Our client in the Banking industry is looking for a Data Product Owner to manage and own a key value stream within the Data & Analytics department.

Purpose of the role:

  • To build, manage and maintain stakeholder relationships, serving as the data and analytics engagement person and subject matter expert to a value stream, providing tactical direction on ‘how best’ to achieve strategy and business objectives and improvements.
  • To collaborate with the business to plan, direct and coordinate the delivery of all data and analytics initiatives that need to be carried out for projects in the value stream and ensure they are met in accordance with the agreed timelines.
  • To be responsible for the strategic and operational management of the value stream as a ‘business unit’ within the Data and Analytics department; operating model, resources, planning, reporting, and delivery & capacity management.
  • To act as the Chief Technical Product Owner (CTPO) or Chief Product Owner (CPO) for Data and Analytics as designated
  • This position has direct and indirect reports, the number of which will be dictated by the value stream and may be up to 60 employees.
  • The Data Product Owner will be responsible as the line manager for the people in the value stream



  • A Bachelor’s Degree in Information Management and Finance (or degree with relevant subjects e.g., Business Science, Computer Science, Mathematics, Statistics, Finance, or Industrial Engineering)
  • An additional Master’s degree in a relevant subject, e.g. Finance, Business Science, Computer Science, Mathematics, Statistics or Industrial Engineering would be ideal
  • At least 7 – 10 years’ proven experience within a Delivery role pertaining to Data/Technology or business initiatives (understanding SDLC/DPLC)
    • A fast paced, complex environment
    • Project, task planning, execution and managing change at a large scale within a complex and dynamic environment
    • Resource capacity planning using a shared pool of resources within a similar environment
  • Preferably previous experience as a Data Product Owner or Delivery Manager
  • Proven track record of delivering on complex data and analytics projects
  • Proof of concept experience
  • Problem solving using data analytics
  • Proven track record of business relationship management at all levels, especially at a senior/executive level
  • Practical experience in applying Agile way of work methodologies (SAFe)
  • Exposure to working in a consulting environment would be advantageous





  • Functional knowledge of business areas in the portfolio.
  • Systems Development Life Cycle
  • Solid understanding of end-to-end D&A environments, including Data Governance & Management, Data Warehouse, Business Intelligence and Data Science
  • Analytics, data architecture and big data
  • People management practices
  • HR and development processes and practices



  • Knowledge of IT within the banking industry


  • Attention to detail
  • Strategic Thinking skills
  • Facilitation skills
  • Interpersonal & relationship (People) management skills
  • Advanced computer literacy skills (MS Project, MS Office, ideally JIRA)

Key Competencies

  • Deciding and initiating action
  • Relating and Networking
  • Persuading and influencing
  • Analysing
  • Creating and innovating
  • Delivering results and meeting customer expectations
  • Adapting and responding to change
  • Influencing, interpersonal and communication skills
  • Ability to establish and manage relationships with various individuals at differing levels of the business
  • Strong strategic “future” thinker
  • Ability to provide direction and clarity to the data and analytics teams within the value stream
  • Advanced planning and organisational skills
  • Ability to deal with complex change in a high-pressured environment will be critical
  • Ability to manage conflicting priorities and opinions through effective conflict resolution
  • Ability to manage multiple initiatives simultaneously


  • Clear credit and criminal record
  • Ability and willingness to work in an open plan environment
  • Valid driver’s licence and own transport
  • Willingness to work or be available for overtime and/or weekends if required.
  • Our client is committed to diversity, applicants to this position will strictly be considered in support of our employment equity goals.
  • The successful candidate will be based in Stellenbosch.
  • While we would really like to respond to every application, should you not be contacted for this position within 15 days please consider your application as unsuccessful.
  • In keeping with our client’s employment equity requirements, only South African citizens will be considered.
  • Please include your current salary and salary expectations.

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