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Associate Product Owner

Entry Level

PowerSchool | Product Management | Bethlehem, PA

This position works closely with the product manager to define and write product features to be implemented by the Scrum Team. You are responsible to assist in the definition of high-value extensions and enhancements to PowerSchool’s Administration product portfolio. This position will follow the Agile development process, to define the scope of work for the Scrum team by creating user stories, developing acceptance criteria and refining the product backlog.  Working with product management and subject matter experts, you will apply incremental delivery principles to working practices, driving the delivery of value through your teams; communicating progress, eliciting feedback and enabling stakeholder reviews for validation in the process. This position will also use their skills to advance the progress of the Agile maturity model and provide timely reporting to Senior Management to ensure corporate objectives are being met.

Essential duties and responsibilities include the following. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Support the product manager in the development of product vision, goals, themes and features. This translates into a product roadmap and long-term product strategy and feature development
Participate in daily scrum ceremonies, leading refinement sessions, and engaging with your Engineering team, guiding direction and focus 
Support the development of a prioritized Product Backlog, including the development of user stories, acceptance criteria and scenarios for your Product Engineering Team to develop working software from. Understanding PowerSchool’s customers and their needs, engaging in agile and scrum methodologies to elicit feature requirements
Review QA test plans to align with acceptance criteria
Review relevant documentation for technical accuracy
Effectively communicate product release contents and expected product capabilities/behavior to stakeholders including external and internal customers
Coordinates products between departments for global visibility
Communicate the product vision to the technical teams as well as to other teams within the company
Ensuring the correct features are being development, considering the value being delivered against the cost of delivery
Provide weekly reports on project status to Senior Management
Monitor and identify impediments to release objective and suggest corrective actions as necessary
All other duties as assigned

 
Skills & Requirements

 

To be considered for and to perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty and responsibility satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill and/or ability required. 

Qualifications include:
Bachelor’s degree in business or computer science
2-3 years’ prior experience in an Associate Product Owner or Product Owner role
Strong understanding of Agile Values and Scrum Methodology
Strong understanding of the software development life cycle (SDLC)
Ability to elicit and define requirements for the development teams
Ability to seek cooperation from a variety of sources, including senior management, clients, and internal stakeholders
Strong attention to accuracy and detail, while still results oriented
Solid presentation skills
Experience with some level of business analysis, documenting use cases or requirements gathering
Ability to manage a heavy workload and multiple projects with frequent interruptions and schedule changes
Ability to effectively prioritize and execute tasks in a changing, dynamic team environment