Product Owner (Criminal Defence)

Contract Type
Practice Area
Legal Support
£46,889 to £57,503
3 -4 yrs, 5+ yrs
Our vision is for a justice system that is designed around our people; embracing technological change and innovation to deliver a service that is relevant to the needs of 21st Century Scotland and its citizens.

Job Description

  • Contract Type - Secondment (23 months) | Fixed Term Appointment (23 months)
  • Salary - £46,889 to £57,503 | FTA entrants will usually start at the bottom of the scale; secondment arrangements negotiable


As Product Owner for Criminal Defence you’ll be responsible for the delivery and continuous improvement of a range of strategies, policies and products for the justice sector. You will work on national projects such as contributing defence needs to our Digital Evidence capability, assisting with proposals and reforms related to the Evidence and Procedure Review and reviews of Legal Aid and legal services. Your role and experiences will help create a vision for criminal justice based on your understanding of needs of legal defence agents and people accused of committing a crime.

The post holder will work within the Justice Directorate, principally within the Criminal Justice Division, based in St. Andrew’s House. The Criminal Justice Division is responsible for criminal justice law, policy, practice, procedure and reform. Our justice systems are undergoing some of the most significant changes in over a century and this post will be responsible for supporting implementation of several of these reforms; this is an exciting time to be working in the justice sector.

Main Duties

You will be responsible for supporting the delivery and continuous improvement of criminal justice strategy and policy, inputting user needs, putting in place the processes and systems required, making sure all of it works and is well-tested.

You will:

  • be responsible for engaging with the legal defence community and users to ensure they understand the purpose and benefits of reforms, using their input and feedback to inform development and improvement
  • work with a multi-disciplinary team of digital and policy specialists to develop and deliver services to meet user needs
  • interpret user research in order to make the correct decisions to meet your users’ needs
  • provide guidance and assistance on legal defence issues to colleagues across the directorate.

Essential Criteria

  1. Experience of working within a criminal justice environment as defence agent
  2. Qualified solicitor with at least 2 years post-qualification experience

Desirable Criteria

  1. Experience of working with commercial technology partners, such as system integrators or software suppliers
  2. Experience of engaging with multiple stakeholders in a policy or project context

Experience Required

- Leading Others;

  • communicates a clear vision which supports actions and engages others
  • promotes collaborative working and is able to respond creatively to tough challenges

- Analysis and Use of Evidence;

  • uses relevant evidence, recognising validity and limitations in assessment of risks against desired outcomes and engages specialists appropriately
  • captures and securely organised knowledge and information for wider use

- Communications and Engagement;

  • communicates complex information clearly, presenting strategic ideas in clear and positive way
  • manages internal and external relationships, creating positive networks and maintaining trust and credibility

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