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Scrum Master at Forward Financing (Boston, MA)

This is a unique opportunity for an experienced and self-motivated software professional to join our Engineering team. As Scrum Master, you will lead process execution resulting in high quality specification, construction, and delivery of Forward Financing applications. You will report to the VP of Engineering and collaborate frequently with Product Owners, Developers, the Automation/DevOps team, QA, UX, and Architecture.

At Forward Financing, our mission is to be the leading provider of financing solutions to under-served small businesses. As the 15th fastest growing company in US & #1 in Massachusetts (Inc 500), we are at the forefront of growth in the FinTech space. We are 100% dedicated to this vertical and to achieving our mission.

As Scrum Master, your role in improving the efficiency of our product development team will be critical in driving our mission forward.

In this role you will:

  • Engage with PM, UX, and Engineering at the story level to

    • Facilitate clear understanding and good design by collaborating on descriptions and acceptance criteria

    • Maintain checklists of hard/unexpected/easily forgotten questions and ask them

    • Shorten grooming cycles, minimize context switching, and reduce communications overhead

  • Be Scrum Master for three teams, lead combined team ceremonies, and act as Scrum Of Scrums leader

  • Own the three definitions of done ("DoDs"): Story Ready For Work, Story DoD, Scrum Process DoD

  • With Automation, QA and Salesforce specify and oversee a Scrumban process

  • Document and track anything that might impact quality delivery, including:

    • Testing

    • Release delivery and rollout

    • Root causes driving exception conditions

    • Process quality, etc. 

  • Aggregate metrics from Product Owners, Team Leads, and automated systems weekly and by sprint

About You:

  • Attention to Detail- Does not let important details slip through the cracks or derail a project.

  • High Standards- Expects personal performance and team performance to be nothing short of the best.

  • Analytical Skills- Able to structure and process qualitative or quantitative data and draw insightful conclusions from it. Exhibits a probing mind and achieves penetrating insights.

  • Communicator - Having strong ideas and the ability to voice them but with a positive, up-beat attitude

  • Teamwork- Reaches out to peers and cooperates with supervisors to establish an overall collaborative working relationship.

  • Intelligence- Learns quickly. Demonstrates ability to quickly and proficiently understand and absorb new information.

  • A Doer - willingness to roll up your sleeves, perform all levels of analysis and demonstrate high degrees of diligence, attention to detail and accountability


  • 7+ years as a leader in commercial web software development teams and product operations

  • Strong understanding of agile principles, especially Scrum and Kanban, and experience putting into practice

  • Experience and comfort organizing widely distributed teams

  • Strong understanding of web languages, frameworks and tools. Preferably React/Redux, ES6, HTML5, CSS, RoR, Elixir/Phoenix etc. Ability to discuss development details with engineers.

  • Experience overseeing UX designers/developers

  • Strong understanding of Product Management practices and experience working with engineers and product owners to create high quality stories

  • Strong understanding of linear project management. Ability to integrate linear projects with agile product development.

  • A belief in the core values and mission of Forward Financing

About Us:

Forward Financing is a Boston-based financial technology company that provides fast, flexible, and reliable working capital to small and medium-size businesses nationwide. By combining proprietary technology with a team of small business financing experts, Forward Financing delivers same day funding with the speed and simplicity business owners need to succeed and grow.  With a simple online application, businesses can trust Forward Financing for approvals within minutes, funding within hours, and personalized support and service when they need it most.

Since 2012, Forward Financing has provided over $400m in funding to more than 10,000 small businesses. Consistently recognized as an industry leader, the company is A+ rated by the Better Business Bureau and receives top ratings across all major customer review platforms. In 2017 and 2018, Forward Financing was named by Inc. Magazine and the Boston Business Journal as one of the fastest growing companies in Massachusetts. Learn more at


At Forward Financing, we believe that if our company succeeds, all of our employees succeed too!  We offer a competitive compensation package for highly qualified candidates that are extremely motivated, have a positive attitude, and are able to ramp up quickly.  We offer a comprehensive benefits package including medical, dental, vision and commuter benefits along with gym reimbursement, 401K, paid volunteering days and a matching gift program.  We work in an open environment with a start-up vibe, conveniently located just steps away from South Station and conveniently located to all major "T" lines.  You will have the opportunity to work with people that enjoy a fun, social office culture.

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