Product Owner

Houston, TX

Onsite  -  IT - Project / Program / Change Management  -  Direct Placement  -  Job ID: 24-01215

Title: Product Owner
Location: Houston, TX 
Duration: Direct-Hire
Work Requirements: US Citizen, Green Card Holder, or Authorized to Work in the US

Product Owner

Job duties and responsibilities:

  • Responsible for shaping the further evolution and development of middle-office applications that deliver value and realize return on investment expectations.
  • Work directly with stakeholders to understand areas for business process design and enhancement by way of evaluating and making recommendations on specifications for new features or system enhancements.
  • Provide technical and financial analytics.
  • Develop all necessary design, user story requirements, and testing specifications to be used by the development and quality assurance teams for sprint-ready qualifications.
  • Work collaboratively within a Scrum team to produce high quality software applications.
  • Translate high-level strategy & product direction into features, epics, and user stories: prioritize in the product backlog for selection for sprint backlog.
  • Evaluate the quality of ongoing project work efforts and ensure production proceeds according to schedule.
  • Provide direct input on the product roadmap to align with company goals, milestones, strategy, and budget.
  • Define long-term, short-term, and daily work priorities to guide the effort of the development team working in a scrum approach.
  • Responsible for change management including the notification to all impacted departments to ensure changes are well understood and meet their needs.
  • Prioritize and own backlog refinement sessions and drive acceptance testing and the delivery of iterations.
  • Communicate proactively on status, changes, gaps, and workarounds clearly and succinctly to all project stakeholders including third party vendor(s)
  • Responsible for communicating overall project status and needed escalation to the leadership team if scope, budget, or timeline is at risk.
  • Lead in giving demos and training other departments impacted by new features.
  • Give and receive feedback from Retrospectives with the Delivery Teams to share best practices and continuously improve quality.
  • Assist in testing on an as-needed basis.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Essential skills and experience:

  • 5+ years of experience in a Risk/Trading/Pricing role, Product Ownership, Project Management, and/or Business Analyst capacity.
  • Bachelor's degree in a business, technological or related field and a minimum of 5 years of relevant experience.
  • Proficiency in one or more programming languages is a plus.
  • Experience in the back-office or mid-office functions of retail power (i.e., retail pricing and structuring, historical usage acquisition, load forecasting, risk analysis, and retail billing and operations), especially in the de-regulated energy markets.
  • Experience in gathering requirements, engaging with stakeholders at all levels of the organization, defining product strategy and roadmaps, translating requirements to development and QA teams and being the voice of the business.
  • Comprehensive understanding of business rules and retail energy.
  • Work with outside vendors and system integrators to drive on schedule and on budget.
  • Proficient use of Microsoft Office programs including Word, Outlook, and strong Excel skills
  • Proficient with Visio, MS Project, MIRO, Azure DevOps, Jira and/or other project management tools.
  • Experience implementing software projects for consumer facing companies.
  • Experience with change management best practices and Agile/Scrum processes.
  • A successful history of manipulating, processing, and extracting value from large, disconnected datasets.
  • Be a proactive team player – we're a small team with big ambitions in doing things at speed – as we work across several channels, projects, and conflicting priorities, being able to navigate and juggle multiple things on the go is required as well as being proactive enough to anticipate the next steps and actions.
  • Good communication skills, written and oral, for example ensuring sales agents are kept informed of any delays in turning around pricing requests, or outlining the rationale behind a decision not to approve credit for a customer.
  • Analytical mindset, demonstrates ability to problem solve and create practical solutions to overcome problems and mitigate risks.
  • Comfortable working in a target-driven and fast-changing environment, and able to respond to changing business needs.
  • Excellent attention to detail.
  • Excellent analytical, organization and time management skills, with the ability to maintain a strict level of attention to detail.
  • Ability to work well within a team environment and demonstrate a vested interest in team goals and objectives.
  • Excellent interpersonal, verbal, and written communication skills, with the ability to establish and maintain positive and effective working relationships.
  • Self-motivated with the desire to consistently improve performance and gain further knowledge.
  • Ability to meet deadlines, learn quickly and demonstrate effective problem solving and follow-up skills.

About INSPYR Solutions:
Technology is our focus and quality is our commitment. As a national expert in delivering flexible technology and talent solutions, we strategically align industry and technical expertise with our clients' business objectives and cultural needs. Our solutions are tailored to each client and include a wide variety of professional services, project, and talent solutions. By always striving for excellence and focusing on the human aspect of our business, we work seamlessly with our talent and clients to match the right solutions to the right opportunities. Learn more about us at

INSPYR Solutions provides Equal Employment Opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, or genetics. In addition to federal law requirements, INSPYR complies with applicable state and local laws governing nondiscrimination in employment in every location in which the company has facilities.