Scrum Master in Financial Services

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We are currently seeking a Scrum Master for our client, a global multinational Investment banking company based in Dublin City Centre.

This is a 12 month contract role with a daily rate of up to €650.

Seeking a Scrum Master with a track record of experience in financial services – ideally within the capital markets side of things – someone who is familiar with stock & bonds and how the buying and selling of same works.

The role will be 80% delivery focussed, holding teams responsible, providing meaningful dashboards and 20% coaching (used to working with internal teams that are not overly savvy on agile)

The business are launching a new product and platform. It will be a dynamic and changing environment. It will be a high profile, visible project for the company.


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Key duties & responsibilities:

  • Mentor the team and the Product Owner on Scrum and Agile best practices
  • Continuously improve team productivity
  • Educate the team, Product Owner and stakeholders on the business value of engineering practices, and promote the use of engineering practices
  • Facilitate the completion of the work without applying pressure on the team or assigning work
  • 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
  • Coach the Product Owner on creating and maintaining a continuously prioritized Product Backlog of stories with clear acceptance criteria and high-level estimates
  • 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)
  • Facilitate Release Planning by ensuring that the Product Owner has shared and explained the Release Plan goal(s) to the team
  • Facilitate the team’s planning stories in all sprints in the Release Plan up to the team’s capacity
  • Obtain stakeholder feedback on the release plan prior to approval
  • Obtain approval on the Release Plan
  • In collaboration with the team, identify and mitigate risks, issues and dependencies internal and external to the team
  • Remove impediments that prevent the team from delivering work and continuously improving
  • Elaboration sessions, Sprint planning preparation sessions, Sprint planning, Daily stand-ups
  • Coaching the team on the value and use of relative estimation, executing Design/Build/Test activities daily, testing early and often during each sprint; not leaving testing until the end of the sprint etc
  • In collaboration with the Product Owner, management and stakeholders, modifying the Release Plan as new information emerges throughout the sprints; communicating the latest version of the Release Plan at every sprint boundary, at a minimum, and ensuring stakeholders are aware of the updates to the Release Plan and any impact to their requests


What are we looking for?

  • Intermediate to advanced understanding of software development methodologies and fundamentals (Agile, SCRUM, Kanban, Lean, Waterfall, etc.)
  • Advanced interpersonal skills – able to establish strong working relationships and promote bi-directional communication within and across teams and programs
  • Knowledge and experience with Agile techniques such as continuous integration, automated testing, test-first approaches such as TDD, ATDD, etc., pairing for various roles, Agile games, etc.
  • Skilled in facilitation, continuous improvement, empowerment, transparency, building trust and servant leadership
  • Able to organize, moderate and demonstrate Agile industry best practices


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Recruitment Consultant: Rena Weld

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