Product Owner at Kin Insurance

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Notice: Due to the current circumstances of the COVID-19 pandemic, Kin Insurance has shifted to a remote workforce. While we hope to return to the office sometime soon, our priority is to maintain safe and healthy working conditions for our staff. For that reason, we will continue to operate, interview, and hire on a remote basis until further notice.

 

While this role will start remote, we will require this individual to be based in our Chicago office with remote flexibility.

 

About Kin:

 

Kin Insurance exists to change home insurance from what it is to what it should be. We do this by applying data science and analytics to make decisions, automation to reduce redundancies and unnecessary costs, and innovative thinking to change the way customers interact with, and get value from their home insurance provider. We do this because we wholeheartedly believe that customers deserve better from their insurance.

 

Currently four years old, Kin began with the notion that technology could improve our industry, so we started by researching the most important part of our business: the customer. After building our platform from the ground up, we launched our own insurance carrier in Florida. By applying our vision for a data-driven, technology-forward insurance company, we are able to offer customers affordable insurance in a straightforward, simplified approach. In 2020, Kin is continuing to grow in Florida while expanding into other states.

 

While our approach to home insurance makes us a unique business, the people and culture at Kin are what make us special. We are problem solvers, collaborators, builders, and empathizers who care about one another and have a passion for creating positive change. We each bring a diverse array of experience to Kin that fuels a passion for learning and growth that we foster as a company.

 

So, what’s the role?

 

Kin’s Product team is the fulcrum that takes our vision of what home insurance should be and makes it real. Our product managers are responsible for the commercial success of the product. They straddle technology and all other business areas to ensure the right work is getting done. We are currently looking for multiple Product Owners to join our team and help us move smarter and faster. These people will work very closely with our engineering team, helping create, define and sequence projects to meet our aggressive outcome-driven and problem-focused roadmap.

 

A day in the life could include:

  • Writing strong user stories that provide all of the details needed by our development teams to develop critical features
  • Identifying problems to solve, gathering user research and input, and outlining proposed solutions in product briefs, supported with data
  • Collaborating with design to create functional prototypes for user testing and mockups for developers
  • Learning about new technologies and determining how they can be incorporated into Kin products
  • Creating end-to-end testing plans with our QE team for new and existing features
  • Planning ahead to ensure the team has an appropriate amount of work and fully understands sprint-level goals
  • Working closely with Product Managers and Product Directors to understand, influence, and communicate the Product Roadmap and vision
  • Leading team and stakeholder meetings
  • Motivating the development team and connecting the team’s daily work with our bigger goals at Kin

 

I’ve got skills...but do I have the necessary ones?

  • 2-3 years relevant product experience1-2 years of direct experience in a Product role
  • Ability to turn incomplete, conflicting, or ambiguous inputs into concrete action plans
  • Experience owning process management or process improvement projects
  • An eye for great products and willingness to advocate for new features with qualitative and quantitative reasoning
  • Ability to communicate with empathy and precision
  • Ability to effectively communicate with engineers about technical features and product architecture
  • A strong desire to learn about new technologies, new products, and improve the way things are done

 

Oh, and don’t worry, we’ve got you covered.

 

Being in the insurance industry we recognize the importance of comprehensive benefits for you and your family. That’s why we provide a variety of options and coverage levels to customize a plan that’s right for you. These are just some of the benefits and perks we provide:

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  • Medical
  • Dental
  • Vision
  • Commuter Benefit Plans
  • Flexible PTO
  • Flex Spending Accounts
  • 401k
  • Parental Leave
  • Disability Insurance
  • Life Insurance
  • Onsite gym membership - when we return to the office

 

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Location

Directly off of the Monroe Blue and Red Line stop, our office sits in the heart of the loop, with quick access to Millennium Park.

An Insider's view of Kin Insurance

What’s the vibe like in the office?

This company has inclusiveness that transcends all demographics. I love getting up every morning and walking through the doors at Kin! There is a vibe on the floor that makes a traditionally stuffy industry feel like we are changing the world!

Howard

Claims Team Lead

What does your typical day look like?

I start off my day with a mandatory fresh pot of coffee because Richard runs on Dunkin. After clocking in for showtime, I check in with my team for some positive energy and goal setting for the day. I start with reaching out to my hottest clients and work my way down to those that still need some time to. While working with older clients, I concurr

Richard Smith

Sales Consultant

How does the company support your career growth?

Kin takes pride in its employees and provides opportunities for them to grow their skill set. At a fast-paced start-up, there are limitless opportunities to grab ahold of. If something interests you, you can dig in and run with it.

I started my career at Kin in sales and jumped at an opportunity to work on compliance-related projects, which result

Holly Heitman

Product Manager

What makes someone successful on your team?

Ultimately, to be successful on a team you first need to know how to be a good team player. It is my belief that good team players are full of positive energy and enthusiasm, regardless of the situation. I’m an optimistic thinking individual who is always thinking about the best possible outcome of every interaction. It is my nature to focus on the

Jorge Ortiz

Sales Consultant

What are Kin Insurance Perks + Benefits

Culture
Friends outside of work
Eat lunch together
Daily sync
Open door policy
Team owned deliverables
Team based strategic planning
Pair programming
Open office floor plan
Diversity
Dedicated Diversity/Inclusion Staff
Health Insurance & Wellness Benefits
Flexible Spending Account (FSA)
Disability Insurance
Dental Benefits
Vision Benefits
Health Insurance Benefits
Life Insurance
Onsite Gym
Team workouts
Mental Health Benefits
Retirement & Stock Options Benefits
401(K)
Company Equity
Child Care & Parental Leave Benefits
Generous Parental Leave
We provide up to 12 weeks of parental leave for the primary caretaker. Kin also provides 12 weeks of leave for the secondary caretaker.
Return-to-work program post parental leave
Vacation & Time Off Benefits
Unlimited Vacation Policy
Paid Holidays
Paid Sick Days
Perks & Discounts
Beer on Tap
Casual Dress
Commuter Benefits
Company Outings
Stocked Kitchen
Snacks!
Some Meals Provided
Happy Hours
Recreational Clubs
Fitness Subsidies
For our Chicago employees, we have an onsite gym
Professional Development Benefits
Job Training & Conferences
Lunch and learns
Cross functional training encouraged
Promote from within
Time allotted for learning
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