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Scrum Master

Handelsbanken Plc
London, United Kingdom
Closing date
Jan 1, 2024

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Job Function
Industry Sector
Finance - General
Employment Type
Full Time
Job Introduction

Main Responsibilities
  • The Scrum Master (Delivery) will act as a servant leader for agile teams, facilitate agile scrum ceremonies including sprint planning, daily stand-up, sprint review and sprint retro
  • Working with Digital/Agile Product Owners, helping them to manage their vision and create the product roadmap
  • Support the Product Owner and Tech Leads with backlog management for both business and technical stories
  • Facilitate the removal of impediments and help to improve flow throughout the route to live
  • Coaching the team to improve velocity, flow and delivery of value through sprint retros and continuous improvement
  • Ensure the team is managing and tracking risks and blockers effectively
  • Championing agile behaviours within the teams
  • Driving continuous improvement
  • Supporting the full development lifecycle
  • Mentoring new Scrum Masters (Apprentice)
  • Help assess maturity of existing teams with a view to improvement
  • Support teams in estimating and refine features
  • Improving teams ability to make and deliver against commitments and use of metrics and agile reports for this
  • Support portfolio reporting and required governance
  • Provide Digital/Agile Product Owners with support in creating product roadmaps and feature definitions, MVP and release plans
  • Work to create self-sufficient and highly mature cross-functional agile teams
  • Identify classroom, coaching and individual training needs for the team to support their ongoing development
  • Where required, work with basic SAFe approaches to align with Group, such as PI Planning and PI Execution.
  • Facilitate initiation for new types of work
  • Onboard new team members effectively
  • Ability to facilitate feature kick-off sessions (for teams are not working in PIs)
  • Contribute to the Scrum Master Community of Practice and overall adoption of agile ways of working in HB plc including supporting other colleagues and seeking help from other colleagues as required
  • Help develop better tooling for agile teams and support the Enablement and Practice Centre of Excellence in this
Ideal Candidate

Research (by Harvard University) shows that women are particularly likely to second guess themselves and not apply - so if you are worried you don't meet all the criteria, get in touch anyhow and let us do the worrying...
  • Experienced in leading agile, software, development teams
  • Effective influencing and motivation skills
  • Being resilient and staying calm under pressure
  • Strong stakeholder management
  • Mindset of continuous improvement
  • Analytical and able to diagnose the teams' and individuals, agile skill development needs
  • Broad knowledge and experience of agile frameworks and practices, deep knowledge of Scrum and Kanban
  • Some understanding of SAFe would be useful
  • Extensive experience in one of JIRA or Azure DevOps and strong working knowledge of Confluence
  • Good knowledge and experience of widely successful agile techniques such as user stories, Behaviour Drive Development (BDD), Test Driven Development (TDD), continuous/automated testing, pair programming, automation, etc
  • Excellent understanding of the software development life cycle and its path to production, including experience working in moderate to highly mature DevOps environments
  • Excellent communication, interpersonal and stakeholder management skills
  • Experience of working as a Scrum Master for up to 3 agile teams simultaneously
  • Very capable in planning and managing dependencies
  • Experience of working in immature agile organisations with limited experience in Product Ownership
  • Good basic understanding of agile metrics and when and how to use them, including burn down, continuous flow and other standard reports
  • We are interested in hearing from Scrum Masters who varying degrees of technical understanding but all must be able to work with software development teams
Company Information

Handelsbanken is a relationship bank with a decentralised way of working, a strong local presence thanks to a nationwide network of branches, and a long-term approach to customer relations. Each Handelsbanken branch operates as a local business enabling it to make decisions at a local level and provide a bespoke service. The focus is always on the need of the individual customer and not on the sale of specific products.

The Bank is deeply committed to embedding good equality and diversity practice into all of our activities. This is so that we are an inclusive, welcoming and inspiring place to work that encourages everyone to apply, regardless of socio-economic background, age, disability, pregnancy and/or parental status, race (including colour, nationality, and ethnic or national origin), veteran status, marital and civil partnership status, religion or belief, sex, gender reassignment or sexual orientation.

At Handelsbanken, we deeply value our unique culture and values including trust in and respect for each individual. We take pride in nurturing a work environment where people flourish, and where they are empowered to take decisions in their areas of expertise. We take a long term perspective in everything we do and want each employee who joins us to build a long terms successful career with the Bank.

What is in it for you?
  • We have a wide range of learning and development available, empowering and enabling our colleagues to take ownership of their own development.
  • Competitive Salary and an extensive range of benefits is provided, including private medical insurance, income protection and life assurance
  • A market-leading pension contribution of 15% paid by the bank, which can be invested in a wide range of funds (including ESG and Shariah funds)
Application next steps

Your journey with us begins once you have submitted your application. One of our Handelsbanken recruiters will be reviewing your details and will later organise a phone conversation if you match the role requirements. If there is a mutual fit, we will extend an invitation for you to participate in an interview.

How can we support you to be your best self? Our Talent Acquisition team will be happy to provide support e.g. if you need additional time to prepare for an interview or you have any requirements for any part of the interview/hiring process - just let us know by email .

This advert will be live for a minimum of two weeks. However, please note that after the two weeks, the closing date could change at any time depending on the number of responses received.

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