Technical Product Owner at Discover

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Discover. A brighter future.

With Discover, you’ll have the chance to make a difference at one of the world’s leading digital banking and payments companies. From Day 1, you’ll do meaningful work you’re passionate about, with the support and resources you need for success. We value what makes each employee unique and provide a collaborative, team-based culture that gives everyone an opportunity to shine. Be the reason millions of people find a brighter financial future, while building the future you want, here at Discover.

Job Description  

Currently seeking a highly-technical and visionary Product Owner to be part of a significant investment in our Kafka-based streaming platform. In this role, the individual will work with a highly technical agile team utilizing the latest Discover platforms for continuous delivery and cloud and container-native development. The individual will be required to foster collaboration and provide thought leadership while contributing to core products for the department. The Product Owner is the face of the product to internal consumers and other technology organizations and is responsible writing and overseeing delivery of user stories that align to the product features. They will maintain product roadmaps and feature sets and ensure the pipeline (backlog) stays full and is prioritized.

Responsibilities

Responsible for writing user stories that align to the product features. Ensures the pipeline (backlog) stays full and is prioritized. Internally focused on the Agile team and implementation. Reviews and accepts user stories. Partners with Product Managers to prepare features and user stories for continuous planning cycles.

What You’ll Do

  • Develop and market a product vision and strategy.
  • Write and oversee delivery of user stories that align to the product features.
  • Present regularly to our internal customer base and survey satisfaction levels.
  • Develop, maintain, and present product roadmap(s).
  • Review and accept user stories, and partner with Product Managers to prepare features and user stories for continual planning cycles.
  • Partners with agile team to deliver customer and business value through product features.
  • Develops user stories from prioritized features. Leads efforts to attain product vision and objectives. Writes acceptance criteria for user stories. Ensures that user stories meet the Definition of Ready (DoR) and are updated in the system.
  • Provides status updates to the business and management.
  • Collaborates with agile teams to follow through on business priorities and visions. Manages and prioritizes sprint backlogs.
  • Important Empowers decisions regarding functionality and priority in the sprint. Approves each user story during the sprint.

How You’ll Do It

  • Effective partnership and building relationships with business leaders and management.
  • Manage and prioritizes sprint backlogs, including assisting in sprint and feature grooming.
  • Empower decisions regarding functionality and priority in the sprint.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Business or Information Technology or Finance, or Engineering
  • 2+ years of experience in Product Owner, Business Analyst, Customer Service and Relationships, IT or related
  • In lieu of education 4+ years of experience in Product Owner, Business Analyst, Customer Service and Relationships, IT or related

Bonus Points If You Have:

  • 2+ years of experience as a Product Owner in a highly-technical organization.
  • 2+ years of hands-on experience working with pub/sub or event-based messaging systems (Kafka highly preferred).
  • 4+ years of experience working in an Agile environment, including backlog grooming, interactive engagement with Scrum Master, SMEs and other product owners.
  • Prior experience working with automation solutions like Ansible or Chef and/or Linux shell scripting.
  • Experience in leading technical brainstorming / ideation sessions and translating the output of these sessions into product features.
  • Demonstrated leadership in identifying and facilitating resolution of requirement, process and project issues.
  • Ability to prepare clear and concise communications to internal and external business partners and senior management regarding initiatives, issues and achievements.
  • Proven leadership to drive cross-functional teams to a consensus and manage groups without direct authority
  • Solid executive presence and experience presenting to senior technology leaders (VP and higher).
  • Experience using Atlassian JIRA for managing features / issues / stories / sprints.
  • Familiarity with AWS or GCP cloud technologies. #LI-BG1

What are you waiting for? Apply today!

The same way we treat our employees is how we treat all applicants – with respect. Discover Financial Services is an equal opportunity employer (EEO is the law). We thrive on diversity & inclusion. You will be treated fairly throughout our recruiting process and without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or veteran status in consideration for a career at Discover.

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We're headquartered in the northwest suburbs of Chicago and have a downtown Chicago office known as “The 606.”

An Insider's view of Discover

What’s the vibe like in the office?

The cool thing about working at Discover is the wonderful collaborative environment we have and all the smart, talented and fun people we work with every day to continuously work on innovations.

Hiba

AWS Cloud Engineer

What does your typical day look like?

I enjoy working at Discover because I get to work with and collaborate with talented people who are passionate about what they do, and together we get to help others. We work constructively and cross-functionally to provide the best and newest products for our users and provide exceptional support for our customers!

