University of Exeter

University of Exeter

Product Owner - Digital

United Kingdom

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Exeter (Hybrid)


The starting salary will be from £41,732 on Grade F depending on qualifications and experience.


Generous Annual leave allowance, fantastic pension, flexible working options

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IT and Digital


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Product Owner - Digital

Job description

Permanent, Full time (36.5 hours per week)

Flexible Hybrid working – This is a hybrid role that offers flexible working between home and our Streatham Campus.

What you'll be doing…

As our Product Owner, you'll be accountable for the development and delivery of a solution to the higher education sector through the rapid development of digital applications, products, and platforms. You will balance market requirements with the technical strategy and delivery capacity. You will be happy to take the lead in developing and ensuring the development meets the roadmap and you will excel at providing evidence-based value to customers and end users.

You will work collaboratively within the Product Chapter to inform, guide thinking, and develop clear plans on Agile projects to ensure requirements for improvement are translated into appropriate plans with time and costs and prioritise development activities.

It's also a super exciting time to be joining our Digital Team as the university will be hosting the Digital Universities Conference in April 2024. As part of the team you will have the opportunity to meet with some of the top higher education leaders and industry experts during this amazing networking and learning event!

Our Product Chapter…

The Product chapter enables the University to achieve the right outcomes targeted at improving the user experience and increasing revenue by:

  • Maintains ownership of products (typically a digital service fulfilling customer's needs)
  • Understands the needs of stakeholders and translates these into strategies and tasks
  • Defines the vision, development priorities and roadmap for products.
  • Just some of the benefits that come with this role include:

  • Substantial annual leave package of 41 days!
  • Incredible USS pension scheme
  • Sector leading policies around maternity, adoption and shared parental leave(up to 26 weeks full pay), paternity leave (up to six weeks full pay) and a new Fertility Treatment Policy
  • Flexible Working options
  • Benefit from fantastic discounts at local and national shops through numerous discount schemes including TOTUM cards
  • We'll take your personal and professional development very seriously and we'll empower you to keep developing your expert skills and give you access to the latest technologies and platforms
  • Discounted state-of-the-art fitness centres on all our campuses
  • Sustainability Commute: Join our sustainable travel initiative by enjoying a 10% discount on bus passes, cycle to work scheme and taking advantage of car sharing incentives. Save money and reduce your carbon footprint.
  • Recognition and Rewards: We have multiple schemes helps us celebrate your contributions.
  • Stunning campus locations in Exeter and Cornwall
  • We're really looking for…

  • Previous working experience of product management, product ownership and product development from inception to market delivery.
  • Someone who is not afraid to bring new ideas to table and who wants to make a massive positive impact on the future of education
  • Stakeholder management is everything in this role so you need the ability to break down barriers and build lasting relationships
  • An interest in deeply understanding the markets in which we operate and competitor solutions
  • Agile mindset, with the ability to adapt to a fast-paced environment.
  • Please ensure you read the Job Description and Person Specification for full details of this role by clicking on the attachment.
  • Specialise more with CRM systems? We are also looking for a Product Owner in our IT services department click here to check out the advert!

    Apply with your CV and short a cover note telling us how great you are and how your skills line up to what we're looking for!

    The closing date for this role will be the 25th February 2024. Interviews for successful candidates are likely to be on the W/C 11th March.

    More about the Digital Team!

    At the University of Exeter, we're embarking on an exciting journey of digital transformation that will reshape the way we educate, research, and collaborate. Our commitment to embracing cutting-edge digital technologies and fostering digital skills development is at the heart of our mission. We are dedicated to working with partners who share our values to enhance our education, research, and partnerships while meeting the evolving needs of our students and colleagues across our campuses.

    We work in an agile way and have organised the team into chapters (groups of people with the same skill sets) and squads (made up of people from the chapters who can work autonomously and to their own goals). We want to test and champion new working models in our squads that push the boundaries of inclusivity, location, and flexibility. Our users will be at the heart of everything we do and we'll develop new ways to deliver value, make things easier and generate new income along the way.

