Scrum Master
Rory Mackie & Associates
Cape Town, Western Cape, ZA
5d ago

Our client offers a wide range of investment and financial planning solutions to protect and grow your long-term wealth. They are one of South Africa’s largest investment management companies, offering a comprehensive range of client-focused investment solutions to end-investors, intermediaries, and larger institutions.

Our client’s comprehensive investment offerings include both passively and actively managed unit trusts, hedge funds and segregated and pooled retirement funds along the asset class and risk / return spectrum.

Job overview :

  • You will be responsible for the overseeing and providing guidance to the scrum teams in BI, Analytics and Digital environment
  • Additional responsibilities will include but not limited to :
  • Ensuring that development teams follow scrum framework values and agile practices
  • Mentoring and motivating the teams to improve processes, facilitating meetings and decision-making processes, and eliminating team impediments
  • The Scrum Master will be considered a subject-matter expert, have excellent logic and problem-solving skills and a drive to make a difference.
  • They will be responsible for enforcing the rules of scrum, removing impediments from their team while promoting self-management and constantly improving our standards of work

    Main responsibilities :

  • Establishes and manages team cadence throughout delivery lifecycle, facilitation of all scrum ceremonies
  • Ensure the development teams are practicing the core agile principles of collaboration, prioritization, team accountability, and visibility
  • Stakeholder management and playback, including product owners, executive sponsors and other external teams
  • Work closely with leadership to define product and establish product backlog. Owns delivery roadmap
  • Support execution team with resolution of roadblocks and interdependencies, managing risks and issues
  • Assist with bedding down BI capability operating model (people and process)
  • Using agile methodology values, principles, and practices to plan, manage, and deliver solutions
  • Training, mentoring, and supporting scrum teams to follow agile values, principles, and practices
  • Determining and managing tasks, issues, risks, and action items
  • Manage each project’s scope and timeline
  • Coordinate sprints, retrospective meetings, and daily stand-ups
  • Ensure deliverables are up to quality standards at the end of each sprint
  • Scheduling and facilitating scrum events, meetings, and decision-making processes
  • Monitoring progress and performance and helping teams to make improvements
  • Planning and organizing demos and product / system testing
  • Ensuring the proper use of collaborative processes and removing impediments for the scrum team
  • Tracking project processes, deliverables, and financials
  • Be the point of contact for external communications as well as prepare and present status reports to stakeholders
  • Coach team members in Agile frameworks
  • Facilitate internal communication and effective collaboration
  • Work with product owners to handle backlogs and new requests
  • Help teams implement changes effectively
  • Guide development teams to higher scrum maturity
  • Qualification and experience :

  • Bachelor's degree in Computer Science, Information Technology, or any relevant field preferred
  • Certified Scrum Master, SAFe preferred
  • 5+ years of experience as a Scrum Master or in a similar role.
  • Excellent knowledge of Scrum techniques and artefacts (such as definition of done, user stories, automated testing, backlog refinement)
  • Working knowledge of agile methodology, techniques, and frameworks, such as Scrum or Kanban etc. to deliver solutions would be essential
  • Leadership and management experience. Excellent people and project management skills
  • Strong communication and presentation skills
  • Strong analytical, problem-solving and conflict resolution skills
  • Knowledge of various toolsets such as SAP Hana Studio, SAP Data Services, Informatica Data Quality Suite, Cloudera big data storage and Microsoft Power BI will be advantageous
  • Experience in a Dev Ops environment and leading the development automation
  • Hands-on experience with software delivery life cycle and Agile / Scrum delivery management
  • Experience in project management / Team Lead roles mandatory
  • Experience in delivering BI products preferable
  • Core competencies :

  • Living up to our Group-wide core competencies, will help you achieve a successful career with our client
  • Cultivates innovation : Creating new and better ways for the organization to be successful.
  • Client focus : Building strong customer relationships and delivering customer-centric solutions.
  • Drives results : Consistently achieving results, even under tough circumstances
  • Collaborates : Building partnerships and working collaboratively with others to meet shared objectives
  • Resilience : Rebounding from setbacks and adversity when facing difficult situations.
  • Role competencies :

  • Decision quality : Making good and timely decisions that keep the organization moving forward
  • Communicates effectively : Developing and delivering multi-mode communications that convey a clear understanding of the unique needs of different audiences
  • Ensures accountability : Holding self and others accountable to meet commitments
  • Business insight : Applying knowledge of business and the marketplace to advance the organization’s goals
  • Balances stakeholders : Anticipating and balancing the needs of multiple stakeholders
  • Manages ambiguity : Operating effectively, even when things are not certain or the way forward is not clear
  • Builds effective teams : Building strong-identity teams that apply their diverse skills and perspectives to achieve common goals
  • Personal qualities :

  • Flexible and adaptable - Rebounding from setbacks and adversity when facing difficult situations
  • Courage - Stepping up to address difficult issues, saying what needs to be said
  • Manages complexity - Demonstrated ability and proven record to make complex decisions
  • Ensures accountability - Holding self and others accountable to meet commitments
  • Plans and aligns - Planning and prioritising work to meet commitments aligned to organisational goals
  • Accountability and reliability to guide the team and feedback to management
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