Associate Product Owner

| Chicago

Kazoo is the only all-in-one people management solution in the market that takes recognition, engagement, and performance and delivers them in one powerful platform. Through its Recognition & Rewards, Performance Management, and Surveys offerings, Kazoo is an award-winning, employee-first solution that increases productivity, retention, and revenue, and enables companies to build a purpose-driven culture of high engagement and high performance. With over 500 global customers, the Kazoo platform puts actionable analytics in the hands of business leaders, connecting them to what really matters. Kazoo is when work is working.

Our approach is employee-driven, not top-down.  We built our platform, and our company, with a promise to give employees what they need to deeply engage in their work and with their colleagues, and to drive results for the company.  Our focus is on building teams, cross-functional collaboration, and purposeful perks. We practice transparency, provide a culture of continuous feedback, and promote regular service to our community.

Overview of role

As an Associate Product Owner, you are helping to evolve our products and bring to market new features. The PO is a key member of the Product Team primarily responsible for guiding concepts through development to launch. This role works closely with a multi-disciplinary team that includes Product Management, Design, QA, Engineering and the Scrum Master.

What you’ll do

  • Breakdown feature concepts into Epics and User Stories, while helping to prioritize and maintain the team backlog.
  • Collaborate with scrum teams to ensure user stories are clear and resolve open issues/questions quickly and efficiently while acting as `voice of the customer’.
  • Work cross-functionally to align internal stakeholders on near-term goals and priorities.
  • Own and participate in team Scrum ceremonies such as backlog grooming, stand-ups, and sprint planning in cooperation with the Scrum Master.
  • Partner with Product Managers to ensure prioritization supports product strategy, market needs, and overall company vision.
  • Support beta tests and product launches.
  • Manage select vendor relationships, acting as a liaison for Customer Success.

What we want from you

  • 1-3 years of experience in a similar product management/business analyst type role
  • Experience with Agile Scrum Methodology for software development.
  • Ability to create user stories and do product acceptance testing
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills that enable you to simplify complex problems and interact with all levels of technical and non-technical peers
  • Self-motivated and results from oriented individual able to work independently and also collaboratively with a team
  • Proactive and creative problem solver who can operate effectively even with some level uncertainty
  • Flexibility in the day to day
  • Positive attitude, sense of humor and growth mindset
  • Bachelor's Degree preferred

Bonus points for

  • Experience in the HR technology space
  • Understanding of JIRA, Git, Dev, QA, to UAT and Launch

 

When you work at Kazoo, we provide competitive benefits to make your life better both in and out of the office, which include: health, dental and vision insurance; open vacation policy; flexible wfh policy; 11 paid holidays; 401k program; Stocked kitchen; Mac Laptop; Transportation/Parking Stipend; Generous Parental Leave; Fertility benefits; Breast milk delivery; EAP & more!

At Kazoo, diversity and inclusion are fundamental to how we grow and operate our business. We’re building a diverse workforce that cultivates and supports all individuals. We believe a culture of equality creates a stronger work environment for all employees and that we are all accountable for encouraging and celebrating diverse voices.  Kazoo commits to promote and recognize principles of fairness, equity, and social justice in relation to, and across, intersections of race, age, color, disability, faith, religion, ancestry, national origin, citizenship, sex, sexual orientation, social class, economic class, ethnicity, gender identity, gender expression, and all other identities represented among our diverse membership.

We strongly encourage people of color, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and non-binary people, veterans, and individuals with disabilities to apply. Kazoo is an equal opportunity employer and welcomes everyone to our team. If you need reasonable accommodation at any point in the application or interview process, please let us know.

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363 W. Erie St. Suite 700, Chicago, IL 60654

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What does career growth look like on your team?

Engineers at Kazoo grow their careers by digging into complex problems and working with new technologies. The team moves quickly, and there are ample opportunities to seek out challenges and assume new responsibilities. Ultimately, though, our team members grow their careers because they associate themselves with great people.

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