Product Owner - NDS

4 weeks ago
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Information Technology


Create a collaborative and transparent environment that helps deliver business value in a quick and interactive fashion. Collaboration, relationship-building, communication and leadership are key aspects of the product owner role. The ultimate purpose of the product owner is to understand the stakeholder needs, prioritize those needs based on business value and communicate those to the technology delivery team so they can continuously improve the product.


  1. Active and effective collaboration with stakeholders, development teams and Product Manager to ensure an aligned understanding of business needs and objective consistent understanding of business value to be delivered and common understanding of release plans and impacts.
  2. Ensuring decisions are made regarding product direction and priorities, and are based on stakeholder input and factual evidence.
  3. Facilitating creativity and shepherding the innovation process – seeking team imput and buy in on decisions.
  4. Responsible for maximizing the value of the product by clearly articulating the ‘what’ and the ‘why’ of the work prepared for the delivery team.
  5. Owner of the product backlog to ensure it is prioritized based on business value and in alignment with product strategy.
  6. Ensuring the backlog is visible, transparent and clear, and provides detailed descriptions of the desired outcome to the delivery team.
  7. Leading the backlog refinement and product demos for the team.



Bachelor’s degree or related fields and/or commensurate experience.  Master’s degree beneficial.



  1. 2+ years’ business and/or project management experience required
  2. 2+ years’ experience with process improvement and/or quality improvement initiatives required
  3. Proven experience working with Senior Executives required
  4. Extensive experience with MS Office, MS Project, & MS Visio required
  5. 2+ years’ experience with formal measurement and statistical concepts preferred
  6. 2+ years’ student loan experience preferred



  1. Excellent analytical and problem solving skills
  2. Ability to conceptualize and analyze complex business processes
  3. Strong motivation, negotiation, facilitation, and presentation skills
  4. Ability to define and achieve business goals and meet deadlines while working both independently & collaboratively
  5. Proven leadership and employee development capabilities
  6. Strong customer service focus
  7. Exceptional organizational skills
  8. Experience developing and implementing processes and procedures
  9. Exceptional oral, written, and interpersonal communication skills
  10. Solid financial and budgetary skills
  11. Ability to successfully manage multiple, simultaneous initiatives and conflicting priorities
  12. Demonstrated skills in project management techniques, methods, processes and practices
  13. Ability to meet and manage customer expectations in a professional and timely manner

EEO Statement

Nelnet is an Equal Opportunity Employer, complies with Executive Order 11246, and takes affirmative action to ensure that qualified applicants are employed, and that employees are treated during employment, without regard to race, color, religion/creed, national origin, gender, or sex, marital status, age, disability, use of a guide dog or service animal, sexual orientation, military/veteran status, or any other status protected by Federal or State law or local ordinance. Qualified individuals with disabilities who require reasonable accommodations in order to apply or compete for positions at Nelnet may request such accommodations by contacting Nelnet Talent Acquisition & Recruiting.

Nelnet is a Drug Free and Tobacco Free Workplace.


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