Project Manager I (Scrum Master)

North Richland Hills, Texas
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Sep 29, 2016
Nov 28, 2016
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Project Manager

Looking for a great place to work where professional and personal growth are encouraged and promoted? Looking for a place where you can have impact by being a part of teams that are supporting a thriving business through growth? Assurant Specially Properties is in the middle of a growth cycle for our technology and our clients. We need talented Project Managers/Scrum Masters ready to help facilitate and support our teams. Are you ready?

Who we are

Four enduring values guide the way we support our customers and work with one another: Common Sense, Common Decency, Uncommon Thinking and Uncommon Results. Our employees uphold our common purpose: To help people protect what matters most to them.

Assurant Specialty Properties provides values and evaluations for properties across the country. Banks and investors of all types need to know how much a property is worth before they give a loan, buy a loan, take possession, or invest. ASP works to provide those values through a network of brokers, appraisers and inspectors. Our technology provides a pathway for this information, so everyone involved can make the best decisions with the best information. It's a big task.

We are a community of people empowered to make great things happen every day. If that sounds like total hogwash to you, it's because you've never been empowered at work. Come try it out. You'll like it.

How do we work?

We believe in Agile! We utilize the core agile principles in everything we do. Our teams utilize Kanban and Scrum frameworks. We work closely with our business units, other project managers, technology architects and quality assurance specialists to work tickets through a short lifecycle. Releases occur about every two weeks, so that we have quick feedback loops.

What do we want to see from you?

We are seeking self-motivated individuals with the ability to achieve broadly communicated objectives under a minimal amount of supervision. You will provide effective collaboration, facilitation, leadership and coaching skills to the agile development process and delivery of applications, as well as enforcing the agile tenants, removing impediments and promoting empowerment.

Our expectations are that you will have a good understanding of Agile and both the Kanban and Scrum frameworks. Have a strong track record of helping others to communicate and collaborate with one another with the goal of understanding and delivering working software. You should believe in driving a culture of transparency through all levels of the organization including the management teams for the business and IT.

Where we work

Our office is located in North Richland Hills, Texas, which is a suburb of Fort Worth, but within driving distance of about 20 cities and municipalities. There are tons of great places to eat within walking distance of the office. There are also picnic tables and covered areas outside to eat your pack lunch. There's a library, gyms, stores and even a water park (during the summer months) nearby.

Assurant has other offices in Miami, Atlanta, Austin, Milwaukee, and elsewhere. We offer the best of both worlds with a small company environment and big company backing. It's a great place to be.

When we work

Core hours are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., so most everyone will be available during those hours. Some early birds show up at 7 to beat traffic, while others like the quiet office after hours.

Vacation is important. Take a vacation. You'll start out with about 3 weeks of vacation plus some floating holidays (we have 6 fixed holidays too). You can carry over 120 hours of vacation year to year, but why should you: The benefits package includes short-term and long-term disability. Take your vacation.


Speaking of benefits: We have great benefits. Individual, couple and singles health plans. You want a high deductible with an HSA? Or maybe a low deductible with an FSAs. Assurant offers dental and prescription benefits, paid long-term and short-term disability, and employee, spouse and child life insurance. We put money in your HSA for you each year, and will add more when you complete health questionnaires and online programs. We offer a 6% 401K match and 10% discount on Assurant stock purchases.

We also have a bonus program, school reimbursement plan and paid training at conferences and the like. You get the point, there are lots of benefits.


So what are you waiting for? If you like working in a challenging, fun environment with a great team of professionals, who treat you like one, come on board.

Basic Qualifications:
  • 3+ years of experience working in an Agile environment for software development teams
  • High School Diploma or GED
Other Skills:

  • Excellent communication, facilitation, and coaching skills
  • Agile experience within a multi-team organization
  • Understanding and deep tool box of Agile practices such as: retrospectives, daily standups, sprint planning, burn down techniques
  • Experience working with external teams and vendors
  • Experience with agile team tools such as Jira is preferred
  • Ability to collaborate and exercise influence without authority

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Certified Scrum Master (CSM) or Certified Scrum Professional (CSP) Industry certification is highly desired
  • Bachelor's Degree
  • Familiarity with lean principles and Kanban
  • Knowledge of other project management methodologies
  • Real Estate/Mortgage industry experience
  • Participation in industry agile communities of practice