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

Our Core Data & Analytics team is growing and looking for an experienced Scrum Master to help:

  • Build a culture of continuous improvement, foster intellectual curiosity and a growth mindset, encourage empathy, understanding and a steadfast pursuit of excellence.

  • This Scrum Master will be a key contributor to our development team’s success by driving principles of empiricism and transparency throughout the development process. The role demands a passion for agile practices, an aim to build partnerships with engineers and Product Owners, and a deep set of soft-skills including facilitation, influencing and negotiation.

Responsibilities:

  • Embody servant leadership and partner with the engineering team and the Product Owner (PO) to drive the delivery of working software and technology platforms.

  • Ensure transparency between all team members and stakeholders on the state of the backlog, team performance, delivery and work plans

  • Identify opportunities for experimentation and growth for continuous improvement both personally and as a member of a team.

  • Collaborate with the Product Owner to ensure backlog is prioritized in a fashion that minimizes delays and handles dependencies as well product release plans

  • Actively contributing and guiding to the refinement of work in the backlog by analyzing requirements and acceptance criteria

  • Demonstrating standard methodologies (concepts like ‘Definition of Ready’ and ‘Definition of Done’)

  • Identify and help resolve risks and impediments

  • Work to recognize and facilitate resolution of dependencies between engineering teams both internal and external

  • Crafting and maintaining all Product Lifecycle documents and project critical metrics on a weekly basis

  • Supervise results and ensure visibility of status and artifacts

  • Providing information to Management on patterns and trends in the industry and competitors.

Ideal candidate would bring the following:

  • Minimum of 3-5 years working with agile software development teams.

  • Proven experience working with agile teams in software development and awareness/understanding of concepts including:

  • DevOps concepts and approach (CI/CD, automation etc.)

  • Service Oriented Architecture (SOA), microservices etc.

  • Data warehousing, ETL, data modeling and BI/Analytics practices

  • Experience with JIRA and JIRA Align or similar work management tools.

  • Experience working in scaled agile environments demonstrating one of the scaled frameworks (Nexus, SAFe, LeSS etc.).

  • Experience in Financial or insurance industry.

  • Passion for operational excellence, problem solving, and ownership in accomplishing results-oriented goals.

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

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