Product Owner (x2)-St. Pete, FL ($43/hr) in St. Petersburg, FL at Vaco

Date Posted: 9/14/2020

Job Snapshot

Job Description

Vaco Tampa is hiring! This is a remote role for now but candidates must be located in the Tampa Bay area.

Role Responsibilities
  • Work with Product Managers, key stakeholders and leadership to communicate and deliver the product vision in alignment to the product strategic direction. Understand and drive business value with the delivery team.
  • Incorporate feature requests into the product roadmap and conduct road mapping sessions.
  • Creates, maintains, prioritizes, and sequences the product backlog based on the business value or ROI to maximize value. Determines and schedules user stories into sprints, develops the product burn down and release forecast plan.
  • Interview end users, member-owners and stakeholders to define and refine business needs through requirements gathering and analysis to define the product backlog and feasibility.
  • Develop user stories and define acceptance criteria from themes, epics and features granular enough for delivery teams to understand, size and deliver and set the highest standard of quality in the product delivery.
  • Participates in planning, daily stand-up meetings, reviews, retrospectives, sprint and release planning, demos and other Agile related meetings.
  • Engage with Product leadership, EPMO and senior business leadership to communicate and promote transparency of the product roadmaps and forecasts, direction and changes; ensure project align to short-term and long-term product development strategy and objectives. Effectively prioritize and resolve project issues; provide insight and direction during complex product development projects.
  • Ensure projects are completed within established time and budget schedules, and steers the project to ensure delivery of business value. Ensure assigned projects follow project management standards, utilizing Agile, Waterfall and other methodologies as required.
  • Assist Product Management Leaders in analyzing the business processes for inefficiencies and make recommendations for solutions or improvements.
  • Refine Agile Methodology and other methodologies based on results and feedback to continuously improvement product and process outcomes.
  • Interface with cross functional groups to communicate and ensure successful project deliverables and manage expectations responsibly. Strong verbal and written communication skills that non-technical end users can understand.
  • Mentor and lead team members and work collaboratively; participates proactively and constantly in team activities with a focus on building a trusting and safe environment in partnership with the Scrum Master.
  • Partners with the Scrum Master in coaching the development team in self-organization and cross-functionality to build higher levels of team maturity in order to deliver high value products at a pace that is sustainable and comfortable for the team and organization. Supports the Scrum Master role in a collaborative, positive and servant leadership style whenever possible and leading by example.
  • Serve as a key consultant within the various business, vendors, product development, project and technology units in order to maximize knowledge base and identify all opportunities. Develop strong working relationship, partnerships and ability to communicate at all levels of the organization improving transparency.
  • Proactively develop and maintain knowledge in specialized area(s); remain up-to-date on current trends and best practices. Ensure continuity of services by serving as a subject matter expert on business functionality and impact of system changes on multiple product platforms.
  • Performs other related duties and projects as requested by management


Role Requirements:
  • Bachelor's degree in Business Management, Technology, or related experience preferred.
  • Seven (7) years of product management and/or business analysis experience required. Five (5) years of project management experience preferred. Experience with managing large scale technology projects (software/hardware) including beta testing required. Experience with the financial, credit union industry and core or account processing a plus.
  • Certification requirements: PMP, CSPO, CSM, CAL, SAFe or other related Agile or Project Management certifications.
  • Ability to manage multiple assignments, work in fast-paced environment, and consistently meet tight deadlines with strong project management, time management and organizational skills.
  • Proficiency in documentation using Microsoft Office, Visio and business documentation applications
  • Excellent understanding of the Product Development Life Cycle and Software Development Life Cycle (SDLC)
  • Proven expertise of Agile Methodologies
  • Ability to maintain complete confidentiality
  • Excellent communication, decision making, presentation and problem solving skills; communication skills include facilitation, negotiation, and conflict resolution
  • Demonstrated self-direction and proactive approach and ability to think beyond the immediate problem
  • Ability to facilitate meetings, give presentations utilizing various audio/visual aids, facilitate discussions, negotiate and build consensus
  • Ability to gain consensus through mediation, find creative and innovative solutions to issues and day to day challenges and identify issues and propose possible resolutions
  • Pragmatic Marketing and Design Thinking experience a plus
  • Consumer Minded: Demonstrated experience in building strategies and plans centered on consumer/customer needs. Understands the principles and practices of customer experience discipline and incorporates into product solutions
  • Technical expertise in wide variety of solutions
  • Proven skill of progressive/visionary thinking
  • Strong business acumen and ability to negotiate and influence potential customers and others within the organization
  • Willingness to be flexible and respond to quickly changing priorities on short notice