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CNO Financial Group Agile Program Manager - Remote from any US, Eastern or Central time zone location in Carmel, Indiana

CNO’s IT team is hiring an Agile Program Manager who is interested in growing their agile leadership development alongside of CNO’s Agile Transformation. This role will serve as a recognized servant leader and subject matter expert of Agile methodologies and Program Management across the CNO enterprise. This role will be primarily responsible and accountable for leading a highly complex Agile Release Train (ART), which is a Team of Agile Teams working towards a common Business Object. An ART will typically span 12+ months and entail very large resource requirements, high risk and complexity, with high CNO enterprise impact and visibility.

This is your opportunity to provide significant input into the overall objectives that the ART is expected to deliver on and successfully execute on the delivery. This role will be responsible for planning the work of teams, as well as uncovering and resolving cross functional team dependency issues. You will integrate the work of the ART and frequently communicate with Senior Management stakeholders and significantly influence and advise Executives on ART status, risk mitigation strategies, etc.

As an Agile Program Manager, your responsibilities will include:

  • Overseeing, managing, and optimizing the flow of value through a highly complex ART using various tools, such as the Program and Solution Kanbans and other information radiators.

  • Providing significant input into the overall objectives that the ART is expected to deliver on and successfully execute on the delivery. Establishes, tracks, and reports on metrics for the ART.

  • Being accountable and responsible for planning the work of teams; highly effective at resource planning and defining staffing needs; establishes and communicates the annual calendars for Iterations and Program Increments (PIs), which are fixed development timelines of approximately 10 weeks.

  • Leading and facilitating PI Planning readiness by fostering a Continuous Exploration process which drives the synthesis of a Vision, a Roadmap, and Backlogs, and through Pre- and Post-PI Planning meetings.

  • Summarizing Team PI Objectives into Program PI Objectives and publishes them for visibility and transparency.

  • Having substantial impact on the short-term success (1-3 years) of large development programs.

  • Mitigating issues, risks, and dependencies at multiple levels. Serves as an escalation resource for ART impediments.

  • Providing significant input on resourcing to address critical bottlenecks.

  • Often interacting with other major IT sub functions (i.e., Application Development, IT Strategy and Operations) and influencing their respective leaders.

  • Frequently partnering and collaborating with Product Management, Product Owners, and other stakeholders to help ensure strategy and execution alignment.

  • Improving the flow of value through value streams by improving and assessing the practices associated with DevOps and Release on Demand in the Continuous Delivery Pipeline.

The Agile Program Manager position is well-suited for you if you:

  • Drive and lead economic decision-making by facilitating feature and capability estimation by teams and the roll-up to Epics, where necessary.

  • Coach leaders, teams, and Scrum Masters in several Lean-Agile practices, principles, and methodologies.

  • Demonstrate expert knowledge and mastery of multiple Agile frameworks, principles, and methodologies, including but not limited to Scrum, Kanban, XP, etc.)

  • Have a proven ability to lead projects with large resource requirements, risk, and complexity.

  • Operate with broad limits of authority on the most technical and complex assignments.

  • Have flexibility and patience to incorporate non agile processes (e.g., governance, funding, date commitments) into delivery.

Qualified candidates will have:

  • Bachelor’s degree in business, IT related field, or equivalent is required. Master’s degree preferred.

  • Scrum Master Certification (CSM, PSM, ACP) and other Scaled Agile Framework (SAFe) certifications (SAFe PO/PM, SAFe Advanced Scrum Master, SAFe Program Consultant (SPC)) is required.

  • At least 5 years of experience leading/coaching/mentoring in Agile principles and frameworks.

  • Proven experience leading Scrum/Agile teams. Coaching certificate highly preferred.

  • Candidates within a commutable distance to Carmel, IN highly preferred.

At this time, CNO is not mandating its associates to be vaccinated against COVID-19 as a condition of employment. However, this is an evolving situation, in the future CNO may require its associates to be vaccinated as a condition of employment, subject to reasonable accommodations required by applicable law.

CNO Financial Group offices reopened in April 2022 and we will be pursuing a hybrid working model. Associates who live within a 60 mile radius of a corporate office (Birmingham, Carmel, Chicago, Philadelphia, Orlando and Milwaukee) will have access to come into that Office up to 2 days/week, and work from home at least 3 days/week. This role is full time work from home (WFH), also known as Remote. This role can be performed from any US based location within the central or eastern time zone. Work cannot be performed from outside of the United States.

CNO provides life and health insurance, annuities, financial services, and workforce benefits solutions through our family of brands and supported by our associates and agents. Our customers work hard to save for the future, and we help protect their health, income and retirement needs with 3.2 million policies and more than $35 billion in total assets. Our 3,400 associates, 8,600 exclusive agents and independent partner agents guide individuals, families, and businesses through a lifetime of financial decisions.

We are financially strong and well positioned for continued growth, and we are grounded in our core values of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion (DE&I), Integrity, Customer Focus, Excellence, and Teamwork. We have offices in more than 260 communities in the U.S., including our headquarters in Carmel, Indiana, and corporate offices in Birmingham, Chicago, Philadelphia, Orlando, and Milwaukee.

At CNO Financial Group, we’re always looking forward—to the security and stability we help create for our insurance brands’ customers, and the growth we create within our own company. We're looking for ambitious people who want to do more. We'll provide you with opportunities to grow your skills through challenging professional experiences.

If you're looking for a culture that encourages development, helps you reach your potential, and rewards you for your contribution, then CNO Financial Group is right for you. For more information, visit

ReqID: POS-19595

Category: Information Technology

Job Type: Full-Time

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