Agile Project Manager

Project Management / Gestion de projets Toronto, Ontario

Poste chez Northbridge Financial Corporation

 “The Power of Together”

Join Northbridge, a growing dynamic company that has a long and rich Canadian history in providing innovative insurance solutions to customers nationwide.

Northbridge Financial Corporation is a leading commercial property and casualty insurance company that’s been helping protect Canadian businesses for more than 90 years. We’re 100% Canadian!

We offer a wide range of creative solutions to our customers through our Northbridge Insurance, TruShield Insurance and Federated Insurance brands where we strive to create a fair and friendly culture, upheld by the foundation of our five corporate values: respect, passion, connectedness, creativity, and excellence.

By continually striving to challenge the status quo, and by focusing on helping our customers, we’ve been able to build our reputation as one of Canada’s largest commercial insurance providers.

Be part of a team that’s passionate about making a difference every day, fuelled by our entrepreneurial spirit and where everyone owns a part of our success.

Located in the heart of Toronto’s Financial District, our head office is easily accessible by TTC and GO Transit, and within walking distance to the Eaton Centre and CN Tower. As a national property and casualty commercial insurance provider, we also have offices across Canada.

Position Summary 

Reporting to the Manager, Enterprise Project Management, we are looking for an experienced Agile Project Manager. The key to being successful in this role, is understanding Northbridge’s values, establishing good relations with key stakeholders, motivating and mentoring team members and following the established Northbridge project methodology. We also expect that the Agile Project Manager has Scrum Master experience running Scrum teams, understands and can apply Agile principles, whilst adapting those principles where necessary to suit this organization. It is expected and a given that you have a good working knowledge of PMBOK and can adhere to set standards with respect to project management of scope, time, cost, quality and risk management, along with the ability to adapt these standards to suit Northbridge’s model and the projects you will be responsible for delivering. You have a collaborative project management style as well as being passionate, creative and customer-focused and someone who thrives on challenges and delivering results.

What you will be doing:

  • Effectively drive results (and adapt) in a dynamic and fast-moving environment while respecting governance and process
  • Set high standards for own work and ensuring high quality outcomes are achieved
  • Provide project leadership, managing complex projects and meeting project requirements
  • Demonstrate exemplary conflict and issue management skills
  • Interacts with tact in a highly professional manner respecting diversity of thinking and encouraging collaborative teamwork
  • Effectively plan, execute, control and close projects
  • Monitor and mitigate risk factors associated with project implementation
  • Prepare project estimates and schedules of project activities
  • Set realistic and achievable expectations for deliverables
  • Create and maintain comprehensive project documentation including project charter, status reports, budget tracking, meeting minutes and project schedules
  • Work with the Scrum Master to remove impediments for the team
  • Work with the Scrum Master to build a trusting and safe environment where problems can be raised without fear of blame, retribution, or being judged, with an emphasis on problem-solving
  • Work with the Scrum Master to utilize transparency, inspection and adaption to increase team velocity
  • Facilitate discussion, decision making, and conflict resolution, valuing face-to-face communication with business leaders, IT leaders, project team members and Scrum team(s)
  • Responsible for ensuring full transparency to stakeholders of the work and prioritization of the Project Roadmap
  • Using TFS or Azure DevOps to track burndown charts, measure team velocity, refine user stories, and obtain information to facilitate meaningful retrospectives
  • Support the Scrum Master and Product Owner on grooming and maintaining the product backlog
  • Work closely with the EPMO to share and further develop Agile best practices

What we are looking for:

  • Post-secondary education and / or equivalent on the job experience
  • PMP designation or equivalent project management experience
  • CSM or PSM I designation required
  • Minimum of 7-10 years of work experience with at least 5 years in a Project Management role
  • IT developer background is a strong asset
  • Scrum Master experience and ability to adopt other Agile frameworks as required (Kanban, XP)
  • Scaled Agile framework (LeSS or Nexus or SAFe) knowledge is a asset
  • Demonstrated results of delivering complex projects
  • Experience and working knowledge of change management principles and methodologies
  • Demonstrated understanding of Traditional and Agile SDLCs
  • Previous supervisory experience, including mentoring and coaching
  • Strong organizational skills with the proven ability to manage competing priorities
  • Advanced knowledge of all standard PC software applications (e.g., Microsoft Office Suite etc.) and Microsoft Project, Visio or equivalent other mapping or planning tools
  • Strong understanding of various Property and Casualty industry products and terminology is a strong asset
  • Fluently bilingual (English / French) is a asset

What sets you apart:

  • Strong ability to influence and lead without authority
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Ability to recognize unrelated problems and implement an appropriate solution within established guidelines
  • Ability to organize, interpret, and apply information from a variety of sources
  • Ability to motivate the team to problem solve in a clear, concise manner
  • Excellent ability to develop and maintain effective working relationships with both the business team and the Scrum team
  • Ability to perform several dissimilar tasks in a brief time frame whilst working within deadlines
  • Ability to bridge the gap between technical and business requirements
  • Commitment to looking for ways to help the team continually improve
  • Insurance application knowledge would be a bonus

What we have to offer: 

  • Northbridge Cares program – volunteer day and donation matching
  • Generous paid time off, including personal days. Flexible work hours as well as early departure opportunities
  • Flexible Group Benefits Plan – medical, dental, insurances
  • Defined Contribution Pension Plan + Optional Group RRSP
  • Northbridge Employee Share Purchase Plan
  • Education Assistance Program
  • Employee Assistance plan
  • Staff Insurance - discount on home, automobile and pet insurance
  • Plus, the opportunity to contribute to the success of Northbridge through sharing your knowledge and experience while learning from others!

Application Process:

Northbridge welcomes and encourages applications from people with disabilities. Accommodations are available upon request for candidates taking part in all aspects of the selection process. Interested, qualified candidates are encouraged to apply.

All offers of employment are conditional upon satisfactory background and reference checks, including a criminal record check, credit check, and employment and educational verifications.