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Agile Lead


Agile Lead

Dublin | Ireland

Part of IT@BoI, the Strategy Architecture and Innovation (SA&I) team are an Enterprise Architecture team. The team purpose is to define the future technology landscape to meet customer and business needs and to guide change projects to deliver the solutions that implement that future, innovating along the journey.

SA&I develop technology strategies, associated roadmaps, supporting technology principles and standards. The team then guides and governs solution architecture to ensure that appropriate enterprise solutions are developed consistent with strategies, roadmaps, principles and standards.

The Opportunity:

Bank of Ireland ChangeZone is a multi-vendor change delivery team running large and complex programmes across both legacy and new IT estates.

Projects often involve significant complexities including regulatory requirements, complex legacy infrastructure, multiple business units, IT security considerations and critical service introduction activity.

The Agile lead will be an advocate of Agile at the Bank and will be responsible for leading the implementation and adoption of Agile methodologies across the Bank of Ireland organisation. Additionally, candidates will have a demonstrated track record in leading change in financial services (or similar) organisation.

The Agile Lead will be responsible for designing, documenting and integrating a Scaled Agile Delivery Methodology across Bank of Ireland, owning the business case and benefits for Agile Delivery, and will support the teams who will be following the approach on a daily basis.

In supporting this, the Agile Lead will set up an Agile Delivery Competency to work in conjunction with the Project Management Competency and existing change delivery partner organisations to support projects delivering change using Agile or iterative methodologies and frameworks.

The Agile Lead will achieve the implementation by leading both external partner organisations and internal teams in driving 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 in leading such a change in a complex organisation.

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.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Define the strategy for the implementation of Agile methodologies
  • Lead the change right across the organisation engaging both Business and Technology
  • 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:

  • Create an environment for successful and sustainable adoption of Agile in the organisation
  • Lead a cross functional team comprising internal/external 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 - SAFe SPC, CST/P, Lean Kanban University, etc.

Essential Skills & Experience:

  • Previous experience in leading wide scale organisational change
  • At least 10 years Project and Programme Management Experience in the IT domain
  • At least 5 years hands-on Agile practitioner/leadership experience
  • 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)
  • Project Management Qualification (PMP or PRINCE 2) preferred

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.

Bank of Ireland Group is an equal opportunities employer and is committed to fostering an inclusive workplace which values and benefits from the diversity of our workforce.

Closing date: Nov 23, 2017

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