Scrum Master/Agile Coach at Speechmatics, Cambridge/Remote, £Competitive Day Rate

  • Contract Spy
  • Cambridge, UK
  • Oct 13, 2021
6 Months or more

Contract Description

Location: Cambridge / Remote
Duration: 6 month, fixed term contract, competitive day rate
About Speechmatics
We are a fast-growth, VC-backed, Series A, Machine Learning start-up born from Cambridge, UK PhD research teams in AI and Speech. Our first Deep Learning engine is an ASR (Automatic Speech Recognition) engine that allows businesses to embed Speech-to-Text magic for 35 global languages in their software solutions. We value inclusion and privacy, and our customers get unparalleled accuracy across the widest range of cohorts, without the requirement to lose ownership of their data. Our customers are some of the biggest software companies on the planet.
About the Job
The Speechmatics engineering teams have been using Scrum for several years and have experienced positive results more recently using Kanban implementations. We are looking for an experienced Lean and Agile practitioner to act as consultant and coach for multiple teams, helping to continuously drive improvements in a collaborative and pragmatic way.
You will teach, advise, coach and mentor the team Scrum masters, team leads and team members to help develop Agile maturity and self-organisation within the teams, sharing your experience with methods, practices, frameworks and metrics to drive optimisations and improvements. Where teams need greater support, you will work closely with them, embedding with the team for a time with the aim of moving from 'the front to the back of the room'. Strong coaching capabilities are desirable as is a pluralist, 'non-allegiant' mindset and approach. Moving fast and keeping it simple are key.
You will work with our product managers to ensure priorities and success measures are clearly communicated and will facilitate product definition through the creation and maintenance of a backlog driven by customer value.
Teams thrive in high-trust environments. Part of your job will be to help the teams work with the whole relationship system and connect to the right people to build a safe environment incorporating diversity, equity and inclusion and where conflict and mis-alignment can be raised and resolved effectively. You will also coordinate with other coaches at Speechmatics to instigate and drive continuous Agile improvements across the entire business.
Language processing research and development is a fundamental part of our business, previous experience of operating in a research environment or enabling fail-fast research projects is desirable.
Key Responsibilities

  • Work with the team Scrum masters to:
  • Educate and consult on Lean and Agile methods, practices and frameworks and facilitation techniques
  • Enable the forming, ongoing development and maturation of the team
  • Directly and in-directly coach the teams to foster self-organisation, collaboration, cross-functionality and continuous improvement
  • Advise on and enable the use of metrics to identify opportunities to maximise workflow and team health effectiveness
  • Support the creation and use of team assets in Jira and Confluence
  • Work with the product managers to:
  • Find techniques for effective product backlog refinement and management
  • Help the teams understand the benefits of small, focused product backlogs
  • Consult on effective methods to communicate vision, purpose and customer needs to the team
  • Advise on methods to curate product backlogs optimised for customer and business value
  • Foster a culture of laser-like focus on prioritisation and the MVP
  • Facilitate a focus on user research and testing, and Lean experiments
  • Proactively shape the release roadmap working in close collaboration with the release management team
  • Work with coaches to:
  • Serve the organisation through the leveraging of Agile principles
  • Consult with the organisation on systematic methods for identifying and driving business-wide improvements
  • Support and contribute to the ongoing development of an energetic, high-trust internal Agile community sharing knowledge, ideas and challenges
  • Consult with the organisation on methods for catalysing organisational change

Role Requirements

  • Comprehensive understanding of Agile and Lean principles and mechanics, with significant experience working as a Scrum master, Kanban facilitator or Agile coach in a commercial setting
  • Prior experience of forming, collaborating with and serving multiple technology teams in an Agile environment
  • Experience of creating and delivering workshops and learning assets
  • Excellent facilitation skills, able to facilitate in any context including large events
  • Strong coaching capabilities and experience, able to demonstrate the 'coaching stance' in differing situations
  • Understanding of how to apply mentoring and how to foster an ongoing relationship to meet the needs of the mentee
  • Ability to collaborate with teams with different technical skills as well as non-technical teams and individuals
  • Analytical with a data-driven approach to decision-making
  • Superb communication skills
  • Evidence of continuous personal development, learning and education


  • Trained or certified in an ICF-accredited coaching framework
  • Knowledge and experience of professional software engineering practices for the full software development lifecycle, including coding standards, code reviews, source control management, build processes, testing, and operations.

The Package:
We have a salary band in mind for each role, however we are candidate-led, so we want to ensure we attract the very best talent and remain flexible. We also offer comprehensive benefits and perks, such as a choice of apple or windows laptop, a bonus (commission for commercial roles), private healthcare, life insurance, holiday purchase/sell-back/roll over, contractual sick pay, long service awards and various exciting perks, such as massages, cycle to work scheme, patent and recruitment referral bonuses, give as you earn scheme, day off for charitable activity, bike doctor and yoga.
Equality, Diversity, and Inclusion
Ensuring a diverse and inclusive workplace is our priority. We are committed to providing an environment of acceptance where you are free to bring your full self to work. We positively encourage applications from suitably qualified and eligible candidates regardless of gender, race, disability, age, sexual orientation, transgender status, religion or belief, marital status, national origin, veteran status or pregnancy and maternity status.

Job Type: Contract

Work Location: Multiple Locations