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Lead Product Owner

Cox Automotive, Atlanta, GA 30328

Work at Cox Automotive

Duration: Full-Time


Primary Location: 7000 Central Pkwy, Atlanta, GA, USA

Division: Cox Automotive

Job Level: Individual Contributor

Travel: No

Schedule: Full-time

Shift: Day Job

Requisition Number: 202202443

At Cox, we’re forward-thinking innovators who put people first. Our award-winning workplace culture is centered on inclusion and kindness, and we’re looking for people to join our mission to be a force for good in the world. Come build a better future with us across automotive, communications, the environment and more.

We want to do everything we can to keep our employees safe and healthy. Therefore, where permitted by applicable law, you will need to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 to be considered for this U.S.-based job. Reasonable accommodations for medical and religious objections will of course be considered.

Keep reading to learn more about this opportunity to join the Cox family of businesses.

At Cox, were forward-thinking innovators who put people first. Our award-winning workplace culture is centered on inclusion and kindness, and were looking for people to join our mission to be a force for good in the world. Come build a better future with us across automotive, communications, the environment and more.

We want to do everything we can to keep our employees safe and healthy. Therefore, where permitted by applicable law, you will need to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 to be considered for this U.S.-based job. Reasonable accommodations for medical and religious objections will of course be considered.

Keep reading to learn more about this opportunity to join the Cox family of businesses.

The Lead Product Owner is the Product Management leader on one or more scrum teams. Their goal is to deliver innovative solutions based on their understanding of high-level business objectives. The Lead Product Owner works with Product Leadership and Business Stakeholders to understand the product vision and then provides clarity for the scrum teams.

Lead Product Owners are responsible for leading scrum teams in the breakdown of features into user stories. Our expectation is that all team members contribute to user stories, but the Lead Product Owner is key in ensuring team alignment and completeness to the vision.

Lead Product Owners work with other Product Managers and a cross-functional scrum team, to build, enhance and manage a set of products and platforms using Agile software methodologies. They will own and groom the backlog for the scrum teams with high-level input from Product Leads for their Release Train. Teams will consist of developers, analytics resources, technical leads, designers, and scrum masters.

As products and solutions near launch, they will support our Release Train core team, Product Readiness Team, and associated Product Managers to develop go-to-market plans. They may help in demos and support training material creation as a subject matter expert.

Lead Product Owners are expected to contribute back to the Release Train ideas and opportunities that become part of the product roadmap.

This role requires an advanced understanding of product development and excellent communication and collaboration skills. In addition, the candidate must have enterprise experience in integrating acquired companies or enterprise platform transformation from a product delivery perspective. The successful candidate must have a demonstrable track record of achieving success in a dynamic, fast-paced environment. They must be able to adapt to rapidly changing priorities and make appropriate product decisions quickly. Knowledge of large financial platforms (General Ledger, Accounts Payable, Fixed Assets, Project Accounting) is a plus.

Responsibilities (including but not limited to):

  • Partner with other Product Leads and Business Stakeholders to understand and influence product strategy while generating innovative ideas for achieving product success
  • Work with scrum teams to determine alternative development strategies, solutions, and release dates
  • Serve as a Product resource to more junior level Product Owners
  • Translate business requirements into features and user stories, collaborate with cross functional team to craft solutions/documentation and represent customer needs in product delivery
  • Monitor products and platforms to evaluate consumer and client satisfaction, return-on-investment (ROI), and satisfaction of original objectives
  • Partner with Product Managers and Business Stakeholders to create business roadmaps that increase delivered value and efficiency over time
  • Partners with Release Train Core Team to develop release plans that support go-to-market strategies
  • Communicate progress toward milestones as software is released
  • Develop and maintain subject matter expertise in application features, capabilities, and business rules
  • Make rapid tactical decisions where needed to maintain team momentum and focus on delivering enterprise value
  • Prioritize Scrum Team backlog with guidance from Product Leads to ensure alignment with product strategy and roadmap
  • Work closely with the Scrum Master to optimize velocity for the team
  • Work with Scrum Master to prioritize and schedule production defects for resolution
  • Participate in the daily stand-ups, sprint planning meetings, retrospectives, and release train planning meetings

