Agile Product Owner II.

Remote, Remote
Full Time
Posted on: November 03, 2022

Guardian Life Insurance Company

Agile Product Owner II

Our Product Owner is responsible for establishing a vision for an Agile (Scrum/Kanban) team. The Product Owner prioritizes and manages the health of the team backlog and contributes significantly to team quality. Guardian is seeking a multidimensional Agile leader experienced with the following: Requirement elicitation and analysis, Agile story writing, team-level backlog management, decomposition, and Journey & Story Mapping.

You Will

  • Identify, communicate, and decompose business requirements into small, estimated, functional, and vertical user stories that fit within a single iteration.
  • Define functional and non-functional requirements in the form of acceptance criteria.
  • Prioritize and sequence stories to maximize the business value delivered while maintaining a sustainable pace for the team.
  • Accept user stories as done throughout the iteration with multiple define-build-test cycles.
  • Works with Product Management Team to ensure vision, goals, and objectives are established and achieved.
  • Participate in team Agile Ceremonies
  • Apply an Agile mindset and behavior to effectively collaborate with the team and stakeholder(s).
  • Leverage Agile estimation, forecasting, and economic prioritization (WSJF) tools.
  • Make critical decisions regarding functionality and priority for the team, focusing on delivering value.
  • Use various tools, including personas to guide design choices, empathy maps to help teams understand user needs, journey maps to describe customer experiences across the operational value stream & story maps to design workflows.

Your Qualifications

You Have

  • Extensive knowledge of Agile Values, Principles, and mindset with at least 5 years of experience acting in a Product Owner or Product Manager role.
  • Certified in Scaled Agile - SAFe® Product Owner (PO/PM)
  • Strong technical acumen and system thinking
  • Proficiency using Confluence, JIRA, Clarity, and Jira Align.
  • Consumer-centric focus with experience managing user experience components.
  • An ability to articulate and clearly communicate complex problems and solutions simply and logically.
  • Demonstrated track record in effective requirement elicitation and analysis.
  • Excellent critical thinking and communication skills.
  • Experience serving in an analytical role such as business or system analysis.
  • Self-driven with strong project management and organizational skills.

Your Location

  • This position can be located in any of our Guardian offices in the continental United States or can be remote/work from home.


  • Travel to Guardian Office Location(s) as needed.

What We Offer

  • A dynamic and creative environment with the challenges of accelerating technology and innovation in a secure and compliant way.
  • Competitive compensation package.
  • Excellent medical, dental, supplemental health, life, and vision coverage for you and your dependents with no waiting period.
  • Life and disability insurance.
  • A great 401(k) with company match.
  • Tuition assistance paid parental leave and backup family care.
  • Flexible time off, dress code, and work location policies to balance your work and life in the ways that suits you best.
  • Social responsibility is part of our mission. We are engaged in various initiatives such as volunteering within our local communities, educational alliances with colleges, focusing on sustainability, and promoting diversity and inclusion.

About Guardian

Guardian has been helping people protect their futures and secure their lives for more than 150 years. Every day, we serve approximately 27 million people through a range of insurance and financial products. As one of the largest mutual insurance companies, we know what matters most: putting the needs of our customers first. Because everyone deserves a Guardian. Learn more about Guardian at

Guardian is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will be considered for employment without regard to age, race, color, creed, religion, sex, affectional or sexual orientation, national origin, ancestry, marital status, disability, military or veteran status, or any other classification protected by applicable law.

Our Promise

At Guardian, you’ll have the support and flexibility to achieve your professional and personal goals. Through skill-building, leadership development and philanthropic opportunities, we provide opportunities to build communities and grow your career, surrounded by diverse colleagues with high ethical standards.

Salary Range

$79,450.00 - $147,550.00

The salary range reflected above is a good faith estimate of base pay for the primary location of the position. The salary for this position ultimately will be determined based on the education, experience, knowledge, and abilities of the successful candidate. In addition to salary, this role may also be eligible for annual, sales, or other incentive compensation.

Inspire Well-Being

As part of Guardian’s Purpose – to inspire well-being – we are committed to offering contemporary, supportive, flexible, and inclusive benefits and resources to our colleagues.

Health Care

  • Choice of [high deductible/copay] medical plans* with prescription drugs, including coverage for fertility and transgender inclusive benefits
  • Dental plan
  • Vision plan
  • Health care accounts – flexible spending, health reimbursement, and health savings accounts
  • Critical illness insurance

Life and Disability Insurance

  • Company-paid Life and Disability insurance plus voluntary supplemental coverage
  • Accident insurance

Retirement and Financial

  • 401(k) retirement plan with a company match, plus an annual age/service-based Company contribution and an annual profit-sharing contribution, if applicable
  • Complimentary 1:1 financial guidance with a licensed Fidelity representative

Time Off and Remote Work

  • Flexible work arrangements (part in-person/part remote)
  • Unlimited paid time off for most roles plus time off for volunteering, jury duty, voting, and bereavement
  • Personal holidays for colleagues to use in recognition of religious, cultural, or civic days
  • Paid parental leave and paid family and medical leave policies

Emotional Well-being and Work-Life

  • Emotional well-being, mental health, and work/life resources powered by Spring Health
  • Wellness programs, including fitness program and equipment reimbursement
  • Child, adult, and elder back-up care support through Bright Horizons
  • Adoption assistance
  • College planning
  • Tuition reimbursement
  • Student loan assistance
  • Commuter benefits in select metropolitan areas

Justice, Equity, Diversity & Inclusion (J.E.D.I.)

  • Employee Resource Groups that advocate for inclusion and diversity
  • J.E.D.I. certification and training programs
  • Matching gifts/volunteering

Benefits apply to full-time eligible employees. Interns are not eligible for most Company benefits.

Equal Employment Opportunity

Guardian is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will be considered for employment without regard to age, race, color, creed, religion, sex, affectional or sexual orientation, national origin, ancestry, marital status, disability, military or veteran status, or any other classification protected by applicable law.

Guardian is committed to providing access, equal opportunity and reasonable accommodation for individuals with disabilities in employment, its services, programs, and activities. If reasonable accommodation is needed to participate in the job application or interview process, to perform essential job functions, and/or to receive other benefits and privileges of employment, please contact


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