Scrum Master/ Agile Coach

Job Title: Scrum Master/ Agile Coach
Contract Type: Contract
Location: Reading, England
Salary: Competitive rate and terms
Start Date: 2019-01-07
Reference: 31042
Contact Name: Stephen Laurie
Contact Email:
Job Published: January 07, 2019 15:27

Job Description

Our client is a world leader in providing subsea production control systems. Their UK Technology Centre, based in Reading, is responsible for project execution and delivery of Subsea controls systems, including the design/ development of the full control system software package. We require a Scrum Master/ Agile Coach (Contract) to support our software development teams working on these projects.
Responsibilities and tasks will include;  

  • Responsible for managing the scrum and the coordination of the scrum team in Agile methodology
  • Coaching, guiding and mentoring the team and organisation on how to use Agile/Scrum practices and values to maximise customer delivery
  • Guiding the team on self-organising to fill in the intentional gaps left in the Agile/Scrum frameworks
  • Assessing the Scrum Maturity of the team and organisation and coaching the team to higher levels of maturity, at a pace that is sustainable and comfortable for the team and organisation
  • Removing impediments/ waste or guiding the team to remove impediments by finding the right personnel to support and action
  • Facilitating meetings, discussions, decision making processes, and conflict resolution
  • Assisting with internal and external communication, improving transparency, and radiating information
  • Supporting and educating the Product Owner, in identifying and validating opportunities and managing the product backlog
  • Helping the team report to management, monitor KPIs and applicable metrics, and highlight any issues or anomalies
  • Communicating with stakeholders at all levels, encourage engagement across technical teams
  • Collaborating with technical teams to refine agile processes
  • Enabling continuous improvement within the teams
  • Willing to provide face to face support to the Aberdeen team in addition to their Reading base
  • Providing support to the team and lead by example.

Qualifications / personal attributes required:       

  • Experience in playing the Scrum Master role for at least two years for software development, diligently applying Scrum principles, practices, and theory
  • Knowledge of various well-documented patterns and techniques for filling in the intentional gaps left in the Scrum approach
  • Strong coaching and leadership skills and experience of facilitation, situational awareness, conflict resolution, continual improvement, empowerment, and increasing transparency. In particular a good coach in Agile practices
  • Knowledge of other Agile methodology and frameworks/ approaches such as XP, Kanban, Crystal, FDD, etc
  • Awareness and experience with widely successful Agile techniques: User Stories, ATDD, TDD, Continuous Integration, Continuous Testing, Pairing, Automated Testing, Agile Games
  • Applicable knowledge of the technologies used by the team
  • Knowledge of software development processes and procedures to understand his team needs
  • Excellent communication and mentoring skills
  • A qualification as Professional Scrum Master 1, 2, PSM, Certified Scrum Master (CSM ®) would be ideal but not essential. 

The successful candidate will receive a competitive rate and the opportunity to support innovative projects.