Head of Business Applications / Product Owner

Full Time

Al Futtaim Private Company LLC

Established in the 1930s as a trading business, Al-Futtaim Group today is one of the most diversified and progressive, privately held regional businesses headquartered in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. Structured into five operating divisions; automotive, financial services, real estate, retail and healthcare; employing more than 35,000 employees across more than 20 countries in the Middle East, Asia and Africa, Al-Futtaim Group partners with over 200 of the world's most admired and innovative brands. Al-Futtaim Group’s entrepreneurship and relentless customer focus enables the organization to continue to grow and expand; responding to the changing needs of our customers within the societies in which we operate.

Job Role:
This Senior Product Manager creates product roadmap and defines the strategic vision for multiple business application driven by the overall vision.
S/he will have a have a deep understanding of the target market/industry and build close relationships with key stakeholders to ensure that the team’s effort is aligned with overall strategy. A Product Manager manages dependencies with other team’s functions while identifying, building and managing strategic partnership across the different teams. S/He will work closely within the businesses to ensure business and user feedback is translated into new developments when necessary.

Job Responsibility:
Maintain a 12-month rolling backlog and 3 to 4 specific sprints ahead of the team
Works closely with Senior Product Manager to establish each product’s business value and support messaging, communication and customer outreach as necessary
Facilitates release planning with stakeholders as well as regular demos
Leads the Agile team(s) and works onsite with the team daily
Integrates usability studies & research into product requirements to enhance user satisfaction and ensure customer driven design
Own and write comprehensive growth product feature specifications, user stories & epics
Set ambitious and clear product vision, in consultation with and communicate it effectively to stakeholders, the team, and the rest of the pod
End to end team output strategy from inception to production
Collaboration with stakeholders to ensure digital vision and products align within team strategy and requirements
Accountable for product specific KPIs once solution enters production and communicate regular tracking to stakeholders
Utilize market and industry knowledge to translate user needs into user stories and acceptance criteria for their team.

Required Skills:
5-7 years of experience in setting product definitions and roadmaps
At least 7 years of experience in facilitating agile ceremonies, managing a backlog/release plan, tracking team level metrics, removing blockers (burndown chart, release burn up,etc)
Must have proven knowledge of standard concepts, practices, and procedures within the captive financial services, rental and leasing industries
Strong collaborator with cross-functional teams from tech, design, and business
Proven knowledge & understanding of standard precision practices, technology & supporting industry principles
5-7 years of Experience with B2C digital products in the captive financial services industry
5-7 years of experience leading with teams in an agile setting
At least 3 years of experience working with Software development teams
Demonstrated use/strong understanding of the cloud industry

Job-Specific/Technical Skills required:
Creative and out of the box thinker
Persistent and able to push the organization way beyond their comfort zones
Have an Entrepreneurial spirit
Strong leader, collaborator, team player, and individual contributor
Strong communication skills with comfort in speaking with business stakeholders
Excellent speaking-listening-writing skills, attention to details, proactive self-starter and able to influence others internally and externally
Clear understanding and emphasis on customer-centered usability and design.
Intellectually curious, quick to learn and apply technologies to solve customers’ problems, reach new audiences or enable new business models
Believes in a non-hierarchical culture of collaboration, transparency, safety, and trust
Not afraid to “roll up the sleeves” and seeks to go outside comfort zone to learn and pushes teams to do the same
Experience with building products and services for partners, resellers, and consulting companies.
Ability to analyze quantitatively, problem-solve, and scope business requirements.
Ability to deliver initiatives from conception through completion.
Ability to meet tight deadlines and proactively prioritize workloads.
Ability to develop new ideas and creative solutions.
Proven ability to influence a large organization effectively
What equips you for the role:
Bachelor ‘s degree in Business, Computer Science, or related field and a Masters of Business Administration (MBA) required; or equivalent relevant experience