Agile Scrum Master / Coach

Job Title: Agile Scrum Master / Coach
Contract Type: Permanent
Location: Hertfordshire, Hertfordshire
Salary: £70000 - £75000 per annum + 90K Total Package value.
Start Date: ASAP
Reference: 66360-ITENG-KSB
Contact Name: Kelvin Ball
Contact Email:
Job Published: May 13, 2016 14:04

Job Description


A market leading payments company based in Hertfordshire / North West London requires a Scrum Master / Agile Coach on a permanent basis.

The full specification is below but key words and phrases for this role are:

* Must have experience as an Agile Coach, not just a Scrum Master role
* Be able to take client employees on the 'journey'
* Not looking for a Scrum purist, more pragmatist.
* Ideally have experience of an industry which has large applications, fast transactions and a large throughput (e.g Pharm, Gaming, Aviation)
* Transformation experience of moving from Waterfall to Agile is highly desirable (either led this or been part of it)
* This role is based on the 'work' side, not the 'people'.

The main purpose of the role is to:

* Lead and manage the successful delivery of software changes to high performance, scalable, mission critical payments services using Java, Web and Oracle technologies.
* Be the primary interface between project managers and the development function for this.
* Ensure the implementations are in line with enterprise architecture, principals and agreed design, and a quality service is delivered into test and production environments successfully.
* Systems are required to process in excess of 1000 million items per year at rates of over 1000+ items per second.
* This role may involve line management responsibilities where agreed.

Knowledge, skills and experience needed:

* Strong experience of working in engineering teams, as a Scrum Master / Agile Coach
* Demonstrable experience of leading transformation to agile practices or continuous improvements in newly established agile teams
* Experience of using Jira tools for backlog tracking, burn-up/burn-down metrics, velocity etc.
* Solid experience of working with Agile teams that develop large, high transaction services
* Good understanding of software development practices and agile software testing techniques is desirable (such as TDD, BDD, CI)
* Demonstrable experience of raising issues and driving change
* Proactive and passionate about learning new things and improving existing challenges
* Ability to encourage efficient communication and continuous improvement
* Certified Scrum Master or similar qualification

Desirable skills are:

* Ideally you will have worked distributed teams
* Seen the transition from traditional waterfall to Agile working- understand both cultures
* Experience of working with a high transaction volumes and Back End Servers
* Experience in Jira Agile tools
* Active involvement in Agile communities
* Knowledge of lean and XP techniques in relation to software development
* Knowledge of Java and Oracle development