Consultant Product Owner - Canberra Australia

Full Time. Permanent. $200K+ AUD package, based on your experience.

Do you have a passion for optimising value of delivery? Are you fabulous at stakeholder engagement, commercial discussions with customers, and managing Product Backlogs?
Would you like to drive real change in some of the most challenging scaled agile environments in the Asia-Pacific?

What we're looking for

Zen Ex Machina (ZXM) is looking for a Product Owner Consultant in Canberra Australia, to lead one of our Consultant Scrum Teams. 

What does the role look like?

Everyone at ZXM has three jobs, even our Product Owners.

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ZXM’s Product Owners are also master agile practitioners. It means you’re not only the Product Owner, but importantly, also a member of the consultant team.

What experience do you need?

  • 10+ years’ experience leading agile delivery in an agile role using Scrum, Lean and/or Kanban frameworks and associated industry best practices, in roles other than a manager (including Project Manager).
  • 7+ years’ experience in consulting a consulting firm – with a focus on IT strategy, technology or business.
  • 7+ years’ experience in one or more of the following roles – Product Owner, SAFe® Product Manager, Chief Product Owner – managing budgets of $2M+ USD.
  • Demonstrated experience in driving agile transformations from design to implementation, particularly from the perspective of organisational, psychological and behavioural change.
  • Demonstrated success in delivering and facilitating small scale workshops, facilitation and/or formal training.
  • Certifications from, Scrum Alliance, and SAFe®, and demonstrated experience in their associated roles, are highly desirable.

What skills do you need to have?

Commercial acumen

You must have experience managing budgets of $2M+, writing proposals, and engaging in sales conversations with C-level executives and middle managers on agile.

Deep, applied, agile experience

You must have experience as a Product Owner or Product Manager in a commercial setting. You must have 10+ years of deep, applied, agile experience. You must be a thought leader in the community.

Lead the team

As the Product Owner, you will lead the team as a servant leader by optimising value. Our Product Owners do this for our clients by prioritising work through the Product Backlog.

Get "hands on"

We're not looking for agile deliver managers or project managers. This is a Product Owner role. You must have 10+ years experience as a Product Owner with experience in large scale agile environments. You'll be teaching, mentoring and coaching our clients' program-level practitioners the art of good Product Ownership at scale.

Understand corporate bureaucracies

You need to have an understanding of how to work in and with traditional corporate bureaucracies, including banks, government and other large-scale organisations.


We have a reputation for a very high standard of work. You'll need to be precise and up-to-date in your agile terminology, be able to write to team-level and executive audiences. This includes writing proposals, sales material, as well as blog posts and digital social engagement pieces.

What we expect from you

  • A strong reputation, and high standing, in the local and national agile community.
  • Demonstrate a commitment to agile by living our values.
  • An agile mindset, appreciating the benefit of constants, iterations, and continuous improvement.
  • A learning mindset, engaging in self-directed learning as part of your professional development.
  • Be self-organising.
  • Work as a team as part of our Consultant Scrum Team.

What will you get to do?

  • Lead the creation of a world-class agile culture with our clients.
  • Optimise the value delivered by a ZXM Consultant Scrum Team.
  • Be the voice of ZXM with our clients. Contribute to and write reports to executive and senior management audiences to communicate the effectiveness of our agile coaching.
  • Work hands-on with client’s programs of work to help them understand their agile needs, and then plan and implement improvements to their agile capability maturity through ZXM’s Consultant Scrum Team.
  • Lead aspects of ZXM’s internal operations, including sales and proposals
  • Represent ZXM through our social media, presenting at conferences, and organising local meetups.
  • Teach, coach, train and mentor teams, programs and their leadership to be agile.mindset

About our team

What does working as a Product Owner with a ZXM Consultant Scrum Team look like?

Work at scale

The ZXM team works across dozens of client teams. There's no "my team". You'll triage issues and tackle them with others through working to a backlog.

Love a challenge

The team never shy away from hard work. Change is hard. Change at scale is even harder. Seniors help everyone by working in a Scrum Team of consultants.

Work to change workplace behaviour

Our goal is to improve people's way of working, not improve our egos and embed ourselves permanently into a client site.

Always learning

Agile is always changing, so whether its formal learning or researching new techniques, the team is always growing its knowledge. We expect the same from you.

About our benefits

To support you at work (and play) we offer some great perks: up to 5 weeks off to relax and recharge, an annual allowance to support your learning and growth, a mobile data allowance, a laptop to support mobility across multiple client sites and discounts on certification.

We're serious about diversity

We believe that people’s unique contributions drive ZXM’s success. This is why we never discriminate on the basis of race, religion, national origin, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, age, or marital, veteran, or physical or mental disability status. We’re stronger together.

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