Ameren Lead Product Owner in St. Louis, Missouri
Ameren is a leader in the energy industry, and our transformation toward more clean, renewable energy is also transforming other industries and infrastructure in our communities. As a regional company serving local customers, we not only serve our a part of them. This isn't just a job. At Ameren, we invest in you, so you can power the quality of life you want.
Diversity, Equity & Inclusion is one of the core values that guides us in everything we do. We are committed to building a skilled and diverse workforce that brings diverse perspectives to every area of our business.
Our benefits include:
Medical coverage on date of hire
100% employer paid cash balance pension plan
401(k) with company match fully vested on date of hire
Minimum of 15 days paid vacation and 12 paid holidays
Paid parental leave and family caregiver leave
About Ameren Services (B&CS)
Ameren Services provides administrative support and services to Ameren Corporation and its operating companies, subsidiaries and affiliates. Ameren Services includes a wide range of skill sets and roles, from finance and legal experts to digital and cyber specialists, plus those charged with ensuring environmental compliance and operational safety. Together, we help execute a strategy that enables Ameren to deliver superior long-term value to customers, shareholders and the environment.
About The Position
The Lead Product Owner leads an Agile team of co-workers and/or consultants in designing and delivering new products and features that enhance the digital interactions and experiences of our customers or co-workers. The Lead Product Owner is responsible for creating the vision for the team, prioritizing work to achieve the vision while maximizing the value of the products and features delivered.
Key responsibilities include:
Manages the delivery of business value and outcomes by owning and prioritizing the team backlog, defining stories, gathering requirements, acceptance criteria and driving the team to release products and features iteratively through sprints for complex projects and work impacting multiple disciplines or groups
Sets team members up for success by identifying and addressing their needs proactively, allowing the team to focus on valuable work (i.e., is a servant leader)
Mentors junior product owners and supports training and recruiting of the team members.
Facilitates recurring status meetings with Business Stakeholders including Digital Project Managers. Digital Supervisors, and Digital Directors
Develops business cases that accurately represent the investment and benefits of the features to be developed or enhanced for multiple disciplines or groups
Identifies the measures of success and routinely reporting status of progress against them; Collaborates with stakeholders to maximize the realized value of the product.
Reports the status of projects to Executive Leadership
Serves as an advocate and champion for these products and features, presenting at demonstrations, retrospectives and other opportunities to provide progress updates and future plans with stakeholders
Evaluates and leverages data to gain a comprehensive understanding of needs to ensure the products and features delight customers and co-workers
Collaborates with user interface/user experience and developer resources, as well as the rest of the agile team and other Ameren Digital teams, to ensure successful delivery in accordance with timeline and budget
Serves as primary liaison and contact point for the team's communication needs; Creates and delivers training to coworkers and collaborates with Corporate Communication on marketing materials
Provides coaching and mentoring to team members, looking for opportunities to enhance the processes and abilities of the team
Bachelor's degree from an accredited university or college is required, master's degree preferred. Seven or more years of direct experience working as key member of a team enhancing business or customer processes and solutions (such as, business analyst, product owner, technical lead, etc.). Four or more years of experience in a full-time role on an Agile team (such as, a business analyst, UX designer, scrum master, technical position, etc.) is preferred. Certification as a Scrum Product Owner and PMI-Agile Certified Practitioner is required or must be obtained within 12-months of employment in this role. Scaled Agile experience preferred. Prior experience in the Utility industry preferred.
In addition to the above qualifications, the successful candidate will demonstrate:
Brings high-energy and a passionate outlook to the job and can effectively influence others
Able to build a sense of trust and rapport that creates a comfortable & productive workplace
Proven analytical skills, able to make sound decisions with ambiguous information and possess a high level of organizational skills
Assertive, with the confidence to be voice of authority – not afraid to do what is best for the team
Creative self-starter with strong interpersonal skills - able to work effectively as a team and with various stakeholders at all levels of the organization
Excellent communication skills, including presentation, written and verbal.
Ability to promote innovative thinking and self-improvement within the team
Confident and skilled at navigating the team through road-blocks to allow sprints to be completed on time
Ability to coach team on agile practices and ensure adherence to agile methodology to deliver max business value timely
Able to resolve conflicts within the team before they become an issue – strong mediator
Ameren’s selection process includes a series of interviews and may include a leadership assessment process. Specific details will be provided to qualified candidates.
If end date is listed, the posting will come down at 12:00 am on that date:
All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, ethnicity, age, disability, genetic information, military service or status, pregnancy, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other class, trait, or status protected by law.