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Scrum Master

  • Salary: £500 - £511 per day
  • Job type: Contract
  • Location: Worthing, West Sussex
  • Sector: Other
  • Date posted: 18/10/2017
  • Job reference: J375889A

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Role: Scrum Master

Location: Worthing

Contract length: 3-6 Months

About the role

The successful candidate will be placed in a mixed-experience team. As a senior Scrum Master, you will typically work with cross functional development teams of up to 8-10 people, enabling them to focus on continuous delivery. You will be required to work collaboratively with Product Owners, Development Teams and Architects across the business area. The team have been seeking to adopt Agile working practices over recent years and you will play a key part in supporting and guiding the Scrum Teams in working towards efficient and productive self-organisation.

Ideally the candidate may have worked as a project manager previously and more latterly as a Scrum Master, giving them a wider understanding of activities beyond the remit of a pure Scrum Master. They should be able to use their high level of knowledge and experience to blend traditional project management principles and practices with an Agile development approach.

Tasks include:

  • Organising and facilitating all Scrum Ceremonies
  • Facilitating 'getting the work done'
  • Champion Agile practices within the Delivery Group and across the wider organisation
  • Driving continuous improvements within the team and Delivery Group, as well as contributing to wider initiatives within the Organisation
  • Supporting the Product Owner and Development Team with working in a Scrum framework
  • Assisting the Product Owner in preparing the Product Backlog
  • Support the team in being as productive as possible by removing impediments and protecting the team from external distractions
  • Monitor and communicate to senior management Scrum team's progress and readiness against sprint commitments and goals (reporting).

Mandatory criteria

As well as demonstrating excellent interpersonal and communication skills, with a positive 'can do' attitude, the candidate will have proven experience in the following:

  • Team Management - Assist in team development while holding teams accountable for their commitments, removing roadblocks to their work; leveraging organizational resources to improve capacity for project work; and mentoring and developing team members
  • Team building - promote empowerment of the team, ensure that each team member is fully engaged in the project and making a meaningful contribution, and encourage a sustainable pace with high-levels of quality for the team
  • Managing or leading Agile engagements in a distributed Agile environment
  • In depth understanding of the Scrum framework (as set out by
  • Organising and facilitating all Scrum Ceremonies
  • Wider Agile approaches and techniques: User Stories, Kanban, TDD, Continuous Integration, Pair Programming, Automated Testing etc.
  • Working in a collaborative environment in accomplishing tasks and achieving goals
  • Operating and championing a trusting environment, to facilitate the raising of issues in an open arena for wider discussion
  • Project planning and time management
  • Managing senior stakeholders and reporting into group Leadership teams
  • PSM1 Scrum Master Certification (
  • Agile tooling such as Jira and Confluence
  • Full software development lifecycle
  • Proven ability to work in a team environment under pressure to deliver quality products to tight deadlines
  • Ability to work concurrently on more than one assignment (time management).

Desirable criteria

Knowledge and experience of some of the following would also be beneficial:

  • Traditional project management (planning, reporting, financials etc).
  • Scrum at Scale Frameworks (SAFe)
  • Evidence of continued education in Scrum, such as training, user groups, etc.
  • Ability to create, seek and act upon opportunities to obtain and share knowledge.
  • Project Management qualification (Prince2 or equivalent).