Qualifications:

  • Bachelors degree in Computer Science or related field and 7+ years experience OR MS w/ 5+ years experience OR 11 years experience of equivalent combination of industry related professional experience and education.
  • Experience in integration planning, and post-close integration execution as it relates to Mergers & Acquisitions.
  • Ability to understand and articulate various internal and external customer needs
  • Excellent communication skills & presentation skills; verbal and written with the ability to communicate across business and technology
  • Demonstrable experience in strategic planning with business partners
  • Demonstrated ability to be best practice champion in an Agile environment
  • 5+ years of product management experience
  • Demonstrated experience delivering value to the business
  • Self-directed problem solver with a demonstrated ability to organize & prioritize
  • Excellent people and teamwork skills
  • Ability to work directly with customers to understand how they use the provided applications
  • Bachelors degree or equivalent work experience

Qualifications (Desired):

  • 3+ years of Product experience in Agile Product Development
  • Knowledge of large financial platforms (General Ledger, Accounts Payable, Fixed Assets, Project Accounting) is a plus. Financial product experience
  • Experience in Rally Software

Who We Are

About Cox Automotive

Theres nothing ordinary about Cox Automotive. We are people of every background driven by our passion for mobility, innovation, client success and community outreach. We make buying, selling and owning (or simply using) cars easier for everyone. Touching more than 40,000 clients across five continents, we bring together the best brands and the best teams to propel the automotive industry forward. Some of those team members work for our iconic consumer brands like Autotrader and Kelley Blue Book, while others are creating the future of automotive at industry-facing brands like Dealer.com, Manheim and vAuto.

About Cox

We are the Cox family of businesses. Weve been making our mark since 1898 by building and evolving world-class businesses, staying true to our values, and encouraging top talent to always look for growth and impact while building a career with us. Our primary divisions - Cox Communications and Cox Automotive - are driving a new wave of innovation, powering smart cities with powerhouse broadband communications and pioneering greener, more progressive transportation alternatives for individuals and fleet operators. Were also expanding into new spaces like cleantech and healthcare to rev up our momentum toward building a better future for the next generation. Were looking for the talent today who will be our leaders tomorrow. Sound intriguing? Learn more about where we are today, where we hope youll be going with us, and the common purpose that unites us at coxenterprises.com.

Benefits of working at Cox may include health care insurance (medical, dental, vision), retirement planning (401(k)), and paid days off (sick leave, parental leave, flexible vacation/wellness days, and/or PTO). For more details on what benefits you may be offered, visit our benefits page.

Cox is an Equal Employment Opportunity employer - All qualified applicants/employees will receive consideration for employment without regard to that individuals age, race, color, religion or creed, national origin or ancestry, sex (including pregnancy), sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, physical or mental disability, veteran status, genetic information, ethnicity, citizenship, or any other characteristic protected by law. Cox provides reasonable accommodations when requested by a qualified applicant or employee with disability, unless such accommodations would cause an undue hardship.

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About Cox Automotive

About Cox Automotive

There’s nothing ordinary about Cox Automotive. We are people of every background driven by our passion for mobility, innovation, client success and community outreach. We make buying, selling, owning and using cars easier for everyone. Touching more than 40,000 clients across five continents, we bring together the best brands and the best teams to propel the automotive industry forward. Some of those team members work for our iconic and groundbreaking consumer brands like Autotrader ® and Kelley Blue Book®, while others are creating the future of automotive at industry-facing brands like Dealer.com ®, Manheim ®, NextGear Capital ®, vAuto ® and Xtime®.

Cox Automotive is part of Cox Enterprises, a privately-owned, Atlanta-based company with revenues exceeding $20 billion. 

Come join a global, family business that treats team members and clients like they’re just that – family. For more information about Cox Automotive, visit www.coxautoinc.com.

Cox Automotive is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Vision:

We are software engineers, marketers, sales leaders and trailblazers transforming the way the world buys, sells, owns and uses cars.

Cox Automotive