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Salary: Market related

Location: Woking, Surrey

Job Type: Permanent

Date Listed: 14 Jul 2022

Reference: 5571

Principal Agile Lead
Shift: Days – 40 hours per week

The Principal Agile Lead will work across the Electronic Systems & Controls department to enhance & refine the implementation of agile principles & tools.   

The primary objective of this key strategic role is to evolve Electronic Systems & Controls into high performing agile teams, delivering multiple projects & features concurrently, which both meets customer requirements and is ‘right first time’ into platform releases.


The duties and responsibilities of the Principal Agile Lead:

  • Complete a Gap Analysis of the current state in the company versus Agile best practice & recommend opportunities to improve. 
  • Create & deliver training in Agile principles & methodologies for all stakeholders & agile teams.
  • Lead and coach agile team members to develop in their roles, helping to embed Agile behaviours & ways of working into the culture of ES&C.
  • Facilitate key Agile ceremonies including Sprint Planning, Daily Scrums & Retrospectives, helping to create great team dynamics as well as effective delivery.
  • Enable teams to successfully self-organise and work with ES&C Vehicle Line Integration Managers and other stakeholders to ensure priorities are clear & attainable goals are set and delivered.
  • Work with senior stakeholders to define appropriate metrics to assess progress & efficiency of software development.
  • Work together with the Principal Engineer Software Development Processes & Tools to explore opportunities for Agile Transformation across this Automotive business.


The ideal experience for the Principal Agile Lead:

Experience of agile delivery in a CE/CI/CD environment, having applied Agile/XP/Scrum practices, ideally in an automotive business.

Essential Functional / Technical Skills

  • Knowledge of advanced enterprise Agile methods (E.g., DevOps, Scaled Agile (SAFe, Scrum of Scrums, Kanban), Agile tools such as Jira, Trello, Kanban Chi)
  • Significant experience of facilitating all scrum ceremonies
  • Experience with the effective use of JIRA & Confluence
  • Ideally been part of an agile transformation in a business, with an understanding of how to manage the change - ensuring full team engagement & continued effectiveness throughout.
  • Experienced in generating the metrics needed to monitor & improve efficiency & output & using data to drive decisions.
  • Used to working at all levels & across all functions in the business
  • Ideally experience of working with distributed teams (outsourced & internal UK/Spain)
  • Agile practitioner certification an advantage (PSM, CSM, etc.)


The ideal Principal Agile Lead candidate:

  • Able to show leadership in addressing any cultural changes required; motivate teams in Agile ways of working & to coach teams to be self-organising & constant velocity.
  • Able to identify & manage all stakeholders in the agile process, securing management support where required.
  • Collaborative, working effectively across teams & departments to deliver on time & to quality.
  • Long term view on enhancing customer value by enabling robust delivery of innovative features
  • Self-motivated, proactive in anticipating & addressing potential problems
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.  Ability to communicate with individuals from both technical and non-technical backgrounds and present content in a meaningful, clear and concise way
  • Flexible attitude to working hours/ business trips


To show your interest in the Principal Agile Lead role please Apply Now with a copy of your CV. Should you be successfully shortlisted a member of our Team will contact you to discuss the role in more detail. All applications are treated in the strictest confidence.