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Immediate opportunity for experienced Scrum Master to join our Global client’s Innovation Centre of Excellence to lead the delivery of next generation business applications/solutions across a range of business functions including data analytics; machine learning; web development and mainstream systems. The team will include industry-leading developers, architects, and designers who use a variety of innovative development methodologies and technologies to achieve breakthrough results & drive innovation.

You will be responsible for guiding and supporting an agile team of software engineers working to an agile methodology, delivering business critical projects. Reporting to the Software Delivery Manager, this will be a key role within the agile team working in a highly collaborative manner with team members and all project stakeholders. As the Scrum Master, you will be responsible for leading, coaching and motivating a team of software engineers on a daily basis. This role requires excellent communication and collaboration skills.

Leadership Responsibilities:

  • Lead, inspire and motivate a team of software engineers in the creation of high-quality software to agreed project deadlines.
  • Actively promote an agile mind-set and a positive working environment for the team.
  • Mentor and coach all team members in Agile (Scrum/Kanban) values, practices and rules.
  • Drive and support the adoption of new agile process tools and techniques within the team.
  • Use a servant leadership style to support the team, responding to issues and removing impediments.
  • Drive continuous improvement practices within your team, e.g. reviews and retrospectives.
  • Work closely and listen to team members’ feedback to identify issues and resolve conflicts.
  • Train and mentor new team members around agile processes and developing an agile mind-set.

Agile Project Management Responsibilities:

  • Work collaboratively with the Product Owner (PO), Business Analyst (BA) and Technical Team Lead (TTL) to ensure a well-groomed backlog of requirements is available for the team.
  • Support and educate Product Owners, especially around the grooming and maintenance of Product Backlogs.
  • Responsible for accurate status reporting of performance of sprints and projects.
  • Facilitate scrum ceremonies, including sprint planning, daily stand ups, sprint retrospectives and team based release planning.
  • Work with the team to define sprint goals and work closely with the team to ensure delivery of sprint goals and team commitments.
  • Play a key role in facilitating realistic estimates of delivery effort to assist with team planning.
  • Assume a high level of ownership for the agile processes adopted within your team.
  • Ability to clearly communicate in all forms including email, phone, documents and in person.

Qualifications and Skills Required:

  • B.Sc/B.Eng or greater in a computing, engineering or related discipline
  • A minimum of 3 years proven experience in agile project management, leading a software development team that was applying agile principles, practices, and theory.
  • Proven experience developing an agile mind-set in yourself and others.
  • In-depth knowledge of agile estimation and planning techniques.
  • Proven experience in recognising issues, risks and dependencies in all phases of an agile project and applying appropriate mitigation strategies.
  • Experience in working with external customers (Product Owners), strong stakeholder management and communication skills are vital.
  • Team player that has the ability to work with individuals at all levels in an organisation.
  • The ability to build trust and openness in interactions within and outside the team.
  • Ability to motivate others to achieve goals and generate confidence whilst respecting and supporting colleagues and team members to reach their full potential.
  • Ability to have a positive impact on others and communicate openly and directly to individuals or groups at all levels.
  • Demonstrates a proactive approach, getting things done, accountability & ownership, prioritises own workload.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Self-motivated and enthusiastic.

Due to the urgency of these roles; candidates requiring sponsorship will not be considered 

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