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Travelers AI Accelerator, Product Owner in Helena, Montana

Company Summary

Taking care of our customers, our communities and each other. That’s the Travelers Promise. By honoring this commitment, we have maintained our reputation as one of the best property casualty insurers in the industry for over 160 years. Join us to discover a culture that is rooted in innovation and thrives on collaboration. Imagine loving what you do and where you do it.

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Job Description Summary

Travelers is seeking an Associate Team Lead / Product Owner to lead a team to deliver capabilities/solutions in an agile way. In this position, you will act as a voice of the end-user to guide day-to-day work of a smaller scale team, focusing on achievement of defined outcomes versus defining how the work is completed.

Innovation is at the core of everything we do. We continue to ask ourselves, “what’s next?” as we navigate the ever-changing insurance landscape. Continuing our journey toward the cutting-edge, we are looking for a forward-thinking individual that thrives in ambiguity, who believes that with every challenge comes a new opportunity for solutions. Thought leaders in the field of Technical Product Ownership in emerging technology are at the core what we strive for to deliver business impact across the enterprise.

In this Product Owner role, you will work with a multidisciplinary team to design, develop & create AI solutions for the Travelers AI Accelerator. The ideal candidate is a 'lifelong learner' who will increase the AI/ML capability of the enterprise team with the overall goal of developing and deploying AI products. This role thrives on change, exercises influence with his/her peers and can work well with a cross-functional team.

Primary Job Duties & Responsibilities

  • Define, prioritize and ensure a ready backlog of work for a smaller scale product team, accept final product output, focusing on achievement of defined outcomes versus defining how the work is completed.

  • Effectively manage a backlog of deliverables and capabilities as well as 'test and learn'/experimentation targeted at defining/refining future deliverables, measuring performance and adjusting the overall roadmap of deliverables as needed.

  • Understand and implement team goals and strategy, ensuring alignment with circle and value stream vision; Articulate team goals and strategy effectively to key stakeholders, Circle Leads and team members.

  • Act as voice of the end-user; have a deep understanding of and respond to customer feedback ensuring needs and requirements are clearly defined; ensure team work product meets defined acceptance criteria.

  • Own team backlog, including prioritization and refinement; Make trade-off decisions to maximize value.

  • Optimize the flow of value by setting objectives and key performance indicators (KPIs) for solutions.

  • Inform and participate in business readiness; understand the impact of change, implement the approach to manage adoption and mitigate resistance.

  • Provide feedback on work-in-progress, clarify requirements and contribute to removing roadblocks or impediments; Look for opportunities for continuous team and process improvement.

  • Partner with Circle Leads and peers to effectively communicate resources required to achieve defined business outcomes.

  • Share best practices across teams to ensure alignment and consistency in ways of working within a value stream.

  • Foster an innovative, inclusive and diverse team environment, promoting positive team culture, encouraging collaboration and self-organization

Minimum Qualifications

  • Two years of work experience in related field required.

Education, Work Experience, & Knowledge

  • Bachelor’s degree preferred.

  • Two years of experience in Agile product management preferred.

  • Experience in leading teams focused on one or more of the following: Machine Learning Libraries, Computer Vision, Speech Recognition and Natural Language Processing preferred.

  • Experience in programming with Python and/or R preferred.

  • Conceptual knowledge of database tools, e.g., SQL, Hadoop or Spark preferred.

  • Proven ability to work creatively and analytically in a problem-solving environment preferred.

  • Experience working with, or leading teams, delivering solutions comprised of pubic cloud services.

Job Specific Technical Skills & Competencies

  • Agile Mindset: Embody Agile core values of openness, courage, respect, focus, and commitment. Infuse Agile principles, practices and methodologies to achieve team success.

  • Product Mindset: Focus on defining a product value proposition that aligns with and supports the circle/value stream objectives and which is the north star for the team

  • Influence: Ability to influence behaviors of leaders and without traditional hierarchy.

  • Servant Leadership: Foster an environment where individuals thrive as empowered and equal members of a team.

  • Communication: Ability to communicate thoughts, concepts, practices effectively at all levels, adjusting as needed to a target audience. Proven strong communication, collaboration and relationship building skills with the ability to present and translate complex information to leadership and non-technical teams in relevant business terms.

  • Collaboration: Expertise working with others in a cross-functional multi-team environment.

  • Continuous Improvement: Demonstrate a commitment to continually improve, share learning with others and encourage team development.

  • Strongly supports and embraces a willingness to innovate with the possibility of failure and is a role model for other team members.

  • Exhibits high levels of learning agility in which they seek out and learn from unfamiliar experiences and then apply those lessons to succeed in the next new situation.

Employment Practices

Travelers is an equal opportunity employer. We value the unique abilities and talents each individual brings to our organization and recognize that we benefit in numerous ways from our differences.

If you have questions regarding the physical requirements of this role, please send us an email so we may assist you.

Travelers reserves the right to fill this position at a level above or below the level included in this posting.