Product Owner

Wellington, New Zealand · Permanent


SilverStripe is looking for a full-time Product Owner to join our Wellington-based team. This role will lead product development for software used by digital teams in and working with government agencies both in NZ and Australia.

What you will be doing

As a Product Owner you will work closely with our Head of Product to help SilverStripe become an internationally successful product company. To achieve this, you will be a strong leader, capable of overseeing 2 teams of 3-5 team members while also having an understanding of customer needs. You will communicate requirements as user stories, working with the team to refine details through an Agile iterative process.

You will set realistic landmarks based on team feedback and metrics, and lead delivery on them while refining the release backlog as necessary. In addition, you will craft results-focused metrics to determine the success of our product development efforts.

Your ability to create and maintain strong professional relationships will be key, as you will work closely with DIA and other government agencies who make up the user and stakeholder groups of the Common Web Platform. You will ensure that communication between the development teams and the wider open source community has a positive impact on the direction of the product to avoid processes being slowed.

You will have a working knowledge Agile methodologies to support the Scrum process of planning, daily stand-ups, reviews and retrospectives within the team, ensuring that impediments to progress are actively removed. You will embrace, coach and evangelise Agile values within your teams, while working with others in the product division to identify and implement process improvements.


Who we are looking for

We look for well-rounded people who:

Here are the specifics of what we’re looking for in a Product Owner:


We're family friendly

SilverStripe is a grown-up company. We want to create an environment that has all the excitement and intellectual stimulation of a startup but with a sensible business model. We don't run you ragged by making you work 80-hour weeks. We do enjoy working with smart people in an efficient and disciplined manner. Many SilverStripers have young families and we strive to support that.

We take professional development seriously

There are plenty of opportunities for learning — we pay for SilverStripers to attend conferences and training; we have an awesome mentoring programme; we hold our own monthly hackdays; and we support knowledge sharing through regular internal events likes “Show & Tells”, "Lunch & Learns" and “Guild Meetings”. We've got something on every week. Mostly, you will be working alongside super smart designers, developers and scrum masters. They’ll share their love of the craft with you and help you grow your skills.

We have an awesome culture

SilverStripe is big on things like building trusting relationships, using technology to solve important problems, and helping others reach their goals. We actively cultivate a culture that supports our core values of honesty over comfort; adaptability over guarantees; collaboration over control; continuous improvement over perfection; and camaraderie over corporate culture. Our culture sets us apart — it’s a key reason that brings people to SilverStripe and keeps them here.

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