Senior Product Owner

Wabtec Corporation

West Melbourne, FL


Position summary

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Wabtec's Precision Dispatch System (PDS) is an advanced software solution that provides real-time train dispatching functions that direct and control the movement of trains over a railroad network.

Who will you be working with?

You will work very closely with Wabtec Project Managers, Product Owners, Software Delivery Managers, Technical Leads, Test Managers, and the PDS Director. You will direct the work of a Software Development Scrum team for PDS & Electronic Train Control (ETC) scope of work. Additionally, you will represent Wabtec and have significant customer engagement for requirements, solution design, and acceptance criteria definition. This an individual contributor role that reports to Director, Dispatch Application Software Engineering.

How will you make a difference?

This role is a Senior Product Owner (PO) for the Precision Dispatch System (PDS). Specifically responsible for the Electronic Train Control (ETC) and Positive Train Control (PTC) functionality. The PO role with be responsible to own the overall ETC requirements/system design, ETC dev team delivery commitments, the dev team backlog, its prioritization, and you will coordinate the team's delivery commitments to be aligned with the larger customer project commitments. This role will provide day to day direction to the ETC / PTC Development team to develop, test, deliver and integrate the functionality into PDS. This individual will use the Agile processes to provide the team with a clear and descriptive set of requirements captured as Agile Features and/or User stories and partner with the team to determine what can be delivered through balancing the need for new features, defects, and technical debt.

What do we want to know about you?

Your Must have:

  • Basic Qualifications

    • Bachelor's degree in computer science, technology, and engineering.
    • 10+ years Software Industry experience
    • 5+ years as System Engineer and/or Product Owner
    • Highly proficient in spoken and written English
    • Self-starter and able to set direction for self and others when uncertainty exists.
    • Minimal supervision to perform duties.
    • Proactive work ethic to energetically identify risks and mitigate them.
    • Attention to detail to create Feature Stories, user Stories, DoD
    • Ability to flex leadership style to persuade and motivate teams.
  • It would be great if you had the following:

    • Railroad Domain Experience

    • Dispatch Experience

    • Positive Train Control Experience (PTC)

    • Software engineering background

What will your typical day look like?

  • Interactions with customer, the Product Manager, the Lead Product Owner, Technical Leads, SMEs, and Dev team to elaborate requirements into actionable Designs, features and user stories.

  • Elaborate requirements into features and user stories, including strong acceptance criteria and requirement traceability.

  • Translate unstructured or ambiguous work requests into actionable user stories.

  • Reviews features and user stories with customer, the Product manager, the Lead Product Owner to ensure they meet customer and product needs.

  • Engage frequently with the development team; facilitate discussions, provide clarification, story acceptance and refinement, testing and validation; contributes to design activities and decisions.

  • Understand security and compliance requirements; establish seamless integration with Cyber Security and the compliance teams.

  • Ensures Development team features, and user stories meet the 'Definition of Ready' & 'Definition of Done' and accept and/or reject the development team features and/or user stories along with any defects.

  • Use software industry standard tools to plan and track features and user stories such as Rally or similar.

  • Own and manage the team backlog; continuously order and prioritize to ensure that 1-2 sprints/iterations of backlog are always ready.

  • Organize and facilitate development team sprint demo.

  • Provides status on the development teams progress against sprint plan.

  • Lead efforts to drive resolution of production issues across support and engineering teams.

  • Lead & represent development team at project sprint demo.

  • Leads dev team sprint planning meetings.

What about the physical demands of the job?

  • This position is required to talk and hear on a regular basis.

  • This position with be needed to travel less than 10% to Melbourne FL and/or Atlanta GA

  • This position will have the need to use a computer for programing and interacting with their team.

  • This position may be asked to perform duties outside of their function or trade, for which adequate training will be provide is necessary.


Wabtec Corporation is committed to taking on the world's toughest challenges. In order to fulfill that commitment we rely on a culture of leadership, diversity and inclusiveness. We aim to employ the world's brightest minds to help us create a limitless source of ideas and opportunities. We believe in hiring talented people of varied backgrounds, experiences and styles...people like you! Wabtec Corporation is committed to equal employment opportunity regardless of race, color, ancestry, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, age, citizenship, marital status, disability, gender identity or expression, or protected Veteran status. If you have a disability or special need that requires accommodation, please let us know.