Associate Principal, IT Governance: Scrum / Agile

What You'll Do:

This role is accountable for driving the Agile transformation across the enterprise through sustained coaching models and various learning approaches. This role requres advanced experience in Agile frameworks with practical experience in an Agile role at either the program or team levels with demonstrated ability to adopt Agile principles, mindset, practices and methodologies. This role will drive the team to teach, mentor, and advise teams, product owners, business stakeholders on agile practices and design strategies for delivery teams to improve and mature their use of Agile principles and practices.

Primary Duties and Responsibilities:

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each primary duty satisfactorily.

  • Drive efforts to guide and coach delivery teams to self-organize and achieve objectives, without assigning or dictating the work

  • Contribute to the “building” of Agile teams/squads

  • Provide support to the Product Owner and Delivery Team, and lead by example

  • Participate in and lead discussion, decision making, and conflict resolution

  • Contribute to a trusting and safe environment where problems can be raised and resolved

  • Continually improve Scrum Master skills through education and engaging with fellow Scrum Masters

  • Work with Product Owner and Team to plan and execute project implementations

  • Support the identification and mitigation of project risks

  • Participate in and lead regular assessments of a team Agile Maturity and uses the results to guide them to improved performance

  • Work with Product Owner and Delivery Team to facilitate effective sprints by removing impediments and ensuring that stories are 'sprint ready'

  • Drive internal and external communication, improving transparency, and information radiation

  • Support the Product Owner, especially with respect to story grooming and maintaining the product backlog

  • Proactively identify and mitigate risks using Agile best practices and project data

  • Drive daily stand-ups, facilitate story grooming, coordinate sprint demos, planning and retrospectives

Supervisory Responsibilities

  • None


The requirements listed are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the primary functions.

  • [Required] Understands Agile values and principles and can guide and coach teams, and organization on how to use Agile/Scrum practices

  • [Required] Experience with agile transformations, building Agile teams and implementing Agile “from scratch”

  • [Required] Experience being on multiple Scrum teams in a variety of different contexts (diverse team sizes, organizations, cultures, co-located vs. distributed, etc.)

  • [Required] Experience with Scaled Agile (SAFe) / Scrum of Scrums or equivalent

  • [Required] Track record of continued and recent education in Scrum, including training, conferences, user groups, self-study, etc.

  • [Required] Knowledge of other approaches discussed in the Agile space: XP, Kanban, Crystal, FDD, etc.

  • [Required] Knowledge and/or experience with widely successful Agile techniques: ATDD, TDD, Continuous Integration, Continuous Testing, Pairing, Automated Testing, Agile Games

  • [Required] The proven ability to be self-motivated and a self-starter

  • [Required] Ability to work under minimal supervision

  • [Required] Demonstrated experience and success with organizational process design and implementation

  • [Required] Strong background in ITIL and Agile methodologies

  • [Required] Exceptional written and verbal communication skills

  • [Required] Strong customer service mindset

  • [Required] Proven experience in project and program management

  • [Required] Assist with response to regulatory audits regarding process flows

  • [Required] Understands backlog tracking, Scrum and Kanban based metrics, task definition, story splitting

  • [Required] Experience in sprint & release planning, running demos and retrospectives

  • [Required] Demonstrate sound judgment and strong reasoning skills as well as good analytical and problem-solving abilities

  • [Required] Ability to review large amounts of data and analyze and spot trends and provide analysis and insights

  • [Required] Experience consolidating data from multiple data sources

Technical Skills & Background

  • [Required] Experience with Agile PLM tools like JIRA, Portfolio for JIRA, Rally, VersionOne, etc.

  • [Required] Proven ability to work with toolsets including, but not limited to Jira, MS Project, Microsoft Excel and PowerPoint

  • [Required] Basic understanding of IT infrastructure and IT systems design

  • [Required] Familiarity within a ticketing system such as ServiceNow

Certificates or Licenses:

  • [Preferred] Scrum Master Certified preferred

  • [Preferred] ITIL Foundations certification preferred

  • [Preferred] PMP certified preferred

Education & Training

  • [Required] Bachelor’s degree in Information Technology or 5+ years equivalent work experience

  • [Preferred] Strong knowledge of Agile/Scrum principles and practices

  • [Required] Experience as a Scrum Master for a minimum of 3 years for a software development team that was applying Agile/Scrum principles and practices

  • [Required] 3+ years of experience with JIRA

  • [Required] Ability to anticipate issues based on experience to help the team avoid or resolve the issues

Who We Are

The Options Clearing Corporation (OCC) is the world's largest equity derivatives clearing organization. Founded in 1973, OCC is dedicated to promoting stability and market integrity by delivering clearing and settlement services for options, futures and securities lending transactions. As a Systemically Important Financial Market Utility (SIFMU), OCC operates under the jurisdiction of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC), and the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System. OCC has more than 100 clearing members and provides central counterparty (CCP) clearing and settlement services to 19 exchanges and trading platforms. More information about OCC is available at

What We Offer

A highly collaborative and supportive environment developed to encourage work-life balance and employee wellness. Some of these components include:

A hybrid work environment, up to 2 days per week of remote work

Tuition Reimbursement to support your continued education

Student Loan Repayment Assistance

Technology Stipend allowing you to use the device of your choice to connect to our network while working remotely

Generous PTO and Parental leave

Competitive health benefits including medical, dental and vision

Step 1
When you find a position you're interested in, click the 'Apply' button. Please complete the application and attach your resume.  

Step 2
You will receive an email notification to confirm that we've received your application.

Step 3
If you are called in for an interview, a representative from OCC will contact you to set up a date, time, and location. 

For more information about OCC, please click here.

OCC is an Equal Opportunity Employer

Apply About OCC
  • REQ-3611
  • Chicago - 125 S Franklin
  • Full Time Regular
  • Posted: Feb. 20, 2024

How to Apply

Step 1 - When you find a position you're interested in, click the 'Apply' button. Please complete the application and attach your resume.

Step 2 - You will receive an email notification to confirm that we've received your application.

Step 3 - If you are called in for an interview, a representative from OCC will contact you to set up a date, time, and location.

OCC is an Equal Opportunity Employer

Numerous studies have shown that people from groups that are traditionally under-represented in financial services apply to jobs only if they believe they meet 100% of the requirements. We want to break down this mindset to further diversify our workforce.

We encourage you to review our open positions and apply if you think your experience may be a match, even if you do not meet all of the qualifications. Your perspective may be an element we need to continue building innovative solutions to support the markets and market participants we serve.

OCC is a globally recognized entity that clears a multitude of diverse and sophisticated products. We want to reflect this in the diversity of our workforce.

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