Product Owner

Last updated 19 hours ago
Job Type:Full Time

Xero is a beautiful, easy-to-use platform that helps small businesses and their accounting and bookkeeping advisors grow and thrive.

At Xero, our purpose is to make life better for people in small business, their advisors, and communities around the world. This purpose sits at the centre of everything we do. We support our people to do the best work of their lives so that they can help small businesses succeed through better tools, information and connections. Because when they succeed they make a difference, and when millions of small businesses are making a difference, the world is a more beautiful place.

Our Engineering Practice & Architecture group provides guidance, tools and support to the product and platform teams so they can build well-designed, highly-performant solutions that provide customer value and that can scale with our customer growth.

What’s the role?

As the Product Owner in Engineering Practice Support, you will be responsible for executing on our vision, strategy and roadmap. You will work alongside a talented engineering pod. Your skillful product leadership and management of the pod’s backlog enables the pod to deliver compelling platform products and services that solve real problems for our customers/users.

Product Owners will have a strong understanding of technical products, including a comprehensive understanding of software development practices, and be able to make clear decisions on prioritisation, minimum value, and help the team plan and operate accordingly.

What you'll do:

  • Assist the Engineering Practices group to implement and execute effective fit for purpose software development practices.
  • Coach and manage delivery teams to facilitate and improve on a reliable delivery cadence.
  • Produce data to demonstrate and track the team’s performance.
  • Proactively identify and facilitate the removal of impediments, protecting the team from disruption and helping them honour commitments.
  • Ensure key collaboration and control ceremonies and processes are followed and carried out in an efficient manner.
  • Work closely with the Product Manager to set expectations for delivery, based on best understanding estimations.
  • Foster a culture of collective ownership and accountability for the work completed within the team.
  • Work closely with the Product Manager to ensure stakeholders are provided with the information they require in a timely manner.
  • Work with Competency Leads and Product Managers to manage resource and capability commitments.
  • Provide input to the wider team for capability performance, growth and learning.
  • Collaborative definition, management and scheduling of work with external teams, to unblock dependencies as required.
  • What you'll bring:

  • Demonstrated experience working with high performing Software Delivery teams.
  • A strong technical understanding of the technologies, tools, and engineering practices relating to cloud application development.
  • Good technical understanding of modern cloud architecture concepts, patterns, and technologies.
  • Project management experience, managing risk and stakeholders
  • Working knowledge of Agile development, LEAN methodology, and supporting tools
  • Hands-on experience with data analytics
  • Experience with the complete software development lifecycle in a DevOps organization
  • Working with stakeholders to understand objectives, value and success measures for new features and enhancements
  • Working with the Product Management, Architecture, and Delivery Teams to refine and manage scope and requirements
  • Ability to interact with Senior Stakeholders to an Executive level
  • Ability to comprehend and have an understanding of the wider team’s portfolio of delivery and how you fit into that
  • Proactive, ‘can-do’ attitude, exceptionally self-motivated and directed
  • Ability to effectively prioritize and scope multiple channels of development
  • Ability to work in a diverse, fast paced environment and effectively collaborate across international teams
  • Superior analytical, evaluative, and problem-solving abilities with a keen attention to detail.
  • Why you should become a Xero

    It’s a diverse and inclusive environment, with people who will respect, challenge, support and mentor you to do the best work of your life. We’re a place where innovation and change are not only encouraged but also celebrated. We value our people and want them to enjoy and take pride in their work.

    We’re very supportive of flexible working arrangements and offer a competitive remuneration package including shares and life insurance, in addition to your base salary. We have a culture we’re proud of. Whether you're after a workplace with a social vibe, or a workplace which understands your family is priority - Xero is all of that and more.

    Xero is an NZ Immigration Accredited Employer and Rainbow Tick certified too.

    Please include a cover letter in your application, telling us why you’re a great fit for this position.