Product Owner Digital Examination

Product Owner Digital Examination

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Job description

Do you want to have a meaningful contribution to optimising education and the digital examination environment of the Wageningen University?

And would you like to work in a well-organised multidisciplinary team of experts in which trust and appreciation for each other predominate?

Then we are looking for you!

The Digital Examination team of Wageningen University and Research (WUR) has a long- history in the field of digital examination. Since 2002 the digitalization of the examination process has seen steady growth. These experiences enabled examination to continue during the Covid lockdowns. Currently about 70% of all interim exams are in a digital form and are mostly taken on student laptops with fraud prevention in place. Teachers and students are generally very positive about taking exams digitally. The team provides services around the digital examination process such as scheduling, building exams, training and advice. We have 8 team members including an assessment expert. The team is continuously working on improving the services with projects like authentic examination, remote proctored exams and automating the scheduling process.

The current product owner is leaving Team Digital Examination, so we are looking for a new product owner to work together with the team to deliver excellent services on digital examination, now and in the future.

As Product Owner you work with stakeholders inside and outside the university to identify opportunities that are of added value to WUR. This means not only having a certain technical knowledge of the examination process, but also keeping the pedagogical functionality in mind.

We expect the product owner will:
  • Create a coherent and inspiring vision on the (development of) digital examination products and services with regard to learning in an academic context. You develop this based on internal and external innovation and developments, and in close collaboration with relevant stakeholders within the context of the WUR vision, policies on education and assessment, and the WUR educational ecosystem. You are able to communicate the vision clearly and with energy to the team and relevant stakeholders.
  • Transform the product vision into a clear roadmap which is linked to a feasible budget and planning.
  • Focus on value by prioritizing the backlog and describe user stories in such a way that the “what” is clear to the team: what needs to be done.
  • Align with relevant teams within WUR, concerning opportunities, changes in policies, in budget and planning adequately to the team.
  • Align the products and services of the team with the various internal clients (users) to monitor the prioritisation, progress, quality and resources required. Where needed, you report regularly to the various stakeholders and adjust when and where necessary.
  • Work closely with the scrum master of the team, to assure that the working processes are effective and efficient and communicate these to the stakeholders in the organisation.
  • Manage the relation with external partners on a tactical and strategic level.

You will be working in a dynamic educational organisation that is constantly searching for innovative (IT) educational tools, pedagogical approaches and activities for its stakeholders and for our own performance. Hence there is ample room for personal contribution and initiative. The centre has an entrepreneurial, open and informal organisational culture.


Wageningen University & Research


  • With a relevant academic background and affinity with digital examination;
  • With work experience (3-5 years) in an institution for higher education;
  • Who has excellent communication skills (open & transparent), enabling you to articulate the needs of relevant users and user groups and translate this into a portfolio of appropriate products and services;
  • Who can give well-founded advice to the relevant stakeholders;
  • With an excellent proficiency in Dutch and English (level C2 required);
  • Who can prioritise and distinguish main and side issues (you have mastered the art of saying “no”);
  • Preferably with a track record in product ownership or similar and aware of the duties and responsibilities of a product owner;
  • Who has affinity with the Wageningen domains of environment and life sciences is a plus;
  • Who is organised, pro-active, a a team player and has a good sense of humour.

Conditions of employment

Wageningen University & Research offers excellent�terms of employment.�A few highlights from our Collective Labour Agreement include:
  • sabbatical leave, study leave, and partially paid parental leave;
  • working hours that can be discussed and arranged so that they allow for the best possible work-life balance;
  • the option to accrue additional compensation / holiday hours by working more, up to 40 hours per week;
  • there is a strong focus on vitality and you can make use of the sports facilities available on campus for a small fee;
  • a fixed December bonus of 8.3%;
  • excellent pension scheme.

In addition to these first-rate employee benefits, you will of course receive a good salary. Depending on your experience, we offer a competitive gross salary of between €4.332,- and €5.929,- for a full-time working week of 38 hours, in accordance with the�Collective Labour Agreements for Dutch Universities (CAO-NU)�(scale 11). This concerns eventually a permanent position, starting with a one-year contract with a possibility to extend. Any future changes will depend on the content of the several tasks and the professional development of the support officers.

Wageningen University & Research encourages internal advancement opportunities and mobility with an internal recruitment policy. There are plenty of options for personal initiative in a learning environment, and we provide excellent training opportunities. We are offering a unique position in an international environment with a pleasant and open working atmosphere.

You are going to work at the greenest and most innovative campus in Holland, and at a university that has been chosen as the “Best University” in the Netherlands for the 18th�consecutive time.


Wageningen University & Research

The mission of Wageningen University & Research (WUR) is “To explore the potential of nature to improve the quality of life”. Under the banner Wageningen University & Research, Wageningen University and the specialized research institutes of the Wageningen Research Foundation have joined forces in contributing to finding solutions to important questions in the domain of healthy food and living environment. With its roughly 30 branches, 7,200 employees (6,400 fte) and 13,200 students and over 150.000 participants to WUR’s Lifelong Learning, Wageningen University & Research is one of the leading organizations in its domain. The unique Wageningen approach lies in its integrated approach to issues and the collaboration between different disciplines.

The Digital Examination team is part of the Teaching and Learning Centre (TLC) which resides under the central Education and Student Affairs (ESA) department. ESA is responsible for the strategy, the implementation, the support for- and innovation of- its education. The department matches supply and demand in education, is responsible for all the administrative processes, guarantees the quality of its education and develops and implements the university’s vision on education.

Starting September 2023, WUR has a Teaching and Learning Centre (formerly known as the Education Support Centre - ESC). Within the TLC we aim to optimize learning, teaching, and educational innovation at our university. The TLC seeks to inspire lecturers, facilitate and support their teaching and the education environment, and to enhance lecturers’ professional competences.

For 18 years, Wageningen University and Research has had a leading position in the Netherlands. This standing is a recognition of the quality of education provided, the education facilities and its continued implementation of ambitious plans related to blended and open and online education. The Teaching and Learning Centre has grown rapidly over the last few years and now employs around 80 staff, organised in 7 self-organized teams of which the Digital Examination team is responsible for all digital exams in education and associated technologies.
  • Training & Advice - offers pedagogical advice and educational training, workshops and courses, such as the University Teaching Qualification; (Basis Kwalificatie Onderwijs).
  • Open & Online - supports the development and implementation of open and online education via professional learning, Massive Open Online Courses, etc.
  • Online Learning Environment - offers functional management of the digital learning environment (Brightspace) and emerging educational technology applications.
  • Educational Media - supporting the production of media and associated capture and distribution technologies.
  • Society Based Education - stimulates and organises real life cases in education offered by societal partners (from business, governmental-, to civil society organisations).
  • Education Support Service Desk - offers a central point of contact for teachers at Wageningen University, forming a bridge between educators, students and the other teams within ESC.
  • Digital Examination - responsible for all the digital exams in education and associated technologies.

Read the 5 reasons why your future colleagues enjoy working at WUR and watch this video to get an idea of our green campus!

We will recruit for the vacancy ourselves, so no employment agencies please. However, sharing in your network is appreciated.


  • Education
  • Agriculture
  • max. 38 hours per week
  • University graduate
  • P1312174-1


Wageningen University & Research

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