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Sr. Scrum Master

At Northwestern Mutual, we are strong, innovative and growing. We invest in our people. We care and make a positive difference.

What's the role?

Northwestern Mutual is looking for a hardworking Senior Scrum Master to guide the team and organization on how to use Agile/Scrum practices and values to delight customers. This includes:

  • Coaching the team on how to get the most out of self-organization.

  • Assessing the Scrum Maturity of the team and organization and coaching the team to higher levels of maturity, at a pace that is sustainable and comfortable for the team and organization.

  • Removing impediments or guiding the team to remove impediments by finding the right personnel to remove the impediment.

  • Building a trusting and safe environment where problems can be raised without fear of blame, retribution, or being judged, with an emphasis on healing and problem-solving.

  • Facilitating getting the work done without coercion, assigning, or dictating the work.

  • Facilitating discussion, decision making, and conflict resolution.

  • Assisting with internal and external communication, improving transparency, and radiating information.

  • Supporting and educating the Product Owner, especially on grooming and maintaining the product backlog.

  • Providing all support to the team using a servant leadership style whenever possible, and leading by example.

Bring your best! What this role needs:

  • Experience in playing the Scrum Master role for at least 2 years for a scrum or Kanban team that was diligently applying Scrum principles, practices, and theory.

  • Good skills and knowledge of servant leadership, facilitation, situational awareness, conflict resolution, continual improvement, empowerment, and increasing transparency.

  • Knowledge of various well-documented patterns and techniques for filling in the intentional gaps left in the Scrum approach(example: numerous Burndown technologies, process improvement, various Retrospective formats, handling bugs, etc.).

Preferred Skills/Experience:

  • Knowledge of Scaled Agile Practices (Preferably SAFe framework)

  • Awareness and experience with widely successful Agile techniques: User Stories, ATDD, TDD, Continuous Integration, Continuous Testing, Pairing, Automated Testing, Agile Games.

  • Applicable knowledge of Identity & Access Management or Security technologies used by the team.

  • Excellent communication and mentoring skills.

Beyond base salary, NM offers the following benefits; pension, 401k, comprehensive medical, dental, and vision, FREE lunch, annual bonus opportunity, and much more!

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This job is not covered by the existing Collective Bargaining Agreement.

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We are an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, disability, age or status as a protected veteran, or any other characteristic protected by law.


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