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Department

IT

Location

Bolton

Job Overview

About The Role

We are currently embarking on a hugely exciting internal transformation, transitioning our development teams to fully independent, autonomous, and cross functional product teams - a business wide initiative led by our CEO John Roberts.

Our agile coaching team is at the heart of this transformation, improving and driving AO’s agile culture.

Right now, we’re recruiting Scrum Masters to help support our product teams in delivering value.

We are looking for people who can help teams improve ways of working, remove impediments and reduce waste - helping our teams increase autonomy, alignment and accountability.

You will be helping, supporting, and coaching teams and stakeholders to improve the flow of value across the department.

But this role isn’t about forcing ways of working. It is about asking the right questions, empirically demonstrating agile ways of working, and coaching and mentoring the teams so they can figure out those improvements themselves.

Your job is to help the teams to find a better way, not to prescribe your way.

Here's What You Can Expect To Be Doing

You’ll spend time coaching teams as well as supporting improvements across AO to help product teams deliver value at pace.

You’ll support and develop product teams through training, to apply agile principles throughout the development lifecycle, focusing on continuous improvement and quality.

You’ll help teams to agree working practices and help reflect on the success of each iteration.

You’ll help teams take ownership and accountability for their work.

You’ll create a safe environment for healthy conflict and constructive challenge throughout the product life-cycle, ensuring issues are aired and resolved with a view to moving forward.

Providing expertise, ideas, suggestions and strategies from your own experience, you’ll act as a mentor to the teams you support.

A Few Things About You

You will be a true servant-leader and will help teams, customers and the wider organisation meet their needs and goals without any agenda of your own.

You will also be a change agent, coaching those around you in adopting agile working practices and increasing effectiveness.

You will work with teams to find what works for them rather than policing agile processes: your goal will be highly effective teams rather than just "doing agile".

With a breadth of experience and knowledge, you will have coached in different teams in different agile environments, and in different industries.

You know the role of a Scrum Master has many stances and great diversity - you’ll live the eight stances of a Scrum Master and the principles of the Manifesto of Agile Software Development.

You’re highly effective at building partnerships within teams and across the business, and see yourself as coaching not just teams but people too.

An excellent facilitator, you’re able to educate through effective training in agile ways of working at any level of knowledge or seniority, using your proven toolbox and pinching the best from XP, Kanban, Scrum and elsewhere.

You will be draw from a range of agile frameworks and methodologies and not adopt a "one size fits all" approach

You can devise, communicate and articulate what better looks like, and continuous improvement is at the heart of what you do

We’ll support you in your Agile career journey, whether you wish to develop down the Scrum or Agile pathway, the opportunities are there for you and your future.

If you want to be a scrum master the way the role was intended, let’s talk.

A Bit About Us

At AO, we want to make sure our customers are happy. When they have a smile on their face, we know we’ve done a good job. It’s at the heart of everything we do, and it’s why our logo is always smiling.

When it comes to appliances and electricals, we’ve got the lot. Washing machines? Yep. TVs? Check. Laptops? Absolutely. Everything except doorbells (just kidding, we’ve got those too).

We’re passionate, relentless and full of beans, determined to make a difference and change the world for the better. From massive changes to tiny tweaks - making a difference is what keeps us driven.

It started at a pub in Bolton with a £1 bet and a belief that things could be done better!

Why Choose AO?

Our people are our superpower, and that’s no accident. We’re looking for everyday heroes who want to learn and help other people achieve. Those glass-half-full-types who have an appetite for a better tomorrow.

With AO, the sky’s the limit. We’ll support you to be the best version of yourself and always drive your career forward.

We keep things simple. We say things like "treat every customer like they’re your gran" and "make decisions your mum would be proud of" because we’re personal and act with integrity - every day in every action.

We’re forward thinking with both Tech and our people. We know how important family and wellbeing are - flexibility is key to be able to get that balance of life just right, so we operate core hours of 10-4pm to support your lifestyle.

It’s not about where you work, but about how you work and the value you add. This means for most roles, you can split your time working from home, the office, or a coffee shop if that’s where you thrive the most. Whatever the task, project or product, we trust our teams to work together, collaborate and make the sensible choice.

We believe diversity will help us find a better way. We want our workforce to be as diverse as our customers by celebrating, valuing and respecting every individual. We achieve this by nurturing a culture of inclusion where every voice matters. We welcome applications from everyone and we can make adjustments to our interview process according to your needs.

Our Benefits

We’ve designed our benefits to cover everything from big moments to little helps. As well all as the essentials, like pensions and holidays, we’ve got our own "AO Perks" to help you with the little things that matter.

To see all our benefits and perks, visit our AO Benefits page.

· Feel free to have a chat with us about our flexible ways of working.

· You can take up to 5 days out of the business a year to use for development in your role and we’ll cover the cost.

· 25 days holiday (Excluding Bank Holidays)

· At least 5% contribution pension scheme

· Dedicated wellness initiatives that support a healthy work / life balance

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