CNO Financial Group Product Owner in Chicago, Illinois
The Product Owner (PO) has the authority and accountability for real-time decision making, defining and prioritizing the product backlog, setting quality standards for delivery and maximizing the value of the product/system functionality from a business and user point of view by leading the work of the Agile Development Team. The PO translates the product vision into features by elaborating user stories and creating diagrams and models. The Product Owner will lead face to face, remote, or mixed location Agile teams as they define the functional requirements, manage the development sprints, remove roadblocks, and constantly communicate the strategy. S/he will serve as the primary communicator and link between stakeholders and teams to define the minimum viable product (MVP) and negotiate tradeoffs of conflicting priorities to deliver the business product direction/features and communicate the product roadmap.
Key Job Responsibilities and Accountabilities:
Acts as a Product Owner (PO) and leader of in-person, remote, and/or mixed location cross-functional Agile Scrum Team(s). The primary communicator of the product vision and link between stakeholders (VP level and above) and agile teams to receive input on product direction/features and communicate product roadmap. Providing vision and direction to the Agile development team and stakeholders throughout the project and creates requirements for part of the process/system design owned. Plans and prioritizes product feature backlog and development for the product/system of multiple development teams. Ensures that the Product Backlog is visible, transparent, and clear to all, and highlights priorities and tasks for Scrum Team.
Provides backlog management leadership and decision making (financial and benefit realization accountability), iteration planning, and elaboration of the user stories. Works closely with Lead Product Management to create and maintain a product backlog according to business value or ROI. Defines user stories, sets goals/priorities to determine the product release plans, and sets expectations for the delivery of new functionality. Performs an active role in mitigating impediments impacting successful teams completion of release/sprint goals. Also provides a timely escalation of complex impediments, if unable to resolve within the team. Research system capabilities, business needs, user requirements, and develops the roadmap for the product. Assesses value and prioritizes stories, epics, and themes to ensure the team focuses on those with maximum value that are aligned with product strategy. Transforms business requirements into detailed User Stories and clearly defined acceptance criteria that engineers can consume. Keeps abreast with Agile/Scrum best practices and new trends. Develops and delivers meaningful presentations and demos for internal and external audiences.
May perform additional duties as assigned.
Skills, Knowledge, and Abilities:
In-depth knowledge of Agile processes and principles (including SCRUM). Strong communication, presentation, and leadership skills. Good ability to engage with executive stakeholders. Strong user story writing skills. Solid organizational and time management skills. Sharp analytical and problem-solving skills. Is a Creative thinker with a vision. Ability to pay close attention to details. Strong knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite and other business-related software. Ability to work both independently and collaborate in cross-functional team settings.
Education and Experience:
Typically requires a Bachelor's degree in a related discipline or equivalent.
Typically requires a minimum of five of related work experience, including product owner/management or other insurance operations industry experience.
Certified Scrum Product Owner (CSPO) highly preferred, or the ability to achieve this certification within the first year of hire.
Experience with Jira a plus