Penn Mutual | Product Owner-Life Product Implementation & In-force Support - Technical.ly

Product Owner-Life Product Implementation & In-force Support

Penn Mutual |  Horsham | Ops / PM

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Position Overview

This is an exciting opportunity to be a key transformation contributor as Penn Mutual continues to be a leading innovator in the insurance industry. This influential leader works with business and technical partners at all levels to define and implement the vision and roadmap for our life products with a primary focus on product development, execution, and continued inforce support.  They are a passionate advocate and doer who ensures clarity of vision and guides execution through to completion. They prioritize the approach and work closely with Agile development teams and business teams to ensure work execution meets strategic goals of the company.

Responsibilities

  • Build and maintain relationships with leaders and key stakeholders to understand, articulate and communicate product development and support priorities.
  • Provide visibility into product implementation and support efforts, including successes and challenges, for all levels of the organization (individual teams, department, program, executive levels, and enterprise wide).
  • Demonstrate passion as an advocate and doer who will see a vision through to completion. Hands on execution when needed, guide and advise where appropriate, constantly in touch with remaining steps toward implementation.
  • Exhibit enthusiasm in building consensus and inspiring collaboration in solving opportunities. Encourage and build enthusiasm in others.
  • Perform duties of a Product Owner
    • Determine and articulate Minimum Viable Product. That is, identify those portions of an overall vision that are minimally necessary to achieve Penn Mutual’s objectives.
    • Articulate, elicit and inspire others to execute and support a compelling product vision and strategy.
    • Collaborate with other Product Owners and partners to understand inter-team dependencies.
    • Elicit customer and stakeholder feedback on the quality and accuracy of delivered product features.
    • Construct and communicate release plan to stakeholders.

 

Required Experience

  • 5+ years relevant experience in life insurance with a deep understanding of product characteristics
  • 5+ years relevant experience in leading teams, driving initiatives forward, and working with various levels and functions across a company.
  • Experience with and understanding of policy administration systems desired.
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Health & Wellness Benefits
  • Dental
  • Disability Insurance
  • Health Insurance
  • Life Insurance
  • Onsite Gym
  • Vision
  • Wellness Programs
Other
  • Remote Work
  • Work from Home
Parental Benefits
  • Family Medical Leave
  • Flexible Work Schedule
  • Generous Parental Leave
  • Mother Rooms
Perks & Discounts
  • Casual Dress
  • Company Outings
  • Special Discounts
Professional Development
  • Online Trainings
  • Tuition Reimbursement
Retirement & Stock Options Benefits
  • 401K
Vacation & Time Off Benefits
  • Generous PTO
  • Paid Holidays
  • Paid Sick Days

What might surprise people to learn about Penn Mutual?

Although we’re not known for being a tech company, we’ve actually been in the data biz for 172 years.

We’ve always embraced the use of cutting edge technology to bring our products to market. Currently we’re utilizing everything from big data technology like Cassandra and Spark to Blockchain and Machine Learning. We’re constantly exploring uses for new technology to creatively improve the user experience of our products and safeguard customer assets.

 

What are your company values?

First and foremost, we’re always connected to the ‘why’ behind what we do, which is to “help people protect with what they care most—their family.”

As a workplace, we value intellectual curiosity, integrity and collaboration. We’re also big on ethics and doing the right thing. As we often say, “there’s no right way of doing the wrong thing.”

 

What does Penn Mutual look for in prospective employees?

The technologists who are successful here are curious about the business. They’re not purely technical, they also genuinely care about the work and how they can improve people’s lives.

We’re looking for collaborators. People who are passionate and self-motivated, but willing to work together, share knowledge and bring new ideas to the table.

 

What kind of tech skills do you expect candidates to have?

We’re a heavy data shop, so we look for people with experience in Enterprise Services, API interfaces and asynchronous processing.

Developers ideally have the following experience under their belt:

  • Front-end developers: React, NodeJS, Elastic Search
  • Junior developers: Solid Java skills, basic and associated like Spring; XML experience; some experience with API (3-5 years)

 

How do you encourage growth and learning?

People own their own development and we encourage continuous learning. It’s informal, but there’s a lot of freedom for people to experiment. We support associates who want to attend trainings and conferences, or to get certified in new areas of technology.

We give our people the autonomy to try out and play with things. No one gets slapped down for anything.

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