Pearson Product Owner in Columbia, Maryland
Product Owner - ( 2101633 )
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Pearson’s Online & Blended Learning K-12 group provides high-quality, highly accountable online education solutions to schools, school districts and students in grades K-12. It serves families and schools with a variety of digital learning and online school solutions including Connections Academy, International Connections Academy, and Pearson Connexus. The group, formerly known as Connections Education, is based in Columbia, Maryland and has been named a “Top Workplace” by the Baltimore Sun for three consecutive years and a “Best Place to Work” by Baltimore magazine. Recognized for its outstanding curriculum, high-quality teachers and leadership, Pearson Online & Blended Learning is committed to expanding quality education through technology, and helping students achieve both academic and personal success.
We are seeking a Product Owner who will serve as a liaison between business units, technology and support teams to facilitate agile product development. This role directly interfaces with software development, architecture, UX and operations experts to represent the voice of the customer/user and is responsible for defining, documenting and clearly articulating requirements to the delivery team. Reporting to the Director of Digital Product Management, the Product Owner will use a high level of product knowledge and critical thinking to prioritize user stories and development, and ensure successful communication and implementation of all agreed-upon initiatives and their outcomes.
Lead the creation of functional and nonfunctional requirements in collaboration with product management and engineering teams.
Prioritize and refine backlog and work with engineering to design and build the product.
Create drafts of features and user stories with acceptance criteria to seed product backlog in order to begin the grooming process
Act as subject matter expert for assigned area, performing the role of product owner on an agile team. Represent the voice of the customer by developing deep expertise and empathy for the customers and learners that use our curriculum, services, and software products
Communicate in an effective, timely and efficient manner with business owners and the agile delivery team, ensuring the successful delivery of software during each iteration.
Develop rapport and trust with business owners, key stakeholders and a highly technical development team.
Demonstrate work at the end of each iteration to key stakeholders and assist in authoring supporting technical documentation for delivered features
Colorado-based individuals expressing interest in this position can expect a starting salary range of $70,000 - $85,000, and are eligible to participate in an annual incentive plan. Benefits available to eligible employees can be seen at: https://pearsonbenefitsus.com/
Pearson is an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer and a member of E-Verify. All qualified applicants, including minorities, women, protected veterans, and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply.
Bachelor’s degree or equivalent work experience
2-4 years of experience in a Product Owner and/or business analyst role (or similar) in an agile software development environment including a strong working knowledge of the methodology, user stories, and iterative development
Strong analytical skills and attention to detail required, including a thorough understanding of how to interpret customer business needs and translate them into application and operational requirements
Excellent verbal and written communication skills and the ability to interact professionally with a diverse group of executives, managers, and subject matter experts throughout the entire life cycle of a product
Excellent time management skills including the prioritization of tasks and controlling scope
Ability to reconcile key stakeholder interests, conflicting priorities, and business strategy and influence without formal management authority
Passion for education and experience working in an educational environment
Agile Certification Required (ex: CSPO), Scaled Agile (SAFe) certification preferred
Primary Location : US-MD-Columbia
Other Locations : US-MA-Boston, US-RE-Remote
Job : Product Management
Organization : North America Connections
Employee Status : Regular Employee
Job Type : Standard
Job Level : Individual Contributor
Shift : Day Job
Job Posting : Feb 1, 2021
Job Unposting : Ongoing
Schedule: : Full-time Regular
Req ID: 2101633