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Pearson Digital Product Owner in Columbia, Maryland

Digital Product Owner

Description

At Pearson, we’re committed to a world that’s always learning and to our talented team who makes it all possible. From bringing lectures vividly to life to turning textbooks into laptop lessons, we are always reexamining the way people learn best, whether it’s one child in our own backyard or an education community across the globe. We are bold thinkers and standout innovators who motivate each other to explore new frontiers in an environment that supports and inspires us to always be better. By pushing the boundaries of technology—and each other to surpass these boundaries—we create seeds of learning that become the catalyst for the world’s innovations, personal and global, large and small.

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.

Position Summary

We are seeking an Agile Product Owner who will serve as a liaison between business units, technology and support teams to facilitate 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. Due to the nature of this position, the applicant will need the ability to work from home or during off-hours as necessary.

Responsibilities:

  • Lead in 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

Qualifications

Requirements:

  • 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

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.

Primary Location: US-MD-Columbia

Work Locations: US-MD-Columbia-Grantchester Merriweather 10960 Grantchester Way Two Merriweather Columbia 21044

Job: Product Management

Organization: North America Connections

Employee Status: Regular Employee

Job Type: Experienced

Shift: Day Job

Job Posting: May 15, 2019

Job Unposting: Ongoing

Schedule: Full-time Regular

Req ID: 1903431

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.

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