Product Owner

Transamerica Life Insurance Company Harrison , NY 10528

Posted 2 weeks ago

Job FamilyAgile Group

Job Description SummaryThe people of Transamerica bring expertise, creativity and heart to everything that we do - and to the communities where we live and work. We believe that achieving a secure future requires both smart financial planning and a healthy lifestyle. The solutions we offer help our customers throughout their lives, whether it is saving and investing, protecting themselves and their loved ones, or preparing for an active and meaningful retirement.

Are you a self-starter that is well organized, clearly articulate and wants to join a company with advancement opportunities within?

If your answer is yes, we are looking for you!Job Description

What You Will Do:

As a Product Owner (PO) you will develop and communicate your product's vision to be fulfilled by our agile team(s). The PO is the team's key stakeholder who serves as proxy for the customer, both internal and external, and effectively engages other stakeholders, including other POs, to define and prioritize deliverables for their agile teams. You will have a significant role in quality control and will be empowered to accept work as done. You are dedicated to fulfilling these responsibilities and participate in two to three retirement focused agile teams. You will be working closely with the team to align around objectives, incentives, and culture, and also engage critical stakeholders and customers to inform their product's vision and backlog as a means to help the organization achieve business agility.

What Success Looks Like:

  • Ensure product aligns with company strategy and broader product strategies through regular communication with customers, stakeholders and product management. Coordinate with the Scrum Master to facilitate short feedback loops between delivery teams and stakeholders through frequent deliveries and sharing of lessons learned.

  • Engage in scaled agile practices and coordinate with other Product owners (as needed) to promote cross-team alignment around product roadmaps and dependencies.

  • Provide vision and serve as a champion of customer perspectives to the Agile team in the form of clearly written epics, themes and user stories each with clear acceptance criteria in collaboration with the team. Help the team make business trade-offs between near term and longer term product goals. Provide leadership to make the hard calls on scope and competing priorities while realistically manage stakeholder demands.

  • Establish and prioritize the product roadmap and its backlog in collaboration with the team.

  • Collaborate proactively in ceremonies with the Project Management Organization and other product owners to maintain the product roadmap, business outcomes, and goals.

  • Lead regular backlog refinement workshops to help estimate relative feature value and update delivery forecasts to aid prioritization, minimize oversubscription of delivery teams and manage stakeholder expectations.

  • Lead product release planning with technical and business stakeholders and set expectation for delivery of new functionalities.

  • Participate in system demos at the end of the iteration and provide story/feature acceptance per the pre-agreed "Definition of Done" criteria.

  • Research and evaluate market-based and customer-inspired insights that inform the product's vision and comprehensive strategy planning.

What You Need:

  • Bachelor's degree in business, computer science, or experience work in a related field.

  • Solid understanding of the product lifecycle.

  • In-depth experience with agile methodologies, technical understanding of products, and up-to-date on industry standards and best practices

  • Comfortable working with multiple teams, in-house and remote

  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills

  • Accurate and precise attention to detail.

  • Able to build strong interpersonal relationships with business analysts, UI/UX team, leadership, senior management, and internal and external stakeholders

  • Experience with JIRA, or a similar agile product management toolset.

  • Proficient computer skills, Microsoft Office Suite; working knowledge of software development.

  • Preferred Qualifications

  • Two years of retirement related work experience.

  • Product Owner certification (e.g. CSPO, SAFe POPM)

  • Track record of continued and recent education in agile, including training, conferences, user groups and self-study

  • Knowledge of approaches discussed in the agile space: XP, Kanban, SAFe, LeSS, Crystal, FDD, etc.

  • Experience as a collaborative leader.

What You Receive:

  • A Comprehensive Wealth + Health package: It's our passion to empower people, and especially our employees, to add years to their lives and more life to their years. That means a healthy account balance and a healthy body to match. As you'll come to discover, Wealth + Health is a central part of everything we do!

  • Wealth Benefits: Competitive Pay, Bonus, and Benefits Package; Pension Plan, 401k Match, Employee Stock Purchase Plan, Tuition Reimbursement, Disability Insurance, Stock Purchase Plan, Employee Discounts, Career Training & Development Opportunities, Certification Sponsorship

  • Health and Work/Life Balance Benefits: Be Well Company sponsored holistic wellness program which includes Wellness Coaching and reward dollars, Parental Leave, Adoption Assistance, Employee Assistance Program, College Coach Program, Back-up Care Program, Paid Time Off to Volunteer, Employee Matching Gifts Program, Employee Resource Groups, Inclusion and Diversity Programs, Employee Recognition Program.

Our Culture:

At Transamerica we promote a Future Fit mindset. What is a Future Fit mindset?

  • Acting as One fosters an environment of positive collaboration

  • Accountability allows us to own the problem as well as the solution

  • Agility inspires new ideas, innovation and challenges the status quo

  • Customer Centricity encourages an above average and beyond approach to our customers

Why Work for Us

Total Rewards at Transamerica: It's more than a paycheck.

Our comprehensive Total Rewards package is designed to help support you in many ways throughout all stages of your life and career. We provide a competitive, market-driven program that encompasses base compensation, bonus potential, retirement, health and wellness benefits, learning and development opportunities, plus great employee perks. All designed with you in mind to help you live your best life, grow personally and professionally - and feel valued for the work you do.

Learn more about our Total Rewards Package.

Equal Opportunity Employer:

Transamerica Life Insurance Company is an Equal Employment Opportunity employer and does not discriminate against any applicant or employee because of age, religion, sex, gender identity, genetic information, race, color, national origin, pregnancy, sexual orientation, marital status, participation in the uniformed services (e.g. U.S. Armed Forces, National Guard), physical or mental disability, or any other status protected by federal, state, or local equal employment opportunities laws.

Applicants with physical or mental disabilities may be entitled to a form of reasonable accommodation under the Americans with Disabilities Act and certain state and local laws. A reasonable accommodation is a change in the way things are normally done which will insure equal employment opportunity without imposing undue hardship on the Transamerica Companies. Please contact: if you are a job seeker with a disability, or are assisting someone with a disability, and require assistance to apply for one of our jobs.

Ontario Applicants:

Our Company is committed to providing accessibility to those with disabilities in a manner that is consistent with the principles of independence, dignity, integration and equality of opportunity, that is in compliance with the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act 2005 ("AODA"). Please contact if you are a job seeker with a disability, or are assisting someone with a disability, and require assistance to apply for one of our jobs.

Technical Assistance:

If you experience technical problems during the application process, please email

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