Associate Product Owner

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APO Program:

We’ve created an exciting new program specifically for individuals aspiring to a Product Owner role! Join us as an Associate Product Owner (APO) and over the course of 6-12 months, learn best practices in how our products are built and gain hands-on experience in developing and releasing product functions and features. After successfully completing the program, you will have the opportunity to progress into the Product Owner role for one of our product teams and will be able to work remotely from anywhere in the US.

The Associate Product Owner are emerging leaders within Product Development and work with dedicated product teams to ensure that our products deliver against our customers’ unmet needs. They are responsible for collecting and analyzing a variety of data to help the product team determine what needs to be built and in what priority. They assist in developing and executing product vision and strategy, which includes conducting feature research, running discovery sessions, writing user stories and owning the product backlog. They monitor the utilization of released functionality. They should have an enthusiasm for creating vital functionality and for innovating and expanding our market-leading product suite. This position requires commitment to exceptional results, a strong desire for continuous improvement and the ability to build strong relationships with a multi-discipline team.

Who you are:

  • Collaborative, Innovative and Humble
  • Starts with the customer unmet need (both short and long term)
  • Brings a point-of-view supported by variety of data
  • Relentlessly curious about the customer experience and current market and technology trends, able to adapt accordingly
  • Passionate about quality and controls
  • A strong communicator with an affinity for change management
  • Unflinching in your desire for production stability

How we work:

  • Curiosity and candor; the quality of the idea wins the day
  • Casual, focused, and agile environment operating under our shared principles
  • Customers at the center of everything we do
  • Small, mission-focused squads with an entrepreneurial spirit backed by enterprise investments
  • Consistent routines across stakeholders to ensure complete transparency
  • Close working relationship between executive stakeholders and customers

What we offer:

  • A compelling mission to elevate payroll and human resources across the backroom and into the boardroom
  • Focus on helping our customers automate manual processes, appeal to the modern workforce, and glean insights from analytics
  • Lean enabling process that focuses on putting our customers at the center of everything we do
  • A commitment to investing in our products, hiring the best talent, and giving them the chance to meaningfully contribute to a vast market opportunity
  • Ample opportunity and encouragement to stay current with external training
  • A phenomenal talent anywhere culture, where employees can work remotely anywhere in the US and/or work from one of three U.S. offices located in Illinois, Florida and Idaho

What you bring:

  • Bachelor’s Degree or equivalent experience.
  • Is either in a current Product Analyst role at Paylocity or has 1-3 years of experience outside Paylocity as a Product Owner
  • Data driven, with solid problem framing and analytical skills
  • Strong interpersonal skills; you will need to develop strong relationships with software and qa engineers, operations, sales, marketing and other internal key partners
  • Strong analytical and technology skills
  • Superior attention to detail with strong communication (verbal and written) and organizational skills
  • Self-directed, self-motivated
  • Agile, humble, trustworthy, and a team player
  • During the first six months at Paylocity, you will:
  • Develop a strong knowledge of our customers, our business, our competition and the industry
  • Regularly communicate with customers (with support from Product Manager) and internal stakeholders to get feedback on their wants and needs
  • Collect and analyze a variety of data (e.g. industry, competitive, customer and stakeholder feedback) and with guidance, identify key themes and validate assumptions regarding product features
  • Contribute to development and/or pressure testing of product vision and strategy
  • Use data to validate product roadmap priorities
  • Conduct roadmap feature research with product designers
  • Help set up customer validation testing of designs and run discovery sessions
  • Write user stories in a manner clearly understandable to product teams
  • Present data and decisions to Product Manager to help them prepare for product briefing and deep dives
  • Participate in all agile ceremonies
  • Work with Product Manager to define vision and strategy for product's marketing launch plan and own assigned components of the plan
  • Regularly monitor utilization of released functionality, looking for trends and share utilization data and trends with Product Manager to identify areas of opportunity and recommend ideas
  • Own product backlogs and provide impact analysis of client issues to determine priority
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Location

We just moved into a larger, more modern space across from the bustling Woodfield Mall area in Schaumburg, accessible to plenty of bars & restaurants.

What are Paylocity Perks + Benefits

Paylocity Benefits Overview

Our commitment to hiring the best and brightest employees with a “talent anywhere” strategy means that no matter where you’re located around the country, you can be a part of our growing tech department

• Enjoy an attitude of trust to work remotely, manage your own schedule and be productive
• Work in small, cross-functional product-oriented teams
• Showcase development progress in two-week sprints with strong executive involvement
• Embrace the freedom to innovate, voice opinions and share new ideas

Health Insurance & Wellness Benefits
Flexible Spending Account (FSA)
Disability Insurance
Dental Benefits
Vision Benefits
Health Insurance Benefits
Life Insurance
Wellness Programs
Onsite Gym
Retirement & Stock Options Benefits
401(K)
401(K) Matching
Company Equity
Employee Stock Purchase Plan
Performance Bonus
Child Care & Parental Leave Benefits
Generous Parental Leave
Flexible Work Schedule
Remote Work Program
We have a talent anywhere culture, where employees can work anywhere in the US and/or work from one of three US offices located in Illinois, Florida, and Idaho
Family Medical Leave
Adoption Assistance
Vacation & Time Off Benefits
Generous PTO
Paid Volunteer Time
Paid Holidays
Paid Sick Days
Perks & Discounts
Casual Dress
Commuter Benefits
Company Outings
Game Room
Stocked Kitchen
Some Meals Provided
Happy Hours
Parking
Recreational Clubs
Fitness Subsidies
Professional Development Benefits
Job Training & Conferences
Tuition Reimbursement
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