Technology Product Owner - Global Patient Care Solutions

Lake County, IL, US
Oct 13, 2019
Required Education
Masters Degree/MBA
Position Type
Full time
The Business Technology Solutions Product Owner is the technology account executive, business relationship manager, and the voice of the customer. S/He knows the business strategy and can formulate business priorities to the feature team that can build and deliver the product solution per specifications. The Product Owner manages and prioritizes the content produced by development teams and continually searches for ways to improve efficiency.

The Product Owner for AbbVie Care Global Companion will be responsible for owning the technology product features, technical user stories, solution architecture, design and delivery of an integrated, global, white label, multi-lingual, multi-brand/therapeutic areas set of strategies and tactics to meet specific business outcomes. The Global Companion set of products and services include building and connecting patient-facing mobile app, an HCP facing interface as well as information for AbbVie's care teams in a seamless, integrated and real-time fashion to provide best in class services to AbbVie's customers as well as help design and realize the data strategies for AbbVie Care Patient Support Programs.

The Technology Product Owner is responsible to proactively understand Brand strategies, educate cross-functional teams on existing technology capabilities, and influence/develop capabilities roadmaps. He/she will stay on top of technology trends and perform the required technical research and due diligence when necessary to recommend the use of new technology capabilities; balancing opportunities for innovation, business benefits, existing IT standards, and IT roadmaps.

This position is responsible for planning and overseeing a software product from ideation to completion; including securing cross-functional alignment on project scope, benefits, cost, and timeline with global design and ability to land the product into countries/markets of needs and choice. He/she is expected to work effectively across various IT shared services teams, external agencies/vendors, and other Commercial business stakeholders.

