Agile Technical Project Manager/Scrum Master

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Slough (and remote)
Full Time
Fixed Term Contract

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Salary £40,000 - £50,000
Initial 1 year FTC

Are you a hands on Agile Technical Project Manager / Scrum Master with experience within a technology software development team, looking for a role where you can put your heart, soul and skills into making a difference?

NFER is a leading educational research charity and as part of a Transformation Programme we are enhancing our e-assessment capability to enable us to increase our impact on education systems around the world, helping to improve outcomes for children and young people.

In this role you will working with Developers, Testers, Product Managers, Suppliers, Assessment experts and Technical Project Manager all committed to furthering the technical innovation of our products, transforming NFERs approach to assessment, increasing our capability to support governments and schools globally to better understand, and respond to, children’s learning needs.

The Agile Technical Project Manager /Scrum Master is a hands on role, responsible for proactively managing the development sprints from planning to application development, testing, go live and review. You will facilitate all aspects of the agile project management including sprint planning sessions, backlog grooming sessions, daily scrums, sprint reviews and sprint retrospectives. You will be responsible for maintaining the Scrum team capacity plan, Scrum board, sprint backlog, velocity charts and burn down charts. Identifying and removing impediments to the success of the Sprint and Project. Moreover you will help uncover risks, identify mitigations and work with all members of the wider team to ensure we deliver quality, on time, on budget and in line with expectations across a range of stakeholders.

To be a successful you are likely to have the following skills and experience:

• Experience as an Agile Project Manager/ Scrum Master in software development teams
• Excellent knowledge of Scrum techniques and artefacts, as well as more traditional techniques such as Kanban and/or waterfall/gantt charts – using the right tools to ensure agile delivery while being able to manage dependencies, and bring predictability to timelines.
• Experience working with development teams to to estimate size, complexity and risk around stories/tasks
• Adept at velocity, retrospection, and capacity planning.
• Excellent communication and leadership skills
• Planning and problem solving with product management and delivery teams
• Comprehensive understanding of how to operate and manage tools, such as: Jira/Confluence, but also prior knowledge of using Microsoft Project/Excel to help communicate progress and dependencies to technical and non-technical stakeholders
• Knowledge and experience of TDD and BDD is desirable in order to constructively challenge user stories and story-pointing
• Previous experience with full lifecycle delivery with strong SDLC (Software Development Life Cycle) practices and methodologies is desirable.
• Experience of managing cutover to live of digital/online applications/products, including ensuring that there are adequate provisions for support.


- Competitive salary £40,000-50,000 with generous pension scheme
- 42 days holiday per year comprising 30 days’ holiday, four additional discretionary days, in addition to bank holidays
- Positive working culture that promotes a good work/life balance and support
- Friendly, supportive and coaching environment to develop your skills and learning
- Our offices are based on 5 acres of green land on the outskirt of Slough, our teams are working from home and we are open to flexible or remote working arrangements

We are currently reviewing applications so, if you are looking for a fresh, new challenge as Agile Technical Project Manager/Scrum Master, please apply via the button shown.

NFER is a not-for-profit organisation and an equal opportunities employer, welcoming applications from all sections of the community.


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