Product Owner - Genomics

Paramount Recruitment Ltd

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Science and Research

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Master of Science

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United Kingdom,London,London,

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Keywords: Product, Owner, Roadmap, Bioinformatics, Genomics, Sprints, Agile, Lean, Jira, Confluence,

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01 May, 2019

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Paramount Recruitment Ltd

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Product Owner - Bioinformatics
Cambridge/ London

To build on the success of the 100,000 Genomes Project, the Government tasked NHS England with support from Genomics England to launch a new NHS Genomic Medicine Service comprising a National Genomic Test Directory where 300,000 tests have been re-profiled and whole genome sequencing will be available for direct healthcare. Through 7 Genomic Laboratory Hubs this offers equitable access to the 55 million people in England to the latest genomic medicine and research. This will lead to faster diagnosis and personalised medicine. Genomics England has been asked to prepare a plan for up to 5 million genomic tests over the next 5 years.
This role's main purpose is to own the product backlog for our in-house database Open CGA. The Product owner is responsible for prioritising and maintaining that backlog and forms part of a cross-functional team which works collectively to own the development of product features ensuring that the team are working on the items that will deliver the most significant business value. This role is responsible for working across the business to plan and deliver releases of products to the business.

Key Accountabilities:
*Understand the product roadmap and vision as defined by Head of Bioinformatics
*Collaborating with the Head of Bioinformatics and Head of Delivery to plan, manage and validate activities
*Take ownership of creating user stories which breakdown the requirements into end-to-end features which deliver value to end users
*Ensure there are sufficient number of user stories that have been refined and understood by the team for upcoming sprints/iterations
*Carry out analysis of impact, scope and technical dependencies for user stories, drawing on Technical Leads and the Development team to understand any dependencies
*Owning and maintaining the product backlog to reflect priority changes and addition of new user stories, taking account of technical dependencies
*Collating all the supporting artefacts for epics/stories e.g. UX designs, prototypes, images, icons and translations
*Carrying out continuous refinement of the product backlog with the cross-functional team through running regular and frequent backlog refinement sessions
*Planning releases of the product and understanding the change management workflow
*Involvement in planning meetings and/or design sprints to help provide clarity and elaborate user stories to help the team better understand the requirements
*Act as a Product subject matter expert for cross-functional teams, providing insight, context and additional information as needed to help understanding of what is required
*Defining the acceptance criteria for each user story, and the 'Definition of Done' that must be met, with the cross-functional team
*Organising and leading review and demonstration sessions, promoting the team's work to the wider stakeholders
*Engage in daily stand up meetings and other agile ceremonies
*Ensuring documentation is complete and up to date
Key Requirements:
*Ability to quickly understand customer needs and business value of new product features
*Ability to apply lean analysis techniques for defining and creating user stories and acceptance criteria
*Ability to quickly understand the technology landscape of the product area they are working in
*Good knowledge of agile methodology and lean practices
*Desirable to have knowledge of JIRA and Confluence
*Ability to produce high quality supporting artefacts to assist the team in development of the feature
*Use good judgement to make sound prioritisation decisions based on value of feature and estimated time to develop/deliver it
*Demonstrable ability to take ownership and make decisions in fast paced environment
*Ability to manage multiple tasks and priorities
*Report writing, analytical and reporting skills
*Must have demonstrated excellent ability to interface with customers and internal teams
*Be able to work cross-functionally through many teams to execute goals and set and meet milestones
*Basic understanding of genetics, sequencing and bioinformatics is desirable
*Strong organisational, time management and planning skills
*Self-motivated, with excellent ability to work on own initiative
*Excellent team-working skills with willingness and ability to engage with others at all levels of the organisation
*Ability to work under pressure without compromising the quality of work
*Excellent written and interpersonal skills

There are some great benefits on offer with this role including a competitive salary, pension, generous holidays and more.
Please do not hesitate to contact Harvey Uppal at or call (+44) 121 616 3407 to discuss this opportunity further.
Keywords: Product, Owner, Roadmap, Bioinformatics, Genomics, Sprints, Agile, Lean, Jira, Confluence, Delivery, Design, UX, Analysis, London, Cambridge.

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