Job ID 2019-13652

Data Product Owner


Information Technology

1300 GEZON PKWY SW WYOMING, MI 49509-9300


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The Data Product Owner is a member of the Data and Analytics team and is responsible for defining user stories, prioritizing the team backlog, and validating that the team’s work meets its intended purpose.  They will work closely with the product management team to ensure that we are building the right things at the right time and responsible for understanding the market and both internal and external customer needs.  The Data Product Owner will keep quality at the forefront of the team’s efforts and collaborates with people from business and technical backgrounds daily.



  • Collaborate with product management, the agile team, release train engineer (RTE),  and shared services to deliver product features and functionality that meet or exceed customer needs and business goals.
  • Collaborate with product management to use customer feedback, research,  market and data analysis to validate product/service roadmap direction.
  • Participate in program increment (PI) planning to help the agile team define its objectives for the PI, negotiate with others, and communicate the team’s plan.
  • Identify, write, and prioritize user stories and bugs needed to incrementally deliver value to customers. Stories may cover new work, changes to existing work, and responding to problems that arise from solutions in the production environment.
  • Collaborate daily with cross-functional teams to solve problems, provide feedback, and accept completed work. 
  • Identify communication, training, metrics, and other needs that facilitate putting solutions into production and assessing use and impact. Collaborate with others as necessary to fill those needs. 
  • Collaborate with marketing, web, business leads, customer care, IT, and finance to identify, design, deliver, and report on assigned services/products.
  • Coordinate communication, training and change management activities. 
  • Prepare and participate in PI planning, iteration planning, backlog refinement, demos, and retrospectives.


What our ideal candidate will look like:

  • 2+ years of business or systems analysis experience required
  • Bachelor’s degree in Information Technology, Business Administration or related field is required
  • 2+ years of product owner experience preferred
  • 1+ years of using lean and/or agile approaches to develop solutions preferred
  • Experience using the Scaled Agile Framework (SAFe) is a plus 
  • SAFe Product Owner/Product Manager certification is a plus 
  • Comfortable speaking in front of large groups 
  • Able to prioritize work by thinking holistically to consider customer and enterprise needs, not just team needs
  • Able to decompose complex features into user stories that can be completed in a few days 
  • Able to tell a story and help the team demonstrate its results, even when the solution may not have a user interface 
  • Able to negotiate with business and technical colleagues at several levels in the organization 


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