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Agile Coach and Scrum Master


An opportunity has become available at University Information Services (UIS), for an experienced Agile Coach and Scrum Master who embodies the values of Agile and embraces Servant Leadership.

You will support cross-functional teams focused on creating new, and improving existing, digital services used by the University's ~60,000 students and staff.

Your work will be varied and unique, including improving the experience of prospective students applying to Cambridge.

You'll get the chance to collaborate and interact with some of the finest minds in the world, sharing data, insight and expertise to make a meaningful difference to the University's success.

Responsibilities

  • Facilitate Agile ceremonies for cross functional teams in a dynamic development environment.
  • Radiate information on team performance and progress utilizing key Agile metrics.
  • Guide teams through formation and support the formation of a team that practices UIS standards.
  • Work with the Service Owners and/or Product Manager to align the team with the product vision and sprint goals and participate in product backlog preparation activities.
  • Create an environment of collaboration within the team that allows for open dialogue and productive solutions for resolving conflicts.
  • Mitigate risks and communicate to leaders using best practices in Agile.
  • Clear impediments for the team and escalate organisational impediments to leadership as appropriate.
  • Coach teams to conduct continuous learning and improvement activities.
  • Engage in establishing and championing Agile best practices and creating. communities of practice across the organisation to build capability and excellence.
  • Leverage skills from coaching, facilitation, conflict resolution, and more to guide teams to embrace an Agile mindset.
  • Help improve and iterate UIS standards.

Skills

  • You have a deep understanding of Agile values, principles and methodologies, such as Scrum and Kanban, as well as scaling frameworks and principles, gained through hands-on experience.
  • You are able to find the right working style for the team rather than imposing rules from a specific brand of agile.
  • You are able to coach the team to resolve conflict and are able to quickly work through blockers.
  • You collaborate with and influence people at various levels.
  • You have extensive experience creating high performing distributed teams.
  • You possess strong interpersonal, organisational, oral and written communication, and time management skills.
  • You demonstrate excellent team building, coaching and mentoring skills.
  • You can pull on practical experience and examples to illustrate how the agile values and principles can be applied to real world situations.
  • You are passionate about continuous improvement.
  • You enjoy the role of a servant-leader in a fast-paced dynamic environment.
  • You enjoy the challenge of working in a virtual environment.

Experience

  • Experience working as Scrum Master or similar in Agile teams that implement modern, highly available, scalable, secure applications.
  • Experience with Agile Lifecycle Management tools such as GitLab or Jira, and Software Development Life Cycle and modern engineering practices like DevOps.
  • Experience working in an IT/digital role.
  • Experience in coaching, mentoring and/or communities of practice.
  • Experience leading Agile practices in an organisation.

We welcome applications from individuals who wish to be considered for part-time working or other flexible working arrangements.

We particularly welcome applications from women and candidates from a BME background for this vacancy as they are currently under-represented at this level in our Institution.

Click the 'Apply' button below to register an account with our recruitment system (if you have not already) and apply online.

For any queries regarding this position please contact Abraham Martin, via email amc203@cam.ac.uk.

The closing date for applications is 25 June 2021.

Please quote reference VC26837 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

The University actively supports equality, diversity and inclusion and encourages applications from all sections of society.

The University has a responsibility to ensure that all employees are eligible to live and work in the UK.

Further information

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