• Competitive
  • London, England, United Kingdom
  • Permanent, Full time
  • M&G Prudential
  • 2019-04-24

Scrum Master - Derivatives

  • Full time
  • London, England, United Kingdom
  • 24 Apr 19

Scrum Master - Derivatives

Scrum Master - Derivatives

Working with M&G Prudential as a Scrum Master - Derivatives means becoming part of a brand with a global reputation and an exciting vision: to be the most loved and most successful saving & investments business.

The forthcoming planned de-merger of M&G Prudential from the Prudential Group PLC provides a terrific opportunity to create a truly international and integrated savings and investments firm. A firm built on a rich and long history and with a commitment to an innovative future centred on the needs of customers and clients. There is a genuine opportunity to drive competitive advantage with value creation through the formation of this new organisation.

If you're inspired to join us, and have the necessary qualities, then this could be the opportunity you've been looking for.

The Role:

  • Help evolve the Derivatives and New Instruments team in Agile ways of working ensuring that the team is protected from external distractions, allowing them to focus on achieving their commitments and grow in confidence, knowledge and efficiency
  • Build strong working relationships with the Product Owners, ensure effective Agile ceremonies, identify and resolve impediments, protect and manage the team's sprint commitment
  • Provide full transparency on the team progress as part of a team delivering new instruments and markets, reviewing vendors, analysing current operating models and working across multiple departments to implement efficiencies and growth, whilst reducing risk
  • Identify and use demonstrations and metrics to transparently articulate delivery progress, risks, issues, team morale and key decisions
  • Instil core values to create teams that are Purposeful, Skilled and Trusted

Key Responsibilities:

  • Assist and work closely with the Product Owners to shape the book of work for delivery and ensure that the benefits and value of changes are understood and realised by the business and the Agile Team
  • Plan and forecast finances, and recognise the impact of delivering the new product or service on operating costs by tracking the backlog and the cost to deliver
  • Liaise with technical, operational and commercial teams relating to deliverables relating to derivatives and the launch of new instruments/markets
  • Build mutual respect with, and develop a highly-motivated, collaborative, client-focussed and high-performing delivery team
  • Demonstrate continuous improvement of the team and its individual members, and highlight where strengthening and change is required
  • Engage, interact, and coordinate with other workstreams within the Investment Change, Regulatory, and Product Portfolios
  • Create and maintain required project documentation and considered escalation of items in a timely manner to the Product Owner and stakeholders
  • Where required, ensure that key decisions are recorded where 'evidence' may be required (e.g. Key business decisions, minutes of client meetings, etc.)
  • Regularly review the team size and make-up and work with Chapter leads to recruit new members where appropriate
  • Ensure team is working to an agreed mission aligned to strategic business objectives

You will have:

  • Experience of running OTC and ETD derivative related projects/scrums
  • Knowledge of trading venues, clearing, margin/collateral, and regulation, relating to derivatives
  • Experience in running a RFP
  • A minimum of 2 years' experience in the Investment Management industry, and 5 in market related firm(s)

Desirable but not essential;
  • Demonstrate a background of working in Agile delivery teams with experience of different methodologies (Scrum, Kanban etc) and tooling (Jira, Confluence etc)
  • Experience of outsourced operational models

This role is ideally suited to someone who can;
  • Support team members to make effective decisions, collaborate across teams, speak up, challenge and take personal accountability
  • Encourage people to solve business problems creatively and collaboratively and question the status quo
  • Simplify complexity and reduce unnecessary bureaucracy
  • Cut through complex issues and get to the heart of problems
  • Work with the Product Owners to understand priorities and expectations for others that guides them to deliver effectively

People who work at M&G Prudential agree that ours is a great place to work with a brilliant team spirit. It's also an innovative, high-performing, commercial environment that's totally focused on customers. As an M&G Prudential colleague you'll get all the support you'd expect, including full training and professional development. You'll receive a competitive salary and reward package. And in a fast-changing world, you'll join an organisation that's leading the way in helping customers achieve their long-term financial goals.

M&G Prudential is committed to a diverse and inclusive workplace. Our role as an employer is very simple - to provide the right environment for talented people to do their best work, by respecting, understanding and valuing individual differences.

We welcome applications from individuals who have taken an extended career break, and we are willing to consider flexible working arrangements for all of our roles.

Recruiter: Beth Eckersley
Location: London