Product Owner


£40,000-60,000 p.a.


  • Company pension scheme
  • 25 days annual leave
  • Flexible, home-based working environment
  • Staff Share Scheme

About Placecube

Placecube was born in 2019 through a merger of two small well established organisations to bring the Digital Place product family to market. Built on a foundation of 17 years of software development, systems integration and social collaboration platform delivery for public sector organisations specialising in local services, knowledge collaboration and secure information exchange.

Placecube provides the public sector with the affordable, accessible and transformational benefits of digitally re-usable ‘great public services’ –  designed by the public sector for the public sector. Re-using high quality code, services and designs that have already been paid for, and which have been extensively tested and proven by councils and wider government.

Focused on open source technologies, Placecube offers clients a new style of partnership based on the co-creation and re-use of well-designed digital services that demonstrate local place leadership, growing a connected ‘Digital Place’ ecosystem that enables our clients to operate their own platform. We work collaboratively, ensuring that our clients never pay twice for the same development. We differentiate ourselves through our actions and behaviours, living by the core principles that we’ve defined to ‘Do the right thing’.

Our support, tools and services help clients to accelerate the development of a new generation of place-based digital services that make it simple to connect citizens and communities at the front-end and integrate complex systems at the back-end, reducing the administrative burden, unnecessary procedural waste and creating great digital experiences that users prefer.

Foster collaboration in multi-disciplinary team

Our people are at the heart of our 17 years of success. Our values focus on being helpful and doing the right thing, providing knowledge and support to those around you. This means you’ll be:

  • Partnering with the wider product team to create an agile, but focused strategic direction
  • Building a strong culture of learning within your team, providing feedback to continuously improve the way we work together
  • Working closely with the other functions of the business to share knowledge, learnings and insights

About the Product Owner Role

The primary responsibility of the Product Owner will be to represent the voice of the customer, understanding user needs, gathering product requirements and communicating them to the dev team by writing value driven user stories, with a relentless focus on delivering the best outcomes for our customers. You will play a part in prioritising the product backlog for each sprint, regularly refining stories with both customers and the development team.

This role offers an excellent level of challenge to a Product Owner with 3-5 years experience, working within a Product Management team keen to support you on your journey to more senior roles over time.

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You’ll be responsible for:

  • Running your own Agile team, and will be a key contributor on some of our more strategic programmes of work.
  • Working closely with the Scrum Master  to ensure the smooth day-to-day running of the scrum team and use ideation and prioritisation techniques to create and maintain a healthy backlog.
  • Collaborating with the wider product team to align roadmaps/plans, unblock development, and communicate changes.
  • Coordinating across multiple organisational dependencies to deliver successful implementations.
  • Developing and maintaining a deep understanding of the current and future customer needs, sharing accountability for the end to end delivery of our products.
  • Supporting the Product Manager in running workshops with stakeholders to agree on the user needs and pain-points.
  • Taking a significant user need, or pain-point and figuring out what the solution might be.
  • Utilising our research capabilities to test and learn, iterating on our product through user feedback and insights.


Essential skills and experience

Please note the following list of skills and experience are divided into those that are essential and those that are nice-to-have.

  • You have at least 3 years of experience as a Product Owner. (essential)
  • You can clearly articulate business needs into specific tasks that development teams need to work on. (essential)
  • You are a champion for Agile Scrum methodologies and are comfortable using a variety of frameworks. (essential)
  • You thrive on working with the big picture, as well as the day-to-day delivery. (essential)
  • You have excellent communication skills and can match your style to the situation. (essential)
  • Experience of working in or alongside local government in the UK. (nice-to-have)
  • Experience of developing and managing B2B SaaS digital products or platforms. (nice-to-have)
  • Experience of remote working, as a Product Owner. (nice-to-have)
  • Excellent interpersonal skills with the ability to manage, influence, negotiate and collaborate with a variety of stakeholders with often conflicting priorities and requirements. (essential)
  • Ability to bring new product ideas to life based on your understanding of the companies long-term strategic goals. (essential)
  • You’re someone who loves putting users at the heart of what they do and making informed decisions. (essential)
  • You’re comfortable in complex situations, working with ambiguity and solving difficult problems. (essential)
  • Most of all you’ll be a team player who enjoys being part of the journey. (essential)
  • Scrum Product Owner Certification or other Agile qualifications. (nice-to-have)
  • You are familiar with working in outcome driven environments to develop shared OKRs. (nice-to-have)


Please send CV and covering letter to

Deadline 22/05/2022
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