Jr. Agile Coach/Product Owner Support

Grant Thornton 12/6/2018 7:25:22 AM
JOB ID: 042291 Specialty:
Alexandria, Virginia




Grant Thornton is seeking a Senior Associate to join its Enterprise Technology Services service line and take an active role in engagement execution, project management and key business development activities.

Grant Thornton Public Sector helps executives and managers at all levels of government maximize their performance and efficiency in the face of ever tightening budgets and increased demand for services. We give clients creative, cost-effective solutions that enhance their acquisition, financial, human capital, information technology, data analytics, and performance management. For more information, visit grantthornton.com/publicsector.

At Grant Thornton, our professional staff applies traditional, cutting-edge approaches and methods to a variety of analyses. As part of our team, the Senior Associate will utilize various methodologies and models to execute client projects.

This individual will support client product managers in developing and managing the strategy, roadmap, and feature definition for the client product line. Responsibilities will include:
• Educate PMs on setting a product vision and strategy that is differentiated and delivers unique value based on customer demands. This includes defining personas and analyzing environmental and competitive conditions.
• Help define what the product team will deliver and the timeline for implementation. This includes creating a release plan, capturing actionable feedback and ideas, and prioritizing features
• Provide cross-functional support, most notably between technical teams, business teams, and other support stakeholders. A key aspect of this is communicating the product roadmap and keeping everyone informed of updates
• Facilitate the work and communication between CX, technology and the business
• Work with PMs to spend time with customers regularly and using feedback to validate hypotheses and guide product decisions
• Educate PMs on how to decide on what order to work on things based on factors such of ease of development, cost and customer value
• Review and leverage data gathered in order to remain informed and help drive product decisions
• Challenge others, in a respectful way, with empathy driven by evidence and not simply opinion
• Work with our other agile coaches supporting Product Owner teams effectively apply and improve upon foundational agile practices.
• Determine and implement the appropriate product development activities to achieve product vision, from strategic to tactical.
• Direct the completion of projects within estimated time frames and budget constraints
• Coordinate project specific parties, and review work products for completeness and adherence to applicable regulations and customer requirements
• Coach and mentor peer and junior staff members.
Meet or exceed targeted billing hours (utilization).
Assist with business development activities, such as proposals, capture, account teams, whitepapers, conferences, and/or other thought leadership materials.


Experienced analyzing competitive environments to define a differentiated product vision that delivers unique value
Demonstrates experience of a Lean Startup mindset, working iteratively (“build, measure, learn” loop) and learning continuously
Has measurable examples of customer testing and going from idea to MVP
Experienced Agile/Scrum practitioner with an in-depth understanding of the practice and principals of Agile/Scrum and have hands-on, real-world experience in each of the Scrum core team roles, and extensive experience with Product Owner teams
Well-versed with Customer Experience feedback and Voice of the Customer
Experienced with product planning and road mapping
Interface with client on daily basis and provide support for the day-to-day activities of the project team, and reviews work products for quality, completeness, and adherence to applicable regulations and adherence to the client agile foundational practice requirements.
Experience working with data analytics, statistical modeling, and trend analysis
Has taken on increasing responsibility in the design, implementation, and management of projects
Experience writing and working with product requirements, features, and user stories preferred
Demonstrates ability to work with direction as well as to work independently, to find and discover issues and to solve problems with limited guidance in a fast paced, highly visible environment
Understands that overtime is required on occasion
Experience working with Scaled Agile teams is preferred
Certified Scrum Product Owner (CSPO) or Certified Scrum Master (CSM) certification highly preferred
Certified Scaled Agile Program Consultant (SPC4 or higher) certification preferred
Product Manager (CPM) or Agile Certified Product Manager and Product Owner (ACPMPO) certification highly preferred
Customer Experience Professional (CCXP) certification highly preferred
PMP certification highly preferred
Bachelor’s Degree required from an accredited college or university in a related field.
Ability to obtain and maintain certain job-related certifications if no job-related advanced degrees.
U.S. citizenship may be required. Ability to work in the United States indefinitely required.
Travel may be required.
Ability to work overtime required on occasion.
Ability to sit in an office environment for long periods of time.
Ability to obtain and maintain a security clearance.
Ability to communicate clearly in writing and verbally.
Ability to obtain and maintain firm independence and abide by firm ethics requirements.
Meet or exceed continuing professional education (CPE) requirements.

Grant Thornton LLP is the U.S. member firm of Grant Thornton International, one of the six global accounting, tax and business advisory organizations. Grant Thornton’s Public Sector, based in Alexandria, VA, is a global management consulting business with the mission of providing responsive and innovative financial, performance management and systems solutions to governments and international organizations. Visit Grant Thornton’s Public Sector at www.grantthornton.com/publicsector.

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Requisition ID: 042291

Alexandria, VA
Alexandria, Virginia