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CNO Financial Group Product Owner - Remote in Central or Eastern Time Zone in Orlando, Florida

CNO’s Worksite Division, Optavise, is hiring a Product Owner (PO) to be accountable for real-time decision making; defining and prioritizing the product backlog; setting quality standards for delivery; and maximizing the value of the product/system functionality from a business and user point of view. The PO translates the product vision into features by elaborating user stories and creating diagrams and models. The Product Owner will lead face to face, remote, or mixed location Agile teams as they define the functional requirements, manage the development sprints, remove roadblocks, and constantly communicate the strategy. S/he will serve as the primary communicator and link between stakeholders and teams to define the minimum viable product (MVP) and negotiate tradeoffs of conflicting priorities to deliver the business product direction/features and communicate the product roadmap.

This is your opportunity to demonstrate your unique blend of business and technical savvy that includes a customer focused vision combined with enough knowledge of the technology to effectively translate business needs into functional requirements. You will be responsible for driving the execution of the product roadmap and owning the delivery of initiatives through close collaboration with the Development team.

As a Product Owner , your responsibilities will include:

  • Acts as the Product Owner and leader of remote cross-functional Agile Scrum team.

  • Collaborates with customers and business stakeholders to understand and anticipate their needs and translates them into business requirements.

  • Transforms business requirements into detailed user stories, mockups with user actions and clear acceptance criteria that developers, quality assurance analysts and UX designers can consume.

  • Works closely with Product Management to create and maintain a prioritized backlog based on alignment with the strategic product roadmap, business value and return on investment.

  • Optimizes productivity of the Development team through management of the product backlog by ensuring stories are properly defined, ready for development to start work on and prioritized in advance of a Sprint.

  • Defines Sprint goals and leads Sprint planning sessions.

  • Attends daily stand-up meeting with Agile Scrum team.

  • Available to the Development team daily to answer any questions team members have regarding the customer’s needs and the customer’s views of how the team is implementing a product feature.

  • Manages and resolves customer & internally reported product escalations by balancing resolution priority against roadmap commitments.

The Product Owner position is well-suited for you if you have:

  • Experience designing employee benefits administration solutions including a configurable platform that supports medical and voluntary benefits plans, a self-service enrollment user experience, analytical reporting and integration with payroll and carrier systems.

  • Demonstrated ability to understand and manage technical and data complexity.

  • A team player mindset and are adept at managing relationships, collaborating, and influencing across a variety of organizational functions.

  • Thinks creatively with vision.

  • Attention to detail with analytical problem-solving skills.

  • Strong verbal and written communication skills.

Qualified candidates will have:

  • Knowledge of the employee benefits, benefits administration software, and the healthcare ecosystem.

  • Bachelor’s degree in MIS, Computer Science or a related discipline or 8 years of relevant work experience.

  • 5+ years of experience in an Agile Product Owner role, including experience with Scrum methodologies in insurance or employee benefits space.

  • Certified Scrum Product Owner (CSPO), or ability to attain within first year, is strongly preferred.

  • Experience with Jira Software’s Agile project management tool is a plus

  • Technically savvy with ability to influence and work collaboratively with development teams.

  • Ability & willingness to travel up to 15% within US and Canada is expected.

At this time, CNO is not mandating its associates to be vaccinated against COVID-19 as a condition of employment. However, this is an evolving situation, in the future CNO may require its associates to be vaccinated as a condition of employment, subject to reasonable accommodations required by applicable law.

CNO Financial Group offices reopened in April 2022, and we will be pursuing a hybrid working model. Associates who live within a 60-mile radius of a corporate office (Birmingham, Carmel, Chicago, Philadelphia, Orlando, and Milwaukee) will have access to come into that Office up to 2 days/week, and work from home at least 3 days/week. This role is full time work from home (WFH), also known as Remote. This role can be performed from any US based location within the central or eastern time zone. Work cannot be performed from outside of the United States.

CNO provides life and health insurance, annuities, financial services, and workforce benefits solutions through our family of brands and supported by our associates and agents. Our customers work hard to save for the future, and we help protect their health, income and retirement needs with 3.2 million policies and more than $35 billion in total assets. Our 3,400 associates, 8,600 exclusive agents and independent partner agents guide individuals, families, and businesses through a lifetime of financial decisions.

We are financially strong and well positioned for continued growth, and we are grounded in our core values of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion (DE&I), Integrity, Customer Focus, Excellence, and Teamwork. We have offices in more than 260 communities in the U.S., including our headquarters in Carmel, Indiana, and corporate offices in Birmingham, Chicago, Philadelphia, Orlando and Milwaukee.

At CNO Financial Group, we’re always looking forward—to the security and stability we help create for our insurance brands’ customers, and the growth we create within our own company. We're looking for ambitious people who want to do more. We'll provide you with opportunities to grow your skills through challenging professional experiences.

If you're looking for a culture that encourages development, helps you reach your potential, and rewards you for your contribution, then CNO Financial Group is right for you. For more information, visit

ReqID: JR166554

Category: Administrative/Support

Job Type: Full-Time

Additional Locations: Carmel, IN; Chicago, IL; Philadelphia, PA; Birmingham, AL; Milwaukee, WI