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Scrum Master at Prodigy Finance
Cape Town, ZA

Prodigy Finance - who we are


Prodigy Finance is a platform that enables financing for international postgraduate students at the world’s best universities, whilst delivering competitive financial and social returns to alumni, institutional and private investors.


This borderless and innovative model enables education loan financing to students from across the globe, whilst using predicted post-degree affordability rather than present-day salary. Since 2007, Prodigy Finance has extended over US$500 million through the platform to fund over 12,000 students from over 120 countries.


Our team of over 150 (and growing) is already truly global. Our head office is in London with much of the team being based in beautiful Cape Town. We also have an office in New York plus team members based across Europe and Asia.


We are funded by some of the best, pre-eminent institutions in the world including Index Ventures, Balderton Capital, AlphaCode, Credit Suisse and Deutsche Bank.

Why this is an amazing opportunity


This role is perfect for a Scrum Master who wants to supercharge their career by experiencing first-hand what it is like to be part of an energetic, extremely fast growing company.


The sense of impact and reward will be huge.  You will help to build a product which makes a very real difference in the world.  Be a part of delivering socially responsible financial services to the masses; make it possible for students from more than 120 countries to obtain the finance to fulfil their dream of studying at the world’s top universities and schools.


We are a small non-hierarchical team; this means that you are going to get exposure to all aspects of our business immediately.  You’ll gain as much accountability as you can handle and have a huge influence on scaling the company.


Our team is very international and very sociable; you will interact with the broader business on a regular basis. The position will be based in Cape Town.

One of our goals is to build one of the top FinTech teams and cultures anywhere in the world. This means putting a lot of time into ensuring we only hire people with exceptional potential, and creating the best working environment possible. If you want to work somewhere where you're learning from some of the best brains in FinTech, this would be a good fit.


Why join Prodigy Finance


Be a part of a pioneering global growth company

Experience the excitement and learn from being part of an incredibly fast-growing young company. No kidding – exponential growth. Happening right now

Be pivotal in scaling the business by identifying smart solutions and partners with tech at the heart of it

Enjoy the agility and flexibility offered by a startup culture. A sociable, relaxed and friendly work environment (with a serious coffee culture where you can wear shorts to work)

We will help you make your mark. Make a real impact on the business and experience a steep learning curve with huge opportunities to grow and develop

Gain an inside perspective on the functioning of a venture-backed FinTech startup, backed by one of the top European VCs, learn day-to-day management and build functional expertise

Build a platform that helps to make a very real difference in the world

What you will do in the role


As a talented and committed Scrum Master, you will be working closely with everyone involved in making a great product; through facilitating, guiding, training, mentoring & coaching. 


Specific responsibilities are to:          


Guide and coach the team & organisation to follow Agile/ Scrum practices

Guide and coach the team to become self-organised

Help the team assess their ‘Scrum Maturity’ and achieve higher levels of maturity

Improve transparency within the teams

Facilitate the removal of impediments

Guide the team to find the right person within the organisation who can help them

Build a safe and trusting environment where conflict can be managed in a healthy way without fear of blame

Be responsible for supporting and coaching the Product Owner on Agile/Scrum practices

What you will be measured on


Agile acumen & impact on the team

Critical judgement; become a trusted and respected member of the team

Contribution to the team; through proactiveness and responsiveness

Mindfulness; become aware of how your work and your behaviour impacts everyone, from individuals, teams, departments & the wider Prodigy Finance team

Skills and knowledge of servant leadership, facilitation, situational awareness, conflict resolution, continual improvement, empowerment, and increasing transparency

What you need to be great at


Be extremely well-organized, persuasive, tenacious, and adaptable

Be capable of remaining calm and maintaining a sense of fun in a fast paced and challenging working environment

Have sound knowledge of Agile best practice and practical experience in applying Agile principles in a software environment

Who we are looking for; track record must haves


At least two years’ experience working in a Scrum Master role with a software development team

Good skills and knowledge of facilitation, continuous improvement, empowerment, transparency and servant leadership

Knowledge of Agile approaches – Scrum, Kanban, etc.

Knowledge and experience with Agile techniques – Automated Testing, User Stories, TDD, Continuous Integration, Testing, Pairing, Agile Games, etc

Experience that would be nice to have (but we’ll trade off if everything else fits)


Ideally you will have actively engaged in the agile community (Meetups, conferences, etc.)

Experience of other related methodologies such as Kanban/ Scrumban/ XP, would be useful

Scrum Master Certified

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