The Product Owner builds the future of technology products by developing a vision and by planning and prioritizing work for our client’s Scrum teams. He or she excels at (1) listening and asking the right questions of internal and external users to learn what they truly need, (2) organizing and communicating that information using features and user stories, (3) designing solutions to provide maximum business value as quickly as possible, and (4) working closely with both the users and development team to achieve goals. The ideal candidate is driven, flexible, and a lifelong learner who enjoys new challenges.
Product Owner Responsibilities
Collaborate with teams across the business to define the features that should be built and to translate business requirements into features and user stories.
Develop appropriately detailed specifications for product features so that they are clearly understood by the development teams.
Plan and prioritize product feature backlog and development for the product, including product releases.
Help build a new product that meets both specific immediate needs for already signed contracts as well as support long-term needs for future contracts.
Develop a strategy for the product that ties to the broader company strategy and vision, and build product roadmaps to plan how to accomplish that strategy.
Proactively identify issues and opportunities for improvement by talking with business users.
Clearly communicate the vision for the product and the real value provided, both to motivate the development teams and to get buy-in from other stakeholders.
Work actively with scrum masters and developers to continuously improve process.
Estimate and measure business value provided by new features.
Become an expert in the available technical tools and how groups and processes can make use of them.
Build the best products possible.
Product Owner Qualifications
3+ years of experience as a business analyst, process analyst, or product owner.
Prefer at least 2 year of experience working in an Agile software development environment.
Prefer experience with wireframe tools such as Axure or Balsamiq.
Strong customer-focused attitude.
Sharp analytical and problem-solving skills.
Ability to think both tactically and strategically.
Excellent organizational and time management skills.
Benefits are available to eligible VanderHouwen contractors and include coverage for medical, dental, vision, life insurance, short and long term disability, and matching 401k.
VanderHouwen is an award-winning, Women-Owned, WBENC certified professional staffing firm. Founded in 1987, VanderHouwen has been successfully placing experienced professionals throughout the Pacific Northwest and nationwide. Our recruitment teams are highly specialized in either Technology and IT, Engineering, or Accounting and Finance career markets. Our recruiters value building meaningful, professional relationships with each candidate as well as developing honed knowledge of companies' staffing needs and workplaces. Partner with us to land your next exciting career.
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