Scrum Master

Government
  • Remote working
  • Contract, 5 months
  • Full time
  • Negotiable
This role with our Central Government Client is 5 months long. The role remote working and has a pay rate of £570 p/d umbrella. Job Description: The Scrum Master will be working within a strategic technology led change programme (consisting of multiple workstreams) to deliver three key objectives for the...

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Job description

This role with our Central Government Client is 5 months long. The role remote working and has a pay rate of £570 p/d umbrella.  

 

Job Description:  

 

The Scrum Master will be working within a strategic technology led change programme (consisting of multiple workstreams) to deliver three key objectives for the organisation as follows:  

1) The establishment of an Enterprise Data and Analytics Platform which will underpin the transformation of the organisations Data Environments.  

2) The enablement of better outcomes by improving access to data and advanced analytic capabilities.  

3) The reduction of burden and cost by decommissioning duplicate and legacy data enrichment and analysis data platforms.  

 

Role purpose:  

As the Scrum Master you will be responsible for ensuring that the Programme development teams follow the scrum framework values and agile practices, mentoring and motivating the teams to improve processes, facilitating meetings and decision-making processes, and eliminating team constraints.  

The role holder will help create self-organising teams that are flexible and fully productive during sprints to ensure successful delivery of programme outcomes. This will include assigning work packages, monitoring, and reporting on progress into the programme and ensuring appropriate evidence is provided in delivery.  

The Scrum Master will work with the project manager to ensure that the agile ways of working align to the required capabilities as outlined in the project plan, ensuring appropriate prioritisation of backlogs and to ensure successful delivery of required benefits.  

The Scrum Master will also work in partnership with the 3rd party supplier to ensure that sprints are aligned, and interdependencies are closely controlled to ensure delivery.  

The role holder will be required to apply best practice, identify areas for improvement, identify any risks or issues to the delivery and challenge where appropriate if quality or delivery is being compromised.  

 

Responsibilities:  

 

• Delivery of objectives and milestones:  

o Responsible for creating, planning, managing, and delivering solutions using agile methodology values, principles, and practices.  

o Create appropriate Sprint boards and tickets that align to the Programme Plan  

o Manage each project’s scope and timeline  

o Maintain the product backlog, (refining where necessary), undertake sprint planning meetings including Retrospectives  

o Plan and facilitate scrums, sprints, retrospective meetings, and daily stand-ups  

o Works closely with the Project Manager to ensure prioritisation and delivery of JIRA tickets / backlogs align to the project deliverables and successful benefit realisation  

o Determining and managing tasks, issues, risks, and action items.  

o Ensuring the proper use of collaborative processes and removing impediments for the scrum team.  

o Ensure deliverables are up to quality standards at the end of each sprint  

o Work closely with the Project Manager and 3rd party supplier to ensure successful delivery of milestones and capabilities as outlined in the project plan.  

o Create and maintain comprehensive project documentation and evidence of delivery of milestones / outcomes, ensuring that acceptance criteria are clearly articulated  

 

• Resource Management and optimisation:  

o Ensuring resources are directed, managed, and motivated, (and performance managed) ensuring that timescales and quality parameters are achieved  

o Ensure teams are delivering the most value and deliver what is important  

o Work closely with the Project Manager to plan and manage deployment of physical and financial resources to meet project milestones  

o Coach team members in Agile frameworks and guide to higher scrum maturity  

o Provide support to teams to implement changes effectively  

o Build a productive environment where team members ‘own’ the product and enjoy working on it  

 

• 3rd party supplier:  

o Work in partnership with the 3rd party supplier to ensure delivery to time, cost and quality parameters and escalating where appropriate.  

o Ensure that key handover points into, and out of the 3rd party supplier meet the entry and exit criteria required to achieve a quality throughput  

o Establish and maintain relationships with third party supplier key project resources  

 

• Benefit realisation:  

o Work closely with the Project Manager to enable monitoring, management, oversight and reporting of benefit realisation  

 

• Decision making, change control and risk management:  

o Ensure that appropriate governance controls are adhered to in terms of decision making and change control  

o Ensure timely escalation to Programme Manager, Planning Delivery Manager, and Risk Manager of any risks to delivery  

o Ensure that any risks or issues owned (or mitigation owned) are actioned in a timely manner and updates are provided as required  

 

• Reporting:  

o Provide status updates and plans as requested to the Planning Delivery Manager and Programme Manager  

 

• Relationship Management:  

o Build and nurture relationships with key stakeholders  

o Facilitate internal communication and effective collaboration  

 

• Process improvement:  

o Identify any improvements to processes and ways of working

Requirements

• Demonstrable success as an outstanding scrum master with excellent interpersonal, project management, and problem-solving skills.  

• Certified scrum master, with 5+ years of experience as a scrum master.  

• Proven record of delivery within time, cost, and quality  

• Demonstrable success and experience of being able to work at pace, whilst managing competing and conflicting demands  

• Excellent knowledge of Scrum techniques and artifacts (such as definition of done, user stories, backlog refinement, retrospectives, etc)  

• Outstanding organisational skills  

• Excellent written and verbal communication skills  

• Solid organizational skills including attention to detail and multitasking skills  

• Strong working knowledge of Microsoft Office, JIRA, Confluence, and project management software tools  

• Experience of working with, and supervising technical SMEs  

• Demonstrable experience of ability to translate technical content into business language for various stakeholders  

• Experience of strong risk management and mitigation controls  

Personal Qualities:  

• High level of expertise in project management and well organised  

• Exceptional written and verbal communication skills, comfortable with translating technical content to a variety of business audiences  

• Outstanding interpersonal and customer service skills; ability to build relationships with a wide variety of stakeholders.  

• Ability to contribute to a strong team-based environment.  

• Results-oriented with a high attention to detail, ability to multi-task and meet deadlines in a demanding, fast-paced environment.  

• Strong relationship management: excellent communication and influencing skills.  

• Balance of both technical awareness and business acumen.  

• Ability to manage in an ambiguous environment, clarifying plans and priorities, giving a sense of direction and purpose for self and team.  

• Ability to drive change and overcome obstacles and resistance.  

• Constructive and collaborative but with the ability to step in and take decisions in a timely manner to move the team forward.  

• Excellent people management skills, able to engage and lead, with a passion for stretching and improving both teams and processes.  

• Self-motivated and able to work remotely within a team  

• Strong analytical and problem-solving individual who is a critical thinker who can challenge and proactively identify solutions  

• Leadership and management experience.  

• Completer / finisher

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