Product Owner (Business Delivery Lead)

Northbridge Financial Corporation - Toronto, ON (5 months ago)

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“The Power of Together”

Join Northbridge, a growing dynamic company that has a long and rich Canadian history in providing innovative insurance solutions to customers nationwide.

Northbridge Financial Corporation is a leading commercial property and casualty insurance company that’s been helping protect Canadian businesses for more than 90 years. We’re 100% Canadian!

We offer a wide range of creative solutions to our customers through our Northbridge Insurance, TruShield Insurance and Federated Insurance brands where we strive to create a fair and friendly culture, upheld by the foundation of our five corporate values: respect, passion, connectedness, creativity, and excellence.

By continually striving to challenge the status quo, and by focusing on helping the customers we have the privilege of insuring achieve the possibilities of their business, we’ve been able to build our reputation as one of Canada’s largest commercial insurance providers.

To help us continue to build on this success, we’re committed to attracting, developing and retaining the best people.

Be part of a team that’s passionate about making a difference every day, fuelled by our entrepreneurial spirit and where everyone owns a part of our success. Our company has had an amazing journey so far, and our future is full of new possibilities!

Located in the heart of Toronto’s Financial District, our head office is easily accessible by TTC and GO Transit, and within walking distance to the Eaton Centre, Scotiabank Arena, Rogers Centre, and CN Tower. As a national property and casualty commercial insurance provider, we also have offices across Canada.

Position Summary:
The Business Delivery Lead will work closely with Business Leads to translate business needs into system requirements and to ensure successful implementation into the operations. They are responsible for defining the system development backlog and performing prioritization according to customer value. This requires a detailed understanding of Underwriting needs, as well as business vision and strategy, to prioritize investment, business value and delivery. The Business Delivery Lead must be able to collaboratively work within multiple evolving development methodologies including iterative Agile and sequential Waterfall programs and projects, and variations thereof.

This position serves as the day to day decision maker and provides continual business guidance for the execution team. This position is responsible for prioritizing the delivery team's work so that it aligns with Northbridge business strategy. The role leads, manages or orchestrates activities for completion and works with the business and IT delivery teams to identify and mitigate risks to include business operational risks.

What you will be doing:
Elaborate business requirements based on high level direction provided by the Business Lead.
Understand the end user and in conjunction with the Business Analyst ensure customer needs are captured in the user stories (and use cases) that drive the work of a delivery team.
Accountable for managing a delivery team’s backlog, sequencing into sprints, and ensuring that the delivery team is working on requests in the right order.
Strategize with Business Leads and stakeholders on issues related to product requests, vision and overall business value.
Can work independently on medium to large complexity efforts, or in support of a Senior or Lead on larger efforts that have impact outside their scope.
Identify, engage and influence business stakeholders and subject matter experts.
Work with business and corporate stakeholders to understand and validate business strategy and vision, and customer needs.
Serve as direct representative of the business with delivery teams, representing/reinforcing the Underwriter’s perspective throughout the product realization cycle.
Manage, prioritize, and assess the impact of all work items, such as new features, defects, etc., including providing the decision to create, fix or defer at the project level.
Review, and when appropriate, accept and prioritize feedback and new requirements from stakeholders. Continuous re-evaluation of needs to ensure requirements are prioritized based on value.
Lead the definition of acceptance criteria.
Review and accept or decline output of development to ensure specified acceptance criteria have been completed.
Prepare the business for the change and arm them with tactics and metrics for benefits, adoption, and risk.
Assists with coaching less experienced team members.
Partner with QA to ensure scope of testing sufficiently ensures proper functionality.
Other duties as assigned.

What we are looking for:
6+ years of Underwriting experience
Bachelor’s Degree (Computer Science or Computer Engineering degree is preferred) and/or equivalent on the job experience.
Advanced knowledge of multiple technical software delivery life cycles (i.e., Agile, Waterfall).
Advanced knowledge of change management practices and process engineering methodologies.
Experience leading cross functional teams.
Effective communication skills.
Ability to implement business requirements, with minimal guidance.
Experience with Application Lifecycle Management tools, including the use of Team Foundation Server an asset.
Proficient knowledge of MS Office Suite of Products (including Outlook) and Windows environment.
Fluently bilingual (English / French) is a definite asset (a requirement in Quebec Region).

What sets you apart:
Previous demonstrated experience as a Product Owner.
Relevant experience in process improvement, project delivery, business/requirements analysis or business operations/product line or relevant work experience with Agile.
Demonstrated proficiency at managing multiple and changing priorities/projects, and delivering results.
Demonstrated proficiency and resourcefulness in identifying and analyzing relevant data and defining critical issues and alternatives.
Demonstrated commitment to high standards of performance and goals.
Demonstrated verbal and written communication skills.
Demonstrated presentation skills.
Ability to foster and build good working relationships with Underwriters and business areas inside and outside the work unit.
Able to work with long-term perspective in addressing broker or business area problems/issues.
Ability to influence decisions and gain agreement and/or support on sensitive issues.
Ability to focus on customer needs, ensuring a high quality of service is provided.
Strong analytical and decision-making skills.
Demonstrated commitment to ongoing professional and technical development

What we Have to Offer:
Northbridge Cares program – volunteer day and donation matching
Generous paid time off, including personal days. Flexible work hours as well as early departure opportunities
Flexible Group Benefits Plan – medical, dental, insurances
Defined Contribution Pension Plan + Optional Group RRSP
Northbridge Employee Share Purchase Plan
Education Assistance Program
Employee Assistance plan
Staff Insurance - discount on home, automobile and pet insurance
Plus, the opportunity to contribute to the success of Northbridge through sharing your knowledge and experience while learning from others!

Northbridge welcomes and encourages applications from people with disabilities. Accommodations are available upon request for candidates taking part in all aspects of the selection process.