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Product Owner

Description

Hybrid: This position does not require an employee to be on-site full-time to perform most effectively.  The employee’s role enables them to work at a GM facility or off-site as frequently as needed or desired

This is a Hybrid position within the Digital Business Team Technology (DBTT) Organization. The role will allow employees to work remotely but will also require onsite work based on business needs. The selected candidate will be expected to live a commutable distance to the innovation center they are selected for. 

The Product Owner is a member of the Agile Team responsible for defining stories and prioritizing the Team Backlog to streamline the execution of program priorities while maintaining the conceptual and technical integrity of the Features or components for the team. The Product Owner has a significant role in maximizing the value produced by the team and ensuring stories meet the user’s needs and comply with the Definition of Done. This role has significant relationships and responsibilities outside the Agile Team, including working with Product Managers, Business Owners, and Stakeholders

MAJOR DUTIES / RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Preparation and Participation in PI Planning - As a member of the extended Product Management Team, the Product Owner is heavily involved in program backlog refinement and prep for Program Increment (PI) planning and plays a significant role in the planning event itself. Before the planning event, the Product Owner updates the team backlog and typically reviews and contributes to the program vision, Roadmap, and content presentations.
  • The Product Owner is involved with story definition, providing clarifications necessary to assist the team with their story estimates and sequencing. The entire Agile team, which includes the Product Owner, also work together to determine their team PI objectives for the upcoming PI.
  • Maintaining the team backlog - The Product Owner has the primary responsibility for building, editing, and maintaining the team backlog. Consisting mostly of user stories, it also includes defects and enablers. Backlog items are prioritized based on user value, time, and other team dependencies determined in the PI planning event and refined during the PI.
  • Iteration Planning - The Product Owner reviews and reprioritizes the backlogs as part of the prep work for the Iteration Planning, including coordination of dependencies with other Pos. During the iteration planning event, the PO communicates story detail and priorities and ensures the team aligns and agrees on a final iteration plan.
  • Participate in team demo and retrospective – Product Owners collaborate with their team and any other stakeholders in the team demo. They also participate in the Iteration Retrospective, where the teams gather to improve their processes and are active in the Agile Release Train’s (ART’s) Inspect and Adapt (I&A) workshop.
  • Development of business process models, business requirements, user stories (functional and non-functional) and product backlogs
  • Partners with the business community to develop comprehensive user acceptance testing/training plans and ensuring the application pushed to production successfully
  • Investigates business issues and data challenges
  • Coordinates with the Business on Problem and Incident Management with minimal supervision
  • Responsible for project business value/return on investment for projects led
  • Holds themselves and others accountable for demonstrating GMs values and cultural behaviors. Models GM behaviors and creates a winning culture.
  • Performs other related duties as assigned.
  • Development of business process models, business requirements/user stories (functional and non-functional) and product backlog
  • Serves as the requirements liaison between the business community and the Agile teams
  • Makes recommendations on what projects/initiatives should be pursued
  • Perform research on new ideas / initiatives the organization may want to pursue
  • Assists with identifying/selecting the best talent. Responsible for directing and prioritizing work, managing performance, and providing guidance / coaching to team members.
  • Performs other related duties as assigned.
     

Knowledge:

  • Demonstrates critical skills such as collaboration, strong written and verbal communication skills, and analytical capability
  • Working technical knowledge & understanding of business analyst fundamentals
  • Working technical knowledge of writing & managing Business Requirements Documents
  • Working technical knowledge of Business Process Modeling
  • Knowledge in a functional area or business process domain
  • Understanding of business issues and data challenges of the organization and industry as a whole
  • Understanding of business processes and how application(s) support the process
  • Ability to facilitate sessions with end users, asking probing questions to elicit business process discussion and crafting process flow diagrams
  • Working knowledge of Azure DevOps.

Additional Description

Minimum Qualifications

  • Minimum bachelor's degree in Computer Science, Software Engineering, or related degree. Advanced degrees preferred.
  • At least 10 years of experience in IT/PO/PM space
  • Ability to advocate for partners and ensure efficiencies of implementation across departments
  • Experience with or hands on knowledge of software development lifecycles (SDLC) and Agile SW development process.
  • A clear ability to manage a range of different personality types in a facilitative and mature manner
  • Positive relationship building skills including the ability to relate constructively to all levels of the organization.
  • Ability to work with and bridge across multiple disciplines, including Engineering, Information Technology, Technical Support, and Marketing, to make appropriate system level design trades
  • 10+ experience working in a software focused role.
  • Software application development experience in automotive and/or portable consumer electronic devices in embedded domain.

About GM

Our vision is a world with Zero Crashes, Zero Emissions and Zero Congestion and we embrace the responsibility to lead the change that will make our world better, safer and more equitable for all.

Why Join Us 

We aspire to be the most inclusive company in the world. We believe we all must make a choice every day – individually and collectively – to drive meaningful change through our words, our deeds and our culture. Our Work Appropriately philosophy supports our foundation of inclusion and provides employees the flexibility to work where they can have the greatest impact on achieving our goals, dependent on role needs. Every day, we want every employee, no matter their background, ethnicity, preferences, or location, to feel they belong to one General Motors team.

Benefits Overview

The goal of the General Motors total rewards program is to support the health and well-being of you and your family. Our comprehensive compensation plan incudes, the following benefits, in addition to many others:
• Paid time off including vacation days, holidays, and parental leave for mothers, fathers and adoptive parents;
• Healthcare (including a triple tax advantaged health savings account and wellness incentive), dental, vision and life insurance plans to cover you and your family;
• Company and matching contributions to 401K savings plan to help you save for retirement;
• Global recognition program for peers and leaders to recognize and be recognized for results and behaviors that reflect our company values; 
• Tuition assistance and student loan refinancing;
• Discount on GM vehicles for you, your family and friends.

Diversity Information

General Motors is committed to being a workplace that is not only free of discrimination, but one that genuinely fosters inclusion and belonging. We strongly believe that workforce diversity creates an environment in which our employees can thrive and develop better products for our customers.   We understand and embrace the variety through which people gain experiences whether through professional, personal, educational, or volunteer opportunities. GM is proud to be an equal opportunity employer.

We encourage interested candidates to review the key responsibilities and qualifications and apply for any positions that match your skills and capabilities.

Equal Employment Opportunity Statements

The policy of General Motors is to extend opportunities to qualified applicants and employees on an equal basis regardless of an individual's age, race, color, sex, religion, national origin, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression or veteran status. Additionally, General Motors is committed to being an Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) Employer and offers opportunities to all job seekers including individuals with disabilities. If you need a reasonable accommodation to assist with your job search or application for employment, email us at Careers.Accommodations@GM.com . In your email, please include a description of the specific accommodation you are requesting as well as the job title and requisition number of the position for which you are applying.