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Programme Scrum Master and Agile Coach

Reporting to: Projects and Testing Manager
Team: Programme Management Office
Contract type: Fixed term for 18 months
Salary: From £46,093 per annum
Location: Brighton
Closing date: Tuesday 27 October 2020

Job ref: 66797

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 growing 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 an Agile Lead you will provide expertise within the Programme Management Office (PMO), in order to help deliver an exciting new Technology Programme. This Programme is already in the Delivery phase and so at a critical point on the Roadmap. You will be a key player within the PMO, leading on defining Agile standards and metrics, enhancing agile maturity across the entire Programme and ensuring consistency across all work streams. You will lead on the provision of agile data and metrics, coaching where necessary to drive effective delivery of work stream and Programme outcomes.


  • Lead on the delivery of agile metrics and data across workstreams.
  • Provide leadership to build effective and collaborative project / work stream teams with a shared sense of direction in an Agile environment.
  • Set clear standards for how work streams should be working, how tooling should be used and what metrics are required to track progress and quality of outputs.
  • 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 at work stream and Programme level in line with Scaled Agile processes.
  • Act as Scrum Master for the PMO

Essential and desirable criteria


  • Capable of successfully leading and coaching multiple Scrum Teams in and Digital Technology, 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 etc) or equivalent experience.
  • Ability 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 lifecycle from receipt of request through to implementation. 
  • Expert use of Azure DevOps including exploitation of system MI.
  • Highly skilled at stakeholder management and facilitation to be able to conclude discussions and reach consensus where multiple stakeholders may have multiple conflicting needs.
  • Ability 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 – large scale digital and data projects and/or programmes within time/cost/quality tolerances using Agile approaches.
  • Extensive Scrum Master experience.


  • 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 £46,093 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 to along with a covering letter, quoting ref 66797 with details of how your experience and skills meet our essential criteria and details of your notice period.

Please be aware we are currently holding interviews through Skype due to COVID-19.

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