Product Owner - SaaS

Washington D.C.
Oct 03, 2018
Feb 13, 2019
Full Time

Application Instructions

Please list all professional experience and explain any gaps in employment history.

Job Description

Arc Publishing is a fast-growing component of the Washington Post that is helping newsrooms around the world reinvent their digital presence with the same tools that power the Washington Post. The Product Owner - Professional Services plays a crucial role in onboarding new client organizations to the Arc platform by becoming deeply familiar with the newsroom's requirements and an expert in how to use Arc's tools to achieve their goals. You'll act as the product owner in the Agile/Scrum sense - understanding the client's needs, and decomposing complex requirements into stories for development teams that are building the client's new website on Arc's platform.


What you'll do in this role:

  • Drive forward development of onboarding projects for new Arc clients by creating the product backlog for custom-developed websites and complex content migrations.

  • Lead multiple Arc onboarding scrum teams as the Product Owner, providing vision and direction to the Agile development team and stakeholders throughout the project.

  • Work closely with client stakeholders - including journalists, developers, designers, advertising and analytics managers - to gather requirements, and decompose these requirements into user stories. Lead weekly grooming sessions with the client throughout the project.

  • Work with the development teams to clarify stories and provide detail needed to estimate and execute on planned work.

  • Become a subject-matter expert on Arc products and best practices, in order to advise clients on how to take advantage of Arc's extensive suite of tools.

  • Lead demo and UAT sessions with the client to ensure the work performed by our team meets their expectations.

  • Work closely with the Technical Delivery Manager to ensure work is aligned with overall program delivery timeline.

  • Play an active role in mitigating impediments impacting successful team completion of release/sprint goals.

  • Work with Arc's  Newsroom Integration Consultants in managing configuration of the Arc products being delivered to the client, and testing the installation.

  • Keep abreast with Agile/Scrum best practices and new trends.

  • Gather website traffic analytics and feedback from the client to identify new opportunities and areas for enhancements.

The ideal candidate:

  • You've worked on large-scale web development projects, and have an understanding of how multiple workstreams come together to make the final product

  • You have experience with specialized themes of web integrations, like advertising, analytics, and SEO, or a drive to learn about them

  • You love to learn about new tools and systems, and become an expert in them

  • You enjoy working closely with development teams. You have a sense of when to ask technical leads for input on ways to reduce development time, or negotiate scope.

  • You have worked with external clients before and love translating their needs into actions for your internal team to take.

  • You want to collaborate with a talented and supportive team focused on delivering high-quality websites to major news organizations, and helping them take advantage of Arc's suite of products.

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