Agile Pod Lead

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Expertise IT & Support Location Anywhere in the UK Salary 80K Contract Type Permanent REF APL100

Job Description

Position Overview:

My client a leading organization is looking for an Agile Pod Lead

Agile Pod Leader – Bristol, London, Liverpool, Leeds, Manchester or Ireland – Remote/flexible working is available

What can you expect:

    • If a Squad is defined as the smallest number of people required to deliver product functionality to market then a Pod is the smallest number of Squads required to deliver a complex product or collection of integrated products to market.  Pods exist to create Products and services that deliver on business focused Missions
    • We in Product Delivery Engineering are on a mission: to transform the way our my client business and IT teams work together to unlock the benefits of rapid delivery of quality, secure software to market by empowered teams. We will do this by rolling out our Agile at Scale Delivery model
    • You will lead one or more Pods and will be responsible for their delivery of working software through to production
    • Based in one of our UK or Ireland locations, you will lead and develop 5-15 squads – 30-100 people to deliver business focussed missions
    • Our scaled Agile Delivery Methodology is transforming our IT teams in cohorts of Pods and Squads
    • During your first 3-9 months whilst proving your strong Agile product delivery lead skills, you will be coached on my client’s processes and policies
    • You will be given the opportunity to lead significant modernisation of technology building new APIs and portals globally


We will rely on you to:

    • Lead between 5-15 squads: around 30 – 100 people – provide coaching and support to your pod and be responsible for line management of squad leaders
    • Run the software delivery Pod ensuring there are smooth and efficient processes for getting software through from requirements to working in production
    • Focus is value creation, growth and serving customers – ensure our Agile at scale governance and ceremonies are in place and effective
    • Be responsible for ensuring your pod is resourced with skilled individuals working with our internal resource provider teams
    • e2e Delivery of a group of software products – have an Enterprise mind-set able to foster collaboration, break down silos, identify and work to remove blockers
    • Demonstrate a solid understanding of Software Development, Architecture, Test Engineering and Security best practice in an Agile environment
    • Be responsible for the holistic costs of the pod; its resources,  infrastructure and licensing
    • Ensure Pods support the full lifecycle of a product and we operate on the philosophy that the work comes to the team – you will need to consider tech debt, obsolescence, security and modernisation
    • Plan product releases – making sure that our standard metrics are visible and actively being used to drive decision making
    • Own the Continuous Improvement backlog for the Pod – this is the key mechanism by which we deliver improvements for the following; time to market, efficiency and quality
    • In addition to your day to day Pod leadership activities, you will be assigned one or more workstream leadership opportunities that will deliver cross-functional benefits to our organisation


What you need to have: 

    • Be a recognised Agile Expert intimately familiar with the processes and practices required for successful and sustainable delivery
    • Significant organisational Agile transformation experience and be able to demonstrate proven strategies – My client has a complex technological landscape and a large portfolio of revenue generating applications. We also have significant security processes and legislative requirements to protect our customers and their data
    • You will be expected to have a broad technical understanding to support your Agile credentials from software architecture through test, DevOps practices, security and operational run
    • A metrics driven approach to delivery analysis and drive out systems and processes that help define and report on the metrics we believe to be important
    • Excellent stakeholder management skills.  As we work to transform the My clients IT and Business into a truly Agile organisation you will need to influence and coach senior executives, many of whom will be new to Agile
    • Pods and squads are distributed globally and utilise a mix of permanent and partner staff who work largely remotely so experience of working with and motivating distributed teams is vital
    • Financially astute, you will instil Financial Management Disciplines into your team and be accountable for Engineering Delivery spend reporting and tracking
    • You will be collaborative, Inquisitive and interested in technology and best practices

What makes you stand out:

    • Strong experience of a wide range of technology roles is desirable, ideally with some form of development engineering background
    • Rounded and holistic understanding of Agile Methodologies such as CSP, KMP & ICP-ACC Certifications or their equivalent