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Lean-Agile/SAFe Product Manager

Posted: 05/15/2022

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American Century Investments® is a leading global asset manager focused on delivering investment results and building long-term client relationships while supporting research that can improve human health and save lives. Founded in 1958, the firm’s 1,400 employees serve financial professionals, institutions, corporations and individual investors, offering a wide range of investment strategies across a variety of investment disciplines.

We are committed to providing institutional-quality, actively managed solutions with a performance-centered mindset. Our expertise spans global growth equity, global value equity, disciplined equity, multi-asset strategies, global fixed income, alternatives and ETFs.

Privately controlled and independent, we focus solely on investment management. This empowers us to align our decisions with client expectations and concentrate on their long-term money management needs.

Our culture of winning behaviors exemplifies our dedication to clients every single day. Delivering investment results enables us to distribute over 40% of our dividends—more than $1.8 billion — to the Stowers Institute for Medical Research, a 500-person, non-profit basic biomedical research organization with a controlling interest in American Century Investments. Our dividend payments provide ongoing financial support for the Institute’s work of uncovering the causes, treatments and prevention of life-threatening diseases, like cancer.

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Do you have experience using market research to identify an innovative vision for the future? Do you excel at being a strategic partner? We may have the role you've been waiting for!

The Lean-Agile SAFe Product Manager is a member of the Agile Release Train (ART) Product Management team acting as the internal voice of the customer. As a team member, you will represent Enterprise Data and collaborate to develop and communicate a program vision and strategy in alignment with the ART’s strategic themes and priorities. Other primary responsibilities include breaking epics into features and sequencing the work into releases to improve value delivered by the ART.

In this role, you will interact with executive partners, System Architects, business users, and Product Owners to identify, groom and prioritize features and releases for the program backlog. This role is ultimately responsible for helping to deliver Investment and Product data solutions for the enterprise.


  • Serve as a Product Manager for the Enterprise Data organization focused on Investment and Product data.

  • Capture business requirements and translate them into detailed specifications. Defines minimum viable product (MVP) for products/features in scope. Helps key team members to better understand the product vision.

  • Analyze feasibility, cost ramifications, economies, or other aspects of planned or potential programs.

  • Possess a broad understanding of market dynamics and demonstrable experience with client-centric research and design methodologies.

  • Understand portfolio and ART themes and assist in decomposition of epics into features and releases to improve early value realization

  • Work collaboratively with all Product Managers within the ART to build a vision and strategy that balance business functionality and architectural considerations and to groom and prioritize the program backlog to ensure features are ready for Program Increment (PI) planning

  • Assist in communicating the vision and release objectives during PI planning

  • Validate features and releases to meet their pre-determined acceptance criteria

  • Coordinate dependencies with other Product Managers across ARTs and shared services

  • Work closely with key partners throughout the organization to understand challenges and requirements

  • Communicate program/domain/business knowledge across the company

Required experience/education:

  • Bachelor's degree in relevant field (e.g. economics, finance, computer science, mathematics) some combination of business and technology education is highly preferred, or have related work experience

  • Combination of 5-7 years of experience in the following: Financial Services. Domain/capability (data analytics, investment management, etc.) Working in a role responsible for product strategy/vision/roadmaps in an Agile environment

  • Comfort and expertise with investment data sets (security master, holdings, portfolio analytics) and an ability to mine such data and produce analyses. Familiarity with a variety of investment asset classes.

  • Knowledge of Agile development methodologies and business/systems analysis.

  • Skilled at translating business need into technology requirements. Ability to depict complex ideas, issues and designs to varied audiences; educate department(s) on business vision and plan and the impact of change

  • Excellent communication (verbal and written) and influencing skills. Ability to create strong partnership with business partners. Client focused with a strong sense of ownership and follow-through

  • Demonstrates tenacity and passion to accomplish tasks. Diligent and deadline driven with proven ability to multi-task across projects

  • Proactively anticipate needs and act without specific direction. Bring new ideas to the company. Solution oriented, proactive and team spirited.

  • Strong planning, organization, scheduling, budgeting, and goal setting skills.

  • Propensity to learn new areas of the business, processes, and applications quickly

  • Excellent problem solving and analytical capabilities. Demonstrated the ability to analyze facts, identify issues and represent findings and ideas with clear, well thought out visual representations using Visio diagrams and PowerPoint presentations

  • Able to depict complex ideas, issues and designs to varied audiences; educate department(s) on business vision and plan and the impact of change.

  • Highly motivated with superb communication, leadership, and motivational skills

  • Financial Services experience preferred

  • Product Manager certification preferred

  • Scaled Agile (SAFe) experience preferred

Location: Hybrid and Remote (depending on location) options available

Additional Requirements:

  • To ensure a safe and welcoming work environment for all employees, clients, and visitors, American Century Investments currently requires all U.S. based new hires to have submitted proof of having received the final dose of an approved COVID-19 vaccine prior to the position start date unless they have obtained a reasonable accommodation.

American Century Investments is committed to complying with the Americans with Disabilities Act and all other applicable Equal Employment Opportunity laws and regulations. As such, American Century strives to provide a reasonable accommodation to any qualified individual under the ADA to perform essential job functions.

American Century Investments believes all individuals are entitled to equal employment opportunity and advancement opportunities without regard to race, religious creed, color, sex, national origin, ancestry, physical disability, mental disability, medical condition, genetic information, marital status, gender, gender identity, gender expression, age for individuals forty years of age and older, military and veteran status, sexual orientation, and any other basis protected by applicable federal, state and local laws. ACI does not discriminate or adopt any policy that discriminates against an individual or any group of individuals on any of these bases.

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