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Agile Coach

About the position



Prudential’s Enabling Solutions team is seeking a senior Agile Coach leveraging Agile methodologies and thinking across business and technology initiatives while providing the necessary coaching and guidance to leadership. The person filling this role will become a trusted advisor supporting the leaders and teams working on the US Business’s new portfolio of growth initiatives with the implementation of agile. This role ensures that Agile concepts and principles are adhered to by all growth initiative teams to ensure the appropriate performance and return on investment for the methodology. Incumbent is responsible for empowering one or more initiative teams to develop adaptive, iterative delivery with continuous feedback loops. You will get to work in an exciting, engaging, and at times disruptive, Agile environment where you will be encouraged to expand your skills, test your creative boundaries, share new ideas, and, most importantly, have fun.



Key Responsibilities:

  • Ability to coach multiple initiative teams of medium to large scale

  • Utilize techniques to foster collaboration, transparency and mindset change that enables lasting agile adoption

  • Ability to educate and mentor teams in the adoption of agile through the delivery of formal instructor-led courses as well as informal / customized working sessions focused on skill development for agile roles (e.g., Product Owners or Scrum Masters) or different techniques with the agile methodology

  • Contribute to the Agile Coaching Office overall strategy, goals and objectives

  • Develop, track and communicate agile team maturity metrics to provide insight to agile implementation and to evolve the agile team coaching approach to maximize the benefits of coaching

  • In partnership with the initiative leaders and team members, guide the development of product roadmaps, user story sizing, acceptance criteria definition, and the definition of minimal viable product, leading to continuous refinement and prioritization of the product backlog

  • Experience in implementing and optimizing the use of agile tooling to facilitate agile team execution and management reporting

  • Facilitate discussion, conflict resolution, and internal/external communication especially in support of identification of interdependencies, risks and resolution of impediments to deliver business value and expected outcomes

  • Provide direction to project activities to ensure successful implementation and support

  • Promote a collaborative team environment that fosters experimentation, creativity and innovation to help teams continuously improve and increase velocity

  • Ability to communicate, influence and partner effectively using strong verbal and written communication

  • Be an agile expert, embracing continuous learning and maintaining connection to industry agile through affinity groups or events



Qualifications
  • 5+ years’ experience as an Agile Team Coach working with Business and IT teams, implementing agile techniques such as Scrum, Kanban, or Lean in different cultures and environments

  • 3+ years’ experience as a Scrum Master

  • Ability to demonstrate a proven track record of successfully implementing agile in large, complex, and dynamic, results-driven environments using best practices

  • Proven experience building strong working relationships and working successfully in cross-functional teams

  • Ability to quickly understand the scope of the agile team and identify key success and risk factors

  • Exceptional verbal, written and communication skills

  • Strong presentation, classroom instruction and facilitation skills

  • Enthusiastic team-player, team leader as well as a self-starter

  • Comfortable working with ambiguity and evolving priorities

  • Flexible, yet firm in approach to implementing agile

  • Proficiency with VersionOne, JIRA, Confluence and MS Office suite

  • Industry certification as an Agile Coach required

  • Industry certification as a Scrum Master required

  • Proficiency in the SAFe® or other scaled agile frameworks a plus

Prudential is a multinational financial services leader with operations in the United States, Asia, Europe, and Latin America. Leveraging its heritage of life insurance and asset management expertise, Prudential is focused on helping individual and institutional customers grow and protect their wealth. The company's well-known Rock symbol is an icon of strength, stability, expertise and innovation that has stood the test of time. Prudential's businesses offer a variety of products and services, including life insurance, annuities, retirement-related services, mutual funds, asset management, and real estate services.

We recognize that our strength and success are directly linked to the quality and skills of our diverse associates. We are proud to be a place where talented people who want to make a difference can grow as professionals, leaders, and as individuals. Visit www.prudential.com to learn more about our values, our history and our brand.

Prudential is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, genetics, disability, age, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

Note that this posting is intended for individual applicants. Search firms or agencies should email Staffing at staffingagencies@prudential.com for more information about doing business with Prudential.