Senior Project Manager - Scrum Master

  • location: Worcester, MA
  • type: Contract
  • salary: $65 per hour
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Senior Project Manager - Scrum Master

job summary:
Project Management professionals are responsible for managing a wide range of technology projects of varying complexity. They create and lead teams to accomplish prescribed outcomes, aligned to strategy, while achieving financial, quality and schedule goals.

Their intimate knowledge of the business mission and the disciplines within technology allows them to lead, influence and negotiate outcomes across the development of scope, refinement of project requirements, development of estimates and plans, formulation of schedules, and completion of design, development, testing, and deployment of capabilities/solutions. Incumbents of this job family exhibit thought leadership, adaptability and ownership for results; creating effective, productive relationships with stakeholders. They establish collaborative partnerships with their business counterparts and coworkers, exhibit transparency in communication, create order and clarity from ambiguity, model a bias for action, leverage data and fact-based analysis to drive decisions, and manage risk through innovation and creativity. Members of this job family are familiar with and execute in accordance with multiple project management methodologies and practices. They are skilled at multi-sourcing, vendor management, and team health and effectiveness.

location: Worcester, Massachusetts
job type: Contract
work hours: 8am to 5pm
education: Bachelors
Responsibilities/Essential Functions:

-Leads complex projects and has accountability for the estimating, planning, scheduling, tracking, management of risk, budget, change management, problem resolution, reporting and communicating

-Manages interdependencies within their projects

-Provides transparency and reporting to overall governance and steering structure

-Leads the interaction with business partners, project team members, other IT colleagues, and external vendors to ensure clarity of the business problem, outcome and scope and ensures issues and risks are understood and resolved.

-Develops relationships through collaboration with all appropriate parties by demonstrating an advanced understanding of business strategies and objectives as they relate to their operating models, products, and distribution models.

-Responsible for building team alignment, encouraging team effort and successes, embracing continuous performance improvement through coaching, modeling the way, and developing followership through his/her daily interactions with the team.

-At a project level, maintains strategic vendor relationships

-Accountable for the onboarding, assignment and achievement of service levels for Vendor Resources on the project and the integrated project planning

-Solicits and applies standards and best practices as defined by the project management Center of Excellence (Coe) and the Project Management Office (PMO)

-Accountable for innovation and continuous improvement

-Responsible for applying best practices associated with risk management at a project level

-May contribute to advancing and championing best practices

As Scrum Master:

-Responsible for coaching Product Owners and teams in following Agile/Scrum practices including development of backlog, sprint planning, daily standups, story and sprint reviews, automated testing and continuous improvement retrospections.

-Coach teams to become empowered and self-organized. Build a safe, enthusiastic and transparent environment at the team and program level.

-Assess the agile maturity of the teams and organization and facilitate the continuation of maturity to higher levels.

-Produce portfolio forecasts and sprint status using Jira.

-Other duties as assigned

skills: Position Requirements:

-Five years' experience leading IT projects focused on insurance product and business operations/processes preferred. Minimum of two years' experience as a Scrum Master.

-Property and Casualty insurance experience with a focus on Personal Lines Insurance preferred.

-Experienced in leading project teams; following both waterfall and agile methodologies.

-Demonstrated ability delivering highly complex projects on time, on budget and with expected scope at a high level of quality

-Excellent Verbal and Written Communication capabilities required

-Proven track record for establishing collaborative partnerships with their business counterparts and coworkers,

-Proven leadership, initiative and strong partnership building required

-Strong negotiation skills required

-Ability to understand "the big picture" and to apply advanced knowledge of project management methodology, best practices, tools and processes

-Experience with projects in multiple technologies and functions

-Skilled in the use of Microsoft Office

-Skilled in the use of Jira

-Bachelor's degree Required

-CSM, PMP or other Project management certification preferred

Equal Opportunity Employer: Race, Color, Religion, Sex, Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity, National Origin, Age, Genetic Information, Disability, Protected Veteran Status, or any other legally protected group status.

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