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IT Product Owner
Bayport, Minnesota  |  Remote
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Applied on January 19, 2022
Job Id #52582 Posted December 10, 2021


  • Work closely with Business and IT Leadership to understand strategic decisions and apply to Product Vision. Engage with IT Leadership in aligning product strategy to Product Backlogs as well as in escalating questions upwards and outwards. Drive changes in alignment w/Product Strategy. Act as the liaison between the product team and business on products, collaborating closely with both groups to ensuring there is clear understanding of what features are needed in the product/application. Cultivate and maintain an effective relationship with all Stakeholders, and help the business create detailed requirements for changes/improvements
  • Develop and Own Product Vision & Roadmap: articulate 6 month Product Vision & Release Roadmap. Understand and balance cross-team impacts and technical currency/debt vs feature-development.
  • Work w/Business Partners to define and prioritize the Product Backlog in order to streamline the execution of program priorities. Ensure clearly-articulated PBIs & User Stories following best practice conventions (Who, What, Why) that help Scrum Team better understand the functionality they need to deliver. Work w/Scrum Developer team as needed to clarify functional requirements.
  • PO has ultimate accountability around quality of released features and owns User Acceptance. Work w/Scrum Team to meet Definition of Done and ensure Acceptance Criteria reflected in product to ensure quality. May coordinate testing efforts and feedback loop with SMEs on other product teams.
  • Engage in PO-to-PO communication to coordinate team roadmap commitments/progress, uncover dependencies and system architecture considerations. Take part in monthly I&O Long-Range Planning and Quarterly all-IT Planning Processes: these involve other Product Owners, Enterprise Architects, Release Train Engineers (aka Agile Program Managers), Scrum Masters, Agile Team-members (Developers, Business Analysts), as well as IT Leadership and People Managers.
  • Stakeholder communication, quarterly reports, monthly chargeback reports.  Provide regular updates to business partners on product changes. Summarize the delivered value for the product changes on a quarterly basis.


  • Bachelor's degree (Management Information Systems, Business Administration preferred).
  • Scrum Certification Preferred: Certified Scrum Product Owner (CSPO) or Professional Scrum Product Owner (PSPO).
  • Other Certifications Welcome.
  • A minimum of 7 years’ experience with Information Technology/Software Development/Operations/Infrastructure efforts with progressive responsibility.
  • A minimum of 5 years' experience working in an agile environment (e.g. user stories, iterative development, etc.).
  • Tools: Working experience with utilizing and configuring JIRA and other Agile Planning Tools (CA Agile Rally, VersionOne, etc.).
  • Display past ability to facilitate communication between business and technical teams.

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.

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