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Principal Agile Coach - Permanent

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 Principal Agile Coach – Wellington – Permanent

  • Be one of our ‘go-to’ experienced Agile Coaches, working within a SAFe environment 
  • Bring your expertise and help to truly shape and support the organisation to move towards a new way of working 
  • Coach Enterprise Leaders, Release Train Engineers, Product Managers/Product Owners, Scrum Masters, and team members 

 Experienced in an agile leadership role? ACC is currently looking for a Principal Agile Coach for a new permanent opportunity based in Wellington. 

  The Principal Agile Coach is a key role within the Agile Practice and wider across ACC, supporting the strategic direction for the organisation and growing our in-house Agile capability as we move along our journey to be a continuous learning and delivery workplace.   

We are looking for an experienced Agile Coach to provide agile coaching and support to Product Managers, Product Owners, Scrum Masters, and Senior Leaders. You will bring key expertise to the team to support ACC’s Agile, Lean, and DevOps journey. You will provide guidance and feedback on ways of working, SAFe agile practices, roles and responsibilities, tools and techniques and support teams with the establishment of, and transition to, a successful high performing Agile Release Train (ART).  You will provide training, coaching, and mentoring to the agile community and support ACC Agile community events such as Communities of Practice, Knowledge Clinics, and other learning opportunities. 

 This role is a new permanent position within a newly established team, so you will need to demonstrate leadership skills and an ability to help coach and develop others. This is a fantastic opportunity to join an enthusiastic bunch with a desire to learn and help shape how ACC does Agile into the future.   

 So, come along and join us, bring your best, and be prepared to get stuck in! 

 To be successful in this role you will have: 

  • Minimum of 7 years working as an Agile Coach and 7+ years working in an Agile environment. 
  • Experience supporting senior leaders, Product Managers, Product Owners, Scrum Masters, and other coaches to change mindsets and behaviors to align with the agile ways of working. 
  • Demonstrated experience being the ‘go-to’ coach for other coaches within the organisation, helping shape the agile journey.  
  • Demonstrated experience leading autonomous teams, ideally demonstrating strong servant leadership.  
  • Experience filling various agile roles when needed (Practice Lead, Product Owner, Product Manager). 
  • Extensive experience with peer support and coaching for Agile Coaches. 
  • Proven experience applying an Agile mindset. 
  • Experience in helping teams transition from traditional ways of working to Agile. 
  • Excellent communication skills. 
  • Proven coaching, facilitation, and mentoring skills at the individual, team, and leadership level. 
  • Experience using tools such as Jira, Kanban, and Visual Management boards. 
  • Experience working with multiple teams in a variety of different contexts (different team sizes, different cultures, co-located vs distributed, etc.) (preferable). 
  • Experience working cross-organisation and with formal and informal networks – sharing practices and ideas on agile to support continuous improvement across the wider agile community within New Zealand.  
  • Current ICF accredited coaching certification (preferable). 
  • Current Agile coaching certification (preferable). 
  • Current Agile certification such as Scrum Master, Product Owner, or SAFe (preferable). 

 What you get in return 

  • A real opportunity to support the strategic direction for the organisation and help grow our in-house Agile capability as ACC moves along our journey to be a continuous learning and delivery workplace.  
  • The ability to work closely with Executive Leaders, Product Managers, and Product Owners to influence how the Agile journey evolves at ACC.  
  • Work closely with the Agile Capability Lead and wider Communities of Practice to craft best-fit ways of working for ACC based on the SAFe framework. 
  • Help to shape and mentor internal staff to build capability in Continuous Delivery. 
  • Diverse and inclusive environment. 
  • Ongoing career development and educational support.  
  • A range of staff benefits and 9% super! 

Working at ACC:

We know that a diverse and inclusive team helps us meet the needs of our customers, and we welcome applications from people of every ethnicity, national origin, gender orientation, gender identity, gender expression, age, and/or status as an individual with a disability.  It’s important to us that people bring their whole selves to work. To support an inclusive workplace we have:

  • Employee networks:
    • Pride@ACC
    • Ability@ACC
    • Women’s Network
    • Cross-Cultural Network
  • ACC’s Māori Strategy, Whāia te Tika
  • Development opportunities in te reo Māori me ngā tikanga
  • Advocates in the disability sector
  • Diversity and Inclusion Approach
  • Support Māori by partnering with iwi and other Māori entities.

To view the position description please click Principal Agile Coach. Applications will run through to 27 Nov but please note that if an ideal candidate is found during this time we may move forward with pre-screening and interviewing. Applications will only be accepted when formally submitted through our ACC Career Website.  If you have any questions about the role, please contact divya.rozario@acc.co.nz 

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