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Product Owner - Assurance

The Product Owner – Assurance role is to enable and achieve team delivery of audit and assurance software and content. The Product Owner acts as the bridge between the business and the development team and works closely with the Product Manager and clients to understand the vision and requirements for the product and develop the necessary Agile-oriented artefacts to ensure that these are met.

The Product Owner has a deep understanding of audit and assurance processes and practices, as well as world-class user experience. The incumbent demonstrates a strong ability to lead and has a shared responsibility to ensure that the appropriate product is developed in this most optimal way.


If you want to:

  • Analyse feature specifications to understand the requirements in more detail;
  • Create user stories with the required level of detail (description and acceptance criteria etc.) for the team to efficiently plan and execute;
  • Perform the review of the signed off user stories for accuracy and completeness;
  • Question and critically assess the effectiveness of current template development methods and principles and provide suggestions for improvements; and
  • Participate in all Agile ceremonies as part of the team, and own that the team engages at all levels for effective collaboration;
  • Successful execution of working content and software by coordinating with all stakeholders across the release value-chain in an Agile manner – Product Development, Product Manager(s), Content Owner and Third Parties;
  • Management of the product backlog to align with the product roadmap;
  • Participation in key activities that compliment success in every Program Increment;
  • Resolution of challenges to drive efficiency in delivery that may impact successful delivery; and
  • Partnering with Scrum Master(s), fellow Product Owner(s) and other team members to identify potential risks.
  • Ownership and delivery of quality product(s);
  • Assistance with the development and testing of User Stories;
  • Collaboration with client facing functions to resolve client issues in driving customer success;
  • Execution of client informed feedback, feature requests and improvement in the product backlog; and
  • Ownership of the final sign-off of user stories after the teams’
  • Definition of Done (DoD) is met.
    Collaboration and Stakeholder Management
  • Collaborate with the Product Manager on the Training of internal staff (Sales, Marketing, Consulting, Support) on content and value delivery for each product release;
  • Support the go-to-market execution by collaborating with Product Manager(s) and other stakeholders in the business; and
  • Maintain effective communication with relevant teams (Support, Training and Consulting etc) to identify and act on real-time customer insight to inform compelling customer experience interventions;
  • Lead the Assurance development team; and
  • Manage individual team member growth and empower the team with appropriate skills, tools, and development.

And you have:

  • BCom Accounting or related degree (Minimum NQF Level 7);
  • SAICA Articles completed;
  • 3 years’ experience as an Audit Manager or Audit Senior with audit experience and good knowledge of ISAs;
  • 2 years’ experience with Caseware Working Papers, Probe Audit or
  • Audit International or similar software; and
  • 2 years’ experience in a leadership role.
  • Desirable Requirements
    CA (SA);
  • Experience working in cross-functional teams;
  • Experience with audit software and methodologies;
  • Client-facing experience;
  • Experience using financial software systems; and
  • A technical background (in software development) is not a prerequisite, but a plus.
  • Audit and assurance methodologies.
  • Super user experience in software, systems, and tools.
  • Experience with the below tools is not essential, but would be advantageous: Jira, Confluence, Aha!, Slack / Teams

And these essential skills:

  • Creative thinking.
  • Analytical skills.
  • People Management.
  • Facilitation skills.
  • Business processes skills.
  • Attention to detail.
  • Solid experience working with Caseware Working Papers or equivalent assurance software packages, with a technical inclination to understand how the software works “under the hood;”
  • Experience working with Probe Audit, Audit International or equivalent;
  • Strong technical understanding of technical standard: International Standards of Auditing, IFRS, IFRS for SME’s, Companies Act, etc;
  • Understanding and ability to strategically think about client compliance needs by understanding their business and key risks;
  • Ability to address compliance issues in new, efficient, and innovative ways; and
  • Understanding of various business processes and methodologies.

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