Product Owner 

LOCATION: Avon / Ohio (US-OH), United States | BRAND: Bendix | REQUISITION ID: 2898 | JOB GRADE: 17 


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Position Summary:

As a Product Owner, this individual is responsible for executing projects and product releases related to the Transmission Control product vision and roadmap. Collaborating with product management and stakeholders, this position will help identify the needs and the value this product can bring to the customer and the overall Bendix product portfolio. As part of an Agile Workforce Team, this individual will be responsible for clearly articulating these needs and priority to the development team.   This position is expected to represent the customer and business interests through the definition and prioritization of the agile process that provides sequential deliverables to satisfy the larger business features and solutions.


Essential Functions:

  • Collaborates with Product Management to provide input to the business vision and roadmap.
  • Champion for the Agile product team(s) by motivating and influencing through strong leadership skills to ensure overall success.
  • Champion for the customer by collaborating with the Agile team to develop user stories that create value for our customers.
  • Owns the delivery of the roadmap, product planning, and requirements for new products and improvements as they relate to Transmission Control.
  • Drives the project management aspect of the product strategy, guiding the development team through the execution of milestones and gates as part of the PDC (Product Development & Commercialization) process.
  • Executes the role of a Product Owner as described in the Scrum Guide.
  • Establishes and maintains business cases for opportunities based on product and customer strategies.
  • Works collaboratively with the Agile team(s) to align with product vision, negotiate commitments and maximize value delivery.
  • Sequences and balances trade-offs among conflicting business priorities.
  • Constantly pursues incremental delivery by looking for ways to meet business goals while learning from development team and end users through frequent, measurable enhancements.
  • Interacts with stakeholders during sprint reviews, or individually, to show the most critical aspects of a solution and negotiate feasible systems solutions
  • Effectively communicates with team members, stakeholders and all levels of management
  • Fosters a strong team interaction that allows people to get information on time by creating an environment where people share ideas and opinions, even when they disagree to ensure optimum solutions, activities.
  • Acts as customer advocate for team questions and seeks out opportunities to connect the team with end users, stakeholders and customers to develop and improve their understanding and empathy of end user needs



  • Experience negotiating tradeoffs with technical and business resources
  • Solutions-based thinking in problem solving, asking probing questions and looking for underlying issues
  • Experience with the Agile and Lean values/concepts preferred
  • Understanding of major functional and cross-functional business processes and related metrics, as well as project management knowledge to drive cross-functional activities and milestones (Engineering, Operations, Financial, Marketing, and Sales).
  • Capable of barrier breaking and resolution methods given competing priorities outside of the immediate group.
  • Understanding and utilization of business, management and people processes needed for overall success.
  • Demonstrated ability to understand complex ideas and break them down into smaller concepts and deliverables.



  • External and internal customer relationship building or training.
  • Experience managing and prioritizing business and customer requirements including but not limited to those necessary to achieve planned internal and external milestones
  • Accomplished at working effectively to tight deadlines regardless of possible setbacks and stress.
  • Agile Scrum development environment experience is a plus
  • Experience in the automotive or transportation industry preferred.



  • Business acumen and ability to understand the larger company strategy
  • Ability to listen to, understand and articulate customer needs
  • Ability to work both independently and within a close team environment
  • Advanced interpersonal skills, with the ability to build relationships and manage conflicts across the organization, along with networking in an effective way.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills; capable of formal and informal discussions at all levels of the business; has professional presence.
  • Possesses strong self-development skills; highly-motivated and energetic, ready to act and deliver business results.
  • Displayed leadership skills with complex project teams.
  • Willing to make decisions involving appropriate risk to gain an advantage.
  • Influences and motivate others, provides direction, removes barriers, leads high impact teams.
  • Proven ability to lead in situations without direct authority
  • Possesses strong self-development skills; highly-motivated and energetic, ready to act and deliver business results.
  • Excellent strategic and tactical problem-solving skills.
  • Able to negotiate for resources, equipment or other support.  
  • Displayed leadership skills with complex project teams and is seen as a leader by senior management.
  • Willing to make decisions involving appropriate risk to gain an advantage.
  • Ability to develop and use early warning indicators and other analytical tools for situation assessment or changing conditions, draw conclusions and make recommendations.



  • Bachelor’s degree in Engineering, Business or Supply Chain Management
  • CSPO or LSPO Certification a plus

Position Requirements:  

The demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. 




What does Bendix have to offer you? 
- Work/life balance that includes Paid Vacation & Holiday Paid Time Off 
- 401k Plan with Company matching 
- Retirement Savings Plan
- Educational Assistance Program (Tuition Reimbursement)
- Wellness Program and incentives
- Telework policy
- On-Site Fitness Center
- On-Site Cafeteria with Healthy menu options
- Health and Welfare Insurance Benefits that start on your 1st day of employment:

Company-Paid Benefits:
- Basic Life Insurance
- Basic Accidental Death and Dismemberment (AD&D) Insurance
- Short Term Disability
- Business Travel Accident Insurance
- Employee Assistance Program (EAP)

Voluntary Employee-Paid Benefits:
- Medical and Prescription insurance
- Dental insurance
- Vision insurance
- Supplemental Life Insurance Plans
- Supplemental AD&D insurance for Employee and Family
- Long Term Disability
- Accident Plan
- Critical Illness Plan
- Hospital Indemnity Plan

Nearest Major Market: Cleveland
Nearest Secondary Market: Akron