Associate Principal, Scrum Master, Chicago based

What You'll Do

The Scrum Master, will be Chicago based, hybrid in office model and should have some DevOps or applications development (coding) earlier in their career. This role is geared towards building an Agile capability within the Renaissance Clearing organization. We are seeking a Scrum Master who has had experience in leading and driving organizations’ adoption of Agile principles and methodologies, with deep experience in executing those principles themselves. We seek a seasoned Agile professional who can wear multiple hats to execute and drive desired project/program outcomes as well as organizational change. The ideal candidate will coordinate and encourage participation from all team members in scrum ceremonies (Daily Scrum, Backlog Refinement, Sprint Planning, Sprint Review, and Retrospective) and longer-term planning exercises (Road Mapping, Release Planning, Release Train Planning). Must also work with Product Owner and Delivery Team to facilitate effective sprints by removing impediments and ensuring that stories are 'sprint ready'.

Primary Duties and Responsibilities:

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

Primary Responsibilities: 

  • Guide and coach delivery teams to self-organize and achieve objectives, without assigning or dictating the work.

  • Assist in the “building” of Agile teams/squads within Renaissance Clearing Department.

  • Facilitate discussion, decision making, and conflict resolution. Build 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

  • Assists in the identification and mitigation of project risks.

  • Identifies and acts on coaching opportunities at the individual and team level.

  • Conducts regular assessments of a team Agile Maturity and uses the results to guide them to improved performance.

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

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

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

  • Creation and improvement of new and existing processes and tools to allow Technology Engineering to deliver better, more predictable, project documentation for the operationalizing of business projects.

  • Daily program management throughout the program lifecycle.

Supervisory Responsibilities:

  • None


The requirements listed below 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.

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

  • Understands agile transformations, building Agile teams and implementing Agile “from scratch”.

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

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

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

  • The proven ability to be self-motivated and a self-starter.

  • Ability to work under minimal supervision.

  • Demonstrated experience and success with organizational process design and implementation.

  • Exceptional written and verbal communication skills.

  • Strong customer service mindset.

  • Proven experience in project and program management.

  • Understands backlog tracking, Scrum and Kanban based metrics, task definition, story splitting.

  • Experience in sprint & release planning, running demos and retrospectives preferred.

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

  • Ability to review large amounts of data and analyze and spot trends and provide analysis and insights.

  • Experience consolidating data from multiple data sources.

Technical Skills:

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

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

  • Basic understanding of IT infrastructure and IT systems design. Strong preference for someone formerly in a hands on DevOps or Apps Development. Need to be able to use a ticketing system such as ServiceNow

  • Excellent communication skills, with experience consolidating data from multiple data sources.

Education and/or Experience:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Information Technology or 5+ years equivalent work experience.

  • Strong knowledge of Agile/Scrum principles and practices.

  • Strong JIRA experience.

  • Ability to anticipate issues based on experience to help the team avoid or resolve the issues.

Certificates or Licenses:

  • Scrum Master Certified preferred.

  • ITIL Foundations certification preferred.

  • PMP certified preferred

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 www.theocc.com.

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-3129
  • Chicago - 125 S Franklin
  • Full Time Regular
  • Posted: Jan. 24, 2023

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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