Scrum Master


Posted 3 weeks ago

We are looking for a Scrum Master! Reach out if you are interested and feel free to refer friends/colleagues!


Type of Employment: Contract
Title: Scrum Master
Term: Contract – 8 months with extension
Location: Toronto – Hybrid 1-2 days a week
Industry: Banking
Job ID number: 202


Brief Description on the Role:

Candidate Value Proposition:
The candidate will have the opportunity to work on a large highly visible project within one of Canada’s top banks on a highly visible project.

Typical Day in the Role:

  • Ensure the team enacts the agile principles, values and framework
  • Provide support to teams using a servant leadership style
  • Coach the development team and help lead and insure the is fully adopted and understood
  • Inculcate core agile values of focus, commitment, respect, openness and courage into the team ground rules through leading by example
  • Assess and coach the team to higher levels of performance, tracking acceleration metrics
  • Guide the development team on how to integrate agile ceremonies and values into daily work.
  • Encourage an environment where open communication and collaborative problem solving can pave the way for faster removal of any impediments and where the impact of mistakes can be minimized through early detection, making them into learning opportunities
  • Engage with the team and technical SMEs to identify technical debt risks and develop approaches to remediate.
  • Implement and promote use of agile methodology within the team:
  • Facilitate agile ceremonies including iteration planning, iteration review, retrospectives, and daily standups
  • Create a forum for discussing vision, goals, and Product Backlog items amongst the team
  • Apply techniques for effective workflow visualization and management (e.g. Kanban or Scrum Boards)
  • Identify, manage, and help mitigate issues and risks, with particular emphasis on timely removal of impediments for the team and/or directing obstacles to appropriate owners for quick resolution- Facilitate identifying and enacting improvement strategies to increase the productivity of the team and quality of deliverables
  • Ensure team execution and delivery to committed sprint work, maintaining the momentum of the initiative and upholding a sustainable pace of delivery; track agile metrics to provide statistical proof of momentum and sustainability
  • Understand long-term product planning/ roadmap and help inform development teams to create quicker gains for the benefit of the end user
  • Ensure that proper lightweight documentation (captured in artifacts such as program vision statement, program backlog, program roadmap, release plan, sprint backlog, and increments) is prioritized and added to the team backlog of work- Compliance with Scotiabank policies and procedures for project delivery
  • Develop and nurture strong partnering relationships with Product Owner/Business Sponsor and stakeholders
  • Develop strong partnership with the Product Owner to gain strong understanding of objectives, sustain open dialogue to manage product backlog efficiently
  • Influence a wide range of stakeholders (business, compliance, Legal, IT, etc.) to remove impediments and maximize team output
  • Support and educate the Product Owner on agile principles and practices to preserve the team from external pressures which may inhibit its productivity
  • Contribute to building organizational capability and expertise on agile adoption
  • Lead and coach the organization in its agile adoption, sharing successes, artifacts, and experience to accelerate transition to new delivery models
  • Communicate effectively across diverse audiences within and outside of the development team (Stakeholders, Executives), acting as a champion of the agile methodology
  • Partner with Agile Coach and other agile teams to share findings, best practices, and resources to help mature the organization agility

Must Have Skills/Requirements:

  • 10+ years of Experience as a Scrum Master (Preferably in a Financial Institute)
  • Experienced with effective Stakeholder Management
  • Strong Familiarity with Jira/Confluence
  • Wealth Management Experience

Nice to have Skills:

  • Prior Financial Institutional Experience
  • Prior Scotia Experience an asset

Soft Skills:

  • Excellent written and oral communication skills. Ideas must be able to be understood and shared easily.
  • Strong organizational skills
  • Active listening
  • Conflict management

Best Vs Average Candidate: The ideal candidate would have strong hands on Scrum Master experience working in a financial institution. The ideal candidate would have excellent communication skills and highly experienced working directly with Stakeholders. It would also be ideal if they had knowledge of wealth management.

Education: Bachelors/ degree related field

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