Primary Responsibilities/Duties
  • Product owner for the Global Digital Companion platform designed to serve AbbVie patients, HCPs and rest of the care team.
  • Voice of the Customer -
    • Know the business strategy and can clearly formulate business priorities to the Feature team.
    • Facilitate the relationship with the end customer and business leadership/owners, bringing the voice and priorities of the customer to the forefront.
    • Define and maintain long term product vision
    • Prioritize issues and have enough autonomy to make decisions.
    • Become a business expert with deep content knowledge
    • Ensure that systems are architected in a way that results in technology synergies and simplified integration to help manage multi-vendor relationships and Home Office Data Integrations.
    • Data driven approach to identify new product opportunities and enhancements. identify product gaps, generate new ideas, influence investment decisions to improve product capabilities
    • Lead product domain strategy, quarterly roadmap and commitment to the customer
    • Develop and maintain meaningful relationships with customer and partner teams
    • Proactively understand the business strategies and the technology needs of the assigned Brand.
    • Identify current and emerging business needs and evaluates technology solutions to balance short term and long-term objectives.
  • Product Solution and Delivery -
    • Actively participate in Design Solution thinking.
    • Identify features to be delivered; Align product roadmap and execution with customer and partner roadmaps
    • Responsible for product backlog prioritization
    • Owns product commitments and outcomes to the business
    • Contribute to vision, roadmap, and content presentations
    • Active daily participant in iterations and sprints (planning through to showcases) and team retrospective
    • Provide content during analysis for user stories
    • Sign off on user stories and UAT testing
    • Assist in development of story acceptance criteria, fulfilling QA role
    • Assist in decision making (though not required to have technical expertise)
    • Demonstrate new functionality in release demo, and be accountable for showcase reports
    • Effectively communicate strategies & trade-offs up to senior leaders and down to development teams
    • Ensure the solution solves the business problem or meets the customer needs
  • Backlog management
    • Provide content for Feature team backlog
    • Build, prune, and maintain team backlog
    • Decide on user story/feature prioritization by prioritizing the feature team backlog
    • Decide whether a feature gets de-scoped during the sprint process
    • Collaborate with the Product Manager, the Scrum Master and team, collaborate on a regular basis to groom the feature backlog.
    • Reviews and reprioritizes the team backlog before iteration planning sessions
    • Determines dependencies on other teams.
    • Ensures flow of work (at least two iterations' worth of stories in backlog)
  • Continual Improvement
    • Identify ways to improve processes to be lean and efficient while meeting business delivery requirements.
    • Identify ways to continually improve on quality standards.
    • Identify opportunities to lower operational costs.
    • Apply analytical approach to assess product gaps and make data driven decisions
    • Author quality product requirement specifications
  • Global perspective
    • Operate with global mindset - ability to understand needs of various AbbVie markets/countries and influence adoption or adaption of global, standard technology products and services
    • Manage priorities and delivery of the roadmap with globally distributed teams
    • Understand country-specific regulations, compliance requirements and tailor technology products and services to meet such needs
    • Design and implement product roadmap that aligns with affiliate priorities, needs and serves strategic vision.
    • Align technology and non-technology stakeholders to software product capabilities.
  • Technical Competencies
    • Knowledge and experience with designing and developing end-user experiences via an omnichannel architecture (include web, mobile, email, SMS etc.)
    • Knowledge of industry leading data integration design patterns, platforms and data exchanges.
    • Knowledge of SaaS based platforms such as and its products (Health Cloud, Marketing Cloud, Community Cloud) or similar.
    • Experience with B2C mobile app design and delivery technologies.
    • Thorough understanding of agile and waterfall SLC methodologies and best practices.
  • Responsible for compliance with applicable AbbVie Policies and procedures.
  • Understand both data and technology capabilities already in use across AbbVie and recommend appropriate application for the assigned Brand.
  • Lead the creation of Brand specific data and technology roadmaps to support the strategic needs of the Brand. Ensure alignment between evolving business needs and corporate technology strategies.
  • Manage a portfolio of projects for the Brand; providing visibility to business and technology leadership on the status, benefits, costs, and risks of new requests and in-process projects.
  • Develop comprehensive project estimates and timelines by soliciting input and collecting feedback from all impacted stakeholders.
  • Work across IT and business functions to negotiate and secure the availability of resources to meet the demands of the Brand.
  • Supervise a matrix team of Project Managers, Architects, Business Systems Analysts, and Programmers to deliver technology projects for the assigned Brand.
  • Effectively work with Director and VP level business leaders across Commercial Sales, Marketing, Customer Experience, Managed Health Care, Medical Affairs, Finance, Marketing Analytics, and HEOR to drive for results.
  • Act with urgency and passion. Help others be successful.
  • Work with minimal oversight; deliverables and relationships are monitored through periodic reviews.

  • Bachelor's Degree in Computer Science, Information Science, or related field
  • Bachelor's degree and 14 years experience, or Master's degree and 12 years or PhD and 6 years experience preferred.
  • Minimum of 7 to 10 years of work experience including software product management, business analysis, project/portfolio management, and strategic planning. 2+ years of experience managing or coaching employees.
  • Demonstrated understanding of Agile development methodologies and IT project management
  • Understands the global pharmaceutical market including role of providers, patients, payers, distributors and policy makers as well as knowledge of global regulatory and compliance requirements.

Skills/Experience Requirements
  • Exceptional communication and interpersonal skills, with proven ability to building trust, listen, and ask effective questions.
  • Innovative thinking and the ability to leverage past experience to be successful in an entrepreneurial environment.
  • Interest in technology trends and application of technology to improve end user's experience.
  • Proven track record of effective project leadership and positive results.
  • Ability to self-manage time and priorities.
  • Working knowledge of IT pricing and contracting practices.
  • Strong analysis and analytical skills.
  • Demonstrate financial acumen - Manage department budget of up to $1.5MM and an IT investment budget of $1MM to $3MM.
  • Excellent spoken and written communication skills with ability to state things simply and persuasively for different audiences
  • Strong interpersonal skills and proven ability to influence others both inside and outside of the organization, and to lead without authority