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Senior Product Manager Underwriting

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The Underwriting Digital Product team is looking for a talented Product Manager to join our team. This role will be aligned to Insurance and Client Experience (ICAX) engineering efforts. These efforts include developing and enhancing Risk Products, complying with new and existing insurance regulations, and maintaining and modernizing legacy applications used during the underwriting timeframe.   

You will be asked to dig deep into a specific business area and help define the details of how to drive business results through technology. Work on a cross-functional team of product managers, engineers, designers and subject matter experts in an agile methodology to deliver on outcomes. You will investigate and synthesize the current state solution, business processes and outputs, difficulties, and improvement opportunities, breaking down large epics to deliver incremental functionality to our business partners. Working to complete detailed analysis of business rules and process; detailed requirement writing and systems testing; and detailed defect analysis would make up much of your day. Developing relationships with numerous stakeholders and delivery partners is key, along with strong organization and communication skills.

Primary   Duties & Responsibilities :   

  • Set Product Vision: Responsible for product vision and appropriate positioning with key stakeholders across the organization. 

  • Develop Roadmap: Foster the development, acceptance and communication of roadmap. Define and track KPIs for measure of success.

  • Gather Requirements: Participate in cross functional work to solicit key requirements relative to the accountable product.

  • Define the product: Responsible for multiple low to medium complexity products and product features from start to finish. 

  • Stakeholdering: Maintain the awareness and ability to articulate the product story to a broader audience outside the internal team with additional experience and maturity in the domain.

  • Design Partnership: Partner with design to ensure cohesive future state user visions and experiences that are aligned with a quarterly vision with an understanding of the total design process. 

  • Author User Stories: Translate requirements to technical details to build and validate use cases and user stories around a product and communicate them effectively. 

  • Data & Customer Research: Inform product decisions with both qualitative and quantitative data on behavior and experimentation.

  • Feature Prioritization: Develop and maintain multiple prioritized backlog of user stories for implementation according to business value or ROI.

  • Participate in ceremonies: Attend the daily Scrums, Sprint Planning Meetings and Sprint Reviews and Retrospectives. 

Qualifications :  

  • Bachelor's degree.

  • Knowledge Preferred: formal business analyst, engineering or testing experience, knowledge of the financial services industry or underwriting, certification or experience with Product Owner or Scrum Master role. 

  • Must have demonstrated cross functional work in previous experience along with strong communication skills, time management, project management skills, business acumen and high self-awareness/EQ. 

  • Ability to translate product requirements into technical requirements and work in ambiguity and solutioning. 

  • Solves complex problems; take a new perspective on existing solutions; exercise judgment based on the analysis of multiple sources of information.

Skills-Proficiency Level:

Agile Methodologies - Intermediate preferred
Atlassian JIRA - Intermediate preferred
Backlog Management - Intermediate preferred
Business Cases - Basic
Product Demonstrations - Basic
Product Management - Intermediate preferred
Product Roadmapping - Intermediate preferred
Requirements Gathering - Intermediate preferred
Technical Writing - Intermediate preferred


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