Condé Nast, HQ : Agile Project Manager / Scrum Master Description
Condé Nast is a global media company, home to iconic brands including Vogue, The New Yorker, GQ, Glamour, AD, Vanity Fair and Wired, among many others.
The company's award-winning content reaches 84 million consumers in print, 367 million in digital and 379 million across social platforms, and generates more than 1 billion video views each month.
The company is headquartered in London and New York and operates in 32 markets worldwide, including China, France, Germany, India, Italy, Japan, Mexico & Latin America, Russia, Spain, Taiwan, the U.
K. and the U.S., with local license partners across the globe.
As part of our latest reinvention we have set in motion a bold programme of change to enable Conde Nast’s growth in the digital space.
This places technology as an enabler at the heart of the business and we are building the team to drive this.
To help support our global transformation, we are searching for an experienced Agile Coach Scrum Master to join our team in New York.
In this role, you will be responsible for leading one or more of our scrum teams towards the successful delivery and iterations of a range of consumer facing products.
You will also act as an advocate for Agile work practices, supporting & coaching US development teams as we rollout out Agile common ways of working globally.
You will work closely with a wide set of international colleagues, including product, design, editorial and engineering, to help define and iterate best in class consumer products, while managing closely with project managers running projects across the organisation, which are at multiple stages of maturity.
You will need to work with the relevant teams to map the dependencies between these projects and your project to ensure the successful delivery of the overall project portfolio.
You will have past experience coaching teams in an agile environment using either Scrum or Kanban to deliver amazing product experiences across multiple geographies and multiple teams.
We believe in a culture of collaboration where expert, empowered teams across the planet will drive our reinvention. This is a great opportunity to work with a team of passionate people to enable the growth of some of the world’s best loved brands.
Key Duties & Responsibilities Scrum Master
Work in a servant leader capacity within a cross-functional team of product, design and engineering to continuously improve a market leading consumer product
Responsibility for coordination and facilitation of agile & project management processes, e.g. Risk and Issue Management, daily stand ups, task planning, backlog grooming, retrospectives, and demonstrations
Working closely with the product manager to ensure we have a prioritised set of features and stories, as well as a plan to deliver these features to delight our customers
Working closely within a portfolio of change projects that impact every part of our business, continuously identify connections, dependencies and impact between your project and other projects, making the necessary adaptations to your project and escalating blockers where required
Removing impediments by proactively monitoring status and engaging with the right personnel to find swift solutions
Assisting with external and upward communication and reporting, providing transparency and updates to senior management
Evangelising, guiding and coaching the team on how to use Agile values and practices (Inc. Scrum and Kanban), as well as on how to get the most out of self-organization
Building a trusting and vibrant environment where problems can be raised without fear of blame or judgement, placing emphasis on conflict resolution, problem solving, and continuous improvement
Guiding teams in the introduction of data-driven reporting showing story points earned (completed & tested) vs. capacity burned, estimates to completion, and sprint velocity
Facilitating delivery via collaboration, discussion, and decision making Essential Skills & Requirements
We love enthusiastic, collaborative and pragmatic people that have these skills and background :
Prior experience as a Scrum Master or Agile Project Manager working within established development teams using a mix of Agile Scrum and Kanban
Strong people change experience, helping guide and support team members as they learn to adopt new ways of working and team structures
A good understanding of iterative development, as well as the fundamentals of software development
Ability to articulate the value of metrics and reporting within Agile delivery incl. backlog management, burndown charts, team velocity, and task definition
Outstanding interpersonal and communication skills, ensuring confidence in conflict resolution, and enabling them to adapt their style to different stakeholders
Social and naturally collaborative, with the ability to lead and exercise influence by organizing and motivating the team without the use of authority
Exceptional time management skills to facilitate all aspects of the team's planning and prioritization process
Curious and interested in continuous learning, with a desire to grow their own skills and that of their teams, and adapt new tools and processes
Self-motivated and capable of managing multiple priorities with little instruction or oversight
Positive and enthusiastic about taking on daily issues and bringing them to conclusion on behalf of the team
Understanding of product management in a consumer product environment is desirable