need.

The Product Owner acts as a bridge between our clients and development teams, keeping the client abreast of the project status and presenting output on the one hand whilst also working to get answers to any questions the team might have, clarify priorities, or otherwise solve problems. Day by day, you’ll work in close collaboration with developers, UX and product designers, product strategists, solutions architects, QA engineers and other experts to deliver high-quality software which is a pleasure to use.

As a Product Owner at Kin + Carta, you are accountable for the output of a team and your success depends on your ability to get them to perform to a high standard, in a range of different circumstances. You use your experience and understanding of client and project context to ask the right questions at the right time in order to pre-empt issues or remove blockers; you reframe challenges so they are easier to solve; and you coach others in your teams to use the Kin + Carta principles to solve problems.

 You are willing and able to hold people on other project teams to Kin + Carta quality standards, taking the initiative to step in and help when you see something going wrong, even on projects to which you’re not assigned. You think ahead, beyond the day to day, to help identify and drive initiatives within the Product Practice that will benefit Kin + Carta and the team.

Although we value self-organising teams, the Product Owner will often find their natural leadership skills called upon as they take responsibility for ensuring that software is delivered on time, on budget - and in a way that meets the business expectations. This is a rewarding, creative and challenging role which demands initiative, resourcefulness and good problem-solving skills.

You will be:

  • Commercially aware and a natural strategic thinker.
  • Organised and pro-active, with impeccable attention to detail.
  • A natural team player, who enjoys working collaboratively with colleagues and clients alike.
  • Flexible and adaptable, with a 'can-do' approach and solid problem-solving skills.
  • Focused on delivery, with a passion for quality and innovation.
  • Someone who thrives in a dynamic environment and will contribute to ongoing organisational improvements.

You must have:

  • Previous experience working as a product owner, business analyst, project or account manager or a consultant, ideally in technology or a related field.
  • A proven track record of delivering high profile, user-oriented solutions in a fast-paced environment.
  • Great client facing skills, with the ability to build trusted relationships.
  • Experience of Agile development or project management methodologies.
  • The ability to clearly articulate a product vision or strategy to others, and to ensure that everyone retains their focus on this vision throughout the project.
  • A strong level of commercial awareness and a strategic mind with the ability to identify business opportunities and contribute to delivering against them for clients.
  • Great organisational skills with the ability to thrive in a demanding environment whilst juggling multiple priorities.
  • Excellent communication skills at all levels and in all mediums, from emails to formal documents and both written and oral presentations.
  • An appreciation of what makes a good user experience, and the ability to balance this against other competing priorities.
  • Boundless initiative and a can-do attitude.  
 

Our benefits

Curious minds are nurtured at Kin + Carta through a wide range of benefits including:

Continuous learning £1,000 annual learning budget
Hybrid working policy Hybrid remote working policy
Leadership icon Global leadership programmes
Flexible working icon Flexible working hours
present icon Enhanced Christmas leave
dog icon Dog friendly offices
Discounted private healthcare Subsidised private healthcare
Affordable gym membership Discounted gym membership

Apply for this role

Whoever you are, wherever you’re from and whoever you love, you’ll find an open door at Kin + Carta. It’s yours to walk through if you’re passionate about building a better world for everyone, and you’re keen to be part of a diverse and inclusive culture that plays to people’s strengths and thrives on togetherness.