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Digital product owner

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Digital product owners lead a team of specialists to build online products and services for customers.

Average salary (a year)

£39,000 Starter

to

£65,000 Experienced

Typical hours (a week)

37 to 39 a week

You could work

evenings occasionally

How to become

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How to become a digital product owner

You can get into this job through:

  • a university course
  • an apprenticeship
  • working towards this role
  • specialist courses

University

You could do a degree or postgraduate degree in:

  • computing
  • project management
  • business management
  • marketing

Entry requirements

You'll usually need:

  • 2 to 3 A levels, or equivalent, for a degree
  • a degree in a relevant subject for postgraduate study

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Apprenticeship

You could start by doing a project manager degree apprenticeship.

After completing your apprenticeship, you'll need to get experience working in digital delivery teams before getting a job as a product owner.

Entry requirements

You'll usually need:

  • 4 or 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C) and A levels, or equivalent, for a degree apprenticeship

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Work

You could start out in a junior or assistant role. You'll usually need to have some relevant work experience in a job like:

  • product marketing
  • software development
  • customer experience
  • user experience (UX) design

Experience you'll need

When looking for work, most employers will expect you to have experience in:

  • search engine optimisation (SEO)
  • analytics and understanding online user behaviours
  • web design and marketing
  • helping a business make large changes to their digital products
  • agile project management methods like Scrum, Kanban and Lean

Other Routes

If you do not have relevant work experience, there are some things you can do.

You could:

  • develop some skills in basic web design and data analysis
  • study online about the role of digital product management
  • take a specialist course in product management
  • join online product management communities for tips and networking opportunities

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Further information

You can find out more about working in the digital industry from techskills.

What it takes

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What it takes

Skills and knowledge

You'll need:

  • knowledge of computer operating systems, hardware and software
  • to be thorough and pay attention to detail
  • customer service skills
  • the ability to use your initiative
  • the ability to work well with others
  • the ability to monitor your own performance and that of your colleagues
  • excellent verbal communication skills
  • analytical thinking skills
  • to be able to use a computer and the main software packages confidently

What you’ll do

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What you'll do

Day-to-day tasks

As a digital product owner, you'll:

  • work closely with your teams
  • look at user feedback to help improve the product
  • work with designers to make the product easy to use
  • develop business cases and user stories for new features
  • work with the design team to draft versions of your product or service
  • keep people informed about your product's development
  • manage relationships between teams, partners and customers

Working environment

You could work in an office or at a client's business.

Career path and progression

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Career path and progression

With experience, you could apply for a more senior jobs, such as head of product or senior product manager. 

Some product managers also become self-employed consultants.

Current opportunities

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Current opportunities

Apprenticeships In England

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Courses In England

Project Management - Foundation Degree

  • Provider: BLACKPOOL AND THE FYLDE COLLEGE
  • Start date: 12 September 2022
  • Location: Blackpool

Project Management : Level 3 CMI Certificate - Distance Learning

  • Provider: NORTH EAST SURREY COLLEGE OF TECHNOLOGY (NESCOT)
  • Start date: 01 August 2022
  • Location: Not known

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