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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 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 qualification, then start on a graduate training scheme with an employer. Most subjects are acceptable, for example:

  • project management
  • business management
  • business analytics
  • marketing

Entry requirements

You'll usually need:

  • 2 to 3 A levels, or equivalent, for a degree
  • a degree in any subject for a postgraduate course

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Apprenticeship

You could apply to do an apprenticeship, such as:

  • Digital Product Manager Level 4 Higher Apprenticeship
  • Project Manager Level 6 Degree Apprenticeship

These can take between 2 and 4 years to complete.

After finishing 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. Employers will set their own requirements, though an understanding of some of the following might be helpful:

  • product marketing
  • customer experience
  • user research
  • business change management
  • agile project management methods like Scrum, Kanban and Lean

Other Routes

If you do not have work experience, there are some things you can do, such as:

  • develop skills in 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

Real career story

A woman with blue trousers and a pink jacket smiling on a coastal path.

University and work experience

“I went to university to study French and Politics. At university I did work experience at a city council. I found it interesting seeing the choices that the council was having to make.”

Master’s degree and first job

“I did a master’s in public policy as I was finding it hard to get a job. I got a job as a policy officer, but I found this role quite boring, as it relied a lot on reading reports.”

Business analyst

“I got the opportunity to be a business analyst as you didn’t need any specific experience. I really enjoyed this work as it was fast-paced, and I worked on lots of different areas. I went on to do a few more business analyst roles.”

Product manager

“I wanted a role with a bit more responsibility, so I moved to a junior product manager role, and then became a senior product manager. I enjoy this role as there’s always lots to do, and I’ve worked on lots of interesting projects.”

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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

Project Management Degree Apprentice

  • Wage: £23,000 a year Annually
  • Location: Ansty, Coventry, Warwickshire

Courses In England

CMI Awd Project Management L3 (FC)

  • Provider: TYNE COAST COLLEGE
  • Start date: 02 September 2024
  • Location: Wallsend

OTHM Level 4 Diploma in Project Management

  • Provider: Morley College
  • Start date: 16 September 2024
  • Location: London

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