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Product Owner
Medina, Minnesota  |  Hybrid
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Applied on October 18, 2021
Job Id #51134 Posted October 5, 2021

Proven experience delivering external customer-facing experiences as a Product Owner
Ability to handle multiple competing priorities and release deadlines tied to physical product launches
Strong attention to detail to translate user experiences into detailed user stories and tasks for development

Preferred Industry/Experience: 
Connected vehicle, IoT, or embedded device is a plus, but is not a requirement.
Our client is seeking a Product Owner to help advance Digital and IS capabilities and to provide our customers with a world-class Digital and Information Services experience.
The Product Owner is accountable for the delivery of market-leading products that create clear and compelling value to our customers and exceed company and customer objectives.
To achieve this, you must be capable of driving multiple initiatives, focusing on details while not losing sight of the big picture, while delivering the intended. You will have a proven track record in taking on end-to-end ownership and successfully delivering results in a fast-paced and dynamic business environment.
This role is inherently cross-functional; you’ll be gathering and prioritizing customer and business needs and working closely with business leadership, marketing, technology, engineering, sales and customer support.
A successful candidate fosters a growth mindset and delivers clear results, has high business acumen, is a change driver and will be customer-focused, analytical, resourceful and team-oriented.  

Lead scrum teams in an agile work environment
Partners with business leaders on formulation and execution of strategy, vision and product roadmap
Execute against the roadmap to deliver industry-leading D&IS experiences
Drive rapid iteration, testing and change to deliver on business goals and KPIs
Assessing the competitive landscape and emerging industry trends; research the market, users and roadmap for the product
Define and evolve the methodology and tools for team; provide vision and direction to development team and stakeholders throughout the project, and creat requirements
Resource project with matrix reporting digital talent often including selecting and managing vendors
Create and manage product budgets and expected results
Getting Into the Team & Work
Gather and synthesize user needs and product requirements from a variety of sources e.g. analytical analysis, voice of customer, internal business needs and workshop outputs (journey maps, touchpoint analysis, stakeholder maps, sketching, etc.)
Writes user stories aligned with product vision to right-sized product backlog items, creating clear goals for the product team
Coordinates product feedback from internal and external stakeholders to drive product release schedule
Actively participates in iteration planning and cross product team planning sessions, leads Sprint Reviews, and participates in retrospectives when requested by the team
Contributes to prioritization, maintains the sprint backlog and performs just-in-time story elaboration with the implementation team
Manages stakeholder expectations while maintaining an up to date roadmap to be shared with all stakeholders
Leads and understands the backlog, backlog grooming and daily maintenance of the backlog as a primary function of this role
Responsible for monitoring product status and feedback in the marketplace
Leads and works closely with Scrum team to guide, direct, and ensure acceptance criteria is met, while maintaining focus on quality 
Bachelor’s Degree in Business, Marketing, Engineering, or Computer Science
5+ years of digital product management or related strategic, digital experience
Proven track record demonstrating a deep understanding of product life cycle management to take a product idea from conception to release, including new feature and function releases, upgrades, enhancements, etc.
Strong leadership and analytical skills with outstanding written and oral communication skills
Ability to lead, collaborate, influence, and coordinate activities in a cross functional, team-oriented environment to deliver technology applications or technical products
Technical aptitude to evaluate requirements and coordinate with business analysts and developers
Demonstrated results establishing a product vision and road maps that led to successful business value
Demonstrated ability to understand and discuss digital concepts, manage trade-offs and evaluate opportunistic new ideas with internal and external partners
Demonstrated results showing ability to thrive in a growth-driven and fast-paced organization
Experience with scaling scrum (ex. Scrum@Scale or LeSS) a plus
Corporate office environment – fast-paced
Limited travel required
Operate with minimal supervision

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

All applicants applying must be legally authorized to work in the country of employment.

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