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Guardian Life Agile Product Owner I - Group Benefits in Boston, Massachusetts

Position Summary

Do you have the desire to be part of a high performing team in the Technology & Systems field? Is a culture where “People Count” and “We do the Right Thing” important to you? Guardian Life Insurance Company is actively seeking a passionate, driven, and self-motivated individual to join its Underwriting Process & Technology team. The ideal candidate is someone with a strategic, innovative background, who has previous knowledge in the Agile values, principles, and mindset. Rating, Quoting, and/or Underwriting job experience a plus.

You will:

  • Identify, communicate, and decompose business requirements into small, estimated, functional, 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 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.

  • Work with Product Management Team to ensure vision, goals, and objectives are established and achieved.

  • Participate in team and Agile Release Train (ART) Agile Ceremonies.

  • Apply an Agile mindset and behavior to effectively collaborate with the Agile Release Train (ART), team and stakeholder(s).

  • Leverage Agile estimation, forecasting and economic prioritization (WSJF) tools.

  • Make critical decisions regarding functionality and priority for the team with a focus on delivering value.

You are:

  • A self-starter who seeks to understand customer needs, business demands, and aligns their capacity and skills to implement the best solutions.

  • Determined to find the best approach to the work, identifying the highest value techniques to achieve business objectives.

  • Focused on developing and maintaining relationships with all key stakeholders to gather information, understand interests, and enhance personal and departmental productivity.

You Have:

  • Extensive knowledge of Agile Values, Principles, and mindset with at least 2 years' 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 in a simple and logical manner.

  • 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.

Location:

  • Preferred locations include Guardian's hub offices in Bethlehem, PA; Boston, MA; and New York, NY. Will also consider qualified applicants in other U.S. locations.

  • Work arrangement will be hybrid (two days per week in office; three days per week working from home).

Travel:

  • Minimal travel with this position (possibly two or three times per year).

Salary Range

$66,130.00 - $108,640.00

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.

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.

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

Equity & Inclusion

Opportunities to build inclusive and meaningful connections through involvement in colleague-led affinity groups:

  • Employee Resource Groups:

  • Colleague Connection Committees

  • Community Involvement Committees

A culture that encourages colleagues to bring their authentic selves to work

  • Voluntary self-ID

  • Pronunciation and phonetic spelling of names

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.

Accommodations

Guardian is committed to providing access, equal opportunity and reasonable accommodation for individuals with disabilities in employment, its services, programs, and activities. Guardian also provides reasonable accommodations to qualified job applicants (and employees) to accommodate the individual's known limitations related to pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical conditions, unless doing so would create an undue hardship. 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 applicant_accommodation@glic.com .

Every day, Guardian helps our 29 million customers realize their dreams through a range of insurance and financial products and services. Our Purpose, to inspire well-being, guides our dedication to the colleagues, consumers, and communities we serve. We know that people count, and we go above and beyond to prepare them for the life they want to live, focusing on their overall well-being — mind, body, and wallet. As one of the largest mutual insurance companies, we put our customers first. Behind every bright future is a GuardianTM. Learn more about Guardian at guardianlife.com .

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