Product Owner, Practice Lead

Location: Burnaby, BC, Canada
Date Posted: 09-28-2018
On behalf of our client, Affinity is seeking a Product Owner, Practice Lead who will evangelize the art of the Product Owner and be a recognized expert in the field of Product Ownership and Agile in Canada. In this position, you will wear a number of hats. Firstly, the Practice Lead of Product Owners, will be supporting team members growth towards excellence. Secondly, the PO of the Product Owner team manages the priorities and the backlog of the PO team. Lastly, the Practice Lead will act as the Chief Product Owner, acting as the single point for strategy of the site going forward.
  • Define what good looks like from a Product Owner Practice Lead position. Define the processes that the Product Owners will use and ensure that these processes are continually improving. Run the community of practice and ensure its growth, sustainability and continuous improvement. Act as a role model for all existing and aspiring Product Owners. Train new and existing talent in the organization and actively seek out new talent to join.
  • Collaborate with a wide range of business stakeholders including senior executives to understand product requirements. Organize and ensure proper levels of two way communication happen between the top leaders, their direct reports and teams and the Product Owners. Actively ensure communication and clarity of vision happens effectively across the organization for products. Manage expectations of stakeholders and own the complex roadmap while considering business needs as well as quantitative and qualitative data.
  • Work with executive level sponsors to shape company strategy. Spend time researching and understanding industry best practices to ensure the organization is aligned. Take responsibility for the Product Ownership as an overall product.
  • Act as the Product Owner of the Product Owner team. Own the priorities of the team backlog and ensure there is a healthy queue of work. Articulate the "what" and the "why" of product releases, while waking with the product owner team to provide the "why".


  • Experience leading a team of Product Owners
  • Experience working primarily as a Product Owner or Product Manager in an Agile work environment
  • Experience understanding design research and A/B testing methods
  • Thorough understanding of the challenges and complexities of software development in a web environment
  • Ability to influence and gather support from peers, team and stakeholders
  • Ability to interact with C level executives and jointly form strategy
  • Ability to drive complex initiatives across several internal organizations ensuring high level of alignment and communication
  • Understanding of technical debt and its impact on product development
Bonus Points: 
  • Experience speaking at a subject matter expert level at Agile/Product conferences
  • Experience defining and leading an Agile transformation
  • Experience working at a start-up or eCommerce company is preferred
  • 3+ years working as a Software Developer or related technical discipline

About Affinity Staffing:
Affinity Staffing is a full service Information Technology agency that takes a unique approach to recruiting. We believe recruiting is about creating long-term relationships that foster a mutually beneficial partnership - an affinity. Bringing a new style of recruiting founded on four core principles – Transparency – Flexibility – Efficiency – Agility.
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