Scrum Master – Digital Health Data Platform

  • AstraZeneca
  • Melbourn, Royston SG8 6HB, UK
  • 21/08/2020
Full time Data Science Data Analytics Big Data Statistics

Job Description

Scrum Master – Digital Health Data Platform

Are you someone who has expertise in agile delivery, and a passion for enabling individuals, teams and organisations to deliver change optimally. Would you like to use this expertise to accelerate the use of data, digital and analytics in healthcare, in a company that follows the science and turns ideas into life-changing medicines? Then AstraZeneca might be the one for you!

At AstraZeneca, we turn ideas into life changing medicines. Working here means being results-oriented, thinking big and working together to make the impossible a reality. We’re passionate about the potential of science to address the unmet needs of patients around the world. We commit to those areas where we believe we can really change the course of medicine and bring big new insights to life.

The Team

Digital Health, the point at which healthcare, technology, data and analytics converge is an area of phenomenal promise with the potential to improve the health of everyone. The Digital Health R&D area of AstraZeneca has the goal of improving patient experience and outcomes and shortening the time it takes to bring life-changing medicines to patients. We will achieve this via three strategic priorities: transforming how we work, redefining digital health and re-imagining healthcare (See link for more info).

You will be joining R&D IT - an outstanding organisation at the forefront of the technology revolution in healthcare. It provides the technology, engineering, data and analytics expertise which delivers the Data Platform underpinning AstraZeneca’s Digital Health strategy. The ambition for this Platform is huge. We are looking for data, technology and change specialists to join R&D IT that will ensure this ambition is met.

The Role

You will use your facilitation and leadership skills to help teams develop and deliver valuable solutions within Digital Health R&D. These solutions will contribute indirectly and directly to improve the health of people who use our medicines.

You will embed and role model agile working practices in the Digital Health R&D Data Platform, ensuring we grow the value of the Platform, and the confidence and efficiency of the delivery teams.

This role will ensure the success of the Platform by being a Scrum Master for specific scrum teams, an evangelist and mentor of agile theory, practices, rules, and values across the broader Platform, and as an influential member of the Data Platform leadership team.

We see your responsibilities covering….

  • Enabing the development team to focus on the rules of Scrum and the work of the Sprint, encouraging the delivery of high value and complex products with increased predictability.
  • Facilitate the team's progress toward Sprint goals, commitments and successful delivery – Sprint Planning, Daily Stand-up, Backlog Refinement, Sprint Review, and Sprint Retrospective.
  • Foster a positive team environment, growing the team's candour and confidence to take on challenges. Ensure everyone is respected, contributes effectively, and is heard.
  • Protect the Development team from outside interruptions and distractions, surfacing and removing impediments to the development progress, actively coordinating with external teams to resolve dependencies, and timely escalation when beyond the team’s control.
  • Utilise JIRA as the primary tool for understanding status and progress, measuring the output of the team, detecting variances and adjusting deviations with a focus on continuous improvement. Ensure these metrics improve and translate to greater business value.
  • Collaborate with the Product Owner, ensuring their deep engagement, ownership, and ongoing refinement of the Product Backlog – in order to provide clarity of scope and goals to the Development team prior to committing to deliver the work.
  • Ensure ongoing and active collaboration between the Product Owner and the Development team for Story definition and acceptance, ensuring the development quality products first time.
  • Collaborate with and coach the wider Platform effort on agile adoption, scrum implementation, embracing change and the development of the required processes and behaviours.

Skills & Experience Required

  • 5+ years as Scrum Master of Software / Data Development teams
  • Experience engaging project stakeholders not familiar with Scrum.
  • Some traditional project management experience
  • Experience applying Agile approaches and techniques – tailoring to a wider variety of scenarios.
  • Jira knowledge and usage.

Why AstraZeneca and why IT?

At AstraZeneca, patients are at the heart of everything we do. A global company that pushes the boundaries of science, we all share a big purpose: to discover and develop life-changing medicines that save lives. In IT we make a direct impact on that purpose –enabling the entire business to perform at its peak. Combining ground breaking science with leading digital technology platforms and our own data sets. Ours is a place to innovate, take ownership and run with it –with countless opportunities to learn and grow your career. You get to craft your path, but there’s support all the way. It’s a dynamic and results-oriented environment to work in and that’s why we like it. You’re trusted to explore and to find new solutions. But most of all we respect the collective –diverse minds that move at pace and collaborate openly. Here IT has the power to innovate, redefine an industry and change lives. That’s why we’re proud to work here!

Want to join us? We’d be pleased to hear from you…