Product Owner ______

Own, maintain and optimise the delivery of Calastone’s asset manager product. Define and deliver the new of features for the product in line with the product strategy, working collectively with your colleagues in the Product and technology teams, understanding their ideas and insights for product design and delivery as well as with key clients where required.   Assessing appetite for new features at an early stage, evaluating business viability at all stages and allowing these to be challenged and enriched in the product governance process, you will focus on delivering value-add features to your robust product set.

Quality and compliance are critical for the product set and you, with assistance from the wider team, will ensure that the highest standards are maintained for the products under your ownership – especially when introducing new features.

Taking part in the day-to-day development of the new features for your products, you will coordinate with the Engineering team to ensure they are aware of “why”, you are aiming to deliver “what” you are delivering and “when” you are delivering it – they will be in charge of “how” it is delivered - and you will build the mutual assurance between these key teams.

Key Responsibilities

  • Understand the overall new feature set for your product against the vision set by the Product Manager and Head of Product and in-line with our company strategy
  • Plan and priorities the product feature backlog, working closely with the Product Manager to ensure alignment
  • Work closely with the Business Analysis team to translate and articulate product requirements into acceptable increments to be delivered by technology
  • Collaborate with your development partners within Product, Technology (PMO, Engineering) and the teams in Client Delivery and Operations to lead delivery, adoption and success of your Products
  • Accept each product increment during the Agile sprint process
  • Be a Subject Matter Expert (SME) for your products – representing Calastone at industry events when required
  • Work with the Product Manager to provide a dashboard of your products to the Product Steering Committee, with attendees from the senior leadership team (C-level leaders) to ensure speedy and transparent decision making enabling efficient development and enhancement of the Product portfolio
  • Support Client meetings, investigating client needs and establishing views on new features for your products to meet them
  • Keep up to date on industry best practices and input into the regular Agile steering committee

Required Knowledge & Experience

​The technical knowledge required for the Product function includes but is not limited to:

  • Software development lifecycle in an Agile environment
  • Microsoft office suite; Salesforce

The business knowledge desired/required for the Product function includes but is not limited to:

  • Required
    • Quality and service focused – taking pride in the performance of your products and the service levels they achieve
    • Experience in a Product Management/Development role
    • Have a track record of product optimization, showing how products have achieved growth under your ownership
    • Experience in fund administration or asset management with senior roles within product or operations
    • Direct experience of Agile development processes and able to evangelize its adoption
    • Stakeholder Management and influence with some experience of operating with C-level leaders
    • Able to follow and suggest improvements to, a disciplined Product development process
    • Rich history of client/customer-led Product development, with examples of executions based on client/customer needs, insights and testing
    • Recognised as a great communicator – succinct, clear, direct and transparent in your interactions with peers, management style and clients
  • Desired
    • Experience in the Fintech/Financial Services industry an advantage
    • Knowledge of the roles and actors involved within funds distribution and the functions within a fund management company
    • Experience in a regulatory-influenced industry with understanding of the role of the regulator; Market practice

Person Specification

Communication – Confident, accurate, deliberate and direct

Conduct – Demonstrates the corporate values of connected, supportive, creative and driven.

Teamwork – Able to provide support to those within their peer group

Management – Able to manage their priorities and guide the virtual team to delivery

Delivery and Impact – Raises risks and issues promptly to the relevant bodies alongside recommendations for mitigation

Problem Solving – Identifies, considers and solves problems of a product, political, organisational and technical nature – ensuring visibility and buy-in where required

Organisation – Provides regular 360 feedback to team, peers and leadership – with a view to addressing issues as well as encouraging performance

Planning – Manages the processes in asset manager products, looking to optimise these to the benefit of the business and clients

Influence – Provides open feedback with actionable intent – also solicits this from peers, team and management