Scrum Master – Advanced

  • Location: Toronto, Ontario
  • Type: Contract
  • Job #2430


Location: Primarily On-Site with the possibility of Hybrid (Toronto OR Montreal)
Duration: 12 months (Possibility of extension)

Our client, a leading financial institution in Downtown Toronto is looking for a Scrum Master – Advanced to ensure disciplined software development approach: continuous integration, refactoring practices, peer reviews, continuous QA, and sustainable pace as standard. The successful candidate will participate in the organization and planning of the development schedule based on methodology to create a cohesive plan with identifiable critical path, task dependencies, and major milestones, and manages the agreed project plans and schedules, ensuring successful completion within scope, budget, time, and quality parameters.

Typical Day in role:

  • Update agile tracking systems to provide transparency on Product & Sprint Backlogs
  • Recommend improvements and assist in changes to recommended practices
  • Assist with internal and external communication for transparency of information
  • Organize and facilitate project planning, daily stand-up meetings, reviews, retrospectives, sprint and release planning, and other Scrum-related meetings
  • Assist team with making appropriate commitments through story selection and task definition
  • Adapt project plans, schedules, and resource assignments as required to respond to emerging requirements and risks
  • Fully track project progress, remove impediments, identify risks and provide resolutions for project issues
  • Facilitate low complexity Agile initiatives from initiation through release, providing oversight to ensure alignment with internal Agile/Scrum practices, including but not limited to, project kick-off, sprint, release and deployment planning
  • Accountable alongside the scrum team for the achievement of release objectives and results that meet LOB stakeholders’ needs and expectations
  • Manage risks to delivery
  • Track and report financials for the team
  • Accountable for creating and maintaining the appropriate vehicles for open communication within the scrum team (e.g. tracker boards) to create a trusting and safe team environment
  • Communicate cross-functionally, ensuring transparency of progress and outcomes
  • Report team progress and accomplishment up and across
  • Facilitates status updates, product demos and retrospectives

Must-Have Skills:

  • SM/SAFE certification (PMI, CSM, PSM, Project Management, Pervious Financial (banking) experience
  • 5 to 9 years experience as a Scrum Master
  • Industry Certified Scrum Master with project management and hands-on Scrum Master experience
  • Certified Agile Practitioner or equivalent
  • Thorough understanding of agile software development lifecycle methodologies, values, and procedures
  • Multiple years’ experience working with an agile methodology during a large scale, complex new development project for a large enterprise
  • Experience in software development and/or project management and/or business (system) analysis or other relevant professional experience
  • Exposure to Project/Program delivery in Agile and/or Waterfall environment
  • Practical experience with any of the key disciplines required in agile delivery – such as software development or business (system) analysis
  • Ability to apply Bank Agile Management Framework and well-documented Agile techniques (User Stories, Burndown techniques, Acceptance Test Driven Development, Continuous testing, etc.)
  • SAFe experience is an asset

Nice-To-Have Skills:

  • French

Soft Skills Required:

  • Impact and Influence: Influencing and gaining others' support
  • Teamwork (Collaboration): Working collaboratively with others to achieve organizational goals
  • Managing and Measuring Work: Organizing time, work and resources (e.g., people) to accomplish work objectives effectively and efficiently; tracking progress toward accomplishing the work objectives
  • People Development: Fostering employee development by providing a supportive environment for lifelong learning


  • Bachelor's degree or combination of relevant education and experience

Finance professional is committed to creating an inclusive environment where all team members and clients feel like they belong. We seek applicants with a wide range of abilities and we provide an accessible candidate experience. We advocate for you and welcome anyone regardless of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, physical or mental disability, or age.