Job Details

Job ID
11351BR
Job Title
Scrum Master
Position Type
Permanent
Business Brand
Home Credit
Department
GW Technology Delivery
Location
Bradford
Salary
£48,000
About Us

About us
Established in 1880, PFG is one of the UK's leading suppliers of personal credit products to the non-standard lending market. We are a FTSE 250 company that provide a portfolio of credit products designed to meet the particular needs of those who are not well serviced by mainstream lenders.

About the Role

Location: Bradford - hybrid working, office based 2-3 days per week

We are looking for Scrum Masters' to work directly with technical delivery teams/squads to drive a culture of continuous improvement in how they deliver consistently and regularly with shippable products released into live on a regular basis. The scrum master acts as the facilitator for the agile development team and supports them in organising themselves in a way that enables them to make changes quickly, in accordance with agile principles.

Leading our people

  • Responsible for ensuring colleagues have a clear understanding of the business objectives and how their role contributes to them
  • Lead, engage and motivate squads to deliver business objectives
  • Build capability of team by supporting and coaching through effective performance management practices
  • Effectively communicate with Head of Function to provide feedback on potential succession plans and team performance
  • Ensure the right people are in the right roles and that skills are being utilised effectively in order to build high quality teams
  • Provide regular and timely feedback to team members
  • Reward and celebrate team achievements and great performance
  • Effectively manage the team in all other aspects of their role including attendance and behaviours and have regular wellbeing discussions
  • Create an inclusive culture which promotes diversity and Blueprint behaviours

Key Responsibilities

  • Effectively communicate with Senior Solutions Delivery Manager, Technical Leads and Head of Function to provide feedback on individual and team performance
  • Manage day to day activity and delegate workload so that it is distributed appropriately
  • Use their agile delivery skills to mentor and coach the delivery teams and squad members to define and achieve sprint goals/objectives
  • Their focus is on continuously improving the development lifecycle and ultimately, being a key support for the management teams to ensure they continue to evolve their agile delivery capability
  • They are an Agent of change across a number of technical delivery squads. Size of the squad in line with agile principles.
  • They lead in the driving of collaboration within delivery squads to foster a culture of continuous improvement
  • Responsible for the facilitation of all agile ceremonies '“ daily scrum / stand-up, sprint planning, retrospective and sprint review
  • They coach in agile practices and ideas/concepts for continual improvement
  • Accountable for forecasting of deliverables across delivery sprint cycles
  • Protector of the squad to ensure that they have the maximum possibility to deliver on their sprint goals
  • Lead in the estimation and planning of technical deliverables across sprint iterations
  • Responsible for the correct use and application of the Scrum framework
  • Support the building of capability within the squads by supporting and coaching through effective performance management practices
  • Ensure our customers are at the heart of everything we do and our actions enhance our customer relationship
  • Assess the impact of proposed business changes on existing systems functionality and suggest potential solutions
  • Servant first to the delivery team before considering their own role
  • Close work with Product Owner(s) to ensure product backlogs are in shape to deliver features into sprint backlogs
  • Ensure work is delivered in line with SLAs and agreed targets
  • Responsible for managing costs within budget parameters
  • Ensure work is delivered in accordance with the release cycle and sprints
  • Key in tracking and removing of impediments to delivery
  • Ensure business policy and processes reflect current practices and are adhered to
  • Provides operational and specialist insight to drive continuous improvement
  • Identify risks and provide proposals for potential solutions, balancing risk with business needs
Skills and Experience

Experience

  • Previous experience of working in the non-standard Consumer Credit Industry
  • Recent experience of working in an FCA regulated business
  • Able to delegate responsibility
  • Analytical thinking who is able to interpret MI/BI and use it for sound decision making
  • Excellent communication skills (written and verbal) with the ability to influence, negotiate and constructively challenge at all levels
  • Ability to operate independently and objectively
  • Ability to deputise for the Head of Function where possible
  • Understanding of corporate governance frameworks
  • PC Literacy to include middle management level MS Office Word, Excel, Power Point
  • Proven ability to effectively plan and organise work effectively and prioritise deadlines whilst working at a fast pace
  • Previous experience within an agile delivery team or similar environments
  • Able to delegate responsibility
  • Able to work under own initiative, with minimal supervision
  • Rigorous attention to detail
  • Scrum methodology and agile frameworks
  • Coaching and mentoring of technical delivery teams
  • Agile techniques – User Stories, Continuous Integration, BDD/TDD, Pairing, Automated Testing
  • Servant leadership working with delivery squads to drive a continual improvement mentality
  • Metrics in sprint delivery – burndown / burnup, incremental delivery, story points, cumulative flow

Desirable:

  • Understand the requirements of an FCA regulated business
  • Financial Services exposure
  • Degree in an IT related subject
  • Development and/or testing experience


Education

Essential

  • CSM Certification

Desirable

  • Prince2 Agile or DSDM
  • PMI-ACP
  • ASM


The Benefits
The satisfaction of working for a successful and ethical business who are here to help people is a big benefit of joining us, but it is not the only one. We will invest in your development, giving you the support and training to become better and better at your job. We take the work/life balance seriously, with plenty of flexible working options. Working in a bright and refreshingly relaxed environment, you will find your opinions are valued and listened to.

We offer an attractive, competitive salary and benefits package for everyone including:
Competitive base salary and rewards
Discretionary bonus scheme
25 days holiday entitlement (could increase with Length of service)
Pension Scheme
Extensive opportunities for personal and career development
Flexible and dynamic working policies

Inclusion & Diversity Statement
We know that by having a better, more inclusive culture and a diverse group of colleagues, we can support our customers and each other in the best way possible. We also believe this goes a long way to helping us live our purpose and defines why we’re here in the first place: to help put people on a path to a better everyday life.

We’re an equal opportunities employer and we want people to join us no matter how they identify, their sexual orientation, marital or civil partner status, race, colour, nationality, ethnic or national origin, religion or belief, disability or age.

We want to attract and retain the best people. So, we make sure that, if people need it, they’re given all the extra support and reasonable adjustments to take part in any part of our application or interview process. We’ve also got lots of colleagues who choose to work flexibly, so please feel free to talk to us about how you prefer to work at any time.

We think that if you can Be Yourself in the workplace, you’ll do your best work and enjoy being part of the team and as a business we get to benefit from that and to celebrate all the wonderful things that diversity brings.

Updated
03-09-2021