Who are we? Sanlam is one of the leading financial services providers in the South African entry-level market. We’re in the business of planning for tomorrow. The never-ending pursuit of meticulously crafting our clients’ futures. We do this by truly appreciating the value of money and turning the materials we’re given into something more. It’s our trade and it is something we are passionate about. It’s what makes us Wealthsmiths™.
As Wealthsmiths™ we believe in creating and cultivating a positive, energised working environment that gives you every opportunity to achieve success. Sanlam is committed to transformation and embracing diversity. This commitment is what drives us to achieve a diverse workplace with employment equity as a key goal to create an inclusive workforce, representative of the demographics of our society as well as people with disabilities.
The ability to demonstrate, understanding and apply our Sanlam values is embedded in all roles. Applicants must exhibit their commitment to the values as part of the application process.
Lead with courage
Serve with pride
Care because we respect each other
Act with integrity & accountability
Grow value through innovation & superior performance
What will you do?
Act as Scrum Master for 2-3 Scrum teams with a focus on guiding the teams towards improving the way they work.
Providing support to the Scrum Team using a servant leadership style and leading by example. This person should personify Scrum and Agile.
Guiding and coaching the Scrum Team and its stakeholders on how to use Agile/Scrum practices and values to delight customers.
Guiding and coaching the Scrum Team on self-organization to fill in the intentional gaps left in the Agile/Scrum framework.
Facilitating all sprint events (planning, refinement, stand-ups, retrospectives and reviews).
Supporting and educating the Product Owner, especially with respect to refining and managing the product backlog.
Ensuring cross-team coordination.
Removing impediments or guiding the Development Team to remove impediments by finding the right personnel.
Maintaining relevant metrics that help the Development Team see how they are doing.
Assessing the Scrum maturity of the Scrum Team and coaching them to higher levels of maturity, at a pace that is sustainable and comfortable for the team.
Liaising between the Development Team and User Experience Designers to foster better communication between the disciplines.
Building a trusting and safe environment where problems can be raised without fear of blame, retribution, or being judged, with an emphasis on healing and problem solving.
Facilitating getting the work done without coercion, assigning, or dictating the work.
Facilitating discussion, decision making, and conflict resolution.
Assisting with internal and external communication, improving transparency, and radiating information.
What will make you successful in this role?
Knowledge of the software development life cycle
First level Scrum Master certification (PSM I, CSM) (advantageous)
At least 2 years’ experience working as a Scrum Master
At least 3 years’ experience working in an agile environment
Knowledge of other approaches in the Agile space: XP, Kanban, Crystal, FDD, etc
Knowledge of numerous well documented techniques for filling the intentional gaps left in Scrum (example: Burndown techniques, Retrospective formats, handling bugs, etc)
Good skills and knowledge of servant leadership, facilitation, situational awareness, conflict resolution, continual improvement, empowerment, and increasing transparency
The ability to distinguish between what "is Scrum" what is "not Scrum"
Excellent communication skills in English in written and spoken form
Qualification and Experience
Degree or Diploma and/or required Certification with 3 to 5 years related experience.
Knowledge and Skills
Knowledge of scrum principles
Product development process knowledge
Sprint methodology and project management
Reporting and administration
Interpersonal savvy - Stage 1
Decision quality - Stage 1
Plans and aligns - Stage 1
Optimises work processes - Stage 1
Build a successful career with us
We’re all about building strong, lasting relationships with our employees. We know that you have hopes for your future – your career, your personal development and of achieving great things. We pride ourselves in helping our employees to realise their worth. Through its business clusters – Sanlam Personal Finance, Sanlam Emerging Markets, Sanlam Investments, Sanlam Corporate, Santam, Miway, as well as the Group Office – the group provides many opportunities for growth and development.
Cultivates innovation - Stage 1
Customer focus - Stage 1
Drives results - Stage 1
Collaborates - Stage 1
Being resilient - Stage 1
The shortlisting process will only start once the application due date has been reached. The time taken to complete this process will depend on how far you progress and the availability of managers.
Our commitment to transformation
The Sanlam Group is committed to achieving transformation and embraces diversity. This commitment is what drives us to achieve a diverse, inclusive and equitable workplace as we believe that these are key components to ensuring a thriving and sustainable business in South Africa. The Group's Employment Equity plan and targets will be considered as part of the selection process.