Mandy

Project Manager, Advanced Analytics Platform

How does the company support your career growth?

There are two reasons I enjoy working at Discover. First, I enjoy the challenging and meaningful work. Second, my career path at Discover is mine to shape. My managers have supported me when I wanted to learn more and move within the company.

George

Senior Manager, Software Engineering

What is your vision for the company?

My vision of the company is that we create rewarding experiences in lives of our customers every day through analytics.

Kumar

SVP, CDO Advanced Analytics Platforms

What’s the vibe like in the office?

I love working at Discover because of how the company invests in its people and innovation. The environment is encouraging and the smart people around you makes it an amazing experience every day!

Brent

Director, Digital Analytics

What are Discover Perks + Benefits

Discover Benefits Overview

Start enjoying great benefits Day 1 — We support you with the same dedication we bring to all of our customers. Our comprehensive benefits package features first-class insurance, financial planning support and excellent perks designed to help you reach your goals and live a rich, healthy life.

Check out more of our amazing employee benefits at mydiscoverbenefits.com

Culture
Volunteer in local community
Discover’s business is built on helping people, and we invest in the community (Blessing Backpacks, Boys & Girls Clubs, Big Brothers/Sisters) to demonstrate our commitment to a brighter future.
Partners with Nonprofits
Friends outside of work
Intracompany committees
Open door policy
Team owned deliverables
Team based strategic planning
Group brainstorming sessions
Open office floor plan
Diversity
Dedicated Diversity/Inclusion Staff
Unconscious bias training
Diversity manifesto
Someone's primary function is managing the company’s diversity and inclusion initiatives
Diversity Employee Resource Groups
Hiring Practices that Promote Diversity
Health Insurance & Wellness Benefits
Flexible Spending Account (FSA)
You can open a separate Health Care FSA (HCFSA) and contribute up to $2,650 tax-free from your paycheck to reimburse yourself for eligible out-of-pocket expenses.
Disability Insurance
Employees receive Short-Term Disability Insurance at no cost.
Dental Benefits
Discover offers two dental plan options — Standard and Premier — both are administered by MetLife.
Vision Benefits
Discover offers two vision plan options — Standard and Premier through VSP.
Health Insurance Benefits
Discover offers a variety of medical plans for you and eligible family members, so that you can choose the benefit plan that suits your needs.
Life Insurance
As a Discover employee, you receive Basic Life Insurance of one times your HWEE (up to $500,000) at no cost to you.
Pet Insurance
Purchase medical coverage at a discounted rate for your beloved family pet. The more pets you insure, the greater the discount.
Wellness Programs
Help balance your work and personal life with a wide variety of free and discounted resource and referral services including family and relationship counseling and financial guidance.
Onsite Gym
Discover has fitness centers and Weight Watchers® programs at all five major locations.
Mental Health Benefits
Retirement & Stock Options Benefits
401(K)
You may elect to contribute 1% to 30% of your eligible base salary, commissions and bonus on a pre-tax basis, up to IRS limits every year.
401(K) Matching
Discover matches up to 6% of the pre-tax contributions you make to the 401(k) Plan.
Employee Stock Purchase Plan
The ESPP provides eligible employees with an opportunity to purchase shares of Discover common stock through payroll deductions at a 5% discount.
Performance Bonus
Match charitable contributions
Child Care & Parental Leave Benefits
Child Care Benefits
Generous Parental Leave
Flexible Work Schedule
Remote Work Program
Family Medical Leave
Adoption Assistance
Discover helps eligible employees and their families with the costs of adoption by reimbursing certain expenses.
Vacation & Time Off Benefits
Generous PTO
Discover has a Paid Time Off of 4 to 5 Weeks of paid time per year.
Paid Volunteer Time
Paid Holidays
Discover provides 7 paid holidays.
Paid Sick Days
Perks & Discounts
Casual Dress
Commuter Benefits
When you enroll in the Commuter Benefits Program at WageWorks, you’ll save on taxes on mass-transit passes, parking and other eligible expenses.
Company Outings
Game Room
Parking
Recreational Clubs
Relocation Assistance
Professional Development Benefits
Job Training & Conferences
Tuition Reimbursement
Discover provides tuition reimbursement and a full-ride bachelor's degree program for select online degree programs.
Diversity Program
Lunch and learns
Cross functional training encouraged
Promote from within
Mentorship program
Continuing Education stipend
Time allotted for learning
Online course subscriptions available
Paid industry certifications