Agile Project Manager

  • Location: London, England, United Kingdom
  • Salary: Not Specified
  • Job Type: Full time

Although not a household name, State Street is one of the world’s largest and most important financial services institutions, providing round-the-clock services to the global investment community. We touch $33 trillion in assets every day, and are the world’s third largest investment manager with over

Although not a household name, State Street is one of the world’s largest and most important financial services institutions, providing round-the-clock services to the global investment community. We touch $33 trillion in assets every day, and are the world’s third largest investment manager with over $2.8 trillion in assets under management. To do this we manage as much data as one of the internet giants on nearly as large a technical footprint.

In January 2018, we launched one of the industry’s largest technical transformation projects, in effect building a new bank from the ground up. This project isn’t greenfield in the way most banks claim projects are; we’ve started with a blank sheet of paper both operationally and technically. This role will work directly alongside the engineers and project managers going through this strategic investment program.

This isn’t a traditional banking role. This is a chance to push your organizational skills with people more comfortable in a technology firm than an investment bank, working in a dynamic cross-disciplinary team. We don’t expect you to wear a suit, we don’t expect you to not be able to tell your friends what you’re working on, we don’t expect you to sit in meetings 5 hours a day.

This Role

Working directly with the engineers, product owners/managers, and other project managers on the team, you will manage the Kanban boards for the MicroServices Framework workstream. This workstream is responsible for the next-generation application architecture and associated infrastructure for the whole bank, and is based on Kubernetes with a strong focus on CI/CD pipelines and tooling. This is an extremely high visibility project within the firm.

Typical tasks would include (but not be limited to):

  • Managing the product backlog from an epic and user story perspective and working with product management on prioritization
  • Managing the task backlog from an epic and task perspective and working with engineering and product management on prioritization
  • Owning the key Kanban boards for both product features and tasks, and maintaining those in both low-fidelity (post-it notes and photos) and digital (Jira and Excel) forms
  • Mapping between engineering tasks, product user stories, and workstream areas of interest (e.g. hardening, performance, new features) as work is performed
  • Participating in stand-ups, project planning sessions, and retrospectives
  • Ensuring that engineering deliverables are accurately included in upstream reports to the overall transformation program’s project managers as well as project and portfolio management systems
  • Coordinating with project managers for other teams on dependencies, milestone projections, and joint deliveries.

While we are a distributed team, this role is based in our London office in Canary Wharf. State Street has a commitment to flexible working arrangements.

Requirements

Successful candidates will:

  • Have experience running Kanban boards for agile technology development (software infrastructure or application development preferred)
  • Have good Excel, Powerpoint, and Jira skills
  • Have excellent attention to detail and record keeping skills
  • Be comfortable working with a geographically distributed team, including handling time zone differentials and working on video conferences
  • Have a collaborative, team-first attitude, sharing experience and offering support to the overall team
  • Have a University degree or equivalent experience
  • Appreciate the value diversity (in all its forms) brings to our team and company
  • Experience working in a large organization is a plus, as is working in financial services. However, these are not required for motivated candidates.



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