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Agile Lead


Agile Lead

Dublin | Ireland

The Agile Lead will be responsible for designing, documenting and integrating a Scaled Agile Delivery Methodology across Bank of Ireland. The Agile Lead will set up an Agile Delivery Competency to work in conjunction with the Project Management Competency to support projects delivering change using Agile or iterative methodologies and frameworks.

Candidates must have a very strong understanding of Project and Programme management with hands-on practitioner experience of leading Agile Transformations at large institutions. Additionally, they will have delivered projects of large scale using an Agile Framework, where their role was Agile Coach, Scrum Master or similar. They will be familiar with all aspects of Agile Delivery leveraging a number of methodologies (E.g. Scrum, SAFe, Kanban) and the organisational changes required to enable successful delivery of change using an Agile method. They will also be experienced in balancing frequent, iterative change with the need for regulatory and stability-driven controls in a large financial institution.

The Agile Lead will interface with both external vendors and internal teams to drive the cultural, organisational and methodological changes that will be required to embed Agile Delivery. They should be passionate about the benefits of Agile but also experienced and creative enough to resolve the conflicts of landing this methodology in a complex organisation.

The Agile lead will be an advocate of Agile at the Bank, coaching cross functional teams, owning the business case and benefits of Agile Delivery, and supporting the teams who will be following the approach on a daily basis.

Key responsibilities:

  • Assess gaps between Scaled Agile Framework (SAFe) and the Bank Delivery Methodology and compile plan to address (including tools)
  • Identify necessary organisation changes in the Bank to enable Agile Delivery (including Business Units, Service Introduction, IT Security, central PMO)
  • Define the competency roles / responsibilities
  • Identify early adopters and adoption roadmap
  • Define metrics and success criteria for the competency
  • Define communication guidelines with projects
  • Define and support appropriate training activity

Leadership & People Management:

  • Guide and direct resources to ensure the rollout of Agile Delivery to an agreed roadmap
  • Embed good people management practices in line with Group standards, including completion of goals and reviews for direct reports
  • Support, coach and manage team performance, recognising and utilising individual strengths to achieve optimum benefit for the team
  • Provide support for learning and development for individuals and for the benefit of the overall unit

Risk & Compliance:

  • Maintain & monitor standards, controls, processes and solutions, to minimise business and IT risk
  • Ensure full compliance with all Group, Legal and Regulatory requirements and standards


  • Project Management Qualification (PMP or PRINCE 2) preferred
  • Agile Certification â€" SAFe SPC, CST/P, Lean Kanban University, etc.

Essential Skills & Experience:

  • ProvenProject and Programme Management Experience in the IT domain
  • Stronghands-on Agile practitioner experience
  • Has led organisational change to embed Agile Delivery
  • Has worked closely with both Project Managers and key Business Stakeholders to resolve project challenges
  • Detailed understanding of Agile Delivery Methodologies (e.g. SCRUM, SAFe)
  • Familiarity with key Agile Delivery tools (e.g. JIRA, Automated Test Tools)


  • Strong Leadership - ability to confidently educate and challenge stakeholders and Project Managers
  • Coaching and mentoring skills
  • Stakeholder Management
  • People Management
  • Negotiation Skills
  • Analytical Skills
  • Business Acumen
  • Technology understanding and awareness

Where Agency assistance is required Bank of Ireland Recruitment Team will engage directly with suppliers. Unsolicited CVs / profiles will not be accepted for this role.

Closing date: Aug 01, 2017

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