Manager, IT Product

<strong>AF Group (Lansing, Mich.) and its subsidiaries are a premier provider of innovative insurance solutions. Insurance policies may be issued by any of the following companies within AF Group: Accident Fund Insurance Company of America, Accident Fund National Insurance Company, Accident Fund General Insurance Company, United Wisconsin Insurance Company, Third Coast Insurance Company, or CompWest Insurance Company.</strong>

Lansing, USA

AF Group

<p class="p1"><strong>AF Group&rsquo;s focused and passionate team uses industry-leading best practices, analytics and resources to manage risk and minimize loss for our policyholders while strengthening businesses with our valued independent agent partners.</strong></p> <p class="p1"><strong>We strive to continuously increase the long-term value of our organization by outperforming our industry peers and fostering a culture of underwriting and claims excellence.</strong></p>

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Mid-level Manager

Competitive Compensation and Benefits Package

Overview: The Product Manager will collaborate with internal stakeholders and external clients to define and prioritize the Product Vision and Roadmap. The Product Manager will manage and oversee the design and development of technology solutions including documentation, configuration, customization, and integration. They will combine business expertise while applying agile principles to deliver innovative product solutions to meet the needs of the business.
Responsibilities: <ul> <li>Lead and drive product planning; oversee development and implementation.</li> <li>Maintain the overall product backlog.</li> <li>For projects, monitors resource burn rate, controls and adjusts project resources as required to ensure successful project delivery.</li> <li>Effectively motivate, lead and manage team members. Implement and maintain a rapid application development methodology that optimizes an Agile approach.</li> <li>Collaborate with Product Owners on product direction, deliverables, and release planning.</li> <li>Engage with Underwriting, Claims, and Finance Business Units, internal operations, and key stakeholders to define product needs and innovation opportunities.</li> <li>Engage with internal peers to identify and solve cross-functional requirements.</li> <li>Work closely with the team to aid in the development of clear documentation, user manuals, training materials, and business process flows that explain how our technology solutions and business processes are executed.</li> <li>Escalate high-level risks and issues to Program leadership.</li> <li>Collaborate with Product Owners on product direction, deliverables, and release planning.</li> <li>Coordinate response on project issues for presentation to Program leadership and oversight committees.</li> <li>Collaborate with Change Management to produce clear, concise, and timely project communication.</li> <li>Collaborate with business process analysts on process alignment and optimization.</li> <li>Work with Scrum Masters to address identified blockers and&nbsp;share responsibility for overall delivery.</li> <li>Collaborate with architecture on the technical direction of the product and help align that direction with the business and enterprise goals.</li> <li>Leads the analysis and estimation effort to develop accurate estimates of project and team resource needs.</li> <li>Works closely with other Leads and Architects to collaborate on major design decisions.</li> <li>Provides technical leadership to the team in meeting milestones and deliverables by helping to identify and resolve design and development issues as they occur.</li> <li>Serves as a point of escalation for requirements, design, development, and testing activities across the workstreams and facilitates design and development working sessions.</li> <li>Provides leadership to the team jointly with the Scrum Master to meet expectations for scope and schedule by identifying and resolving technical barriers.</li> <li>Ensures adoption and application of technical best practices.</li> <li>Provides subject matter expertise with regard to how legacy systems function and what business rules are used.</li> <li>Participates in sponsor meetings and executive update meetings as needed.</li> <li>Participates in the architecture meetings to ensure understanding of the linkage between the architecture and configuration, integration, ETL, and other designs. Prior experience with major information technology processes (particularly application development, database administration, and data warehousing) is required.</li> </ul>
Requirements: <p><strong>EDUCATION:</strong></p> <p>Bachelor&rsquo;s degree in computer science or related field.&nbsp; Combinations of relevant education, certifications, and experience may be considered in lieu of a degree.<br /><br /></p> <p><strong>EXPERIENCE:</strong></p> <p>Five years of progressive responsibility in an IT environment with demonstrated technical knowledge which provides the necessary skills, knowledge, and abilities.&nbsp; Three years of leadership experience in IT is required.&nbsp;&nbsp; Experience within the insurance industry and highly preferred.</p> <ul> <li>Experience leading technical teams in a highly collaborative environment to deliver solutions for insurance business applications.</li> <li>Experience with major information technology processes (particularly application development, database administration, and data warehousing).</li> <li>Experience creating and maintaining technical documentation.</li> <li>Experience with Agile/Scrum methodologies.</li> </ul> <br /> <p><strong>SKILLS/KNOWLEDGE/ABILITIES (SKA) REQUIRED:</strong></p> <ul> <li>Knowledge of XML tools.</li> <li>Knowledge of SOA and multi-application/cross-platform integrations.</li> <li>Knowledge of data scripting and programming.</li> <li>Working knowledge of Lean principles and practices.</li> <li>Strong attention to detail.</li> <li>Strong sense of ownership and commitment to program/project goals.</li> <li>Ability to understand the context of assigned tasks within the larger portfolio.</li> <li>Ability to quickly learn new technologies, integration patterns and best practices.</li> <li>Ability to create business cases, taking into consideration market demand and competitive pricing, cost to build and cost to operate.</li> <li>Ability to prioritize and organize effectively.</li> <li>Excellent story writing and story splitting skills.</li> <li>Critical thinking and analytical skills.</li> <li>Excellent communications skills.</li> <li>Must have collaborative attitude and innovative mindset.</li> </ul>