22 May 2020

Permanent Research Product Owner

The University of Auckland – Te Whare Wananga o Tamaki Makaurau – Posted by University of AucklandAnywhere

Auckland Uni 19

Job Description

This is a permanent role critical to transform how researchers are supported to fund and manage their research projects and deliver benefits to society. We are looking for a committed Research Product Owner willing to work alongside diverse stakeholders to implement systems that meet their needs.

As a committed technology leader, the Research Product Owner is the go-to person for research system information, who ultimately represents the user needs and stakeholder interests to the delivery teams.

Some key responsibilities include:

  • Leadership in justifying the business need, defining user stories and acceptance criteria, creation and curation of the product backlog, and taking an active part in customer testing.
  • Leadership in engagement with researchers and research management teams to understand their needs, collaborate to find solutions, and agree priorities.
  • Strategy and planning of product vision for a portfolio, including market options, stakeholder needs, product road map, and co-ordination of releases and launches.
  • Build strong relationships with University Connect (IT), product owners across other business units, and with external vendors.
  • Contribute to ongoing development and continuous improvement, communicating delivery progress, organising research related product showcases, and facilitating community sessions.

 A copy of the Position Description can be found HERE

Company Description

The University of Auckland is New Zealand’s leading university and one of the world’s major research universities. As the country’s largest and most comprehensive university, the University of Auckland conducts teaching and research across eight faculties and two large-scale research institutes.

We are committed to maintaining our international reputation as a world-class research institution. Our researchers are at the leading edge of innovation across many disciplines with more than 12,000 staff and postgraduate students involved in fundamental and applied research. This work enhances our reputation and world ranking and generates more than $200 million in annual research revenue.

We now have a rare opportunity for an experienced Product Owner to drive systems development and enhancement to enable the University’s research operation.


Our ideal applicant will be an experienced professional, with a proven background in an Academic or similar Research intensive environment. You will have strong knowledge of the challenges and complexities in research and will have demonstrated your ability to lead engagement with academic researchers and a diverse range of stakeholders. You will be proficient with technology implementation and lifecycle planning in a large and dynamic organisation.  Experience with systems development and enhancement roadmaps is required.

You’ll need to demonstrate a high-level ability to both influence without authority and effectively communicate complex concepts and information to a diverse range of key stakeholders both in Research and general IT.

You are a confident communicator, who operates with energy and passion. Highly collaborative, you partner closely with your peers, value the opinions of others and model best practice principles and behaviours.

The ability to listen effectively and summarise understanding of research technology needs is paramount.

Additional Information

Why work for us? 

The University of Auckland offers an environment and position in the International research sector that is both diverse and unique. We are looking towards the future and this role offers huge potential and growth for the successful applicant. In addition we offer:

  • Opportunity to manage an exciting and diverse portfolio that has a direct impact on the lives of students and their University experience.
  • Five weeks’ annual leave per annum.
  • Up to 6.75% employer superannuation contribution.
  • Over 300 different career development courses.
  • Discounted, onsite childcare, parking and various leisure and recreation services.

For more information on the benefits of working here, see our Staff Benefits page.

Any enquires can be forwarded to Joshua Chapman – j.chapman@auckland.ac.nz

Applications for this role close: Sunday 14th June, 2020

The University is committed to meeting its obligations under the Treaty of Waitangi and achieving equity outcomes for staff and students in a safe, inclusive and equitable environment.  For further information on services for Māori, Pacific, women, LGBTI, people with disabilities, parenting support, flexible work and other equity issues go to www.equity.auckland.ac.nz

In accordance with our commitment to equitable recruitment, the University welcomes applications from all suitably qualified and experienced candidates. In response to COVID-19 the New Zealand Government has imposed a travel ban and are currently only allowing New Zealand Residents, Citizens and visa holders meeting a strict exception policy to enter the country, all of whom must currently enter Government approved quarantine for two weeks on arrival.

It is uncertain when these border restrictions will change, and this may impact the degree to which an off-shore candidate can engage in the interview process; or be available to commence in a new position. For more information and updates on the border restrictions visit the Immigration New Zealand website or the New Zealand Government’s official Covid-19 website.

How to Apply

In order to apply you will first need to register with the University by completing an online user profile via their website. APPLY NOW by clicking HERE to register with the University's website. Please combine your cover letter and CV as one document when submitting your application. To successfully download the full Job Description you should ensure you have pop-up blocker disabled and file downloads enabled (in Internet Explorer enabling file downloads is done by navigating to Tools > Internet Options > Security > Custom Level and select radio button to enable File Downloads). If you are experiencing difficulty in any aspect of the application process or if you do not receive a confirmation email that you have applied for a role, please contact recruitment@auckland.ac.nz or Phone 09 923 1115. Applications close: Sunday 14th June, 2020

Job Categories: Research. Job Types: Permanent. Job expires in 17 days.

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