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Scrum Master

ISP Central
London, United Kingdom
Date Added: May 17, 2024

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ISP Scrum Master Role Profile
Purpose of Role
Based in the UK and reporting directly to the Head of Data Engineering, we are actively seeking a Scrum Master. The role will play a pivotal part in managing out the Data Centralisation project as it enters the next phase of elevate and optimise. This team will be responsible for managing existing data pipelines and reporting alongside delivering new data capabilities.
You act as a facilitator, coach & problem solver within the agile project team and will play a pivotal role in ensuring the successful delivery of our data products.
ISP Principles
Begin with our children and students. Our children and students are at the heart of what we do. Simply, their success is our success. Wellbeing and safety are both essential for learners and learning. Therefore, we are consistent in identifying potential safeguarding and Health & Safety issues and acting and following up on all concerns appropriately.
Treat everyone with care and respect. We look after one another, embrace similarities and differences and promote the well-being of self and others.
Operate effectively. We focus relentlessly on the things that are most important and will make the most difference. We apply school policies and procedures and embody the shared ideas of our community.
Are financially responsible. We make financial choices carefully based on the needs of the children, students and our schools.
Learn continuously. Getting better is what drives us. We positively engage with personal and professional development and school improvement.
ISP Key Responsibilities
As a Scrum Master, you will:
  • Organise and facilitate key Scrum events, including Sprint Planning, Daily Standups, Sprint Reviews, and Sprint Retrospectives. Ensure that these meetings are effective, time-boxed, and encourage active participation from all team members.
  • Identify and eliminate any blockers that may hinder the team's progress. This may involve coordination with stakeholders, resolving conflicts, or providing necessary resources.
  • Serve as a coach and mentor to the team, guiding them on Agile practices, Scrum principles, and continuous improvement. Empower the team to make decisions and grow in their roles.
  • Shield the team from external distractions and influences that could disrupt their focus or commitment during a Sprint. Promote a safe sand collaborative environment for the team to thrive.
  • Ensure that information regarding increment progress, challenges, and changes are transparently shared with all stakeholders. This includes maintaining and updating Scrum artifacts like the Sprint Backlog, Burndown charts, time and spend tracking.
  • Collaborating with the BI team & Head of Data Engineering to prioritise the backlog and help refine the user stories, setting clear acceptance criteria and tasking within the DevOps board.
  • Proactively identify and mitigate risks that may impact the successful delivery.
Skills, Qualifications and Experience
  • Proven experience as a Scrum Master in a SAFe or similar environment within data projects.
  • Excellent facilitation, communication, and interpersonal skills to collaborate effectively with diverse stakeholders.
  • Ability to manage conflicts and promote a collaborative team environment.
  • Flexibility and adaptability to handle changing priorities.
  • Ability to inspire and motivate teams to achieve their goals and deliver high-quality products.
  • Excellent problem-solving skills and a proactive attitude towards addressing challenges.
  • Create an environment of mutual influence and support the project team commitments. 
  • Knowledge of Schools/Education technologies beneficial e.g. iSAMs, Engage
Technical Skills
  • Extensive hands-on experience with Azure DevOps, including pipelines and releases.
  • Highly effective at planning and organising.
  • Familiarity with a range of data & analytics disciplines (e.g. data governance, business intelligence & analytics, data architecture, data engineering, data science) with a passion for using data to improve business outcomes.
  • Knowledge of emerging trends and issues within data & analytics.
Education and Soft Skills
  • Certified Scrum Master (CSM) or other relevant agile certifications (SAFe Agilist, SAFe Scrum Master, etc.) are preferred.
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced environment, requiring quick decision making, providing innovative but sustainable solutions.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills with the ability to communicate at the most senior levels of the organisation.
  • Ability to manage own work to meet challenging deadlines.
ISP Leadership Competencies  
You consistently demonstrate and role-model the ISP Leadership Competencies in all that you do.
  • Collaboration. Takes an active part in leading their school or region; is cooperative and a genuine team player, developing positive, supportive relationships with colleagues to solve problems and maximise opportunities.
  • Learning & Getting Better. Continually demonstrates personal commitment and passion for learning and getting better using evidence and feedback; supporting others in their continual learning, development and growth.
  • Innovation Leadership. Is good at creating an environment where ideas for learning initiatives and services are generated and is able to motivate and inspire others through the process of creation through to completion.
  • Outcome driven. Can be counted on to find solutions. Is consistently looking to exceed goals and is focused on KPIs.
  • Resilience. Can deal with setbacks and challenges calmly and effectively.
  • Community Focus. Is committed to meeting and exceeding the needs and expectations of our students and their families.
  • Integrity & Ethical Management. Has the ability to work ethically and with integrity; helps others feel valued; upholds and models the ISP Vision, Purpose and Principles.
  • Leading & Inspiring Others. Supports, encourages and inspires students, colleagues and teams so that they give their best.
  • Understanding People. Is a very good judge of talent, can objectively articulate the strengths and motivations of people inside or outside the organisation.
  • Influencing & Communication. Consistently informs, influences and inspires students, parents and colleagues through timely and effective communication.
  • Agile. Responds and adapts to changing circumstances; manages and solves problems by providing solutions in a climate of ambiguity.
  • Strategic, Commercial & Financial Awareness. Has the ability to apply understanding of the business and industry to improve effectiveness and profitability.
  • Planning & Decision Making. Makes decisions on the best course of action and then plans, organises, prioritises and balances resources to achieve the desired outcome.
  • Diversity & Equity. Has the sensitivity, awareness and skill to understand the values, behaviours, attitudes and practices across cultures that supports all children and adults to learn and work effectively.
ISP Commitment to Safeguarding Principles  
ISP is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.
All post holders are subject to appropriate vetting procedures, including an online due diligence search, references and satisfactory Criminal Background Checks or equivalent covering the previous 10 years’ employment history.  
ISP Commitment to Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging
ISP is committed to strengthening our inclusive culture by identifying, hiring, developing, and retaining high-performing teammates regardless of gender, ethnicity, sexual orientation and gender expression, age, disability status, neurodivergence, socio-economic background or other demographic characteristics. Candidates who share our vision and principles and are interested in contributing to the success of ISP through this role are strongly encouraged to apply.
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