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Product Owner

Job Description: 

Purpose of the position:               

Enable the business to achieve its goals by delivering the company's South African product lines. Deliver great products on time, on budget and to quality.



  • Be responsible for delivering the road map for company's South African strategic products
  • Work with the Product Delivery Manager and Product Manager(s) to translate the roadmap this into appropriate backlog(s) and user stories
  • Deliver products using the appropriate agile project management methodology, learning & iterating frequently
  • Drive and review business requirements (including Proposition design, customer journeys etc.)
  • Write story level functional specifications and corresponding acceptance criteria
  • Involve the team to provide development estimates
  • Ensure adequate sign off on specifications from relevant stakeholders
  • Creates Product Backlog(s) from the business requirements and priorities
  • Manage inter development team dependencies, signs off and agree to BAU releases
  • Run a quality process around product delivery to minimise the risk of customer detriment
  • Create user stories to articulate business requirements
  • Assists project manager or stakeholders with the development of project initiation documents
  • Contribute to the improvement of the Product Delivery team’s aggregate level of capability
  • Contribute to the improvement the Product Delivery processes and ways of working with the wider business
  • Works with Product Delivery team during sprints to continuously clarify user stories or provide context to ensure all stories can be developed without impediment
  • Work with the CTO to participate in the collaborative, dynamic planning process – prioritising the work that needs to be done against the capacity and capability of the team
  • Identify, escalate and manage risks
  • Work with key business stakeholders to ensure non-product functions are integrated into initiatives
  • Matrix-managing a multidisciplinary team
  • Ensure long term sustainability of the products through collaboration and with technical architects


Qualifications and Experience:

  • Under-graduate/graduate level education
  • Experience establishing, improving and driving adherence to processes
  • Experience of software development and product / major feature launches (preferably in Financial Services)
  • Experience of ‘bringing the company with you’, particularly departments not in the same reporting line
  • Strong agile experience
  • Experience of producing high quality requirements documents
  • Must be able to garner respect from his/her team and be willing to get their hands dirty to get the job done
  • Must be able to ensure Agile/Scrum concepts and principles are adhered to, must be able to be a voice of reason and authority, make the tough calls.


Cape Town, South Africa,


AES Africa


No education

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Working Experience: 

5 to 7 years

Contract Type: 

Full Time



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