Workday Senior Product Owner at Morningstar (Chicago, IL)

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We are seeking a Workday Senior Product Owner to join the Corporate Systems team. In this role, you are the subject matter expert consulting to IT, Talent and Culture (T&C), Finance and other business stakeholders and supporting the Workday platform and its broader technology ecosystem, including third-party system integrations., You will be responsible for the ongoing vendor relationship with Workday and informing Morningstar's long-term strategy for the Workday platform. You will leverage your knowledge of Workday to work with the Talent & Culture Workday Operations team, Morningstar business stakeholders, and Corporate IT technical resources to establish governance processes, identify and document requirements, architect solutions, and drive completion of initiatives making sure overall usability of the system and its downstream dependencies are reliable. The Senior Product Owner will work with the Governance Committee and Global Process Owners to negotiate and prioritize enhancements rolled out to the organization as well as continue to monitor the security, efficiency and effectiveness of the Workday solution when compared to Morningstar's strategic vision for operations, risk, controls, and security profile. The Workday Senior Product Owner demonstrates abilities and/or a proven record of success working on Human Capital technology projects.
  • Keeping current on new capabilities of Talent & Employee Engagement/Experience technologies, new functionality/features/capabilities of Workday, market trends, and other industry products and technologies.
  • Have an in depth understanding of business processes related to specific areas of Workday, including understanding of E2E Workday integration points.
  • Establish a Workday governance committee involving T&C leadership, business stakeholders and IT to drive governance for the platform and integrated ecosystem.
  • Align with global process owners and lead discussions to arrive at decisions/conclusions related to future functionality and creative solutioning.
  • Work with internal Morningstar teams, including the T&C Workday Operations team, to influence the Workday product roadmap, understanding and articulating business needs to drive and evaluate/set roadmap priorities.
  • Work closely with key stakeholders and the T&C Workday Operations team, to support prioritization of feature requests and initiatives in Workday, integrated systems and reporting tools and provide expertise and/or oversight for implementation of Workday roadmap items or business priorities.
  • Work closely with stakeholders and internal technology partners and include industry best practices to architect technology solutions needed to drive alignment of business needs and lead discussions to arrive at mutually agreeable solution options and integrations.
  • Establish project management discipline and governance processes to support initiatives end to end from project planning through testing to delivery to ensure a successful end-user experience for all new deployments and on-going maintenance of Workday and integrations.
  • Work with technical resources to maintain platform health and look for continuous improvement options, as well as assist with troubleshooting/resolution of escalated product issues.
  • Ensure system and process alignment with Sarbanes Oxley (SOX) compliance and IT general controls, as well as security.
  • Lead the relationship with both the software vendor and any professional services engagements.
  • Lead platform governance across teams that leverage Workday for their business processes, reinforcing the governance structures, including guiding principles alignment, impact considerations, driving to collaborative and consistent recommendations and decisions.
  • Manage time, workloads, and priorities in a proactive manner.

  • Minimum of 7 years of experience leading Workday HRMS strategy and managing Workday support teams
  • 10+ years of total experience in the HRMS space.
  • Experience with solution design, system configuration and implementation of changes within Workday.
  • Experience translating business requirements into technical solutions within Workday and working cross functionally across global teams.
  • Experience integrating Workday with other employee productivity and business platforms.
  • Experience with establishing relationships across IT and business teams and defining platform governance.
  • Experience working with Workday account team and third-party implementation and system integration vendors.
  • Strong understanding of project management methodologies, tools and techniques and services model involving Level1, Level2 support and ticketing.
  • Understanding of key HR concepts and processes.
  • Ability to facilitate complex discussions.
  • Project Management experience with focus on design, facilitating development, testing and delivery.
  • Familiarity with SOX controls and awareness of technical security operations and information security standards.

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An Insider's view of Morningstar

What does your typical day look like?

Every day is a little different. Our team is focused on POC (Proof of Concepts). My work involves problem-solving, development and software design. I work on the Data collections team, currently most of this involves, on a high level, automating the process currently used to collect data from raw sources through Machine Learning.


Software Engineer, Data Collections - AI R&D

How does the company support your career growth?

We believe in promoting from within, based on previous impact to the team. Whenever possible, we will stretch our employees to take on expanded roles that aligns with the career progression they are interested in.


