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Product Owner

Pilz is a leader in automation technology, we develop solutions for both safe and standard automation in all areas of mechanical and plant engineering, including robotics, packaging, automobile industries, railway, presses and wind power sectors. Our products span the areas of IoT, Cloud, Industry 4.0, and Visualisation.

The fourth industrial revolution will be driven by technologies and innovation related to IoT and Robotics. The fusion of virtual and real worlds based on Cyber Physical Systems coupled with cloud based services will transform manufacturing. It is our goal here in Pilz to ensure we continue to pioneer new systems and products to solve the challenges industry is facing. To help us achieve our goals we expanding our team and looking for energetic, experienced Product Owner(s)/Manager(s) to join the team in Cork where the centre of excellence for Software Development for Pilz global is located.

  • A Product Owner will work with cross-functional software development teams in a challenging and rewarding professional environment for cutting edge software development.
  • A Product Owner needs to understand the vision of a product from the point of view of customer, end user and stakeholders.
  • A Product Owner serves the Product Management and Organisation Stakeholders/Business decision makers.
  • A Product Owner is responsible for one to many products and reports to Product Owner Function Manager with regards personnel management, performance management and career development.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Understand and contribute to the product vision and product road-map planning.
  • Communicate product vision to the team.
  • Work with product stakeholders and development team to determine the MVP per product release.
  • Create and maintain the product backlog for the product.
  • Prioritise the product backlog to ensure work focuses on items with maximum value and are aligned with the product vision.
  • Decompose high-level requirements into workflows, stories, epics and themes so they can be clearly understood by the development teams.
  • Perform market research, competitor analysis and understand users, market and domain as necessary to support development
  • Provide product subject matter expertise and leadership.
  • Work with the development team to drive usability of the product via brain storming design meetings, usability testing and prototypes.
  • Act as an ambassador for the product internally and is the primary contact for queries related to the product and its features.
  • Active contributor to the best practice PO function striving for and achieving higher standards of individual and team performance.
  • Reporting to Product Stakeholders\Business decision makers.
  • Mentoring and guiding and delegation of tasks to Area Product Owners as necessary.

Recommended entry criteria:

  • Professional Scrum Product Owner Certification PSPO I
  • 3+yrs Professional Product Owner or Product Management experience in a high tech industry
  • Ability to travel on a regular basis to Germany

Technical Skills:

  • Expert knowledge of responsible product and its features
  • Knowledge of the automation business domain and automation engineering lifecycle including customer applications and workflows
  • Knowledge of SDLC methodologies and experience working with Agile & Lean development practices such as Scrum
  • Ability to write effective user stories
  • Effective User story mapping
  • Usability Testing skills
  • Planning skills
  • Good knowledge of prioritization techniques and practices
  • Facilitation skills

Project Team:

  • You know how to collaborate and contribute effectively to a Scrum Team
  • Clearly communicate the business requirements and product vision to the team
  • Prioritizing, ordering and grooming the features in the backlog before sprint
  • Support the Scrum Master organise sprint review meetings
  • Attend and contribute to sprint planning meetings
  • Shares and communicates feedback effectively
  • Giving feedback to the development team
  • Build and maintain a relationship with the stakeholders, Scrum Master and development team
  • Exchanging and learning through other Product Owners in the organization through the PO Best Practice Club to ensure consistency of products and common usability and look and feel
  • Ensuring PO guidelines and process is up to date


  • Approachable
  • Attention to detail
  • Flexible and adaptable to change
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Excellent presentation skills
  • Excellent organisational and time management skills
  • Identify personal development opportunities, set goals and proven ability to deliver on them
  • Continuous education and development of skill set

Pilz Ireland
Cork Business and Technology Park, Model Farm Road

Telephone: +353 21 4346535


Telephone: +353 21 4346535