Product Owner

Riffyn, Inc. - Oakland, CA -

A Mission to Reshape Science

Breakthrough discoveries once occurred when scientists like Alexander Fleming noticed the halo of dead bacteria surrounding a mold colony. But today's breakthroughs often go unnoticed because they are buried in uninterpretable spreadsheets, inaccessible data, or excessive experimental noise. Riffyn’s mission is to unlock the full potential of today’s science by delivering clean, connected, meaningful data the moment it is collected.

The Role

Riffyn is hiring a Product Owner to join our growing team. As a Product Owner your responsibilities will include gathering requirements and defining new features, scheduling releases and coordinating sprints. To be successful in this role you should be able to identify user needs and work with cross-functional teams to roll-out products that deliver on our company’s vision.

Riffyn is a venture-backed provider of research design and analytics software (SaaS) to biotech, pharmaceutical, food and chemical industries. Riffyn SaaS offers a unique “design-first” approach to scientific experimentation and product development that solves previously intractable data fragmentation issues.  Riffyn provides global R&D organizations with unprecedented access to high-quality data, process design information and integrative data analytics.

The Experience

  • Work with internal and external stakeholders to produce solutions that exceed our users' expectations.

  • Create, validate, and document deliverables for new features, through requirements elicitation, user stories, functional specifications, visual design, acceptance criteria, and supporting documentation.

  • Work as part of an agile team to set sprint goals, and plan releases and upgrades, ensuring our development teams understand the requirements and scope for each feature.

  • Guide development, monitor sprint progress, and address any ambiguity during sprints to deliver sprint increments.

  • Ensure completed stories meet acceptance criteria and, where necessary, contribute to manual testing efforts.

  • Prioritize and collaborate in the resolution of issues and defects.

  • Effectively communicate technical and non-technical details with agile team members, stakeholders and all levels of management.

  • Support the product strategy by maintaining a backlog of features for development by the engineering team.

  • Assist the product development team in the organization and prioritization of the product roadmap.

  • Seek to improve processes across the product and engineering teams using retrospectives to inspect and adapt.

Your Background and Skills

  • Degree in Bioinformatics or similar field.

  • Minimum 5+ years of experience as an Agile Product Owner/Manager or in a related position.

  • Successful track record of shipping enterprise SaaS software with responsibilities for full product life cycle.

  • Ability to break down complex problems and design elegant solutions with a focus on usability.

  • Deadline oriented and capable of self-management and multitasking in a fast paced environment.

  • Exceptional team player and communicator with the ability to lead cross-functional teams.

  • Ability to identify industry, business, and technology trends and best practices.


Apply with your CV, cover letter, and any portfolio of materials that illustrate your skills (presentations, websites, data analysis, etc.).

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