Job details

Scrum Master – 12 months Fixed Term

  • Job type Permanent
  • Region Wellington 
  • Posted on 15 June 2021
  • Ref # 32201036
  • Work with collaborative individuals motivated to make an impact
  • Contribute to the defence, security and wellbeing of Aotearoa / New Zealand
  • 12month fixed term opportunity at this Petone based location

Join a newly established team, working in a unique and complex environment using modern scaled agile ways of working to deliver technology to support the NZDF and the warfighter.
The team The Service Portfolio Directorate within CIS Branch works collaboratively to deliver end products and services to the wider NZDF business. Your team will be key in supporting the set-up of the new ways of working for the Service Portfolio teams, and ensuring co-ordination and optimisation of work and Release Train (RTE) outcomes across the wider CIS Branch

The role

As Scrum Master you will lead newly-established agile teams of technology professionals to journey towards self-organising teams. The Scrum Master will champion agile ways of working and identify improvements to practices and processes improving the capability across the teams.
The Scrum Master role is largely about influencing the team, to empower and motivate the team in achieving a shared identity, values and purpose in meeting their delivery goals. The Scrum Master is responsible for the process, and therefore experience in facilitating the Scrum ceremonies is important.  As SAFe ‘big room planning’ every quarter is a key event in the calendar, experience in SAFe and facilitating the team breakouts is preferable.
Technical skills
Ideally the candidate would have knowledge of or exposure to a combination of the following:

  • Facilitation of Scrum Ceremonies
  • Agile reporting e.g. Burn up, Burn down charting
  • Knowledge of Scaled Agile Framework (SAFe)
  • Prior experience leading teams to deliver value
  • Prior experience coaching teams to use Scrum, continuously improve and become self-organising

Additional skills required:Experience in, or knowledge of:

  • Must have strong agile mind-set
  • Strong stakeholder and relationship management skills
  • A customer centric mindset
  • Strong influencing skills
  • Knowledge of process improvement techniques and ability to implement process changes

We recommend you visit to find out more about what it’s like to work for CIS Branch, and about working for NZDF. Here, you will also be able to view all roles that are currently open to applications across the different areas of CIS Branch. Roles will be progressively added to this website as they open to applications.

For further information please contact Anna Drakeford at AbsoluteIT on (04) 460 0517.

This role closes Friday 25th June at 5pm.

Please note: Applicants must be legally entitled to work in New Zealand (NZ) and be able to obtain and maintain the required level of NZ Government security clearance for the position applied for.

The majority of roles in the CIS branch within NZDF require a high level security clearance at either Secret or Top Secret Level. The minimum citizenship and residency criteria for the high level security clearances to be granted by the NZ Defence Force are as follows:
• most preferably a NZ citizen, who has resided in this country continuously for at least the last ten years, OR
• is a citizen of, and/or has resided continuously in one or more of the following countries for the last ten years: either Australia, Canada, NZ, the United Kingdom (UK) or the United States of America (USA); and has a background history that is verifiable and can be assessed as appropriate by the NZ Security Intelligence Service (NZSIS) towards a recommendation of suitability for a security clearance at this level.

Please note we also have a small number of roles requiring Top Secret Special clearance. These roles require fifteen years continuous residence in the above countries.

If you do not meet these minimum criteria, we will not be able to accept your application. Use this online tool to self-check your eligibility for a security clearance. Please note that this tool is not part of the formal security clearance process: