Purpose of the post

HDR UK requires the services of an experienced Scrum Master to lead the agile development of the next phase of its flagship Innovation Gateway ( www.healthdatagateway.org ) and associated services and APIs.

The Innovation Gateway was released in May 2020 and provides a key resource to discover and request access to health data resources for researchers and data custodians.  Its primary function is providing visibility to and supporting access requests for data sets by researchers in the UK and around the globe to health data that can support them in their quest to deliver scientific insights, that improve health and healthcare of the UK and worldwide populations.

The Gateway today holds information on over 770 data sets which researchers can securely request access to and is supported by over 70 data custodians across the UK and the globe.

These data sets have supported the publication of over 2,000 impactful papers at the cutting edge of scientific and medical discoveries.

The Gateway has been a critical deliverable in HDR UK’s first quinquennium (5 years) and we are really looking to scale up as we look forward into the future to support 1,000’s of researchers on a global basis discovery and gain access to data in a trustworthy and secure fashion, enabling discoveries that improve people’s lives.

The successful candidate will be expected to manage the delivery of all aspects of agile project management for the Gateway team. This includes software development, external integrations and the content hosted by the Gateway.   It will involve co-ordinating multiple interested parties with different requirements and timelines and require clear communications and organisational skills.

Main Responsibilities:

  • Leading the end-to-end agile project delivery across multiple teams
  • Prioritising activities around business value and validating benefits with stakeholders
  • Using metrics effectively to identify and implement opportunities for improvement in teams’ processes
  • Exemplary management of stakeholders through proactive communication and exception handling
  • Application of Agile approaches to build collaborative, cross-functional teams delivering value to the business
  • Using Agile techniques with a clear approach for managing backlogs, delivery cadence from development through to deployment
  • Process mapping
  • Documenting and approving designs in Confluence
  • Maintain a technical roadmap and sprint plan with delivery organisations working closely with the Chief Product Owner and Chief Technical Officer
  • Troubleshooting and resolving issues as they arise working with the team

Knowledge, skills and experience


  • 3+ years of experience in a previous multi-disciplinary scrum master role and familiarity in software development
  • Excellent knowledge of agile techniques and artefacts (e.g., definition of done, user stories, epics, automated testing, backlog, etc.)
  • Excellent communication and team leadership skills
  • Experience using Confluence, JIRA, Trello or similar agile project management tools
  • Fluency in English
  • Problem-solving and conflict-resolution ability.


  • SCRUM or Agile certification
  • Google Cloud Platform experience/certification
  • Experience of Information Governance processes and requirements
  • An understanding of research delivery within the public sector, academia and/or industry.


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