Product Owner - Software

Job description

We think differently. We make the unbelievable happen. We are changing the future of how people buy cars. Technology is key to the future of the business and as we grow and look to scale in the Automotive industry, and build out our tech capability within the UK, the Product Owner will work within project teams who are building cutting edge software solutions for the Automotive industry.


About the Tech

Our technologies include but not limited to SaaS and micro-services based software design, Azure, Docker, VueJS, React, PHP, Symfony, Composer, MySQL, Linux Bash Scripting, Docker, Kubernetes, Helm Charts, Git, VSTS Pipelines, Terraform, MS Azure (or equivalent), Atlassian Tools – Jira, Confluence, Bitbucket, ElasticSearch, Kibanna, RabbitMQ and more.


About the Role

The Product Owner acts as the interface between the Product Manager and Delivery teams.  You will be responsible for translating the wider Summit Automotive platform roadmap into a specific product backlog for one or more components of the platform, managing timescales accordingly.  On a day to day basis, the Product Owner will spend most of their time working closely with the Delivery team to ensure that the business needs are fully understood and to review the team’s output and capacity.


The Product Owner explains what is needed, why it is needed and what order it should be delivered; negotiating with and managing stakeholder expectations.  As well as leading the Delivery team the Product Owner also works with the Product Manager to help formulate their individual product roadmaps within the overall platform strategy.


This permanent opportunity is for Product Owner who has the ability to work in a fast-paced environment and bring a high level of strategy and governance into a start-up type environment.  The Automotive teams are based from central London (Soho) and Warwick, with third-party teams in Romania and Prague. We are looking for someone to be based out of our Warwick for the majority, with travel to our other sites as and when required.  


About You

With previous working experience as a Product Owner within a web and e-commerce environment, you will have the experience of managing scheduling and resource dependencies, alongside the ability to split big features into small slices of independently deliverable value.  In-depth knowledge of Agile processes and principles is key along with strong domain knowledge and a deep understanding of all product/platform personas and their needs as users.


With a flair for writing user stories that express the “why” as well as the “what” together with the ability to understand and comprehend complex user journeys.  An overall creative thinker with the confidence to champion alternative approaches/ways of working in order to drive operational efficiencies and to ensure adherence to best practice.


Strong stakeholder management skills with the ability to be challenged and ensure commitments are both commercial and realistic, re-negotiating where needed.  Understanding and experience of backlog management tools is required to be able to clearly express the connection between larger business goals and small backlog items. 


About the Benefits

A competitive base salary is on offer (this is negotiable but circa the £60k mark) plus opportunities for progression, within an exciting start-up environment that can already count numerous multi-national Automotive manufacturers as clients, with the added backing of our parent company TCC Global, a hugely successful and internationally recognised leader in loyalty marketing. 


Benefits including Life Assurance, Health Care Cash Plan, Auto-enrolment Pension, Profit Share, Experience for Life, Career Break Scheme, plus 25 day's holiday rising with service and your birthday off every year. Successful candidates must have and be able to evidence their right to work in the UK.  If you’re interested in finding out more and becoming a Changemaker we look forward to hearing from you.  No speculative agency CVs please.


About Us

Summit are changemakers in Automotive ecommerce. We are deeply involved in the transformation that ecommerce is creating in automotive, bringing our 18 years of expertise in retail to an exciting market. Manufacturers and Dealers trust us to help them on their automotive journey. We empower our clients to be best in class ecommerce and digital revolutionaries, making it more likely that people will buy from them, than anyone else.