Technical Product Owner

| Chicago

Our ideal Product Owner will have the mindset of a startup entrepreneur, with enough technical background to hold their own with technical stakeholders and customers, while having a business understanding of consumer needs. We are looking for an engineer who also enjoys (and/or is willing to learn) product development and marketing practices.

Qualities:

  • 5+ years of work experience in a technical product owner role and/or development role
  • Technical background or understanding of modern software delivery, including cloud platforms, micro-services, and XP practices such as CI/CD and TDD.
  • Deep knowledge and understanding of emerging trends in software engineering
  • Understanding of Agile product development, with a focus on just-in-time, iterative delivery of small, valuable features.
  • Interpersonal communication skills and the ability to build and maintain relationships with both business and technical stakeholders.
  • Ability to work with client's customers to build relationships, gather business needs and market the new technology.
  • Team motivator and team player.
  • Comfortable with framework and API design
  • Exposure to architectural patterns at scale; including thoughtfully-designed APIs, repeatable delivery pipelines, and efficient CS principles
  • Exposure in utilization of and contribution to open source projects
  • Belief that empowered individuals make great teammates
  • Bachelor’s degree

Responsibilities: 

  • Work with stakeholders (directors, architects) and API consumers (internal and external) to identify and define a vision and roadmap, and success criteria for the product.
  • Define that vision into understandable features/MVPs/releases - iterative development, and manage prioritization.
  • Curate the feature and user story backlog in Rally.
  • Clear, concise, business-language interpretation of technical requirements into Rally features and user stories (the five Ws), detailed review with the team.
  • Work with architects, leads & team to iterate on designs that meet the customer's needs.
  • Test the product prototypes and bring feedback back to the product backlog/teams.
  • Prepare for and facilitate User Story workshops to ensure team has user stories ready “just-in-time” for the next Sprint.
  • Host the Sprint demo and Iteration demo; record stakeholder feedback during the demos and follow up with any necessary action items.
  • Acceptance of user stories during the Sprint.
  • Work with the development team to create and market the development principles ("cookbook") for the creation of new APIs at Discover.
  • Create materials and presentations to help market the API platform within the enterprise client and their potential partners/consumers (internal/external).
  • Facilitate presentations to stakeholders and potential partners/consumers.
  • Takes necessary steps (prioritization, mentoring, assistance) to enable the team to be a high value, cross-functional, autonomous unit.
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Technology we use

  • Engineering
  • Product
  • Sales & Marketing
    • .NETLanguages
    • C#Languages
    • C++Languages
    • JavaLanguages
    • JavascriptLanguages
    • SwiftLanguages
    • ReactLibraries
    • Node.jsFrameworks
    • SpringFrameworks
    • AngularFrameworks
    • Google AnalyticsAnalytics
    • IllustratorDesign
    • TrelloManagement
    • RallyManagement
    • HubSpotCRM
    • SalesforceCRM

Location

We're in a great tech-focused building right by Ogilvie and Union Station in the West Loop.
111 N. Canal St., Chicago, IL 60606

Insider's spotlight

What are some social events your company does?

Solstice celebrates holidays with our office in Argentina - our US offices have introduced Argentina to Halloween, and the Buenos Aires office introduced the US to “Friends Day” in July. We also have a book club, a board game club, football and a Bachelor fantasy draft, co-rec sports, wine tastings and happy hours to celebrate new hires.

Andrea

Principal

What does your typical day look like?

No day is the same! The strategy team is the ideas hub within Solstice. We provide our clients with innovative digital approaches to their business challenges through hands-on ideation workshops as well as business, consumer and market insights. We partner closely with our cross-functional teams to drive and develop these recommendations.

Palak

Sr. Digital Strategist

What makes someone successful on your team?

Successful team members put their own needs behind the needs of their teammates. In practice, this often manifests as empowering, challenging and encouraging teammates to step outside their comfort zone. Team members who lead others to success are far more successful than those who work only to serve themselves.

Andrew

Technical Principal

Perks of working here

401(K) Matching
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Beer on Tap
Casual Dress
Commuter Benefits
Company Outings
Conferences & Training
Dental
Game Room
Generous PTO
Happy Hours
Health Benefits
Recreational Clubs
Vision
Volunteering Opportunities
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