Remote Job Description

In this role you will help build the future of decentralized governance by designing, implementing, and managing processes and systems to support governance and decision making. You will be responsible for building and operating digital and blockchain-based collaboration tools for senior stakeholders. You will also evaluate implications and tradeoffs of different governance structures and systems to define, analyze, and improve processes.

This role requires well-developed analytical and creative skills, a strong strategic and objective-driven mindset, and the maturity to interface with senior stakeholders.

As Product Owner at IOG, you will be responsible for incorporating feature requests into the product roadmap, refining and prioritizing backlog, developing user stories and defining acceptance criteria. You will work closely with the product scrum teams to clarify requirements, balance business needs with technical requirements, and recommend alternative technical approaches to meet product requirements when needed. You will be excellent at identifying user needs and working with cross-functional teams to manage product releases.

The future of cryptocurrency and blockchain technology depends on decentralized governance. IO Global, the blockchain engineering company that created Cardano, is looking for an experienced Product Owner. The role fits within the Voltaire team, defining and improving the processes that are needed to support effective governance of Cardano.

Your mission

  • Defining, analyzing, and improving processes for blockchain governance
  • Evaluating implications and tradeoffs of different governance structures and systems
  • Coordinating inputs from stakeholders ranging from executives to engineers to end users
  • Synthesizing data and research into actionable insights that can be easily communicated to a non-technical audience
  • Coordinating governance including meetings of top-level decision makers, implementing procedures, and documenting vote outcomes
  • Operating and improving digital and blockchain-based collaboration tools for senior stakeholders
  • Monitoring activity and creating reports
  • Incorporate feature requests into product roadmap
  • Refine and prioritize backlog
  • Develop user stories and define acceptance criteria
  • Set sprint goals
  • Define acceptance criteria
  • Plan releases and upgrades
  • Follow progress of work and address production issues during sprints
  • Analyze preferences and requests of end users
  • Refine our agile methodology based on results and client feedback
  • Keep track of industry trends
  • Work with product managers, delivery team and tech leadership towards common goals
  • Own tactical plan to achieve goals defined in product and company strategy.

Your expertise

  • Minimum of five years’ experience in product/project and/or governance-related roles
  • Familiarity with agile frameworks and ways of working
  • Some experience in ideation, innovation management and facilitation highly desirable
  • Solid knowledge and understanding of community platforms/governance systems in crypto projects
  • Understanding and experience of issue and crisis management
  • Experienced and confident in data-driven approaches to governance
  • Excellent writing and language skills (English)
  • Good technical understanding (experience in blockchain and crypto technologies preferred)
  • Experience in conflict resolution methodologies
  • Degree in political science, business, economics or a related field preferred.


IOG is a fully distributed organization and therefore this is a remote position. Due to team distribution, we are ideally searching for someone in a European timezone (UK, Ireland, Poland, Germany, & The Netherlands, for now) or US time zone.

All Colleagues

  • Flexible schedule
  • Remote work - ability to work anywhere
  • Laptop reimbursement
  • New starter package to buy hardware essentials (headphones, monitor, etc)
  • Learning & Development opportunities
  • Competitive PTO and Sick Leave plan
US Employees

  • Medical, Dental, and Vision benefits coverage through Anthem with 100% premium cost covered by IO Global for the employee and dependents
  • Health Savings Account
  • Life Insurance
UK Employees

  • Monthly Health Stipend to use towards any wellness or medical coverage/service
  • Pension