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Lead Specialist – Senior Project Manager and Agile Coach (Scrum Master)

Reporting to: Projects and Testing Manager
Team: Change
Contract type: 18-month fixed-term contract
Salary: £44,969
Location: Brighton
Closing date: Friday 22 May 2020

Job ref: 1845

TPR grade: 7

About us

The Pensions Regulator (TPR) is responsible for protecting workplace pensions in the UK, working with employers and those running pensions to help people save safely for their retirement. We have an excellent office location in the heart of Brighton and have a diverse, lively and professional workforce.

We are committed to making TPR a great place to work and doing all we can to support our people to reach their full potential. Join our expanding team for the chance to be a part of the biggest change to pensions in a generation.


As a Scrum Master and Agile Coach you will provide expertise within the Programme Management Office (PMO), in order to help deliver an exciting new technology programme.

You will establish and operate appropriate workstream and programme approaches in line with change-governance standards.


  • Provide leadership to build effective and collaborative project teams with a shared sense of direction in an agile environment.
  • Identify areas across the programme where teams are not performing effectively and provide coaching support to improve or integrate with others.
  • Work with the Programme Manager and PMO Design to exploit and report on agile programme metrics to assure successful delivery.
  • Be the go-to lead on the Azure DevOps application for workstream teams to ensure appropriate and consistent use across the programme.
  • Support with the design and execution of programme agile ceremonies.

Essential and desirable criteria


  • Capable of successfully leading and coaching multiple scrum teams in digital technology and agile environment.
  • Complexity – medium to high (from medium transactional projects up to large transformational projects).
  • Accredited to practitioner level in an industry-recognised agile project management methodology (eg SAFe SM, APMG Certified Agile Project Management Practitioner, AgilePgM) or equivalent experience.
  • Able to mentor and coach stakeholders in medium to large agile programme team practices and influence thinking.
  • Agile coaching in a scrum environment.
  • Applied agile change governance through full life cycle from receipt of request through to implementation.
  • Expert use of Azure DevOps including exploitation of system management information.
  • Highly skilled at stakeholder management and facilitation to be able to conclude discussions and reach consensus where multiple stakeholders may have multiple conflicting needs.
  • Able to communicate clearly and confidently to all stakeholders, both orally and in writing, to influence thinking and to indirectly manage the action of others, eg stakeholders up to Executive Director and Portfolio Oversight Board level.
  • Successful management and delivery of medium to large-scale digital and data projects and/or programmes within time/cost/quality tolerances using agile approaches.


  • Experience of working in a regulatory environment.
  • Experience of managing suppliers in a matrix delivery environment.
  • Experience of working in a digital programme management office.

Person specification

  • Proactive and flexible.
  • Problem solving and analytical skills.
  • Communication skills at all levels.
  • Leadership skills.
  • Personable and a team player.

Salary and benefits

As well as a starting salary of £44,969, we offer:

  • Civil Service Pension arrangements, which are recognised as some of the best in the pensions world
  • discretionary bonus arrangements
  • access to performance related pay progression
  • 25 days annual leave provision
  • flexible working arrangements
  • development opportunities
  • enhanced parental leave arrangements
  • a free employee assistance programme
  • an excellent office location in Brighton

How to apply

We provide an exciting, supportive and flexible working environment, and are committed to helping our people meet their full potential.

The Pensions Regulator is an inclusive employer and offers equal opportunities to all regardless of an individual’s age, disability, gender identity, marriage or civil partnership status, pregnancy or maternity, race, religion or belief, sex and sexual orientation. TPR welcomes applications from the BME and LGBT communities who are currently under represented at TPR.

Candidates who declare that they have a disability and who meet the essential criteria for the job will be offered an interview.

Applications will be considered on a part time and job share basis.

Please send your CV and a covering letter, with details of how your experience and skills meet our essential criteria to

If you have any enquiries with regards to this role or if you have a disability and wish to request a reasonable adjustment at any stage of the recruitment process, please email