Product Owner

Location: Vancouver, BC, Canada
Date Posted: 10-15-2018
On behalf of our Vancouver-based client, Affinity is looking for a Product Owner (PO) who will manage the product from conception to completion, with both internal and external stakeholders. The Product Owner is responsible for creating a vision that drives success, delivers products & features that meet the clients’ needs, and supports their strategic goals. This role collaborates with everyone from developers and testers, to credit union customers and end users, to senior management, so is responsible for driving prioritization and communicating ideas to facilitate development and launch of a product that aligns to everyone’s needs.
 
ACCOUNTABILITIES:
 
  • Serve as the customer proxy to the agile development teams
  • Own, define, and prioritize stories & the backlog, establish acceptance criteria, drive prioritization in the backlog, and obtain customer validation that the product meets customer and program priorities while maintaining technical integrity
  • Participate in roadmap development of new ideas, and present these concepts for approval to various stakeholders, including customers and internal management
  • Collaborate with our Agile teams to actively manage and prioritize the backlog, attend agile ceremonies as a key stakeholder, and drive the product forward
  • Collaborate with other Product Owners to ensure alignment across related product & features, validating plans align to customer, program, and business goals
  • Engage with end users both directly (face-to-face) and indirectly (user testing & data) to observe and understand end user needs
  • Scope the MVP taking into account existing resource constraints and sustained development of the product
  • Effectively prioritizes new feature and product development based on competitive analysis, industry trends, customer feedback, and company vision
 
Qualifications
 
  • 4-6 years of related experience in product and project management (financial services, credit unions or banks would be a nice to have)
  • Experience working in a complex product development environment with Agile software methodology
  • Experience as a Product Owner / Product Manager with software products, strong skills of maintaining and prioritizing a backlog
  • Deep understanding of industry trends and client needs, ability to create a value proposition for the client and the product vision, and apply critical thinking to effectively assess risks and opportunities
  • Strong relationship building, negotiation and leadership skills, ability to persuade and lead a squad of diverse stakeholders
  • Excellent communication and presentation skills with a high degree of comfort in speaking with senior leaders
  • Demonstrated ability to think both strategically and tactically
  • Brings a high-energy and passionate outlook to the job and can influence those around them
  • Strong self-starter who can work in a collaborative team environment but isn’t afraid to tell it like it is
  • Passion for innovation and “can do” attitude
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