Distributor Guidanz Solution Manager




Indianapolis, IN


Position summary

Distributor Guidanz Solution Manager


Distributor Guidanz Solution Manager

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We are looking for a talented Distributor Guidanz Solution Manager to join our team specializing in Systems/Information Technology for our Distribution Business Segment hybrid out of one of our regional locations.

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

  • Cross-functional expertise and content authority for the Program Backlog.
  • Responsible for identifying customer needs and product market trends, prioritizing features, guiding the work through the Program Kanban in support of business agility and developing the program Vision and Roadmap for multiple Agile Release Trains (ARTs).
  • Champions program budget, release strategy, releasability of all elements of the solution, and maximizing the value of the products resulting from the work of multiple product/agile teams or from the product/agile https://portfolio.Works with customers (as well as Product Owners) to continuously understand and communicate their needs and participate in the validation of the proposed solutions; represents the voice of the customer; entrepreneur for products; expert on the archetypical users of products; Articulates and prioritizes personas and their problems so that appropriate products or solutions can be built.
  • Works with Epic Owners to develop the Lean business case for Epics that affect multiple Agile Release Trains (ARTs).
  • Expert on how strategic themes influence the strategic direction of multiple program portfolios; leads the direction provided by the Portfolio Canvas, Lean Budgets, and Guardrails.
  • Works with portfolio stakeholders, customers, ARTs and Solution Trains to understand needs and build and prioritize the solution backlog; accountable for effective product backlog management; defines and explicitly communicates the Solution goals; creates, orders, and clearly communicates Solution/ Product Categories Backlog items apart from ensuring that the solution backlog is transparent, visible, and understood.
  • Works with System and Solution Architecture/Engineering to understand Enabler work and assist with decision-making and sequencing of technological infrastructures.
  • Collaborates with Solution Management through participation in solution backlog refinement and prioritization as well as splitting Capabilities into Features, and Non-Functional Requirements (NFRs), as needed.
  • Provides cross-functional expertise in Pre- and Post-Program Increment (PI) Planning to define inputs, quality checks, and high-level objectives as well and then summarize findings into an agreed-to set of solution PI objectives.
  • Collaborates with Release Management on progress, budget, release strategy, and releasability of the elements of the solution.
  • Participates in the Operating budget process. Helps determine service delivery charges and determines forecast of needs.
  • Strong understanding 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.
  • 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.
  • Business insight - Applying knowledge of business and the marketplace to advance the organization's goal.
  • 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.
  • Customer focus - Building strong customer relationships and delivering customer-centric solutions.
  • Communicates effectively - Developing and delivering multi-mode communications that convey a clear understanding of the unique needs of different audiences.
  • 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.

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) or SAFe® Agile Product and Solution Management certifications are preferred.
  • This position may require licensing for compliance with export controls or sanctions regulations.


  • Significant business knowledge with experience managing multiple solutions and knowledge and practical experience of the Lean methodology, principles and tools are preferred.
  • Experience working with Technology based solutions and products is required.
  • Experience working in an Agile Environment is required.
  • Experience working as a Product Manager is required.
  • Serves as the connecting point between the platform experts/developers and the global business process experts.
  • Identifies misalignments between the platform capabilities and business processes for the business process owner to resolve.
  • Coordinates with and enables the change manager for necessary communication and training efforts.
  • Leads prioritization and management of the backlog and new feature requests from DBU stakeholders.
  • Develops, documents, and clarifies global business requirements as necessary.
  • Experience with Salesforce preferred.

Compensation & Benefits

Salary range is $112,000 - $168,000. 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 Sep 1, 2023, 9:24:59 AM

Unposting Date Ongoing

Organization Distribution Business

Role Category Hybrid - Potential for Partial Remote

Relocation Package Ineligible

Req ID: 230005D8

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