What does a Senior Product Owner do?

A product owner is typically an IT professional responsible for evaluating work generated by a software scrum team. During evaluations, the product owner will match and prioritize the features and functionality of the product to obtain maximum performance to the benefit of the end user. Other duties include scheduling and leading meetings to identify product issues, determining roadmaps for products and managing daily goals and schedules to achieve high performance and meet project deadlines.

A bachelor's degree is generally required to be a product owner with some companies expressing a preference to those holding a master's of business administration (MBA). Most employers require a minimum of two years of experience as a product owner in the industry with many successful candidates displaying strong managerial attributes such as excellent verbal and written communication skills with a proven track record of successfully developing excellent products within deadlines.

  • Supervise and advise the scrum team to meet software expectations
  • Manage the product development team to create a strong end product
  • Nurture ideas and solutions to existing customer problems
  • Communicate effectively with team members to achieve project goals
  • Extract and retrieve information and data sets to improve upon software
  • Determine roadmaps for products in the creation phase
  • Work closely with the scrum team throughout the development process
  • Schedule and lead meetings to identify issues and fixes for projects
  • Master's in business administration preferred
  • Minimum 2 years experience as a product owner in the industry
  • Strong knowledge of Agile principles and process
  • In-depth understanding of industry market conditions and trends
  • Outstanding verbal and written communication skills
  • Successful track record of developing products within deadlines
  • Excellent attention to detail
  • Sharp analytical and problem-solving skills
  • Creative and innovative thinker
EducationBachelor's Degree
Work/Life Balance
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Avg. Experience2-4 years

Senior Product Owner Salaries

Average Base Pay

$116,161 /yr
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$84K
Median: $116K
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Read what Senior Product Owner professionals have to say about their job experiences and view top companies for this career.
IntechnicaIntechnica
Product Owner
Jun 28, 2021

“really open and honest about all aspects of the business and work and your role within”

Bank of AmericaBank of America
Tech Delivery Product Owner
Jul 29, 2021

“Career advancement is not clearly defined and you will have to find your own way.”

Rakuten KoboRakuten Kobo
Product Owner
Dec 20, 2021

“It's a fun product and almost everyone I encounter is great to work with.”

PentalogPentalog
Product Owner
Jun 24, 2021

“Been here for a few years now and I had many opportunities to learn and grow.”

OneTrustOneTrust
Product Owner
Jun 28, 2021

“Pay is adequate but does need to be scaled up to be competitive with the best of the best from the tech industry”

Scottish GovernmentScottish Government
Product Owner
Aug 13, 2019

“Not so much pressure to get things done despite crushing deadlines ~ people take holidays just before go live which is mad”

CernerCerner
Product Owner
Feb 5, 2021

“Good Environment and great for starting a career”

WaitroseWaitrose
Product Owner
Jul 10, 2020

“Good training and resources”

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Frequently asked questions about the roles and responsibilities of a senior product owner

When working as a senior product owner, the most common skills you will need to perform your job and for career success are Agile Software Development, Backlog, Agile Scrum, UX Design, and UI UX.

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The most common qualifications to become a senior product owner include a minimum of a Bachelor's Degree and an average of 0 - 1 years of experience not including years spent in education and/or training.