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Sr Associate, Scrum Master

Northern Trust
Pune, India
Closing date
Jul 16, 2024

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Job Function
Industry Sector
Finance - General
Employment Type
Full Time
About Northern Trust:

Northern Trust, a Fortune 500 company, is a globally recognized, award-winning financial institution that has been in continuous operation since 1889.

Northern Trust is proud to provide innovative financial services and guidance to the world's most successful individuals, families, and institutions by remaining true to our enduring principles of service, expertise, and integrity. With more than 130 years of financial experience and over 22,000 partners, we serve the world's most sophisticated clients using leading technology and exceptional service.

Job Description

Major Duties :1. Create self-organizing teams by serving as the team's servant leader

Total Experience range around 9-10 years. Scrum Master experience 2-3 years. JD includes all the expected activities.
• Mentor the team and the Product Owner on Scrum and Agile best practices
• Continuously improve team productivity and facilitate completion of work
• Educate the team, Product Owner and stakeholders on the business value of engineering practices, and promote the use of engineering practices to provide faster delivery, better quality, and fewer defects
• In collaboration with the team and Product Owner, regularly assess the Agile maturity of the team, identify improvement opportunities, and implement the improvements at a pace that is sustainable and comfortable for the team and the organization

2. Facilitate planning

a. Coach the Product Owner on creating and maintaining a continuously prioritized Product Backlog of stories with clear acceptance criteria and high-level estimates

b. In collaboration with the team, facilitate the creation of team agreements which minimally include a Definition of Done (DOD) and a Definition of Ready (DOR)

c. Facilitate regular Release Planning workshops

d. Ensure updates to the plan are communicated to stakeholders

3. Facilitate delivery

a. In collaboration with the team, identify and mitigate risks, issues and dependencies internal and external to the team

b. Remove impediments that prevent the team from delivering work and continuously improving

c. Facilitate sprint execution including elaborate planning sessions, sprint planning preparation sessions, sprint planning, daily stand-ups, sprint reviews and sprint retrospectives. Team coaching on:

I. The value and use of relative estimation

ii. Testing early and often during each sprint

iii. Incorporating engineering practices

iv. Completing committed stories in the sprint

v. Correctly and effectively using velocity for planning

4. Time box events to help effectively manage the team's and stakeholders' time. Create information radiators that automatically and continuously share pertinent information with the team and stakeholders. Increase transparency and aid in internal and external communication and alignment. Read and recommend valuable Lean and Agile books, blogs, articles, etc. to continuously increase the team's Agile maturity.

5. Able to serve as a key subject matter expert on Agile principles and practices and mentor to other more junior level employees.

6. More technically sound in area of expertise and has broader knowledge of other areas.

7. Help facilitate open, fact based discussions, build consensus and reach decisions.

Knowledge :Excellent oral and written communication skills, time management and individual and team building skills. Advanced interpersonal skills, able to establish strong working relationships and promote bi-directional communication within and across teams and programs.

Strong leadership and organizational skills, skilled in facilitation, continuous improvement, empowerment, transparency, building trust and servant leadership. Able to effectively manage challenging situations through negotiation and conflict resolution.

Solid understanding of all facets of the software development life cycle including planning, development, quality assurance, change management and release management.

Knowledge and experience with Agile techniques such as Continuous Integration, automated testing, test-first approaches such as TDD, ATDD, etc., pairing, Agile games, etc.

Able to organize, moderate and demonstrate Agile industry best practices. Experience with developing and executing plans, meeting deadlines, coordinating timelines and efforts and applying advanced principles, theories and experiences.

Experience :A College or University degree and relevant proven work experience of Agile practical usage in the role of Scrum Master is required. Experience with Agile Lifecycle Management (ALM) tools (JIRA, Rally/CA Agile Central, VersionOne, etc.) preferred. Certified Scrum Professional and/or certified Scrum Master preferred.

Working with Us:

As a Northern Trust partner, greater achievements await. You will be part of a flexible and collaborative work culture in an organization where financial strength and stability is an asset that emboldens us to explore new ideas.

Movement within the organization is encouraged, senior leaders are accessible, and you can take pride in working for a company committed to assisting the communities we serve! Join a workplace with a greater purpose.

We'd love to learn more about how your interests and experience could be a fit with one of the world's most admired and sustainable companies! Build your career with us and apply today. #MadeForGreater

Reasonable accommodation

Northern Trust is committed to working with and providing reasonable accommodations to individuals with disabilities. If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the employment process, please email our HR Service Center at .

We hope you're excited about the role and the opportunity to work with us. We value an inclusive workplace and understand flexibility means different things to different people.

Apply today and talk to us about your flexible working requirements and together we can achieve greater.

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