Product Owner

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Company: Apex Systems
Location: OH - Blue Ash OH
Posted: 11/18/2019
Salary: N/A

Job Description

Position Description:

Define requirements for and manage agile framework in accordance with software development life cycle (SDLC) guidelines. Assume a lead role and assist with mentoring others. Operate in a business analyst/product owner role by eliciting the needs/priorities of the business and speaking on behalf of customers while maintaining the flexibility needed to perform multiple functions within the team. Demonstrate the company's core values of respect, honesty, integrity, diversity, inclusion and safety.

Minimum Skills required:

  • 3-5 years of experience in a business analyst / product owner position
  • Excellent written and oral communication, collaboration and presentation skills to effectively communicate information to all levels within the organization
  • Experience in multiple business areas
  • Demonstrated experience with industry best practices and an understanding of different technologies
  • Strong critical thinking and problem solving skills
  • Ability to effectively partner with all levels of the organization
  • Ability to interact and work well within a team environment
  • Strong organizational, analytical and problem-solving skills
  • Bachelor’s degree in information technology (IT) or a related business field
  • Equivalent work experience in an IT position or comparable business unit experience
  • Prior experience in a business analyst, application analyst or product owner in waterfall and/or agile projects
  • Agile, SAFe, Six Sigma, IIBA certification a plus (ECBA, CCBA, CBAP, CBATL)

Position Specific Skill Preferences/Desires:

  • Completed SAFe for Teams and SAFe PO training and associated certifications
  • Has Jira proficiency in creating and managing Objectives, Features and User Stories
  • Proactive mindset and comfortable leading high performance projects, KT and vendor teams
  • Excellent interpersonal skills communicating, collaborating and presenting to various layers of Kroger – Business VP, Directors and Managers
  • Ability to think ahead preventing issues and resolving challenges with the business, team members, vendor, Project Manager/Scrum Master and the Project Architect
  • Preferred – Kroger Technology BA/PO experience and familiarity with the Corporate Systems business processes and key contacts
  • Previous experience working in the Compliance space a big plus

Other Essential Job Functions:

  • Execute the duties of a business analyst/product owner for various types of projects/initiatives
  • Elicit, define and analyze medium to complex requirements in various formats ensuring they are testable, measurable and traceable
  • Lead the appropriate teams to refine, prioritize and manage requirements using various tools (e.g., templates, team backlogs, requirements management or agile task management applications)
  • Collaborate with the appropriate teams to build business cases and project justification reports
  • Lead requirement walk-throughs with key stakeholders using various methods (e.g., team demos, workshops, sprint planning and backlog refinement sessions)
  • Identify and estimate anticipated work efforts based on priority using requirement work plans, program increment (PI) planning, and sprint planning
  • Define and resolve dependencies, issues and risks and identify impacted areas through team collaboration
  • Identify and define business processes for current and future state analysis
  • Act as the liaison between the business units, technology teams and support teams
  • Facilitate the discussion that leads to the build versus buy decision
  • Participate in growing team competency by mentoring, providing on-the-job training to more junior associates and helping to develop training materials/process improvements
  • Drive results with minimal authority
  • Break down a medium to complex vision into smaller projects, initiatives or features
  • Continuously develop subject matter expertise in business areas that help facilitate the needs and requirements of the business Contribute to strategic roadmap efforts

Must be able to perform the essential functions of this position with or without reasonable accommodation

EEO Employer

Apex Systems is an equal opportunity employer. We do not discriminate or allow discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, creed, sex (including pregnancy, childbirth, breastfeeding, or related medical conditions), age, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, ancestry, citizenship, genetic information, registered domestic partner status, marital status, disability, status as a crime victim, protected veteran status, political affiliation, union membership, or any other characteristic protected by law. Apex will consider qualified applicants with criminal histories in a manner consistent with the requirements of applicable law. If you have visited our website in search of information on employment opportunities or to apply for a position, and you require an accommodation in using our website for a search or application, please contact our Employee Services Department at 844-463-6178

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