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Athene Senior IT Scrum Master in West Des Moines, Iowa

We are Athene. At Athene, we are driven to do more. We are a leading retirement services company that issues, reinsures and acquires retirement savings products designed for the increasing number of individuals and institutions seeking to fund retirement needs. We see every day as a new opportunity to measure ourselves against the best - and then we don't stop until we've set the bar even higher. We're ready to help you achieve more.


The Senior Scrum Master is responsible for strong leadership and delivery on a daily basis. Focuses include coaching and leading development teams in Agile values and frameworks as well as scheduling and facilitating Scrum Team activities such as backlog refinement, sprint planning, daily stand-ups and sprint retrospectives. As a Scrum Master, you will be responsible for holding Scrum Team members accountable for their commitments and ensuring transparency of the Scrum Teams activities, impediments, setbacks and successes to key stakeholders. This position will play a key role in the planning and ongoing improvement of Scrum practices in the organization.


  • Serves as a Scrum Master on one or more scrum teams and manages the day to activity and delivery of the team.

  • Works with the Project Manager on projects with cross functional dependencies.

  • Assists in educating and training employees at all levels on Agile principles and frameworks.

  • Assists the Scrum Team in understanding backlog management techniques such as refinement and relative estimation.

  • Coaches the team to higher levels of maturity at a pace that is sustainable and suitable for the team and organization.

  • Facilitates Scrum ceremonies effectively, on cadence, while ensuring team participation (Daily Stand-ups, Sprint Reviews/Demos, Sprint Retrospectives and Sprint Planning).

  • Guides teams through the implementation of Scrum and provides training as needed.

  • Guides the development team in self-organization and cross-functionality.

  • Helps improve the team’s software development and delivery through a deliberate focus on continuous improvement and learning culture.

  • Onboards and mentors new Scrum Masters with less experience.

Qualifications and Experience:

  • 5+ years’ experience in a Scrum Master role for a software development team that was diligently applying Scrum practices.

  • Proven leadership skills and the ability to drive teams in delivering on commitments.

  • Advanced knowledge and understanding of the Scrum framework and Agile techniques such as user stories, relative estimation, velocity, burn-downs, etc.

  • Demonstrated experience creating and implementing process improvement initiatives that align with agile best practices.

  • Demonstrated knowledge of large program/project management and scaled Agile methodologies.

  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills, both oral and written, with technical and non-technical audiences.

  • Experience leading organizational transformations to Agile methodologies.

  • Knowledge of Agile frameworks and techniques such as XP, Kanban, TDD, Continuous Integration, Continuous Testing, Pairing, Automated Testing, etc.

  • Knowledge of coaching development teams in organizational environments in which Scrum is not yet fully adopted and understood.

  • Bachelor's Degree and/or Scrum Master Certification preferred.

NOTE: Successful candidate will be required to complete a pre-employment background check.

Drive. Discipline. Confidence. Focus. Commitment. Learn more about working at Athene.

Athene is a Military Friendly Employer! Learn more about how we support our Veterans.

Athene celebrates diversity, is committed to inclusion and is proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, veteran status or any other status protected by federal, state or local law.

We are driven to do more. More for our customers and the financial professionals who offer our products. If you are driven to do more and love the challenge of pursuing more, Athene is your kind of company. You will find we offer more than the basics to create a diverse, inclusive and dynamic work environment at our various locations.

Based on your location you will experience a unique blend of:

  • Benefits to meet individual needs including, but not limited to, a 401(k) and/or pension plan with a company match, paid time off, paid holidays, job-related tuition reimbursement, medical, dental, vision, life, and disability insurance.

  • Career development opportunities including a Leadership Development Program, self-guided trainings and periodic Lunch & Learns.

  • Amenities that include "dress for your day" work attire, in house coffee bar, on-site café, ergonomic desks, game room area and on-site fitness facility.

  • Volunteer opportunities to give back to the community, company-sponsored volunteer events throughout the year, individual non-profit volunteer time that can earn grant money, and non-profit matching gift program.

Athene USA is also proud to be recognized for the following:

Workplace awards

  • Iowa’s Top Workplaces; since 2015

  • Bermuda Top Ten Employer; 2019

United Way of Central Iowa awards

  • Advocate & Volunteer, 2016

  • Spirit of Central Iowa. 2017

  • Game Changer & Impact-Maker, 2018

  • Spirit of Central Iowa, 2019

  • Impact-Maker, 2020

Awards for veteran support

  • Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR) Awards

  • Patriot Award, 2018

  • Pro Patria Award, 2019

  • Seven Seals Award, 2019

  • Military Friendly® Employer; since 2017

  • Military Spouse Friendly® Employer; since 2017

​​​​​​​Product awards

  • Excellence in Education LOMA;10 plus years

  • Structured Retail Products (SRP)

  • Best Carrier Award; 2017 & 2018

  • FIA of the Year; 2019

For more specific details for each location, please click here.