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IT Product Owner in Detroit, MI at VisionPRO

Date Posted: 4/26/2018

Job Snapshot

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  • Location:
    Detroit, MI
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  • Experience:
    Greater than 15 years
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Job Description

Job Code:  BHJOB6510_72173

Product Owner

About the Product Owner role:
If you enjoy working in a startup environment, creating foundations for product excellence - knowing that inherently involves exploring solutions where the of majority fail but those ideas that do succeed led to product breakthroughs - then we need you on our team. The Infotainment Vehicle Apps Product team is seeking a technically sharp and creative Product Owner who will utilize their web/app product knowledge and software engineering expertise to assume a leadership role in building onto connected car platform. As Product Owner you will be the product, represent the customer and lead product and software development lifecycle phases. Communication in this role is a key attribute, you'll be coordinating across a matrixed organization while building your products. It is critical that you're comfortable being the single threaded owner of products, working hand-in-hand with business stakeholders, architects, your Scrum Team and other partners within the connected car ecosystem to build and release your products. Your previous experience and ideas will be a key differentiator in your success as you'll be expected to translate that into new products and new methods for our product development best practices. 

Key Responsibilities:
The Product Owner will be responsible for building applications in a web based and mobile app environment. Working in an Agile environment they will be setting the strategy for current and future features/products and presenting the product to stakeholders. Many of the duties involve traditional Product Owner and Scrum/Agile activities such as: 1.) Collaborate with Product Manager, UX team, business stakeholders, and development teams to define the Product Backlog and Product Roadmap by way of User Stories, storyboards, wireframes, and other software design artifacts. 2.) Ensure continuing engagement with development team during the product development lifecycle in order to provide User Story (requirements) clarification and immediate feedback upon completion. 3.) Coordinate and facilitate necessary interactions in order to obtain answers, provide direction, or eliminate impediments during product development. 4.) Lead all scrum ceremonies, including backlog grooming, sprint planning, stakeholder demos, and team retrospective. 

This person will work in a highly collaborative, cross-functional, and Agile environment and will assume a lead role for various product decisions. Specifically we expect the following:
You love tech and you love products, you love to create products and you love to understand other companies products and figuring out how did they build that experience or feature. You love tech products so much that it defines you and at times eats into your free time, but you don't mind and wouldn't have it any other way. You like to ask questions; questions on behalf of the customer, questions on the experience, questions on the purpose of the product, questions on architecture and question on the performance of the product. You are not a wallflower and speaking your mind or expressing your ideas comes naturally. You'vFe practiced Scrum or other Agile methods so much that you can probably teach Agile. But you aren't unwavering in that Agile is the only way and you are comfortable experimenting with new processes and folding them into best practices for organizations. You know the difference between epics, user stories and you're astute at building those artifacts, communicating the vision and acceptance criteria. You understand that products aren't always defined in what you see or interact act with. You know a product is measured by what you don’t see, it's the elegance of making the difficult disappear as to what makes or breaks the experience. You work in that elegance zone and your products reflect it. You like to solve, analyze and get into the details of your product or product issues. When you see a problem you are able to break it down into its technical components, going through the '5 why's' exercise to understand, correct and prevent issues from occurring. You like code, it interests you and you aren't afraid to dig into a code block or two. Maybe you developed before, either as a full time developer or for personal satisfaction/curiosity, providing you the ability to relate, understand and recommend technical solutions. You like to understand how your software and system software operates, breaking it down to components and then thinking of ways to improve the existing software, experience and applications. To you it's about the problem solved and experience created for your customers utilizing your work. You have an insatiable appetite for learning new things, investigating new products and you enjoy sharing knowledge you've consumed and collected over the years. You’re able to make the complex simple and have demonstrated an ability to understand and explain issues. You solve problems with the right mix of creativity and deep analysis. 

The candidate must have the following skillset/attributes:
• 10+ years of experience in product development or program management of Software intensive technical projects with a successful project delivery record in a multi-stakeholder and cross-functional environment
• 5+ years in a leadership role in Agile based software development organization
• Strong experience interacting and managing business customers and expectations
• Strong organization and planning skills for project planning and activity management (PMP certification a plus)
• BS in Engineering, Computer Science or Equivalent Technical Degree or Software Developer Experience
• Problem solving skills to facilitate a shared understanding of problems, possible solutions, and determine the scope of any required changes (DMAIC, System V, Six Sigma) 
• Critical thinking skills for evaluating multiple options and helping a team settle on problem solutions. Ability to listen to stakeholder needs but also critically consider those needs and ask probing questions until the real need or problem is surfaced and understood. 
• Demonstrable knowledge of software development lifecycles and activities
• The candidate must have excellent verbal and written communication skills to interact with a diverse group of technical architects, developers, and subject matter experts
• Ability to work in across diverse teams and produce excellent results in a fast paced environment
• Ability to articulate ideas and roadmaps to both technical and non-technical addressees
Preferred experience:
• 5+ years of experience in automotive product delivery, infotainment, mobile app development, and/or connected devices
• Familiarity with Android or HTML 5 app development
• Certification as Scrum Master and/or Product Owner
• Masters in technical field or MBA
• 2-3 years as a Web Architect or as a Web Software Developer.

About VisionIT: VisionIT is where integration and innovation intersect. We are a global software development company and a preferred systems integrator, operating throughout the U.S., Canada, and Latin America. Our 20 years of experience supporting Fortune 500 companies has earned us the trust of CIOs and C-Level executives, because we have a track record of providing business value. In our Detroit-based Innovation Studio, we showcase the latest technologies being developed by VisionIT and our partners across cloud, IoT, mobile, infotainment systems, and virtual/augmented reality. Learn more about our company by visiting