Sr Scrum Master

Sammons Financial West Des Moines , IA 50398

Posted 2 months ago

Sammons Financial Group Companies offers some of today's most sought after life insurance, annuity, and retirement planning products. Unlike most financial organizations, our companies are not publicly traded, which means we're focused on long-term value rather than short-term earnings pressures. As a privately held company, our leaders and employees remain consistently focused on long-term growth, making decisions that allow us to deliver on our commitments to customers, distribution partners, our employees, and our communities. Individually, our companies provide value in the products and services they offer. Together we represent a history of strength and longevity.

What you can expect when you join Sammons Financial Group:

  • ESOP-A generous 100% company funded retirement plan

  • A rich company culture driven by private ownership and intentional leadership inspiring employees to engage in our healthy, high-performing and values based culture

  • A casual dress code including jeans

  • Healthy balance between work and personal lives. Friday afternoons off all year long, competitive PTO and generous number of paid holidays

  • Great benefits including medical, dental, vision, wellness plan, charitable giving programs, education assistance to name a few

Job Summary:

Effectively coach and lead Agile teams in delivering high value products while emphasizing collaboration, team self-management, and ensuring flexibility to adapt to emerging business realities. Ability to coach and mentor Product Owners and other Scrum Managers in Agile and product mindset approaches and practices. Contributes to broad enterprise influence of Agile practices through Agile Center of Expertise.

Essential Functions:

  • Manages multiple Scrum and/or product teams or most-complex teams with limited supervision or oversight.

  • Works with the team by using a servant leadership style and through leading by example.

  • Coordinates Scrum of Scrum meetings and cross-Scrum team collaboration as needed to coordinate delivery of work tied to strategic initiatives/programs/projects.

  • Facilitates effective meetings and Scrum events which include Backlog Refinement, Sprint Planning, estimating work, Sprint Review / Demo, Sprint Retrospective, and Daily Scrum for one or more agile teams.

  • Collaborates with Product Owner and Solution Architect to understand requests, capabilities, and delivery schedules specific to Scrum team(s) deliverables.

  • Identifies and resolves impediments that are inhibiting the Agile Team from meeting Sprint Goal and/or other commitments.

  • Provides coaching support to junior Scrum Masters and Product Owners.

  • Contributes best practices and thought leadership to Agile Community of Excellence to help advance the broader Agile and Product Mindset practices across Sammons.

  • Creates an environment conducive to team self-organization and collaboration.

  • Supports, assists, and educates the Product Owner, especially with respect to refining and maintaining the product backlog.

  • Collaborates with the team to ensure the product/feature backlog is organized, clear, and up to date.

  • Manages and keeps artifacts visible through visual management techniques and tools like websites, dashboards, and collaborative applications including but not limited to: burn-down, burn-up, team velocity, task-time estimates, and status.

  • Sets and continually manages expectations with team members and other stakeholders.

  • Facilitates the teams estimation of what is needed to achieve goals.

  • Identifies and resolves and/or escalates roadblocks, issues, and conflicts within the team in a timely fashion. Shields the team from interruptions.

  • Coaches, mentors and motivates team members (internal and external) and influences them to take positive action and accountability for the teams work.

  • Helps the team mature in Agile practices by identifying team improvement opportunities and educating on best practices in order to increase productivity, quality and team health.

  • Helps employees and stakeholders understand and enact Scrum and empirical process control product development.

  • Continue professional, technical, and business growth.

  • Commitment to embrace Sammons Financial Group Companies shared values (Respect, Accountability, Integrity, and Openness)

  • As stated within the Company Attendance and Punctuality policy, regular attendance is required and expected in order to meet the business service levels and workflow demands.

Qualifications:

  • College degree preferred

  • Minimum 6 years' appropriate work experience (3 years Agile experience) preferred

  • Financial Services industry experience preferred

  • Experience working in an Information Technology organization preferred

  • Proven experience with SDLC, waterfall and agile methodologies preferred

  • Attention to detail, highly organized with a demonstrated ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously

  • Strong analytical skills, including problem solving and strategic thinking skills

  • Strong interpersonal skills, able to interact well with a variety of styles and personalities

  • Demonstrated ability to manage conflict resolution with demonstrated leadership courage

  • Demonstrated ability to work under pressure while maintaining focus and professionalism

  • Demonstrated excellent leadership, communication, planning, decision-making and negotiation skills

  • Demonstrated team player with strong collaboration skills including motivating and building trust among team, encouraging respect and optimizing collaboration

  • Track record of continuous process improvement

Licenses and Certifications:

  • CSM Certificate required

  • A-CSM Certificate preferred

  • Scaled Agile Framework Certificate preferred

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