• Permanent, Full time
  • Schroders Investment Management
  • 2018-09-21
  • London, England, United Kingdom
  • Competitive
  • Full time

Agile Coach (SAFe)

Agile Coach (SAFe)

Overview of Key Duties:

Key Accountabilities:

• Coach a range of Agile teams and support our Agile transformation working with cross-functional, distributed teams to achieve higher levels of agility and driving adoption of best-practices based on previous experiences
• Coach and facilitate the maturity of agile release trains (ARTs) and any new ones aligned to value streams
• Developing and aligning the coaching practice with the strategic direction of the organisation, managing deviations, and effectively communicating solutions and their justification to relevant stakeholders
• Play a pivotal role in the evolution and maturity of the Agile methodology, supporting teams and management in reducing feature delivery times and gaining maximum alignment to business priorities
• Conduct training, facilitation and coaching of distributed teams across the Lean-Agile values and specific techniques/methods, preferably within the Scaled Agile Framework (but also within Scrum, Kanban, DevOps etc.)
• Support the solution implementation: assure that delivery is aligned with the overall vision and that reaching sprint goals brings visible benefits in terms of time-to-market and business relevance
• Champion and embody the Lean-Agile core values and promote their usage across the organisation: acts as an Agile change agent both internally and externally
• Can easily operate at CxO and board room level to help innovation and ensure the medium and long term strategic goals of the organisation are achieved

Factor Summaries

Key Competencies:

• Seasoned Agile Coach with proven solid, hands-on experience with Lean-Agile transformations
• Be a recognised thought leader who easily becomes the trusted advisor
• The role requires demonstrable experience with agile implementations at enterprise level, in large organisations, engaging from team to CxO levels.
• The day-to-day job of the Agile Coach will require working directly with the onsite/offsite teams and their stakeholders (including senior and executive-level management).
• Most of these competencies are needed for successful role fulfilment:
• Applied workshop facilitation and mentoring/coaching skills, in particular at team and individual level for solving/removing impediments and improving productivity
• Is capable of quickly becoming recognised as an ally of the team and can develop trust within the client organisation
• Excellent influencing, problem solving/troubleshooting skills
• Ability to work effectively under pressure in a resilient and flexible manner

Knowledge

• Exposure across the end-to-end software delivery, project management and/or service management methodologies
• Extensive knowledge of Lean/Agile development tools and techniques
• Experience of on-site / off-shore delivery model
• Fluent English language skills (written, spoken)

Experience

• Relevant Agile Leadership/Consulting experience (including recent, active experience as part of an agile transformation)
• Relevant Scrum Master/Agile Team Facilitator experience (with active experience as part of an agile team)
• Hands-on experience in application development and support, including Agile product development experience with planning, estimating, progress reporting and release management
• Experience in scaled agile implementations, preferably using the scaled agile framework (SAFe)
• Experience in an on-site / off-shore delivery model
• Experience in multiple roles of an Agile team
• Experience of coaching teams
• Experience in workshop facilitation
• Proven Business and IT experience ideally supported with relevant professional qualifications

Qualifications:

• Suitable Scrum qualification (from Scrum alliance or Scrum.org)

Preferred

• Agile coaching qualification
• Certified SAFe® Program Consultant

Schroders is an equal opportunities employer and welcomes applications regardless of sex, marital status, ethnic origin, sexual orientation, religious belief or age.

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