The Product Owner (PO) is a member of the Agile Team responsible for defining stories and prioritizing the team backlog to streamline the execution of program priorities while maintaining the conceptual and technical integrity of the features or components for the team. The PO has a significant role in maximizing the value produced by the team and ensuring stories meet the user’s needs and comply with the definition of done. This role has significant relationships and responsibilities outside the local team, including working with Product Management, Customers, Business Owners, and other stakeholders.
Serve as the customer proxy responsible for working with Product Management and other stakeholders including other POs to define and prioritize stories in grooming the team backlog.
Ensure work done by the team aligns to the wider business strategy.
Assist Product and Solution Management with developing the vision and roadmap.
Responsible for the team’s overall direction and clarity on the product delivery.
Demonstrate commitment by doing whatever is necessary to build the best product possible and actively engage with the team.
Provide availability and participation to the team and attend all Agile team ceremonies including supporting PI Planning initiative.
Prioritize and plan iteration goals for the team that have been agreed upon and that align to the Program Increment Objectives and articulate other development priorities (i.e. Refactoring, Tech Debt, Outside Needs), while ensuring the team alignment of the iteration goals.
Lead the team through iterations and help the team maintain focus on the goal of that iteration.
Manage and prioritize the team backlog including breaking down features to be included in the iterations.
Manage the scope and ensure that once an iteration starts that “no” new requirements are added to the iteration without clear economic trade-offs being understood.
Participate in team retrospective and accountable to create team demo.
Work with the Product Manager to ensure the value of the solution with solid understanding of users, the marketplace, the competition and of future trends for the domain or type of system being developed.
Work across teams to define and implement improvement stories that will increase the velocity and quality of the program.
Ability to communicate and negotiate at both team and leadership levels.
Facilitate high-performance collaborative teams to rapidly develop and implement innovative, sustainable solutions.
Understand the agile ways of working and influence behavioral change as it relates to SAFe framework.
Remove barriers and make decisions quickly while gaining alignment.
“Fail fast” and move quickly approach.
Articulate strategy and initiatives into action plans.
Excellent coach with a solid understanding of what it takes to drive agile transformations.
Responsible for stakeholder communication and expectation management skills.
Be a proactive problem solver.
Proven ability to act with tenacity and think differently.
Self-direct and independently organize work with little supervision.
Ability to resolve conflict through negotiation reasoned discussion or escalation and drive resolution.
Effectively engage and manage multiple projects at once.
Demonstrated understanding of systems
Outstanding communication, presentation and leadership skills
Bachelor’s degree in a related field is preferred; a Master’s degree a plus.
Minimum of 5+ years of experience managing medium to large projects.
3+ years working with Agile development teams. Certification as Scrum Master (CSM), PMI Agile Certified Practitioner (PMI-ACP) or other Agile relevant certifications are preferred.
Demonstrated in-depth knowledge of Agile process, principles and product development process.
Previous working experience as an Agile Product Owner preferred.
Knowledge of various well-documented patterns and techniques for filling in the intentional gaps left in the Scrum approach.
Project management certification preferred (PMP, Prince 2, Agile (Scrum).
Retirement & Stock Options Benefits
401k with company contribution
Financial Planning Services
Access to Coaching (Health, Professional, Life)
Charitible Donation Matching Programs
Community Service Programs
Hybrid Work Options
Public Transportation Assistance
Accessible Work Environment
Perks & Discounts
Bring Your Own Device Reimbursement
Cell Phone Reimbursement
Offsite Company Events
On Site Gym/Fitness
Childcare Assistance Programs
Family Medical Leave
Commitment to Work/Life Harmony
Flexible Work Schedule
Paid Sick Days
Health & Wellness
Employee Assistance Program (EAP)
Long Term Disability
Mental Health Benefits
Short Term Disability
Employee Recognition Programs
What types of technologists are you looking to hire? As we continue our digital transformation, we’re looking to hire an incredible team of technologists to build the back-end features and functionality of our platform, including: ● Senior software engineers ● Lead software engineers ● Platform engineers ● Platform architects ● Security engineers ● Risk and compliance ● Forensic analysts ● SCRUM masters What is your tech stack? We are always exploring new technology and languages to see how they can benefit our platform. Right now we’re working with AWS, Java, Kubernetes and Golang on the back-end and ReactJS on the front-end. It can surprise people who only think of Wawa as a convenience store, but we’re very passionate and proactive about using the latest technology to build our digital experiences. There’s a lot of room for our tech team to try new things and bring them to the table. Tell us about what it's like to work at Wawa HQ. Wawa is a people-first organization, which means we care about our people over everything else and treat them fairly. The culture is very supportive and collaborative — everyone works together. And, we really give you the opportunity to spread your wings. We have many people who have worked here for 15 to 40 years, which says a lot. You can go to the cafeteria and eat lunch next to the CEO. It’s the kind of place where everyone is happy to come to work on a Monday morning. And there’s coffee everywhere. How does Wawa give back? Wawa proudly gives back through The Wawa Foundation, a 501 (c)(3) non-profit corporation focused on building stronger communities in three areas of health, hunger and everyday heroes. Since its inception in 2014, The Wawa Foundation has contributed more than $100 million to non-profit community organizations. Wawa and The Wawa Foundation are proud to support seven National Partners with in-store customer fundraising campaigns and provides its associates with year round volunteer and participation opportunities with waived registration and fundraising at community events such as JDRF One Walks, LLS Light the Night, Special Olympics Polar Plunges, among others. At Red Roof, our corporate campus, our associates support some mentoring programs directly including a Big Brother, Big Sister program called Beyond School Walls that brings kids into HQ to get on-the-job mentorship in a real world environment, as well as a partnership through Cristo Rey High School that also pairs high school students with job opportunities. Our Product Development team hosts Future Food Scientist workshops giving middle schoolers from throughout our communities a closer look at careers in the food sciences.