Scrum Master (3 Month FTC)

Cambridge, United Kingdom
Closing date
19 Sep 2020

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Information Technology
Full Time
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About the role

Abcam Product and Engineering teams develop and maintain digital products and services that will be used by our business and partners worldwide and is responsible for the complete product development cycle for these products. In this role, you'll facilitate and support Abcam Digital transformation helping to build our digital products.

You will operate as a Scrum Master with the potential for more involvement in the broader adoption of Agile across the entire company. The Abcam Engineering team have been using scrum for a number of years, with ever increasing levels of success. We are looking for someone experienced in this methodology to join our team to help continuously drive further improvements. The candidate must be capable of applying change in a collaborative and pragmatic way.

You will support and coach your team to follow Agile practices and principles to enable it to become self-organized and empowered. Removing team impediments and 'noise' to improve team effectiveness. Provide mentorship on improving agile maturity. You will ensure priorities and success measures are clearly communicated and facilitate the creation and maintenance of a backlog driven by customer value. Engage with the Product Owner to build a product roadmap that will realise the company strategy and vision. You will drive transparency within and between teams. Develop authentic relationships across the organization, helping your team connect to the right people and build a safe, high-trust environment where conflicts can be raised and resolved effectively. You will coordinate with other Scrum Masters at Abcam Digital to instigate and drive continuous Agile improvements across the entire business.

Because you will be joining a rapidly expanding team, you will need to be a team player who thrives in a fast-paced environment, with a focus on rapidly moving research developments into new and existing products. We strongly encourage versatility and knowledge transfer within and across teams. You will be expected to act as a role model and mentor for less experienced members of the team.

Roles & Responsibilities:

As a Scrum Master, you will be responsible for working with the Scrum Team in order to:

• Facilitate Scrum events.

• Coach the Scrum Team in self-organization and cross-functionality.

• Help the Scrum Team to create high-value products.

• Protect the Scrum Team from interference and distractions.

• Remove impediments to progress by the Development Team.

• Coach the Development Team in organizational environments in which Scrum is not yet fully adopted or understood.

Working with the Product Owner in order to:

• Find techniques for effective Product Backlog refinement and management.

• Help the Scrum Team understand the need for clear and concise Product Backlog items.

• Coordinate with the Scrum Team to refine user stories.

• Ensure the Product Owner knows how to arrange the Product Backlog to maximize value.

• Understand and practice agility.

• Working with Product Management in order to:

• Proactively shape the release roadmap for your applications working in close collaboration with the Release Management.

• Define the scope of each release ensuring there is the correct balance of new functionality vs stability enhancements and manage the expectations of the application owner.

• To ensure every lifecycle stage within a release meets the agreed quality standards.

• Contribute to the strategic planning of your application(s) from their first operational use through to decommissioning.

About you

You will have a c omprehensive understanding of scrum principles and mechanics, with significant experience working in scrum as a scrum master. You will have significant experience managing Scrum teams in an enterprise software or distributed software technology environment, ideally one that is Linux based. You will be educated to degree level or equivalent in computer science or a related field. Proven experience taking a leading role within a team to create, deliver, and run high quality systems is a must in this role with the ability to demonstrate experience of driving change with scrum and negotiation and conflict resolution.

You will be an excellent communicator, comfortable collaborating with teams with very different technical skills, and non-technical teams. You will be highly analytical with a data-driven approach to making decisions and attention to detail. Experience of professional software engineering practices & best practices for the full software development life cycle, including coding standards, code reviews, source control management, build processes, testing, and operations and exposure to Jira/Confluence would be advantageous but not essential.

If this sounds like you and you'd like to be a part of a fast-paced, growing business with the vision to become the most influential company and best-loved brand in life sciences, please apply now!

Pay and Benefits

In addition to competitive salaries, we offer an attractive and flexible benefits package (including our award-winning share scheme, 18 weeks full paid maternity leave and 6 weeks full paid paternity leave), a culture focused on well-being and opportunities for growth and development, and a highly flexible working environment.

What's more, as a WORK180 Endorsed Employer, we are recognized globally as an organization that's diverse, inclusive and supports women in the workplace.

About Us

An idea conceived in a University of Cambridge laboratory in 1998, Abcam plc ( began life as an innovative and entrepreneurial start-up, spearheaded by like-minded individuals who shared a common purpose of providing the scientific community with quality antibody reagents, as well as trustworthy and up-to-date information about their uses and limitations. Abcam has now grown to become a leading supplier of protein research tools to life scientists, whilst always maintaining the core collaborative values assumed at its inception.

Abcam now supports life science researchers in their quest to understand the cause of disease and ultimately offer improvements to diagnoses and treatments. To achieve this outcome, the company both develops and manufactures its own products in specialist facilities across the globe, and sources from over 400 partners, offering scientists the newest, most innovative and highest quality research tools available globally, regardless of source. With a customer base of research scientists who require high performance products with detailed technical specifications, 64% of global researchers use Abcam products.

Inclusion & Diversity

Abcam is an Equal Opportunity Employer and makes all employment decisions without regard to age, national origin, race, ethnicity, religion, creed, gender, sexual orientation, disability, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

Ever since 1998, when our founder, Jonathan Milner, started selling hard to find antibodies direct to life scientists from the back of his bike, Abcam has aimed to help scientific researchers make breakthroughs faster. We now have offices and labs in the UK, the US, China and Japan, and as we continue to grow, we remain ambitious, driven by our customers’ success and their research needs.

It’s our goal to provide a world-standard in protein research tools, technical support and delivery. When you join Abcam, you’ll join a global business with the passion and the vision to become the most influential company and best-loved brand in life sciences.

Our culture is our key differentiator. We believe in empowering individuals, with responsibility given at an early stage. The working environment is fun and fast-paced, collaborative and outcome focused, with a strong customer focus. In addition to competitive salaries, we can offer an attractive flexible benefits package which includes share options, a culture focused on well-being and opportunities for growth and development.

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