Scrum Master at National Research Foundation

Posted 4 months ago

Permanent Intermediate EE position

Market Related salary



About the Position

SARAO has an exciting opportunity for a SCRUM Master to join our Software Team. The primary responsibility of this role is to fulfill the scrum master role for multiple agile software engineering teams addressing Science Processing and Control and Monitoring domains.


Minimum education requirement:

  • NQF: Level 6 or higher, preferably in Computer Science or Engineering with a software focus
  • Certified Scrum Master

Minimum work experience required:

  • 5+ years of experience within a software engineering environment, acting as a Scrum Master in an Agile environment for at least 3 of these years

Duties include (but not limited to):

  • Adopt, promote and coach Lean-Agile principles, core values and practices
  • Adopt, promote and coach Scrum processes
  • Enable teams to self-organise, self-manage and deliver
  • Support and reinforce Scrum team rules
  • Foster an environment of collaboration, learning and innovation
  • Focus on ever-improving team dynamics and performance, helping the team manage interpersonal conflicts, challenges and opportunities for growth
  • Facilitate and lead meetings, including planning, progress, review, retrospectives and problem solving workshops
  • Establish and communicate the calendars for iterations
  • Assist in determining milestones and roadmaps, and the plans that enable them
  • Assist in determining sprint objectives and acceptance criteria
  • Protect teams from distractions and unrelated \ unnecessary work
  • Communicate with management and outside stakeholders as needed
  • Track and report on the implementation of features and capabilities
  • Escalate, track and eliminate impediments
  • Manage risks and dependencies
  • Assist in ensuring that a clear “Definition of Done” is defined and adhered to
  • Help to improve the flow (velocity) of value through value streams by promoting continuous delivery and DevOps
  • Help to motivate team members with a focus on continuous improvement
  • Collate and publish quantitative measures of progress
  • Coordinate inter-team cooperation

The ideal candidate will have the following competencies:

Ability to:

  • participate and thrive in a collaborative environment
  • work independently as well as within a team environment
  • display strong negotiation skills
  • handle conflict and take leadership
  • be self-motivated and display an ability and willingness to self-train and up-skill independently
  • display good time management skills
  • communicate effectively (written and verbal)
  • display a keen attention to detail

Experience in:

  • user stories
  • pair programming
  • continuous delivery
  • automated testing techniques
  • test driven development

Knowledge of:

  • empowerment and increasing transparency
  • situational awareness and continual improvement
  • facilitation and servant leadership

About The Employer

The South African Radio Astronomy Observatory (SARAO) spearheads South Africa’s activities in the Square Kilometre Array Radio Telescope, commonly known as the SKA, in engineering, science and construction. SARAO is a National Facility managed by the National Research Foundation and incorporates radio astronomy instruments and programmes such as the MeerKAT and KAT-7 telescopes in the Karoo, the Hartebeesthoek Radio Astronomy Observatory (HartRAO) in Gauteng, the African Very Long Baseline Interferometry (AVN) programme in nine African countries as well as the associated human capital development and commercialisation endeavours.

As a business unit of the NRF, SARAO is committed to employment equity and redress.

Type of employment: Permanent

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