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DATE ADDED: Tue 01/10/2019

Global Product Owner

Richmond upon Thames, UK


JOB TYPE: Permanent, FullTime

About Reed Exhibitions

Reed Exhibitions is a leading global events organiser, with more than 500 events in 30 countries. In 2018, Reed Exhibitions brought together more than 7m event participants from around the world generating billions of dollars in business. Today Reed Exhibitions’ events are held throughout the Americas, Europe, the Middle East, Asia Pacific and Africa and organised by 38 fully staffed offices. Reed Exhibitions serves 43 industry sectors with trade and consumer events. It is part of RELX, a global provider of information and analytics for professional and business customers across industries.

About RELX

RELX is a global provider of information-based analytics and decision tools for professional and business customers. The Group serves customers in more than 180 countries and has offices in about 40 countries. It employs over 30,000 people, of whom almost half are in North America.

The Role

We have an exciting opportunity for an experienced Product Owner to join the Global Digital Team at Reed Exhibitions. The team is in the process of replatforming from an incumbent monolithic platform. We are using this opportunity to adopt Lean and Agile ways of working as part of a Digital Transformation. The Global Product Owner is a critical role, ensuring alignment and seamless engagement between the Digital Programme team, the Product Delivery team and other key stakeholders around the business. The ideal candidate will be a relationship builder and a driven personality to lead and inspire cross-functional teams to build exceptional products and services. You will be part of a forward-thinking team charged with developing world-class digital products and experiences for our customers. That means building a deep understanding of our internal and external customers and their objectives and striving to deliver products that are data driven and customer centric.

Key Accountabilities

Develops clear go to market launch plans through coordinated development with external customer facing teams such as local show marketing and sales teams.

Become familiar with the organizational development practices, platform requirements, and project management framework

Liaise with Product Director to understand the changes in platform roadmap and to communicate any changes to the product backlog to support communications, release planning and sprint planning exercises

Understand Agile estimation approaches and allow the team to manage itself

Push the Product Director and pull the team to achieve the best outcomes for the business and customers, to maintain continuous velocity stream, ensure quality, eliminate escaped defects and motivate team.

Work closely with User Experience Designer within the team to understand customer needs and design the best possible solutions for customers and business.

To be a critical part of the team decision making body, working continuously with Technical Leadership and Iteration Management to focus on the best outcomes within our planned commitments.

Gathers, evaluates and has a solid understanding of customer use cases and maintains close contact with customers to gain a sense for where the market is heading.

Skills and Experience

Significant experience working in agile development environments as a product owner

Deep understanding of the direction the digital landscape is going and a passion for all things digital, including a focus on delivering measurable business value

Comfortable and effective in complex project environments, and working with both long-range and short-term business objectives

Comfortable with leadership through influence

Comfortable managing and leading new process improvements in a changing environment

Exceptional communication skills (both written and verbal) and a commitment to providing feedback to help iterate the business

Develops new ideas to improve process or product, and is able to prepare implementation plans

Encourages cooperation between all members of the team

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