|Job Description :
||Operations – Product Owner – Originations Management (Cedar Rapids, IA)
GreatAmerica Financial Services is a highly successful entrepreneurial company providing equipment financing to businesses across the United States. Our exemplary customer service, our principle-centered business philosophy and our team-based operating approach are key to our success and growth.
GreatAmerica is structured in cross functional teams that allow individuals to make informed decisions that benefit the company and our customers. There is no doubt in our minds we are building the greatest company of its kind, offering the finest products and services available anywhere. When you are part of the GreatAmerica team, you are part of the future, part of an opportunity to grow professionally and to reach your potential while enjoying your work.
As a member of the Product Management team, the Product Owner manages the product development process within GreatAmerica and has sole authority over product requirements and the intended content released to ensure GreatAmerica continues to meet the growing needs of our Customers and End Users. A deep understanding of business processes and industry trends will ensure creation of an engaging product which delivers business value by meeting the needs of Customers within the industries GreatAmerica serves. Primary responsibilities include contributing to and executing on the overall vision, strategy, and roadmap of products, managing and optimizing the product backlog.
User stories will be defined and documented by the Product Owner through close collaboration with GreatAmerica internal teams (sales, marketing, systems, operational and finance), customers, and other external sources. This role will apply proven communication, analytical and project management skills in a self-driven environment. Working with decision makers and across teams, the Product Owner will identify and prioritize solutions. Regular communication with key stakeholders inside and outside GreatAmerica will be crucial.
Contributes to and owns the execution of the product vision, strategy and roadmap
Maintains and represent the customers’ needs to inform implementation of product features
Owns the scope of the product and works with various stakeholders to identify personas, define the minimum viable product, and define hypotheses
Defines, writes, and prioritizes user stories which direct the design and development of work
Organizes complex information into understandable user stories and ensures user stores are value and customer-centric
Collaborates with various stakeholders across the business to ensure the final product meets desired requirements and preferences
Determines when user stories have delivered the desired outcome and decides when to go to production
Collaborates with internal stakeholders and leadership to design and execute go to market plan
Conduct self-consistent with the principles of GreatAmerica
Review and analyze the current functionality of existing products
Develop a deep knowledge of business processes to ensure the business needs are understood and technical implications are conveyed in a manner that business users can understand, and technical team can develop from
Evaluate business drivers and technology requirements to define specifications that meet business requirements
Internally, the candidate must interface with many departments and organizations
Provide and communicate clear definition of the product and the roadmap
Review and analyze existing functionality of current product
Identify proactive improvement and holistic enhancements to product
Develop deep knowledge of affected business areas and the product
Evaluate business drivers and technology requirements to define specifications that meet business needs
Product expert for internal and external resources to provide consistent messaging
Combination of business and technical knowledge of the product and processes used to deliver value to our Customers
Serve in a solutions-oriented consultant role that promotes change and process improvement
Entrepreneurial attitude, with the ability to thrive in a fast-paced work environment
Must be systems oriented, enjoy working with new tools and be a self-motivated learner
Demonstrated self-starter who is goal oriented, a critical thinker and a creative problem solver
Strong negotiation skills and ability to develop and manage stakeholder expectations.
Ability to work with internal stakeholders to build consensus on key elements of strategy
Acts as a primary point of contact to maintain a strong and collaborative relationship with all stakeholders
Should have experience managing cross-company business relationships
Effectively displays solid leadership skills and the ability to influence without authority
Strong sense of urgency and follow through in addressing issues and meeting timelines
Excellent interpersonal and relationship building skills to build credibility
Exceptional communication skills (both verbal and written)
Must be able to multi-task and have a combination of organizational and analytical skills
For all GreatAmerica team members: Honesty/Integrity, Customer Oriented, Accountability, Tenacious, Communication Skills (Oral & Written), Adaptability
For this position: Decision Making, Detail Oriented, Active Listening, Persuasive, Problem Solving, Project Management, Relationship Building, Process Improvement, Technical Aptitude, Analytical Skills, Business Acumen and Presentation Skills
Education: Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration or equivalent required.
Experience: Minimum 8 years practical work experience in project management/business analyst role in a complex business and systems environment. Broad understanding of business processes and project management concepts required. Will need to have a thorough understanding of customer needs, industry trends and GreatAmerica’s position within our markets. In-depth knowledge of Scrum and Agile Software Development Methodology ideal but not required.
Skills and Abilities
Computer Skills: Advanced knowledge of the Microsoft Office Suite.
At GreatAmerica, we’re looking to grow our business through our people. Are you looking to grow your career? If so, submit your application at www.greatamerica.com/careers.
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