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Cummins Inc. CSSNA IT Product Owner in Indianapolis, Indiana

CSSNA IT Product Owner


CSSNA IT Product Owner

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We are looking for a talented CSSNA IT Product Owner to join our team specializing in Systems/Information Technology for our Distribution Business Segment in Columbus, IN.

In this role, you will make an impact in the following ways:

  • Responsible for working with Agile Product Managers and other stakeholders across multiple cross-functional agile teams to drive the organization's mission, operations, structure, and goals.

  • Streamlines the Product Backlog in support of business agility and product market trends while maintaining the conceptual and technical integrity of the Features or components for the teams, and responsible for maximizing the value of the product resulting from the work in the product/agile team.

  • Identifies short and long-term business priorities using Lean Agile Thinking as well as business expertise and representing the voice of the customer; entrepreneur for products; connects both strategic and tactical objectives working with Product Managers; defines the archetypical users of products; articulates and prioritizes personas and their problems so that appropriate products or solutions can be built.

  • Seeks out and interviews customers for user experience feedback and market trends; illustrates market problems in a story that puts the problems in context.

  • Agile expertise in Lean/Agile leadership; drives the vision and Program backlog; defines key performance indicators and objectives and key results (OKRs); heavily involved in program backlog refinement, preparation for Program Increment planning, and participation in planning events; owns team backlog and implementation; accountable for effective product backlog management.

  • Leads Feature planning and prioritization for capabilities; applies Behavior Driven Development (BDD) to guide development, decrease rework, and increase flow; primary source for story detail and priorities in Iteration Planning, establishes story acceptance criteria.

  • Technical expertise in understanding the scope of enabler work; collaborates with System and Solution Architect/Engineering to assist decisions and sequencing of technology enablers.

  • Defines and explicitly communicates the Product Goal; creates, orders, and clearly communicates Product Backlog items apart from ensuring that the Product Backlog is transparent, visible, and understood.

  • Defines and drives iteration goals and iteration content via prioritized stories and Features; builds, edits, and maintains the Team Backlog of user stories, defects, and enablers; primary responsibility for maintaining the flow of just-in-time story elaboration; accepts user stories as done, including validation the story meets acceptance criteria, has appropriate acceptance tests, and complies with the Definition of Done (DoD).

  • Participates in the Iteration Retrospective and the Inspect & Adapt workshop.

  • Applies different approaches to convince others to change their opinion or plan, and wins support from others for ideas; is able to build support with peers without direct lines of reporting across a matrix organization.

  • Understands and works in line with the organization’s mission, operations, structure, and goals; understands informal structures and processes of the organization; understands organization-level implications of his or her day-to-day decisions.


To be successful in this role you will need the following:


  • Lean Agile and SAFe Mindset - Advocates for and leads others in the concepts of the Agile Manifesto and Lean thinking in support of adopting and applying the 9 SAFe principles and practices for the organization.

  • Agile Systems Thinking - Embraces a holistic approach to analysis that focuses on the way that a system's constituent parts interrelate and how systems work over time and within the context of larger systems to ensure the economic success of the solution.

  • Lean Portfolio Management, budgets, and Economic Framework - Applies Lean and systems thinking approaches in support of strategy, investment funding, Agile portfolio operations, and governance; evaluates working systems; manages Epic investments and dynamic budget adjustments to minimize overhead through funding and empowering Value Streams while maintaining financial and fit-for-use governance to minimize overhead; assesses and supports decision rules that align to the financial objectives of the Solution to guide the economic decision-making process.

  • Program Backlog Management and User Story Elaboration - Identifies, refines, prioritizes, and sequences backlog items using Weighted Shortest Job First (WSJF) to ensure the economic success of the solution; determines the details of a product feature to ensure that any unanswered questions about it are answered so that development can proceed.

  • Building High Performance Teams - Identifies and applies critical skills and Lean-Agile principles and practices in the creation of high-performing Agile teams to construct high-quality, well designed technical solutions.

  • Planning and Managing Ceremonies - Plans, schedules, and leads ceremonies that create a cadence for the team to maximize productivity, promote collaboration, maintain transparency, and inspect and adapt so the team can continuously learn and improve.

  • Business insight - Applying knowledge of business and the marketplace to advance the organization’s goals.

  • Customer focus - Building strong customer relationships and delivering customer-centric solutions.

  • Balances stakeholders - Anticipating and balancing the needs of multiple stakeholders.

  • Global perspective - Taking a broad view when approaching issues, using a global lens.

  • Manages conflict - Handling conflict situations effectively, with a minimum of noise.

  • Communicates effectively - Developing and delivering multi-mode communications that convey a clear understanding of the unique needs of different audiences.

Education, Licenses, Certifications

  • College, university, or equivalent degree in Computer Science, Information Technology, Business, or related subject, or relevant equivalent experience required. SAFe® Product

  • Owner/Agile Product Manager (POPM) certification preferred. This position may require licensing for compliance with export controls or sanctions regulations.


  • Significant business and technical knowledge with practical experience of the Lean Methodology and it's principles and tools are preferred.

  • Significant experience working in an Agile environment is preferred.

  • Previous experience as a Product Owner is preferred.- The Product Owner (PO) is the member of the product team who serves as the Customer proxy and is responsible for working with Product Management and other stakeholders including other Product Owners to define and prioritize user stories in the Team Backlog so the solution effectively addresses program priorities (Features/Enablers) while maintaining technical integrity

  • Supporting the product team as a CSSNA IT Product Owner with concentration of the Canada region and Supply Chain function related processes and capabilities.

Compensation and Benefits

Salary range is $97,600 - $146,400. Please note that the salary range provided is a good faith estimate on the applicable range. The final salary offer will be determined after taking into account relevant factors, including a candidate’s qualifications and experience, where appropriate.

Additional benefits vary between locations and include options such as our 401(k) Retirement Savings Plan, Cash Balance Pension Plan, Medical/Dental/Life Insurance, Health Savings Account, Domestic Partners Coverage and a full complement of personal and professional benefits.

Cummins and E-verify

At Cummins, we are an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer dedicated to diversity in the workplace. Our policy is to provide equal employment opportunities to all qualified persons without regard to race, gender, color, disability, national origin, age, religion, union affiliation, sexual orientation, veteran status, citizenship, gender identity and/or expression, or other status protected by law. Cummins validates right to work using E-Verify. Cummins will provide the Social Security Administration (SSA) and, if necessary, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), with information from each new employee’s Form I-9 to confirm work authorization.


Primary Location United States-Indiana-Indianapolis-US, IN, Indianapolis, Cummins DBU Headquarters

Job Type Experienced - Exempt / Office

Recruitment Job Type Exempt - Experienced

Job Posting May 24, 2023, 12:00:00 PM

Unposting Date Ongoing

Organization Distribution Business

Role Category Hybrid - Potential for Partial Remote

Req ID: 230004SG