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Agile Product Owner

Date: Jan 8, 2019

Location: Ipswich, MA, US, 01938

Company: EBSCO Industries Inc

EBSCO Information Services (EIS) provides a complete and optimized research solution comprised of e-journals, e-books, and research databases — all combined with the most powerful discovery service to support the information needs and maximize the research experience of our end-users. Headquartered in Ipswich, MA, EIS employs more than 3,300 people worldwide. We are the leader in our field due to our cutting-edge technology, forward-thinking philosophy, and top-notch workforce. EIS, a division of EBSCO Industries Inc., based in Birmingham, AL, is ranked in the top 200 of the nation’s largest, privately held corporations according to Forbes magazine. EBSCO is a company that will motivate you, inspire you, and allow you to grow. We are looking for the best. If you are too, we encourage you to explore our unique opportunities.

Agile Product Owner 

As an Agile Product Owner (APO), you will work with an Agile development team to build features, applications, and services for EBSCO’s development platform.  As a connecting point between product management and technology you will utilize a unique blend of business and technical savvy to make the company vision a reality. APOs are agile team backlog owners and the guardians of product quality. 

As a member of the Platform Product Management team, you will take an active role in amplifying the voice of end-users and the product line strategy to your development team. You will utilize data-driven product analysis and help monitor key technology trends to ensure positive outcomes for the evolution of the EBSCO’s development platform.  Within the Platform Product Management team, you will be part of the Content and Search Preparation domain working to deliver a world class data processing system that enables our customers to fully leverage our large and diverse content set.


What you’ll do

  • Work with an agile development team to deliver great products and services for our customers
  • Collaborate with members of the extended product and platform management team (epic owners, product managers, platform managers, agile product managers, analysts, etc.) as needed to understand market needs and product requirements.
  • Know your product details and contribute a genuine passion and enthusiasm for the product and mission
  • Collaborate with Product Managers on the definition of product features and functionality
  • Maintain an actionable, prioritized team backlog
  • Express requirements in well written stories which have clear acceptance criteria
  • Ensure high quality software releases to our customers
  • Proactively communicate progress, decisions, impediments, and risks
  • Promote continuous improvement

Who you are

  • A self-directed, rapid learner
  • Collaborative by choice
  • Good at sorting through ambiguity
  • Fun and reasonable
  • Prepared and responsible
  • Empowered through humility
  • Goal and detail orientated
  • Make good choices and accepts and address mistakes
  • Effective written and face-to-face communicator

Skills or experience you need

  • At least two years working as a business analyst or in product management (preferably as a product owner), or one year as a member of an agile development team
  • At least two years of defining and documenting product requirements into small, well-articulated, and valuable deliverables
  • Strong written and verbal communications skills
  • Strong analytical and problem solving skills.
  • Willingness to learn new technologies/methodologies and apply them

Skills or experience that sets you apart

  • Two or more years of experience working within a Lean-agile software product development method, such as Scrum, Kanban, or SAFe
  • You have used a variety of business analysis tools and techniques to aid in the breakdown of large chunks of work, elicit requirements, or make decisions
  • Can derive actionable insights from customer usage data
  • Experience working with data systems and large scale databases
  • A proven track record of developing and managing world-class software 
  • Comfortable working in a highly collaborative environment across multiple functional teams
  • Comfortable presenting to groups and demoing working software
  • Comfortable challenging requirements to ensure we are delivering what is best for the customer
  • Comfortable working with remote teams


EBSCO Industries, an equal opportunity employer and complies with all applicable federal, state, and local fair employment practices laws.  EBSCO strictly prohibits and does not tolerate discrimination against employees, applicants, or any other covered persons because of race, color, sex (including pregnancy), age, national origin or ancestry, ethnicity, religion, creed, sexual orientation, gender identity, status as a veteran, and basis of disability or any other federal, state or local protected class.  This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including, but not limited to, hiring, training, promotion, discipline, compensation, benefits, and termination of employment.

EBSCO complies with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), as amended by the ADA Amendments Act, and all applicable state or local law.


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