Product Owner - Accounting

Job Description
Make a Difference Every Day with Team Applied The people of Applied are making a difference every day through innovation and a commitment to help safeguard and protect what matters most. With first-to-market software, mobile and data analytics solutions, Applied is revolutionizing companies to strengthen their position as trusted advisors to clients across the world. Our core values challenge employees to make a difference every day with excellence for customers and support for the communities around us. We believe that success comes from a dynamic working environment that offers professionals an opportunity to grow and succeed alongside extraordinary people.
Learn how you can make a difference on Team Applied.
Job Summary Applied Systems, Inc., a worldwide leader in insurance technology, is currently searching for a Product Owner-Accounting to join our Agile software development team and help us explore, invent, develop, and deliver business products. In this role, you will act as a strong advocate for end users and customers with the goal of delivering substantially useful functionality to make insurance work better, with a specific focus on the accounting-related features of our products. Working with the guidance of our Product Managers, you will lead the definition of clear requirements and user stories to bring our (and your!) product vision down to earth for execution. You will strive to deliver high-quality software products on time to market, in alignment with strategic goals while meeting the needs of our clients.
Additional responsibilities include:
Collaborate with Product Managers to establish product release vision
Lead your features through to completion, managing discovery and changes along the way
Create, maintain, and continuously prioritize product and/or release backlogs, and conduct backlog grooming/refinement sessions with respective scrum team
Ensures product backlog themes are addressed in the release backlog according to priority order
Work with peer Product Owners regarding cross-team dependencies and appropriate scheduling and prioritization of dependent work
Participate in all relevant sprint meetings, including daily meetings, sprint planning, review and retrospective sessions, as well as leads backlog grooming sessions
Coordinate with our other teams (User Experience, Quality Assurance, Customer Support, etc) in regards to your feature set
Communicate with internal departments to understand and explain functional requirements
Communicate with external customers on production related issues when necessary
Bachelor's degree or equivalent work experience in the areas of Information Science, Computer Science, or related disciplines
Professional experience or training as a Product Owner or Business Analyst in an Agile development environment; experience as a PO or BA in an accounting software environment a huge plus
Strong exposure to Accounting concepts via professional or educational pursuits
Professional experience or training in gathering requirements, creating documentation, and user stories
Excellent interpersonal, communication, and persuasive skills, including the ability to communicate at all business levels
Demonstrated ability to conceptualize, manage, and prioritize multiple projects
Demonstrated ability working in a collaborative environment
Demonstrated ability to think both strategically and tactically
Innovative; inspires innovation in others through engagement and negotiation
Strong analytical and quantitative skills
Ability to make smart feature (customer experience) versus time-to-market trade-offs
Experience with Applied products, or experience in the insurance industry a plus
Corporate Profile Applied Systems is a leading provider of software that powers the business of insurance. Recognized as a pioneer in agency management systems, insurance organizations rely on the company's software to manage their clients and policies in a consistent manner to minimize risk, reduce operating expenses, and drive sustainable growth and profitability. Leading the industry in technology innovation, Applied Systems has been at the forefront of data exchange between agencies, brokers, carriers and their clients. Today, the company has more than 1,500 employees with customers throughout the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, and Ireland. By automating the insurance lifecycle, Applied Systems remains committed to help safeguard what matters most to millions of people around the world. To learn more, please visit www.AppliedSystems.com.
Employees feel appreciated at Applied Systems. In addition to a competitive benefits package that starts on the first day of employment, we offer paid time off, a flexible "Dress for your Day" casual dress code, and an open communication policy. The resulting atmosphere is professional and conducive to productivity, yet comfortable and fun.
Applied Systems welcomes and encourages applications from people with disabilities. Accommodations are available on request for candidates taking part in all aspects of the selection process.

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