Product Owner, Sophia IP Management

Wellspring is the leading provider of software tools to manage R&D and technology commercialization. Our suite of web-based software manages the transformation of scientific discoveries into real world products. We work with clients to accelerate the pace of innovation at premier research universities, Government Agencies, R&D groups at Fortune 500 companies, and leading medical institutions. Wellspring also operates Flintbox®, the largest online marketplace for inventions emerging from research labs around the world.

Job Summary:

We are seeking a dynamic Product Owner to lead development of our Intellectual Property Management platform. The ideal candidate will be adept in overseeing the end-to-end product lifecycle, ensuring that our solution not only meets but surpasses customer expectations. You will be the key liaison between cross-functional teams and customers, translating complex business needs into robust and scalable product features. With a focus on streamlining intellectual property rights management processes with our software, you will drive innovation and maintain the highest standards of product quality.

Essential Functions:

  • Craft and clearly communicate Product Backlog Items, ordering and refining them to ensure value maximization.
  • Facilitate transparency, ensuring the Product Backlog is visible and understood by all stakeholders.
  • Engage with the Product Manager, representing the market and business needs within the Product Backlog.
  • Translate business objectives into detailed product requirements and user stories that align with our strategic vision.
  • Manage the product backlog, refining and prioritizing features to ensure timely delivery of product enhancements.
  • Lead agile rituals related to backlog grooming, prioritization, and demos, fostering a collaborative environment that encourages ownership and accountability.
  • Define and analyze metrics that inform the success of the product with the Product Manager and iterate accordingly.
  • Serve as the primary point of contact for stakeholders, providing clear communication and aligning product vision with business goals.


  • Bachelor's degree in Business, IT, or related field; or equivalent practical experience.
  • Proven experience as a Product Owner or similar role in enterprise software development, it’s a bonus if there is prior experience with Intellectual Property management systems.
  • Strong understanding of agile methodologies and the ability to adapt in a fast-paced, evolving environment.
  • Excellent communication and stakeholder management skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently as well as part of a collaborative team.
  • Critical thinker with a focus on problem-solving and continuous improvement.
  • Passion for delivering high-quality products that meet the nuanced needs of intellectual property management.
  • Certifications in Product Ownership a plus.

Are you our next team member? We invite interested and qualified applicants to send a resume, a cover letter, and salary expectations to Please include the title of this role in the subject line.

Wellspring is an Equal Opportunity Employer.