Head of Technology and Product

What are Morningstar Perks + Benefits

Morningstar Benefits Overview

At Morningstar, your contributions have meaning and can drive change. Across our 27 offices worldwide, we’ve invested in fostering a community where talented, driven people can grow. Our entrepreneurial spirit and uncompromising ethics guide everything we do. It’s all in the name of empowering investors. Morningstar is proud to offer a comprehensive benefits package to eligible, full-time employees in the United States who work a minimum of 30 hours per week. Our benefits are designed to invest in your -- and your family's well-being, including investments in your health and financial future.

Volunteer in local community
Morningstar encourages our colleagues to become involved in their communities, by providing paid time off for volunteer activities.
Partners with Nonprofits
Friends outside of work
Eat lunch together
Intracompany committees
Daily sync
Open door policy
Team owned deliverables
Team based strategic planning
Group brainstorming sessions
Open office floor plan
Dedicated Diversity/Inclusion Staff
Unconscious bias training
Morningstar encourages unconscious bias training for all employees, especially managers and hiring personal. We believe that by raising awareness of bias we can decrease its effects.
Diversity manifesto
Diversity Employee Resource Groups
Hiring Practices that Promote Diversity
Health Insurance & Wellness Benefits
Flexible Spending Account (FSA)
Morningstar offers two Flexible Spending Accounts (FSA)— one for healthcare expenses and one for dependent care expenses. You may enroll in both $ determine the contribution amount.
Disability Insurance
Dental Benefits
Our dental plan covers 100% of preventive services, 80% of basic services, and 50% of major services.
Vision Benefits
With Morningstar's vision benefits you can get an annual eye exam with an in-network provider with just a $10 copay.
Health Insurance Benefits
Morningstar continues to offer the choice of two medical plans—the Savings Plan and the Classic Plan. Both are administered by Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois (BCBS).
Life Insurance
Morningstar offers 4 tiers of life insurance that offer varying benefits. Basic Life insurance is equal to 1 times an employee's annual salary.
Wellness Programs
Mental Health Benefits
Our insurance covers 80% on in-network mental health services. Our Employee Assistance Program provides no-cost, confidential, 24-hour counseling on a wide variety of issues.
Retirement & Stock Options Benefits
Take advantage of a number of Morningstar tools to help you manage your 401(k) account and your finances, including Morningstar Retirement Manager, available to you at no cost.
401(K) Matching
Morningstar provides employees with a 401(k) matching plan managed. We match $0.75 for every dollar contributed, up to a maximum of 7% of employee pay contributed to the plan each pay period.
Company Equity
Morningstar’s global employee equity benefit, Shared Ownership, enables you to take a portion of your bonus payout and exchange it for RSUs, with Morningstar providing an additional 50% match.
Employee Stock Purchase Plan
Colleagues who exceed their performance goals substantially may be eligible for Impact RSU Awards as an additional reward on top of their cash bonus/commission award.
Performance Bonus
Match charitable contributions
Morningstar's Matching GIfts program will match your charitable giving up to the local currency equivalent of $500 USD per calendar year.
Child Care & Parental Leave Benefits
Child Care Benefits
Morningstar offers the option of in-home child and elder care, in addition to the existing day care center back-up care benefit.
Generous Parental Leave
Morningstar has a global minimum of 6 weeks paid time-off to bond with new family members. This benefit applies to all individuals equally, including birth mothers, fathers, adoptive parents.
Flexible Work Schedule
Morningstar provides employees with a flexible work schedule that includes Summer hours, Work from home, Flexible start and end times.
Remote Work Program
The safety of our employees is very important to us. We have been operating remotely due to COVID-19.
Family Medical Leave
Eligible employees may take up to 12 weeks of job-protected, unpaid leave per year for certain specified reasons, and up to a total of 26 workweeks of leave to care for a family member.
Adoption Assistance
We reimburse up to 80% for eligible adoption expenses, up to $4,000 per adoption, in addition to a minimum of 6 weeks paid time off.
Return-to-work program post parental leave
Company sponsored family events
Morningstar sponsors family oriented events Annually.
Vacation & Time Off Benefits
Unlimited Vacation Policy
Generous PTO
Paid Volunteer Time
Our employees receive 2 days per year of paid volunteer time.
Paid Holidays
Paid Sick Days
Perks & Discounts
Casual Dress
Commuter Benefits
Company Outings
Some Meals Provided
Happy Hours
Recreational Clubs
Fitness Subsidies
Professional Development Benefits
Job Training & Conferences
Tuition Reimbursement
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
Customized development tracks
Paid industry certifications

Additional Perks + Benefits

Compensation at Morningstar is more than a salary. It’s about making positive contributions to both life and work. We give our diverse workforce the choice and flexibility they need to maintain their health, retirement plans, time, and professional growth.

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