    Our new team of visionaries is tasked with supporting the University of Exeter 2030 strategy, focusing on:

  • Simplifying and enhancing the end-to-end digital experience, augmented with physical elements.
  • Identifying and testing new opportunities through rich data and insights.
  • Developing innovative digital products, services, and platforms.
  • Cultivating digital capability, encompassing skills, structure, working methods, technology, data, leadership, and culture.
  • Check out our Digital Strategy for more info!
  • The University of Exeter

    We are a member of the prestigious Russell Group of research-intensive universities and in the top 150 universities in the world (Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2023 and the 2022 Academic Ranking of World Universities released by Shanghai Rankings).

    Our research income in recent years means we're the fastest growing UK Research University with some of the world's most influential scientists, and we seek to answer some of the most fundamental issues facing humankind today. More than 99% of our research is of international quality and our world- leading research impact is growing faster than any other Russell Group university (2021 Research Excellence Framework). We are using the power of our education and research to create a sustainable, healthy and socially just future. Our shared purpose and vision continually moves us forward to make a difference to our people, our communities, our partners and the world around us. Read about our world leading research on Green Futures and how we are transforming education for a changing world. We are located in a beautiful part of the country and Exeter (a fast growing tech hub) is one of only a few UK cities to have been designated as a UNESCO City of Literature

    Our Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Commitment

    Whilst all applicants will be judged on merit alone, we particularly welcome applications from groups currently underrepresented within our working community. Reasonable adjustments are available for interviews and workplaces.

    With over 30,000 students and 7,000 staff from 150 different countries we offer a diverse and engaging environment where our diversity is celebrated and valued as a major strength. We are committed to creating an inclusive culture where all members of our community are supported to thrive; where diverse voices are heard through our engagement with evidence-based charter frameworks for gender (Athena SWAN and Project Juno for Physics), race equality (Race Equality Charter Mark), LGBTQ+ inclusion (Stonewall Diversity Champion) and as a Disability Confident employer.

    Further Information

    Please contact Mariano Sanchez-Luppi [email protected]

    Job details


    Product Owner - Digital


    University of Exeter


    United Kingdom


    February 09, 2024

    Application deadline

    February 25, 2024

    Job type



    Computer Science,Engineering

    About the employer

    The University of Exeter is a public university that focuses on research. It was established in the year 1955. In 1851, it was first formed as Schools of Science and Art. In 1900, its name was then changed to the Royal Albert Memorial College which later converted into a university college of the southwest in the year 1922. And finally, it received its authorization in 1955 as the University of Exeter.

    The university is a part of the Russell Group which contains the top research-intensive universities of United Kingdom and has a total of 3 campuses. Out of all 3, Streatham is the largest campus by area as it contains most of the university's executive buildings.

    Also, it is considered as one of the most beautiful buildings in the nation. Moreover, the Penryn campus is associated with Falmouth University as per a combined initiative.

    The University has more than 25,263 student population who are coming from over 130 different nations. The university organizes its educational and administrative departments into 6 scholastic colleges. There are many research centres and institutes inside the campus. There are more than 200 student societies including creative writing, theatre club, Socialist Students societies, Poker Society and Conservative Future society. The university maintains an athletic union which is responsible for organizing and administrating all the sports activities fairly and actively. The union governs more than 50 sports clubs which have around 5,000 students.

    The university has a great alumni base and actively connects with more than 125,000 alumni in 183 countries across the world. The graduates have been working in different fields. From globally known business leaders and lawyers to inspiring leaders and teachers to highly praised members of the press and artists, this university has proudly touched the lives of its alumni. Some of the much-known alumni of the university are J.K. Rowling (author- famous for Harry Potter series), Ameenah Gurib (Mauritius's 6th President) and Abdullah Gül (Turkey's 11th President).

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