Scrum Master - Ameritas (Posted 12/20)
At Ameritas, fulfilling life is what we do daily. We continuously strive to help our customers and employees enjoy life at its very best by reducing uncertainty, helping grow assets and protecting what is most cherished. We're here to help people put worry behind and the future ahead and help enable a life that's rich in family, happiness, health and financial security. When lives are fulfilled, our mission is fulfilled.
Ameritas Life Insurance Corp is seeking a Srum Master to drive the business by establishing and leading enterprise-wide, cross-functional strategic initiatives that support the digital strategy. This role will lead a variety of different types of projects including launching new products and services, large-scale application development, systems integration, operational efficiency improvements, process reengineering, and infrastructure upgrades and deployments.
You will be the driving force behind the necessary close collaboration of the team, responsible for coaching the development team to self-organize and create high-value products, and removing impediments to team progress. You'll use your strong interpersonal skills to identify and engage with project stakeholders and manage all ongoing communications to ensure all are kept informed at an appropriate level.
This role is a senior, highly skilled and experienced member of the department and, as such, you'll be expected to take on additional responsibilities beyond the scope of the immediate job. These will be agreed on an individual basis.
Essential Job Functions
Accountable for defining, planning, orchestrating, and delivering a given strategic initiative
Ensures end results are of the highest caliber with a clearly articulated scope and quantifiable business benefit
Directs large-scale, complex projects often involving multiple internal and external constituents and matrix partners
Accountable for one or more initiatives including business, operational, and IT deliverables
Leads regular Core Team meetings to review progress with key constituents
Defines and tracks project milestones while developing, maintaining, and reporting on an overall integrated delivery plan
Provides status updates to Product Owners, business stakeholders and management as needed
Serves as a subject matter expert in routinely briefing key stakeholders on different aspects of assigned initiatives
Represents the project in various project governance and interdepartmental forums
Proposes recommendations and adjustments
Proven ability to quickly earn the trust of sponsors and key stakeholders; mobilize and motivate teams; set direction and approach; resolve conflict; deliver tough messages with grace; execute with limited information and ambiguity
Ability to navigate a highly matrixed organization effectively
Ability to apply creative and strategic solutions to solve business challenges and build support across teams
Attention-to-detail and demonstrated ability for strategic thinking, risk identification and mitigation, senior-management communication of risks, issues and alternatives
Solid influencing skills
Sound business and technical acumen
Experience with stakeholder management
Focused and versatile team player that is comfortable under pressure
Ability to communicate at all levels with clarity and precision both written and verbally
Strong presentation skills
Ability to remove barriers and enable teams to complete their objectives
Demonstrated, applied experience establishing and delivering complex projects
Excellent problem-solving and critical-thinking skills
Extensive knowledge and expertise in the use of project management and SDLC methodologies and tools
8+ years of business experience, preferably in the financial services industry
8+ years' experience leading large projects and programs using project management practices methodologies
Working knowledge of Agile methodology preferred
Bachelor's degree or equivalent
Travel as needed is minimal (less than 25%) and an ability to thrive in a virtual team is desirable. Candidates who've worked with remote colleagues will have an advantage.
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