About the role :
The Student Lending business is a key part of Finastra overall strategy in continuing to deliver on the needs of the governments and students across the country.
Reporting to the Senior Manager Product Management, the Product Analyst is responsible for the review, analysis and evaluation of the product across all stages of the Product Lifecycle (Phases : Ideation, Development, and Management).
The Product Analyst will ensure cross-functional alignment of efforts to ensure the product line meets business needs and is consistent with Finastra objectives.
They will maintain a focus on increasing the profitability of existing product and developing new products, create detailed requirement documentation, functional design specifications, system and training documentation and support system testing for the product.
What you'll do :
Manage the product backlog for Business Intelligence and Analytics scrum team.
Work closely internal stakeholders (Scrum Masters, Dev, QA, and Product) and end users to understand, analyze and gather / validate business and user requirements.
Within every sprint, work closely with the scrum team to ensure they understand the business problem, who the targeted users are and the impact of user stories on the product as a whole.
Ensure that delivered code is in the spirit of the user story validating that the customer / end user experience is captured and value is delivered.
Monitor the progression of each product through the product lifecycle, engaging key internal and external stakeholders and escalating to Product Manager when required
Determine fulfillment of acceptance criteria and offer advice to the Product Manager regarding acceptance of stories.
Supports and owns SCRUM events, including but not limited to, managing / prioritizing the backlog, accepting user stories, and sprint / Program increment demos to both internal and external stakeholders.
Support leadership in meeting timelines, implementing work activities and maintaining artifacts as required
Work with cross-functional groups to understand reporting requirements and solution design.
Work closely with the Product Manager overseeing the Business Intelligence and Analytics work package to prioritize the features / user stories to align to the contract requirements.
What you'll need :
Skills and Knowledge :
Analytical : sound analytical and problem solving skills as well as proven time management
Effective influence and negotiation skills
Strong writing skills, including technical writing
Excellent verbal communication and presentation skills for working with internal and external clients
Well-developed organizational and human relations skills
A combination of being business and technical savvy, having a big-picture vision, and the drive to make that vision a reality
Able to think strategically and get into the details
Proven ability to work with and influence cross-functional teams, and able to deliver effectively as an individual contributor
Proven ability to effectively communicate with several types and levels of staff, both internally and externally
Proven ability to effectively work simultaneously on many priorities, which change frequently
Required Experience :
3-5 years’ experience as a Product Owner, managing a product backlog, preferably with experience in the Business Intelligence and Analytics space (Power BI preferred) and within a SaaS environment
Experience in Data Mapping, data modeling.
5 years of Financial Industry experience; specifically in software development.
Proven success in being able to work with clients and internal stakeholders to deliver actionable insights through best in class BI dashboards and visualizations.
Post-Secondary Education (with a degree in business or technology is an asset)
Understanding of cloud-based solutions (preferably Azure)
Experience working with Mainframe technology datasets (asset)
Experience in working in AGILE Delivery environment. SAFe Product Owner Certification is an asset.
Experience in Lending necessary to understand the business concepts and goals of loan administration (Student Lending Product Knowledge / Experience would be an asset)
Experience working with project management software application analysis, design or implementation (knowledge of project management principles).
Proven track record of product management accomplishments and initiatives with demonstrated success in product launches and end-to-end execution of marketing strategies.