Full Job Description
American Century Investments® is a leading global asset manager focused on delivering investment results and building long-term client relationships while supporting research that can improve human health and save lives. Founded in 1958, the firm’s 1,400 employees serve financial professionals, institutions, corporations and individual investors, offering a wide range of investment strategies across a variety of investment disciplines.
We are committed to providing institutional-quality, actively managed solutions with a performance-centered mindset. Our expertise spans global equity, global value equity, disciplined equity, multi-asset strategies, global fixed income, alternatives and ETFs.
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.
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—more than $1.7 billion — to the Stowers Institute for Medical Research, a 500-person, non-profit basic 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; Frankfurt; Sydney; Los Angeles; and Mountain View, Calif. (Silicon Valley).
For more information, please visit americancentury.com.
Product Owner, Investments
The 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. The Product Owner will support the enablement of data/analytics required for corporate and department specific projects, possibly including NLP/ML use cases. The Product owner maintains conceptual and technical integrity of the features or components for which the teams are responsible. Other primary responsibilities are to define and prioritize the product backlog to streamline the execution of business priorities of the ART.
This role interacts with Investment Management teams 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.
Collaborate closely between technical and non-technical users, ensuring parties involved have an understanding and gain knowledge of the application and/or business considerations
Responsible for articulating and translating the product vision and feature(s) into stories with clearly defined acceptance criteria for a particular product. Communicate the product strategy effectively to key stakeholders and team members. Contributes to the creation of a clear product vision and roadmap with the Product Manager(s).
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
Defines minimum viable product (MVP) for products/features in scope. Owns scrum team backlog (grooming, prioritization and refinement). Helps key team members to better understand the product vision.
Works day to day with the scrum teams clarifying business requirements, removing roadblocks, constantly communicating and gaining alignment around feature or product strategy.
Analyzes feasibility, cost ramifications, economies, or other aspects of planned or potential programs.
Sets 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 results 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 cloud compute/architecture technologies.
Experience managing a suite of vendor applications, with preferred experience with FactSet, Bloomberg and/or related platforms.
Skill at translating business need into technology features / stories.
Skill in analyzing data to determine opportunities for technology to provide business value.
Strong problem solver with ability to lead the team to push the solution and progress.
Strong experimental attitude to drive innovation amidst uncertainty.
Able to depict complex ideas, issues and designs to varied audiences; educate department(s) on business vision and plan and the impact of change.
Able to make difficult and quick decisions daily
Able to influence a diverse group of partners using strong leadership and communication skills
Strong problem solver with ability to lead the team to push the solution and progress
Possesses experimental mindset to drive innovation amidst uncertainty
Strong aptitude in learning new tools and technologies to be able to work effectively in a rapid growth environment
Model the American Century Investments Winning Behaviors - Client Focused, Courageous and Accountable, Collaborative, Curious and Adaptable, Competitive Drive
Financial Services experience preferred
Product Owner certification preferred
Scaled Agile (SAFe) experience preferred
We will ensure that individuals with disabilities are provided reasonable accommodation to participate in the job application or interview process, to perform essential job functions, and to receive other benefits and privileges of employment. Please contact us to request accommodation.
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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