Product SME Lead – Core Applications – Islamic Development Bank , Saudi Arabia

To manage the demands and act as a business partner to the relevant departments subject to the required domain. The product lead is also responsible for leading multi-disciplinary teams in a DevOps environment and the development and improvement, according to business priorities, of specific Products, from solution design to delivery, operations, and maintenance, through adopting agile-based methodologies for efficient delivery and execution.

Ensure that the related department’s demands adhere to the demand intake process with a strong business case in place and plan to ensure the annual work plan is based on a good foundation for planning and implementation.
Manage the end-to-end solution delivery for the product group, according to agile methodologies, from solution design, to delivery, operations, and maintenance to ensure the quality at each stage gate meets the expected outcome and execution meets the deadlines through the life cycle of the implementation, and ensure the reliability, the timely resolution of raised issues, and the satisfaction of business users with the applications and services provided.
Manage and ensure the effective achievement of functional objectives through leadership of the Team. Setting Team and individual objectives, conducting regular meetings, managing performance, developing and motivating staff, provision of formal and informal feedback, and appraisal to maximize subordinates and Team performance
Review the prioritized business, functional, and technical requirements and provide feedback to the Business Analyst and Business relationship manager based on product subject-matter expertise.
Oversee the definition and management of project dependencies to inform the necessary sequence of iterations delivery and align with other Product Leads to identify synergies, dependencies, and common objectives to minimize duplication of other development and share potential sharing of development components.
Coordinate with the stakeholders, the senior management across the business complexes, and the solution management teams to ensure the goals are clear and the vision is aligned with business objectives
Coordinate with Business Technology and Technology operations to ensure infrastructure requirements are implemented and maintained.
Understand immediate technology priorities, support innovation proofs of concept and trials and recommend areas for Innovation Hub research and development.
Collaborate with the Enterprise Architect on alignment of platforms and support collaboration with the Business to build and strengthen the architecture pillars mainly those tied to the business e.g.: Information and Application architecture
Coordinate product-level issues and escalate to the solution management manager when required to proactively ensure issues are managed with the stakeholders at the required pace.
Manage research to identify needs that new or improved products can fulfill. Review research reports, analyze, and compare competitors’ products to apply this where relevant to improve business efficiencies.

Academic Qualifications:
Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science, Engineering or similar
10+ years of experience in product development and project management, with at least 5 years of experience managing multi-disciplinary technical teams
Skills and Necessary Knowledge:
Preferably certification in project management e.g. PMP, Prince2.
Preferably Agile Certified Product Manager certification.
Knowledge in Material Management, or loans Management systems.
Knowledge in Project Lending and Project operations.
Knowledge in Business Continuity Management.
Adaptable in managing a complex and demanding environment where business demands require prioritization.

English – Required
Arabic – Preferred
French – Preferred

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