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Scrum Master (PDX)

Company: Kinship
Location: Portland
Posted on: January 16, 2022

Job Description:

Who We Are

Kinship is here to help everyone pet parent like a pro. Why? Because our pets make us better humans, and we owe them the best possible care. As the premier partner to a new generation of pet parents, we use our data, products, and services to help people be the best pet parents they can be. And we unite changemakers in pet care to break down barriers, open new doors, share insights, and advance our collective knowledge. All so we can reimagine the pet parenting experience, up peoples confidence, and help the world find better ways to care.

Kinship Is a Coalition That Includes

  • Adopt-a-Pet, the destination for finding homes for homeless pets; we help animal shelters, humane societies, SPCAs, pet rescue groups, and pet adoption agencies connect their homeless pets to millions of adopters a month
  • Our world-leading Wisdom Panel genetic health screening and DNA testing for dogs
  • The award-winning Whistle GPS dog tracker and health monitor
  • Pet Insight Project, our ground-breaking science team that uses AI to turn billions of data points into actionable insights
  • Vet Insight our expert-driven, on-demand pet health platform
  • The Wildest , the destination that helps pet parents keep their cool in the wild world of pet parenting
  • GoodFriend, our recently-launched marketplace for all your pets people
  • PetStory , our platform that curates top services for pet parents in Russia
  • FluffyGo , the mobile-first platform is a one-stop solution for science-minded pet parents in China
  • LEAP VENTURE STUDIO , our accelerator that supports innovators and start-ups, allowing Kinship to bring new solutions to pet parents
    Together, these teams and more work to set new standards in pet care. And, as a part of Mars Petcare, they work to create a better world for pets. Learn more at www.kinship.co .


    Kinship Program Management Team, part of the Technology Department, is rapidly growing and is looking for a Scrum Master to run multiple cross-functional projects. These projects span across various departments within technology, engineering, IT and Product. The SCRUM Master role will manage day-to-day tasks and execute these projects.


    As a SCRUM Master), you will be responsible for running various cross functional projects sponsored by tech and report to the Principal Technical Program Manager. This team partners closely with business and Wisdom Panel Teams to help manage various programs within Kinship brands as well as work streams that interact and partner with our parent organizations like Mars Petcare and Mars digital teams.

    This role is inherently cross-functional - you will work closely with engineering, project management, and product to keep track of various parallel projects within tech and continue to provide cross-functional visibility, track progress and escalate/remediate road blocks. You will be highly analytical, able to work extremely effectively in a matrix organization, to execute day-to-day project operation, and adept at synthesizing a variety of inputs to deliver high quality products and solutions. The ideal candidate should have thrived and succeeded in executing SCRUM based projects delivering broadly adopted technology products or services in a very high growth environment. You should be a strong leader who can prioritize well, communicate clearly and compellingly, and understand how to drive a high level of focus and excellence. You should have keen business sense and also have developed a deep understanding of technology.

    Qualified candidates have experience executing projects in parallel, track dependency, mapping product requirements to engineering functional specifications, leading large cross functional teams and successfully delivering complex programs at high scale. As a SCRUM Master, you will be assisting the Tech Program Manager to execute program visions and help establish program details. You are also comfortable in driving change, developing strategic technical initiatives, while being able to dive deep through the use of data.

    As a Project Manager you will anticipate bottlenecks, provide escalation management, anticipate and make tradeoffs, and balance business needs versus constraints. An ability to navigate sophisticated systems and initiatives, breaking them down into manageable pieces, develop functional specifications, then deliver them in a successful and timely manner. Maturity, high judgment, skills, ability to influence, analytical talent, and leadership are critical to success in this role.
    • Lead day-to-day SCRUM projects or initiatives, having a clear and constant understanding of priorities to ensure expected outcomes are delivered.
    • Communicate projects progress across stakeholders, sponsors, and executive leadership.
    • Identify and mitigate risks and to ensure programs maintain forward momentum toward clear outcomes.
    • Understand system APIs and interdependencies and lead cross-functional teams to align and deliver on technical solutions.
    • Ensure clear accountability, timelines, and continuous change management to deliver timely, high-quality results.
    • Acts as a champion for Agile and Lean principles across the organization

      Leadership Competencies

      As Kinship people, we have three pillars that set out how we aim to be--in our everyday work, and in how we approach each other. We call these our Cultural Pillars. In all of the roles that we hire for, we look for people who are Optimistic, Purposefully Inquisitive, and Open to All. And for this role, youll need these skills to knock it out of the dog park:
      • You Have Courage : a willingness to bring forth a new idea, engaging others across Kinship to support you, and taking risks and action will full accountability
      • You Learn at Pace: a consistent and fast work ethic to meet growth goals, and the ability to evolve and pivot quickly from what youve learned
      • You Value Difference : a genuine belief in inclusion and diversity is in your DNA, and it shows up in your work, and how you work.
      • You are pragmatic thinker and outcome driven collaborator
      • You are able to go technically deep as well as cover a wide range of shared engineering capabilities
        Technical Skills
        • 7+ years of Project Management experience in software engineering with at least 5+ years of experience managing projects working with engineering or product management teams
        • Proven experience managing, delivered, deployed multiple large scale projects in consumer market
        • Experience managing outcomes with external partners and vendors
        • Proven experience in managing and maintaining visibility across projects through detailed reporting powered by accurate data and metrics collection
        • Comfortable with open source UI and Ux technologies and how it works in large scale deployment
        • Good understanding of modern cloud friendly devops tools, SaaS, Infrastructure as Code, PaaS
        • Conceptual understanding of end-to-end deployment architecture including experience with CDNs, networking, distributed systems that yields high availability, active-active topologies
        • Prior project management experience with AWS, GCP, Azure or comparable public cloud
        • CSM certified desired
        • PMP certified a PLUS.
          JOIN OUR PROS!
          • Unique opportunities for a customizable career within pet care
          • A super collaborative, flat work environment with direct access to our senior leadership team
          • Work from the hottest cities across the world
          • Dog-friendly workplaces
          • Medical, dental, vision, 401k match, and pet benefits for you and your family
          • Unlimited paid time off
          • Flexible work opportunities
          • Parental leave for the birth or adoption of your new human child (and fur baby)
          • Discounts on pet products, services, nutrition and veterinary wellness plans
          • Welcome kits with pet merch & Kinship swag
          • An extensive onboarding program with a chance to meet all of our leaders across Kinshipby Jobble

Keywords: Kinship, Portland , Scrum Master (PDX), IT / Software / Systems , Portland, Oregon

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