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Sr. Product Owner
Plymouth, Minnesota
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Applied on April 16, 2021
Job Id #46665 Posted April 2, 2021


  • The Sr Product Owner is integral to the team’s success.
  • You’ll focus on product delivery, backlog management, sprint planning and guiding the team’s work to deliver consumer value and business growth.
  • This role will drive a variety of tasks and outcomes including requirements facilitation, developing acceptance criteria and user stories, leading testing efforts, backlog refinement and sizing, supporting development during scrum and providing analysis and problem-solving expertise as new opportunities arise.
  • This role will partner closely with the other Product Owners, Scrum Master and Engineering Leads.

Projects the candidate will be working on:

  • Support standing up new application for Financial Reporting.
  • Position of product owner to drive application through successful completion of MVP.
  • We are replacing a third party app with the development of a rich reporting tool that will produce Interactive web reports for ITFM group.
  • Tool used by executives and other users for tracking IT Financial Management data.
  • 2021 consists of MVP for this new application where we are building ever more complex reports/dashboards fed by the ingestion/enrichment of disparate data on a monthly basis. High visibility project

Ideal Background:

  • Ideal candidate is a Technical Product Owner who is accustomed to working on technical projects, optimally with Financial experience given the substance of the data/reports in the new tool.
  • Strong IT background managing complex IT Project with very tight timelines.
  • Strong experience with data management and data transformation.


  • Ability to quickly parse through complex data requirements to hone in on Feature/Story development to support business needs/requirements.

Top Requirements:

  • Agile processes (Kanban Board), Strong Product backlog management, Rally.
  • Technical/financial is a plus given complexity of processes/requirements
  • Feature/Story development/grooming on IT Projects – 5+ years of experience
  • Rally/Kanban experience – 2 + years of experience
  • Release Management Experience – 5+ years of experience

Team and Team size:

  • 1 Scrum Master, 2 Product Owners (one being this opening), 5 Developers, 1 QA and separately our ITFM business customers who we partner with on a daily basis for requirements/story/priority/grooming.

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Promote and drive Agile development methodology throughout the team/s, providing direction and support to development and quality assurance teams
  • Promote Agile product management processes, stays abreast of new emerging technology capabilities and leverages knowledge in contributing to product solutions
  • Define, prioritize, and drive realization of specific product vision
  • Accountable to represent business partners crossing functional areas to transform vision into requirements align and deliver objectives. Escalate blocking items to Stakeholders when applicable
  • Accountable for aligning business teams thru development of communications, socialization, and education of objectives and detailed requirements guiding team members to accomplish objectives
  • Serve as the 'voice of the customer' with delivery teams, representing/reinforcing the customer's perspective throughout the product realization cycle
  • Manage developing requirements and prioritization of backlog, continuously and transparently communicate with internal stakeholders the prioritization of the Product Backlog and status
  • Reviews, accepts, and prioritizes feedback and new requirements from project stakeholders
  • Work with Scrum Masters to help direct, motivate, and guide the delivery teams
  • Ensure that Scrum Team deliverables meet agreed-upon standards for quality and non-functional requirements, and that the products meet the stated business need
  • Collaborate with a cross - functional team of designers, business analysts, developers, testers and others to develop and execute against Product Roadmaps and Release Plans
  • Collaborates with Solution architect and Development leads to refine Product Backlog
  • Own, prioritize, and maintain the Product Backlog, including definition of features, user stories, acceptance criteria
  • Break down features into stories consumable and testable by a scrum team
  • Collaborate with business partners in usability testing and the development of the user design
  • Manage, prioritize, and assess the impact of defects, including providing key input on the decisions to fix or defer
  • Review output of development to ensure specified acceptance criteria has been completed
  • Defines and analyzes metrics that measure and benchmark product success
  • Release Management Activities (Release planning, dry run, testing support, communication)
  • Rally (Kanban board)
  • Maintain Project Roadmap
  • Provide Demos to leadership on progress
  • Status reporting on progress of project (risk/remediation/actions)
  • Other duties, as assigned

Required Qualifications:

  • Bachelor's degree or equivalent work experience
  • 5+ years in Project Management (or related positions) in the Health Care Industry
  • 5 + years of experience working with Agile development methodology
  • 2+ years acting as a Product Owner for development teams: Writing user stories, and following the development process through user story acceptance
  • 1+ years of Release Management
  • Advanced level of proficiency with PC based software programs required (Excel, Word, PowerPoint)

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience with RALLY
  • Self-starter with the ability to appropriately assess the need for independent decision-making verses leadership escalation
  • Ability to react to product adjustments and expectations promptly and efficiently
  • Strong technical skills and ability to pick up new technologies quickly is beneficial
  • Excellent communication, interpersonal, and organizational skills
  • Experience with Passion for customers and a demonstrated focus on customer experience
  • Energy, motivation, and commitment to drive to results in a challenging, fast - paced environment
  • Demonstrated ability to meet commitments, build consensus, negotiate resolutions and garner respect from other teams

Interview Process:

  • a. How many rounds? 2 Rounds…1 Intro and then another with Core team members/Deeper Dive
  • b. Video vs. phone? PHONE
  • c. How technical will the interviews be? We do need a PO who has strong technical background so while we wont get very technical it is important to understand IT Management, Software Development, CICD, Databases, UI at a high level. But we will not get too technical just need to ensure this resource has strong experience working in technical projects.

Horizontal is proud to be an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer. We seek to provide employment opportunities to talented, qualified candidates regardless of race, color, sex/gender including gender identity and/or expression, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, disability, marital status, citizen status, veteran status, or any other protected classification under federal, state or local law.

In addition, Horizontal will provide reasonable accommodations for qualified individuals with disabilities. If you need to request a reasonable accommodation in order to complete the application or interview process, please contact

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