Agile Coach and Release Manager
Job Title - Agile Coach and Release Manager
Location - The Quadrant, Milton Keynes
Rates - Up to £424.59 per day (PAYE) - Up to £483.30 per day (LTD/Umbrella)
This role is IN SCOPE of IR35
About the role / project:
To act as an Agile Coach and Release Manager and provide objective guidance, without personal or political considerations. You will also manage the deployment and release of programme applications within an IT-enabled business change programme, into the business as usual environment, handing over to the system support teams.
The current team is relatively new, so although they have had training, Network Rail are looking for someone who can champion Agile and who has successfully run Agile projects of varying size and complexity.
What you will do:
- Educate all colleagues on Agile principles, providing them with tools for implementing the process in their own work.
- Provide training sessions and teach valuable skills that lead towards the organisation-wide adoption of agile methodologies.
- Provide hands-on support to all employees and lead teams towards further understanding the adoption of Agile, as well as overall company growth and improvement.
- Design a strategy for the organisational adoption of Agile, from the introduction and employee education, to fostering teams and cultures that practice Agile, to sustaining Agile methodologies.
- Implement Agile process, principles and practices across all levels and departments, using techniques that increase collaboration, predictability, transparency and promote a culture of innovation.
- Manage the process so that all changes are recorded, evaluated, authorised, prioritised, planned, tested, implemented, documented and reviewed in a controlled manner.
- Manage one or more releases of applications and monitor that all appropriate release standards and processes are applied effectively and consistently.
- Work with the business and with delivery partners to deliver required products, taking appropriate action to resolve issues and escalate as appropriate.
- Develop an integrated release plan incorporating the combined activities and dependencies required to successfully deliver a release.
- Monitor that Individual Project Managers' plans deliver to a release.
- Manage a release through key stage gates, including user acceptance testing and pre-production testing, and work with Project Managers to develop test plans that meet the needs of the programme as a whole.
Your experience will include:
- Experience in Agile Release Management.
- Programming experience and proficiency in relevant programming languages.
- Ability to demonstrate strong knowledge and background with Agile concepts.
- Prior experience coaching teams in Agile adoption or as a Scrum Master.
- Experience in Agile transformation and Agile project management.
- Management experience of large IT application development projects (>£1 million, >10 people), specifically in testing methods and lifecycles.
- Experience in the use of a project planning tool (e.g. Primavera PP, PMW or Microsoft PROJECT).
- A degree or relevant qualification in Computer Science.
- Certified Scrum Master.
- Knowledge of railway industry.
What you'll get in return
Network Rail (powered by Capita), understand what it is like to work as a contractor and do everything they can to make it a simple process for you - this includes a dedicated Onboarding and extension teams and access to a web-based timesheet portal giving you an ability to access and submit your timesheets wherever you are.
About our client - Network Rail
Network Rail is at the operational centre of the railway and playing a key role in a rapidly evolving industry. We are responsible for rebuilding Britain's railway infrastructure and are managing some of the biggest and most complex engineering programmes in Europe. Over the next five years we will be spending around £23 billion to maintain and upgrade every aspect of an infrastructure that comprises 21,000 miles of track, 2,500 stations, 9,000 level crossings, 40,000 bridges and tunnels, and signalling and power for the movement of 25,000 trains every day.
What we hope you will do next
Help us find out more about you by completing our short application process - Click apply now. You will then be directed to a Capita owned microsite that will assist you with your application. Once completed you will then be contacted by the relevant recruiter.
Network Rail welcomes applications regardless of age, disability, marital status (including civil partnerships), pregnancy or maternity, race, religion or belief, sexual orientation, transgender status, sex (or gender), employment status, trade union affiliation, or other irrelevant factor. We will interview all disabled applicants who meet the essential criteria.