Product Owner/Business Analyst

Breakthrough Technologies is looking for a Product Owner/Business Analyst with 5+ years of business or system analysis experience within the software development industry.

Product Owner/Business Analyst

Breakthrough Technologies is looking for a Product Owner/Business Analyst with 5+ years of business or system analysis experience within the software development industry.

This position is responsible for co-owning the solution’s vision with our client partners, facilitating discovery/scoping/requirements gathering sessions, and building out the product backlog through the development of user stories.

Ongoing responsibilities include ensuring that the solution stays aligned with the client’s roadmap/ business goals as well as with the project budget/timeline. Related activities include prioritizing needs in collaboration with the client partner, maintaining product and sprint backlogs, supporting the Scrum team’s understanding of client priorities and solution functionality, and providing ongoing solution support.

Additional duties include providing software/application demos to clients, documentation/training creation, estimation for new sales opportunities, supporting team with new proposals, and assisting with continuous improvement initiatives.

Candidates must be well-organized and have excellent communication skills, especially when translating difficult/technical client needs to team and maintaining effective partner relationships with clients.

Skills/Experience/Education Required:

• 5+ years of business or system analysis within software development industry
• 2+ years of business or system analysis experience working within an Agile development environment
• Experience managing scope/budget for external clients across multiple projects
• Experience serving as Subject Matter/Product Expert for solutions built for clients
• Strong prioritization, problem-solving and negotiation skills
• Expert knowledge creating the following analysis documents: project scope/vision document, process model/flow, requirement specification, wireframes, use cases, user stories
• Excellent knowledge of both Waterfall and Agile software development methodologies
• Strong written and oral communication skills a must, with the ability to articulate technical ideas to non-technical people

Additional Skills/Experience Preferred:

• Experience with large-scale assessment platforms
• CSPO/PSPO or equivalent certification
• Designing or analysis of software/applications for mobile devices
• Working knowledge of the quality assurance process and methodology
• Experience with JIRA/Confluence/Atlassian tools


Breakthrough Technologies is a small custom software development company located in downtown Evanston, near both the L and Metra Davis Street stations. We provide our employees with a wide range of benefits including 401K (company match), health insurance, life insurance and paid vacations.

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About us:

Founded in 1998 by software engineers, Breakthrough Technologies (BT) builds web applications, K-12 and Professional assessment solutions to address a wide variety of complex problems. In addition to assessments, we develop custom web applications when out-of-the-box solutions don't offer what a client truly needs or wants.

For our clients, we won't redirect you to mainstream, costly technology in order to find a solution to your problem. We will communicate with you though to develop a smart, creative solution using open-source products that perfectly fits your needs.

We leverage proven platforms, such as TAO and Drupal. We also deliver Javascript, Amazon Web Services (AWS), and other end-to-end services. We are 100% based in the U.S. with offices north of Chicago, right next to Northwestern University.

Breakthrough is an equal opportunity employer and we are committed to promoting equal employment opportunity. No employee or candidate will be discriminated against based on: age, race, color, physical or mental disability, national origin, ancestry, citizenship status, order of protection status, pregnancy, religion, sex or gender, sexual orientation, marital status, arrest record, military status, unfavorable discharge from military service.

Job type: Full time
Salary: $110,000 - $125,000 per year