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Scrum master

Location Durham
Contract Type Permanent
Hours Full time

Role description

Atom has recently been awarded £10m from a fund created to boost competition and innovation in SME banking. With this grant, Atom will deliver a highly engaging, tailored, data-driven financial toolkit for SMEs alongside a suite of Smart Lending products underpinned by Atom’s unique smart contract technology and machine learning capabilities.

A Scrum Master is required to join a cross-functional team to help bring this exciting proposition to market. The role will include leading daily stand-ups, co-ordinating sprint planning meetings and continually evaluating processes to identify inefficiencies. The Scrum Master will utilise Scrum, Agile and Software Development knowledge to develop, maintain and manage project plans; taking a hands-on approach to ensure delivery.

Key responsibilities:

  • Guide and coach the team and organization to follow Agile/Scrum practices
  • Guide and coach the team to become self-organised
  • Help the team assess their ‘Scrum Maturity’ and higher levels of maturity and velocity
  • Improve transparency within the team
  • Removing impediments or guiding the team to remove impediments
  • Guide the team to find the right person within the organization that can help them
  • Build a safe and trusting environment where conflicts can be managed in a healthy way without fear of blame
  • Be responsible for supporting and coaching the Product Owner on Agile/Scrum practices
  • Working with the Product Manager with respect to managing and refining the product backlog
  • Creates a shared focus on the importance of achieving results.
  • Creates standards for project; establishes and defines roles and responsibilities, specific outcomes, and clear measures for quality and success of the team

Key Performance Indicators

  • Level of positive, solution finding attitude
  • Accuracy of sprint estimation, lack of scope creep
  • Accurate and timely delivery
  • Stakeholder feedback

Essential Capabilities/Experience

  • Experienced in a Scrum Master role for at least two years for a software development team
  • Problem solver and a ‘can do’ attitude
  • Experience driving multiple forms of Agile delivery, including Scrum and Kanban
  • Good skills and knowledge of facilitation, continuous improvement, empowerment, transparency and servant leadership
  • Outstanding communication and interpersonal skills with an ability to communicate effectively with technical and non-technical team members
  • Experience of coaching technical and non-technical team members in the principles of Agile.

Desired capabilities/experience

  • Experience in a start-up or high growth environment
  • Experience using widely successful Agile techniques: Automated Testing, User Stories, TDD, Continuous Integration, Testing, Pairing, Agile Games, etc.
  • Applicable knowledge of the technologies used by the team
  • Experience in applying a wide variety of well-documented patterns and techniques for filling in the intentional gaps left in the Scrum approach
  • Experience of working in a product-centric environment.

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