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TALENT-2159

Ilia

Product Owner

Georgia

Seniority

Senior

Language skills

English B2, German A1

Skills

product owner agile scrum product manager

Industry

Finance Banking Financial Services Software & IT Services IT Services and IT Consulting

Professional Summary

Candidate brings 3 years of experience in product management roles across various industries, showcasing a diverse skill set and a strong foundation in business analysis. They served as a product expert in a leading bank, overseeing teams responsible for debit cards and loyalty mobile applications, demonstrating their ability to manage and optimize products in a highly regulated and competitive sector. Additionally, their experience as a product business analyst at Golden Pay involved working on SAS products related to HR, highlighting their proficiency in analyzing and improving product functionalities to meet specific business needs. Their tenure as a digital product analyst at Adriat Agency focused on telecom products, where they gained valuable insights into digital product management within the telecommunications industry. Even during their university period, they gained practical experience as a junior product manager at Reproduction Factory, indicating a proactive approach to career development and a strong foundation in product management principles from an early stage. Overall, this candidate's experience across various product management roles underscores their adaptability, analytical skills, and commitment to driving product success across different industries.

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Portfolio

Education

Black Sea University / PHD in Business & Technology 

Sep 2022 - Present


University of Klagenfurt / MBA, International Management

2020 - 2022


ADA University / Bachelor in Science of Economics 

2015 - 2020


School No 23 / High School Diploma

2004 – 2015

Certifications and Trainings

Experience

Senior Product Owner / Access Bank

Sep 2023 - Present

Baku, Azerbaijan


  • Lead product managers and coordinate cross-functional teams

  • Develop and implement product strategies

  • Collect and analyze feedback from customers, stakeholders and other teams to shape requirements,

  • features and end products

  • Work with board of directors to create product plans and roadmaps

  • Produce and review product requirements documents (PRD)

  • Ensure products and releases are launched correctly and on schedule

  • Make creative recommendations to expand product base

  • Designing and implementing an overall risk management process for different products




Business Consultant / B2C.GE

Jan 2023 - Present

Tbilisi, Georgia


  • Meeting with and advising senior executives throughout the consultation process;

  • Determining business needs and identifying weaknesses;

  • Assessing and analyzing business practices and procedures;

  • Compiling and presenting research findings and recommendations;

  • Developing detailed project plans to drive changes and improvements;

  • Organizing and managing business projects;

  • Providing guidance when issues, challenges or problematic situations arise;

  • Tracking and assessing the effectiveness of projects;




Product Owner / Pasha Bank

May 2023 - Sep 2023

Baku, Azerbaijan


  • Led agile development of innovative SME banking products, aligning vision, strategy, and roadmaps with cross-functional teams.

  • Researched SME banking trends, leveraging data to drive agile decision-making for mobile application development.

  • Managed end-to-end mobile app development, ensuring on-time releases and seamless collaboration with development teams.

  • Orchestrated product launches, maximizing market reach through cross-functional coordination and responsive strategies.

  • Monitored KPIs, driving data-driven optimizations and enhancing products based on real-time SME client insights.

  • Mentored and led product managers, employing agile methodologies for iterative improvements and team success.

  • Ensured full regulatory compliance, maintaining a proactive stance towards risk management and industry standards.

  • Stayed updated on industry trends and emerging tech, driving ongoing innovation within the SME banking sector.




Product Expert / Yelo Bank

Jul 2022 - May 2023

Baku, Azerbaijan


  • Development of products according to the strategy of bank;

  • Investigation of the market, determination the needs of customers;

  • Improvement of customer experience;

  • Calculation of the costs and gains of product creation;

  • Preparation of the product road map;

  • Leading a cross-functional team on product creation;

  • Preparation of new marketing strategies;

  • Identification of product gaps and ensure their elimination;

  • Compliancy with the bank's internal disciplinary rules;

  • Facilitation of product backlog management;




Product Business Analyst / Golden Pay OJSC

Dec 2021 - Jul 2022


  • Take the lead of scrum teams as the Product Owner;

  • Providing vision and direction to the Agile development team and stakeholders throughout the project and create requirements;

  • Ensure that the team always has an adequate amount of prior prepared tasks to work on;

  • Plan and prioritize product feature backlog and development for the product;

  • Define product vision, road-map and growth opportunities ;

  • Assess value, develop cases, and prioritize stories, epics and themes to ensure work focuses on product strategy;

  • Provide backlog management, iteration planning, and elaboration of the user stories;




Digital Product Owner / Adviyyat Agency

Jan 2021 - Oct 2021


  • Work with project stakeholders to define project scope, goals, deliverables, resources and schedule;

  • Work with the technical team to understand challenges, plan and deliver features and balance technical debt resolution 

  • Break down business requirements to a manageable level, workable by the development team;

  • Ensure project documentation is done, complete and easily available;

  • Effectively manage the product scope by ensuring any changes to scope are documented and approved;

  • Provide a product schedule to identify when each task should be performed;

  • Work with Jira and Confluence to control and guide the agile delivery process;




Product Owner / Axis

May 2020 - Jan 2021

Baku, Azerbaijan


  • Defined product vision, strategy, and roadmaps, aligning with stakeholders and cross-functional teams.

  • Translated customer needs into clear product requirements and user stories, managing agile development processes.

  • Orchestrated successful product launches, coordinating teams and utilizing data-driven insights for optimization.

  • Conducted user research, ensuring products addressed customer pain points and expectations.

  • Collaborated with design and development teams for user-centered product experiences.

  • Facilitated effective communication between stakeholders, development teams, and leadership.

  • Ensured product quality, regulatory compliance, and adherence to industry standards.

  • Stayed updated on market trends, contributing to innovation and continuous improvement.




Junior Product Owner / Sindibad Travel Agency

Jan 2019 - Oct 2019


  • Collaborating with prospective users and clients to understand and anticipate their needs and translate them into product requirements;

  • Defining the vision for the team’s product;

  • Creating a product road map based on this vision;

  • Managing the product backlog and prioritizing them based on changing requirements;

  • Overseeing all stages of product creation including design and development;

  • Developing user stories;

Projects

Member of MUN at ADA University

2015 – 2020


  • Working as the representative of a country, organization;

  • Solving a problem with other delegates from around the world;




SaaS projects 


  • Developed different SaaS projects: Telecom, cloud computing, ERP and CRM platforms.

  • Currently, developing my own SaaS start-up, which is HR recruiting platform with AI integration.

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