Charles Schwab Scrum Master in Westlake, Texas

Description:

We believe that , when done right, investing liberates people to create their own destiny. We are driven by our purpose to champion every client’s goals with passion and integrity. We respect and appreciate the diversity of our employees, our clients, and the communities we serve. We challenge conventions strategically to create value for our clients, our firm and the world. We live and bring to life the concept of ‘own your tomorrow’ every day. We champion our employee strengths, guide their development, and invest in their long-term success. We hire optimistic, results-oriented, curious, innovative, and adaptable people with the desire to help our clients and one another succeed.

As a company, we were established by Chuck at http://www.aboutschwab.com/about/leadership/charles_schwab over 40 years ago to champion Main Street over Wall Street, and to help Americans transform themselves from earners to owners. Through advocacy and innovation, we work to make investing more affordable, accessible and understandable for all. As we enter our fifth decade, we are looking for talented, innovative and driven people who believe they can help themselves, and our clients, create a better future.

Our Opportunity:

The Brokerage Accounting and Trading Technology team is looking for a talented Scrum Master for our private cloud based trading platform. The team is in the process of building ultra-low latency, high volume and reliable next generation trading platform. When it is completed, the application should support processing several billions of inquiry transactions during market hours. This is an exciting opportunity to join a highly visible team that delivers innovative business solutions leveraging emerging technologies at Schwab. Intelligent Portfolios Technology (IPT) is part of the Schwab Technology Services organization and is responsible for delivering Robo-Advisor solutions used by Schwab Clients and Advisors.

What you’ll do:

This role can take on a dual function (Scrum Master/Release Manager) with a distinct emphasis on Scrum Master. The Scrum Master provides effective collaboration, facilitation, leadership and coaching skills supporting the teams with agile development process and delivery of our applications. As an agile expert, the Scrum Master will be responsible for enforcing the agile tenants as interpreted by our team, removing impediments and promoting empowerment. The Scrum Master position is highly responsible and accountable, and will challenge the teams to both, adopt and improve, agile best practices in the group. This position requires a high level technical understanding of software development and technology; support agile based SDLC for software development while ensuring necessary standards, tools and best practices are clearly documented and adopted, and participates and support development and delivery of software.

Responsibilities in this role will include but are not limited to:

  • Transforming and transitioning a traditional RUP development team over to Agile Development methodology.

  • Execute on Scrum Master Responsibilities that include organizing and facilitating daily stand-up meetings, reviews, retrospectives, sprint and release planning, demos and other Scrum-related meetings.

  • Track and communicate team velocity and sprint/release progress, maintain process documentation.

  • Ensure that the development teams are practicing/following core agile principles of collaboration, prioritization, team accountability, and visibility.

  • Update agile tracking systems to provide transparency on Product & Sprint Backlogs; Recommend improvements and assist in changes to best practice; Support Development Managers and Project Leads as necessary.

  • Assist with internal and external communication, improving transparency, and information sharing.

  • Assist team with making appropriate commitments through story selection and task definition; Identify and remove impediments; prevent distractions that interfere with the ability of the team to deliver the sprint goal; Facilitate discussion and conflict resolution.

  • Empower the teams to self-organize; improve the productivity of the sprint teams; ensure that the team strives to make each increment of functionality potentially releasable.

  • Participate in the organization and planning of the development schedule based on methodology that has been developed to create a cohesive plan with identifiable platform dependencies, and major milestones, and manages the agreed project user stories and schedules, ensuring successful completion within scope, budget, time, and quality parameters.

  • Adapting project scope, schedules, and resource assignments as required throughout projects to respond to emerging requirements and risks.

  • Manage key application release schedules, ad-hoc projects and/or key infrastructure initiatives

  • Document and manage project schedules, timelines, identify and mitigate risks and communicate them with key stakeholders in a timely manner

  • Work closely with several IT teams and cross-domain partners to manage timelines and project deliverables

Liaise and manage key relationships between IT and business stakeholders Manage key application release schedules, ad-hoc projects and/or key infrastructure initiatives

What you have:

  • Must be a Certified Scrum Master with 3+ years Scrum Master Experience8+ years of technology experience, preferably in a lead role.

  • Experience with the Microsoft technology stack (C++, C#, SQL Server) is preferable.

  • Experience working with Change Management tools for tracking the production changes

  • Ability to wear multiple hats as a Scrum Master includes Release management and/ or Technical Project Manager responsibilities

  • Experience working in financial or banking industry

  • Development background using .NET technology

  • Knowledge of BMC Remedy, TFS, Jira, and Clarity preferred

  • Knowledge of RUP and Agile methodologies preferred

  • Must be an excellent team player with the ability to influence and negotiate.

  • Experience working with agile methodology on large scale, technically complex projects for a large enterprise.

  • Thorough understanding of agile software development methodologies, values, and procedures.

  • Thorough understanding of the software development lifecycle.

  • Highly adaptable to changing environment.

  • Must have exceptional communication, organization, and time management skills.

  • Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to work with diverse and a geographically dispersed teams.

  • Ability to coach teams to reach their highest potential.

  • Must be self-motivated, as well as, creative and efficient in proposing solutions to complex, time-critical problems.

  • Must be collaborative in driving decisions and able to deal with multiple projects and deadlines.

  • Ability to hold team members accountable, set clear sprint performance standards, resolve sprint performance issues, keep team engaged and on task.

  • Results Driven (Prioritizing, Taking Initiative, Taking Ownership) Team Leadership (Coaching Others, Dealing with Stress, Demonstrating Teamwork, Influencing Others, Interacting with Others, Maintaining Composure, Motivating Others, Providing Direction and Leadership).

  • Bachelor's degree and relevant education and experience.

What you’ll get:

  • Comprehensive Compensation and Benefits package

  • Financial Health: 401k Match, Employee Stock Purchase Plan, Employee Discounts, Personalized advice, Brokerage discounts

  • Work/Life Balance: Sabbatical, Paid Parental Leave, New Mothers returning to work Program, Tuition Reimbursement Programs, Time off to volunteer, Employee Matching Gifts Program

  • Everyday Wellness: Health and Lifestyle Wellness Rewards, Onsite Fitness Classes, Healthy Food Choices, Wellness Champions

  • Inclusion: Employee Resource Groups, Commitment to diversity, Strategic partnerships

  • Not just a job, but a career, with an opportunity to do the best work of your life

Learn more about Life@Schwab at http://www.aboutschwab.com/careers/lifeatschwab/" .

Charles Schwab & Co., Inc. is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer committed to diversifying its workforce. It is Schwab's policy to provide equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants without regard to race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy, childbirth, breastfeeding, or related medical conditions), gender identity or expression, national origin, ancestry, age, disability, legally protected medical condition, genetic information, marital status, sexual orientation, protected veteran status, military status, citizenship status or any other status that is protected by law.

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Job Specifications

Relocation Offered?: No

Work Schedule: Days

Languages: English - spoken

Current Licenses / Certifications: None

Relevant Work Experience: IT-Other Specialty Engineering-6+ yrs

Position Located In: TX - Westlake

Education: BA/BS

Job Type: Full Time

Category:Information Technology

Activation Date: Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Expiration Date: Friday, September 29, 2017

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