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Lean-Agile SAFe Product Owner, Investments
American Century Investments® is a leading global asset manager with over 60 years of experience helping investors achieve their financial goals. Serving a broad client base including financial advisors, institutions and individual investors, we offer a wide range of investment strategies across a variety of investment disciplines.
Privately controlled and independent, we focus solely on investment management. This empowers us to align our decisions with client expectations and concentrate on their long-term money management needs.
We are committed to providing institutional-quality, actively managed solutions with a performance-centered mindset. Our expertise spans global growth equity, global value equity, disciplined equity, multi-asset strategies, global fixed income, alternatives and ETFs.
Our culture of winning behaviors exemplifies our dedication to clients every single day. Delivering investment results enables us to distribute over 40% of our dividends—or more than $1.5 billion since 2000—to the Stowers Institute for Medical Research, a 550-person, non-profit biomedical research organization with a controlling interest in American Century Investments. Our dividend payments provide ongoing financial support for the Institute’s work of uncovering the causes, treatments and prevention of life-threatening diseases, like cancer.
Headquartered in Kansas City, MO, we also have offices located in New York; London; Hong Kong; Sydney; El Segundo, CA (Los Angeles area); and Mountain View, CA (Silicon Valley).
For more information, please visit americancentury.com.
The Lean-Agile SAFe Product Owner, Investments is a member of a Lean-Agile SAFe development team and ensures alignment to the Agile Release Train’s (ART) program vision. You help to maintain conceptual and technical integrity of the features or components for which the team is responsible. Other primary responsibilities are to define and prioritize the product backlog in order to streamline the execution of business priorities of the ART.
You interact with Investment Management Product Managers along with development team(s), business users and other partners to identify, groom and prioritize stories for the product backlog, ultimately helping to deliver technology and business solutions.
Liaise between technical and non-technical users, ensuring parties involved have an understanding and gain knowledge of the application and/or business considerations.
Articulate and translate the product vision from feature(s) into stories with clearly defined acceptance criteria for a particular product.
Assist the team in story definition, estimation, and sequencing for PI Planning events; verify stories are testable and can be used to generate testing objectives.
Own scrum team backlog (grooming, prioritization and refinement) including delivery of MVP.
Work day-to-day with the scrum teams clarifying business requirements, removing roadblocks, constantly communicating and gaining alignment around feature or product strategy.
Participate in validation and testing of features prior to end user acceptance.
Set the quality standard for delivery. Develops test plans (user story acceptance criteria), accepts each story and potentially features and participates in team demos and retrospectives to validate quality, provide feedback to team and improve team processes.
Validate user stories meet their pre-determined acceptance criteria, and that quality is built into the product with every story.
Coordinate dependencies with other Product Owners when deliverables are dependent on another team for completion.
Serve as the knowledge resource for questions from the development team.
Bachelor's degree in relevant field (e.g. economics, finance, computer science, mathematics) some combination of business and technology education is highly preferred, or have related work experience.
Minimum of 3+ years experience in business, engineering, technology and/or consulting.
Knowledge of Agile development methodologies and business/systems analysis.
Comfort and expertise with investment data sets (security master, holdings, portfolio analytics) and an ability to mine such data and produce analyses.
Familiarity with a variety of investment asset classes.
Experience crafting and delivering solutions to investment management across research, portfolio analysis, risk analysis, portfolio construction, and trading.
Experience managing a suite of vendor applications, with preferred experience with FactSet, Bloomberg and/or related platforms.
Skill in analyzing data to find opportunities for technology to provide business value.
Strong experimental mindset to drive innovation amidst uncertainty.
Able to influence diverse team members using leadership and communication skills.
Strong aptitude in learning new tools and technologies to be able to work effectively in a rapid growth environment.
Model our Winning Behaviors - Client Focused, Courageous and Accountable, Collaborative, Curious and Adaptable, Competitive Drive
Financial Services experience preferred
SAFe Product Owner certification preferred
Scaled Agile (SAFe) experience preferred
American Century Investments believes all individuals are entitled to equal employment opportunity and advancement opportunities without regard to race, religious creed, color, sex, national origin, ancestry, physical disability, mental disability, medical condition, genetic information, marital status, gender, gender identity, gender expression, age for individuals forty years of age and older, military and veteran status, sexual orientation, and any other basis protected by applicable federal, state and local laws. ACI does not discriminate or adopt any policy that discriminates against an individual or any group of individuals on any of these bases.
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EOE Policy Statement : American Century Investments believes all individuals are entitled to equal employment opportunity and advancement opportunities without regard to race, religious creed, color, sex, national origin, ancestry, physical disability, mental disability, medical condition, genetic information, marital status, gender, gender identity, gender expression, age for individuals forty years of age and older, military and veteran status, sexual orientation, and any other basis protected by applicable federal, state and local laws. ACI does not discriminate or adopt any policy that discriminates against an individual or any group of individuals on any of these bases.