Delivery Manager / Scrum Master

  • Sonovate
  • Cardiff, United Kingdom
  • Oct 14, 2017
Full time SCRUM

Job Description


Can you picture yourself working in a fresh, innovative FinTech in Cardiff who are challenging the market and bringing Finance to the 21st Century?


Sonovate is the fastest growing Fintech organisation that is taking the recruitment sector by storm. Our package of finance and cloud based technology has allowed us to rise to the top and we have a few awards to our bow too. We’re nothing short of ambitious and seeking dynamic, like-minded individuals to join us on our journey.


We are looking for people who have great ideas... the game changers and the rule breakers!

Sonovate is about challenging the status quo and we employ the best of the best. If you like what you’re reading so far, carry on ...

Our vision is transparent, working environment is unique and every employee shares our success … we are a million miles away from the corporate finance environment!


This is where you come in … we are looking for a Product Delivery Manager / Scrum Master to drive delivery of our product-related projects across an agile software development lifecycle working with multidisciplinary teams such as business analysis, UX, software development and system testing. You’ll be adept at delivering complex projects, with the skills and experience to break down barriers for your team and guide them to successful, timely delivery. Your role will be to help plan at a high level as well as managing the details. You will be core to decisions that build high performing teams, where our team are excited and engaged in the work they are undertaking.


The Challenge:


Delivery of Agile Features:

  • Organise sprint planning, chair and manage session to ensure arrival at committed sprint scope
  • Ensure backlogs are regularly refined (ranking, splitting tasks/stories); whilst the Product team will be involved, this is about ensuring this happens and that backlog ranking is not allowed to go stale
  • Obtain commitment / buy-in to project work, including achieving necessary compromises where differing views and opinions are evident
  • Lead by example
  • Ensure team have common understanding of task dependencies and how these may impact or block other team members
  • Document and communicate committed sprint scope
  • Timely launch of sprint subject to delivery of all prerequisite artefacts
  • Monitor daily work logging and sprint burndown to understand remaining team member capacities and/or current velocities; ensure VSTS is up-to-date for daily stand-up
  • Monitor and update status of internal sprint milestones according to our product delivery processes
  • Run daily stand-up; capture any follow-up meetings and ensure these convene to clear outstanding issues
  • Facilitate retrospectives; capture actions items and ensure these are actioned and closed
  • Ensure specification artefacts are accepted and signed-off by management team
  • Ensure design tasks happen and that front-end and back-end teams have full understanding of architectural approach
  • Ensure stories are accepted and signed-off by Product team
  • Close completed sprints and generate sprint statistics
  • Organise and facilitate end-of-sprint demonstrations


Work management:


  • Work closely with the team, observing the dynamics to set direction, improve communications and encourage team members to shine
  • Spot warning signs of things going wrong and provide a decisive response to keep committed work on-track
  • Look for effective ways to solve problems to clear perceived blockers
  • Recognise when to escalate delivery challenges that require scoping decision from Product or resourcing decision from Technology
  • Encourage and drive a high performing, innovative and creative culture focused on adding value
  • Maintain effective performance in difficult and challenging circumstances, encouraging others to do the same


What You'll Bring:

  • A CSM level 1 / 2 qualification
  • a sound understanding of non-functional considerations associated with SaaS products
  • The ability to converse at a technical level about the SDLC
  • Proven experience in delivering SaaS projects and products
  • Proven experience of using agile methodologies particularly SCRUM
  • Demonstrable experience of working with Agile delivery tools (VSTS / JIRA)
  • Proven experience balancing multiple priorities and dealing with ambiguity
  • A sound understanding of web technologies


Kickass employees need kickass benefits, that’s why we’ve crafted the perfect package to suit everyone’s tastes. Including nearly everything (no office dogs, yet) our employees need to produce their best!


  • 28 days holiday + Bank Holidays
  • Discounted Gym Membership
  • Private Medical Insurance
  • 2 days charity leave per year
  • Interest Free Season Ticket Loan
  • High tech office based in the City Centre
  • Ride to work
  • Eyecare Vouchers
  • Childcare Vouchers
  • Recruitment Bonus
  • Fresh Fruit, Breakfast, Snacks and Drinks
  • Beer Fridge
  • Free Takeaways
  • And so much more...