Senior Product Owner

Illuminate Education - Minneapolis, Minnesota - Full time

As a FastBridge Sr. Product Owner, you will lead the gathering, development, and direction of business/functional requirements and design of our software platform and integration with other Illuminate products and external education systems. You will write user stories, manage the backlog and project plans, and provide overall leadership and management of our usability and technical requirements and acceptance criteria. This position will be part of the Product team and report to the Sr. Director of Product and will partner with Product Managers along with other POs, Business Analysts, Technical Leads, UI/UX Designers and QA team members. Overall, this role is part of a team, but it also holds substantial feature design and product leadership opportunities and responsibilities.

Here’s what you’ll be responsible for:

  • Become an expert on the FastBridge application, platform and assessment measures.
  • Build expertise on industry standards such as EdFi and IMS Global, and data sharing architecture between products and external educational systems.
  • Work with the Product, Engineering, and QA teams to define business & functional requirements, designs, and stories, including driving internal working sessions across the teams.
  • Present feature requirements, design, and stories to architects and engineers through story grooming and planning sessions.
  • Facilitate analysis of alternatives, provide recommendations, and generate innovative ideas to resolve problems
  • Provide user story and requirements consultancy throughout the development and test cycles of the project.
  • Manage the Scrum team priorities based on business input.
  • Work closely with the development team to assure a timely solution according to the specifications, project plans and implementation of business needs.
  • Handle complex issues and discrepancies of opinion among stakeholders to negotiate resolution and priority.
  • Develop and maintain a repository of product documentation to be shared with the stakeholder community, including requirements documentation, use cases, UI mock-ups, test cases, requirements traceability matrix, etc.
  • Participate in the daily scrums and retrospectives, lead sprint reviews and refinement processes.
  • Maintain and promote excellent communications within the Sprint teams and with the Product Management team.
  • Work cross functionally with other Business Analysts and Product Owners and their Scrum teams to facilitate communication and planning for projects involving multiple teams.
  • Facilitate regular communication with other Business Analysts and Product Owners to facilitate best practices, and implement process and tool improvements.

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Bachelor’s degree in business, communication, computer science or equivalent technical and work experience
  • 3+ years work experience as a Business Analyst or Product Owner
  • Experience with software development projects and methodologies
  • Excellent written, interpersonal, and presentation communication skills to effectively influence and interact with all levels of the organization
  • Attention to detail, good organizational skills, and ability to handle tasks of high complexity
  • Must possess strong analytical skills and have the ability to take a large topic and break it into smaller components
  • Independent, self-directed and responsive problem solving and troubleshooting skills
  • Ability to resolve and remove obstacles to a project’s completion
  • Experience translating research and ideas into requirements
  • Ability to facilitate and perform data driven decision making
  • Proven track record of delivering quality products within aggressive timelines
  • Experience in K-12 Education Assessments is desired
  • Working knowledge of Atlassian products
  • A sense of humor and humility

Minimal travel required – may include up to 10% of travel.

Illuminate Education is an Equal Opportunity Employer and a member of E-Verify. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

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Product Management

Experience Level

Senior Level

Illuminate Education

llluminate Education partners with K-12 educators to equip them with data to serve the whole child and reach new levels of student performance.

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