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Sanofi Group Product Owner in Bridgewater, New Jersey

Product Owner

Reporting in Data Architecture Governance and Operations Programs management team the Data Product Owner oversees the development of data products from start to finish to ensure they meet the clients’ needs and preferences cross all Enterprise Domains assigned use cases. Their main duties include determining the overall vision of products, managing various backlog items, and deciding which features each product will have according to clients’ preferences.

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

As part of their role on a product team, a successful Product Owner should fulfill the following duties and responsibilities:

  • Collaborating with prospective users and clients to understand and anticipate their needs and translate them into product requirements

  • Defining the vision for the team’s product

  • Creating a product road map based on this vision

  • Managing the product backlog and prioritizing them based on changing requirements

  • Overseeing all stages of product creation including design and development

  • Developing user stories

  • Monitoring and evaluating product progress at each stage of the process

  • Liaising with the product team and end-users to deliver updates

  • Participating in Scrum meetings and product sprints

  • Will collaborate closely with both the scrum and product development departments to ensure the products meet specific objectives as outlined by stakeholders. After product completion, the Product Owner will conduct a final review and submit their approval before releasing the product.

Execution:

Maintaining the team backlog – With input from System Architect/Engineering and other stakeholders, the PO 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 PO reviews and reprioritizes the backlog as part of the prep work for 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.

Just-in-time story elaboration – Most backlog items are elaborated into user stories for implementation. This may happen before the iteration, during iteration planning, or during the iteration. While any team member can write stories and acceptance criteria, the PO maintains proper flow.

Apply Behavior-Driven Development (BDD) – POs collaborate with their team to detail stories with acceptance criteria and examples in the form of acceptance tests. See the BDD article for more details.

Accepting stories – The PO works with the team to agree on accepted story completion. This includes validating that the story meets acceptance criteria, that it has the appropriate, persistent acceptance tests, and that it otherwise complies with its Definition of Done (DoD). In so doing, the PO also assures a level of quality, focusing primarily on fitness for use.

Understand enabler work – While POs are not expected to drive technological decisions, they are supposed to understand the scope of the upcoming enabler work and collaborate with System and Solution Architects/Engineering to assist with decision-making and sequencing of the critical technological infrastructures that will host the new business functionality. This can often be best accomplished by establishing a capacity allocation, as described in the Team Backlog article.

Participate in team demo and retrospective – POs 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.

Program Execution:

Iterations and Agile teams serve a larger purpose; the frequent, reliable, and continuous release of value-added solutions. During each PI, the PO coordinates dependencies with other POs. This often occurs in weekly PO sync events (see the PI article for more information). The PO also has an instrumental role in producing the System Demo for program and Value Stream stakeholders.

Inspect and Adapt:

Teams address their larger impediments in the I&A workshop. There, the PO works across teams to define and implement improvement stories that will increase the velocity and quality of the program. The PI system demo is part of the I&A workshop. The PO has an instrumental role in producing the PI system demo for program stakeholders. To ensure that they will be able to show the most critical aspects of the solution to the stakeholders, POs also participate in the preparation of the PI system demo.

SKILLS AND QUALIFICATIONS:

To carry out the role of a Product Owner successfully, a candidate should possess the following skills and qualifications:

  • In-depth knowledge of Scrum and Agile Software Development Methodology

  • Working knowledge of product development architecture

  • Proficiency in the use of analytic tools

  • Ability to prioritize effectively

  • Excellent knowledge of user-centered design principles

  • Excellent oral and written communication

  • Ability to work with large teams

  • Understanding of design quality standards

  • 5+ years in Technical Project/Program Management roles/PO

  • Certifications: Six Sigma, PPM, Agile

  • Master: MBA or Similar (Optional)

As a healthcare company and a vaccine manufacturer, Sanofi has an important responsibility to protect individual and public health. All US based roles require individuals to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 as part of your job responsibilities.

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