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Product Owner

Riverwoods, Illinois |
Job ID: 80684
Listed on 5/15/2018

KellyMitchell matches the best IT and business talent with premier organizations nationwide. Our clients, ranging from Fortune 500 corporations to rapidly growing high-tech companies, are exceptionally served by our 1500+ IT and business consultants. Our industry is growing rapidly, and now is a great time to launch your career with the KellyMitchell team.

Position Title:  Product Owner


  • Seeking a highly motivated candidate, who will be the Product Owner (PO) leading one of our agile team.
  • This person will partner closely with technology and strategy teams to deliver a critical initiative in 2018.
  • As PO, this person is responsible for writing user stories that align to the prioritized features and ensure the pipeline stays full and is prioritized.
  • The PO should be internally focused on the agile team and implementation. The PO has a significant role in quality and is the only team member empowered to accept user stories as done.
  • The PO will also work with the Product Manager to prepare for the Program Increment planning meeting and working with Business Initiative owners and SMEs on a daily basis.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Develops features in collaboration with Product Manager
  • Writes user stories and acceptance criteria
  • Ensures that user stories meet Definition of Ready (DoR)
  • Updates the user stories in Agile Management Tool
  • Manages and prioritizes the program and sprint backlogs continuously (prior to and during the backlog grooming sessions).
  • Protects the team from distractions like non-sprint work and minimizes changes committed user stories.
  • Empowered to make all critical decisions regarding functionality and priority in the sprint
  • Provide sign off to “Accept” each user story during sprint
  • Responsible for completing the “Requirements – Control gate form” during Release Planning stages and responsible for engaging teams such as Security, ARB, Legal, etc. for review and approval
  • Champions efforts to attain product vision and objectives
  • Collaborates with other Product Owners and/or Product Manager to uphold business priority and vision
  • Participates mandatory forums such as Sprint planning retro, PO/PM Sync, daily stand up etc.
  • Provides periodic status updates to business stakeholders and upper management

Required Skills:

  • Excellent written, verbal and presentation skills
  • Rich knowledge and experience in Agile and Scrum
  • Prioritization skills in Agile environment
  • Being able to focus on vision and manage conflict
  • Capable to adapt to different personality types and work with both analytical and technical teams. Desired Skills:
  • Experience in architect
  • Experience in Software development
  • Experience in Fraud/Authorization
  • Experience in Computer Science, Engineering, Information Systems or other technical fields
  • Bachelor's degree or above