Director Product Owner

Hartford, Connecticut

Company Information
Solid reputation, passionate people and endless opportunities. That's Travelers. Our superior financial strength and consistent record of strong operating returns mean security for our customers - and opportunities for our employees. You will find Travelers to be full of energy and a workplace in which you truly can make a difference.

Job Summary
The Strategic Work Intake program is a key enabler of the overall Travelers Distribution Strategy. We have an exciting leadership opening on the program team for a Product Owner. Our Product Owners are deeply invested in the business vision and partner experience and ensure the strategic priorities are shaped and successfully delivered by the Release Train.

The Product Owner (PO) 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 PO has a significant role in quality control and is the only team member empowered to accept stories as done. This role has significant relationships and responsibilities outside the local team, including working with Product Management, who is responsible for the Program Backlog, to prepare for the Program Increment (PI) Planning meeting.
The Product Owner will provide direction to project team members and coaching/mentoring to less experienced team members. The PO operates under general/minimal supervision and manages one or more Business Analysts and, through a matrixed relationship, is responsible for leading the Agile team

Under limited supervision, the Principal Business Systems Analyst collaborates with business leadership to envision and develop long range strategies to support changing business and technical needs; partnering to drive significant business unit or corporate-wide initiatives while maintaining alignment with Business and IT Strategies The Principal BSA develops the strategy and leads analysis on complex initiatives with executive exposure involving multiple business functions/areas. The Principal BSA is able to independently transition to unfamiliar business and system domains. This job typically acts as a team lead. on large/complex initiatives. The Principal BSA provides direction to project team members and coaching/mentoring to less experienced team members

Primary Job Duties & Responsibilities
Collaborate in the development of division, program or project roadmaps that effectively deliver business capabilities. Understand long range business and IT strategies; market, operational and technology trends and current state constraints. Ensure solutions (people, process and technology) meet the program and/or project objectives and are aligned with business and IT strategic direction. Participate in the development of a compelling business case that measure and communicate proposed program and/or project benefits. Collaborate with project leads to develop the strategy on how requirements will be approached and managed for large or complex programs and/or projects. Work with project leads to develop requirements work plans, identify task dependencies across initiatives, develop estimates and determine resource skill requirements; support risk management and change management activities. Manage program level requirement traceability and changes throughout the project lifecycle. Measures and tracks quality of business analysis work across large or complex initiatives. Ensure the test strategy and test plans adequately cover the requirements across initiatives. Assist in defect resolution. Provide coaching and mentoring to other analysts and team members to facilitate a better understanding of requirements techniques, processes and deliverables required to support successful project delivery. Perform other duties as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications
Five years of experience in Business Systems or equivalent required. High school diploma or equivalent required.

Education, Work Experience & Knowledge
Seven years of experience in Business Systems or equivalent preferred. One year of experience leading technical teams preferred. Bachelors degree in Business, MIS or other related field preferred.

Job Specific & Technical Skills & Competencies
Analytical Thinking (Master): Identifies current or future problems or opportunities, analyzes, synthesize and compares information to understand issues, identifies cause/effect relationships and explores alternative solutions to support sound decision making. Facilitation (Master): Uses and adjusts style and technique to assist group process and understanding. Communication (Master): Demonstrates effective verbal, written, and listening communication skills. Teamwork (Advanced): Works together in situations when actions are interdependent and a team is mutually responsible to produce a result. Relationship Management (Advanced): Seeks out, builds, fosters and maintains productive relationships, networks or alliances to meet goals and achieve results. Business Perspective (Master): Uses knowledge of internal and external factors impacting the property casualty industry to make decisions. Technology (Advanced): Uses, leverages and maintains proficiency with corporate and job specific technology as it evolves (e.g., hardware, software, business unit applications and systems tools). Conflict Management (Advanced): Brings conflicts into the open and resolves them collaboratively. Change Management / Resilience (Master): Remains energized and focused in the face of ambiguity, change or strenuous demands. Risk Taking (Advanced): Identifies, assesses, manages and takes intelligent risks to attain objectives.

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Equal Employment Opportunity Statement
Travelers is an equal opportunity employer.
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About Travelers

The Travelers Companies, Inc. (NYSE: TRV) is a leading property casualty insurer selling primarily through independent agents and brokers. The company's diverse business lines offer its global customers a wide range of coverage in the auto, home and business settings. A component of the Dow Jones Industrial Average, Travelers has more than 30,000 employees and generated revenues of approximately $25 billion in 2010.