Lead Technical Product Owner (Reference Ontology)

Auris Health

Auris Health

IT, Product
Posted on Wednesday, August 9, 2023


Janssen R&D is recruiting for a Technical Product Owner to lead the Reference Ontology Governance (ROG) squad in Beerse, Belgium.

At the Janssen Pharmaceutical Companies of Johnson & Johnson, what matters most is helping people live full and healthy lives. We focus on treating, curing and preventing some of the most devastating and complex diseases of our time. And we pursue the most promising science, wherever it might be found.

Janssen Research & Development, LLC discovers and develops innovative medical solutions to address important unmet medical needs in oncology, immunology, neuroscience, infectious diseases and vaccines, and cardiovascular and metabolic diseases. Please visit http://www.JanssenRnD.com for more information.

We are Janssen. Our mission drives us. Our patients inspire us. We collaborate with the world for the health of everyone in it.

The Data Catalog & Governance Product team is committed to make data accessible to all R&D associates, ensuring high-quality data, robust data pipelines, and streamlined data consumption. The ROG squad is part of this product team, and focuses on providing innovative foundational capabilities and services to support its mission. Specifically, we aim to:

  • Enable domain experts and application owners to progressively model, harmonize, and enrich relevant vocabularies and ontologies
  • Support efficient annotation of content with clear semantic entity identifiers, independent of terminology used
  • Improve data findability and interoperability through these models and semantic content annotations

Key responsibilities:

In this position, you will be building partnerships within both business and IT. Your key areas of focus will be:

  • Together with business partners, model their space and integrate the model for annotating content with semantic entities, making them findable and interoperable
  • Build strategic capabilities to ensure internal consistency within the ontology modelling ecosystem and efficient extraction of semantic entities from content
  • Explore the benefits of combining large language models (LLMs) and generative AI with ontology modeling to improve semantic entity recognition and annotation
  • Engage solution architects to identify and integrate suitable modular capabilities
  • Manage squad resources and budgeting
  • Coordinate with the scrum master to streamline vision-to-execution flow and ensure iterative delivery
  • Encourage the squad in refining requirements, maintaining clear communication, and delivering valuable product increments



Education: Bachelor's degree (BA/BS) required; Master's or MBA preferred



  • Experience in a Pharma R&D data ecosystem
  • Proficiency in vocabulary and ontology governance
  • Ability to bring structure to complex research spaces
  • Nurture and maintain positive stakeholder relationships
  • Ability to bridge the gap between functional and technical team members
  • Flexibility to balance between strategy and delivery
  • Experience in user story mapping, backlog grooming, and sprint planning
  • Ability to embrace change, iterate quickly, and gather feedback
  • Growth mindset and dedication to continuous learning and improvement
  • Consistently demonstrate knowledge seeking and sharing behaviors in the performance of daily work
  • Actively strive toward high quality results
  • Servant leadership attitude


  • Familiarity with data governance and data catalog tools
  • Familiarity with large language models and generative AI
  • Hands-on experience with collaboration tools like JIRA, Confluence, and Bitbucket
  • Certified PSPO (Professional Scrum Product Owner)


  • Proficiency in English communication is essential

Johnson & Johnson is an Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, national origin, or protected veteran status and will not be discriminated against on the basis of disability.