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Agile Delivery Manager (Mid/Senior)

Unidays

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Posted over 30 days ago...

Join UNiDAYS as an Agile Delivery Manager and be a part of a vibrant team shaping the future of student affinity networks globally

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London, Nottingham or UK Remote*

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At UNiDAYS, the leading global Student Affinity Network, you have the unique opportunity to join a dynamic tech business that's connecting over 22 million students with 800 top brands worldwide. Recognized for our commitment to employee wellbeing and as a Great Place to Work Certified™ company, we offer a blend of innovation, impact, and work-life balance. You'll be part of a passionate Product and Engineering team that's not only tech-driven but also deeply invested in community building, both in the office and remotely.

Role Summary:

  • Facilitate agile frameworks within the team, customizing methodologies to enhance team and business performance.
  • Drive software delivery, ensuring high-quality outputs aligned with team goals and objectives.
  • Organize agile ceremonies and refine user stories, maintaining team engagement and resolving blockers.
  • Coordinate with stakeholders to manage priorities and integrate team delivery with broader organizational goals.
  • Champion continuous process improvement and agile best practices.

Role Requirements:

  • A coaching mindset and experience in agile delivery management or similar roles.
  • Proficiency in lean and agile processes across various methodologies.
  • Strong communication skills to translate technical concepts for business stakeholders.
  • Effective organization and time management abilities.
  • Experience with JIRA or other issue tracking tools.
  • Track record of delivering scalable and robust software applications.
  • Capability to manage conflicting and demanding stakeholder demands.

UNiDAYS supports your professional growth and work-life balance with competitive salaries, comprehensive benefits, and a flexible work environment. Whether you choose to work from our London or Nottingham campus or from home, we've got you covered with our supportive home working program, regular team building events, and a vibrant culture of engagement and innovation.

*this role is open to remote working within the UK. Successful candidates will be required to travel to their closest UNiDAYS campus (London or Nottingham) on occasion.

The role in a nutshell

An Agile Delivery Manager (ADM) in UNIDAYS is a role within a product pillar team that ensures consistent and successful delivery of high quality software out of the pillar team according to the iteration goals and key objectives of the team and learns and iterates when things don’t quite go as planned!

The role sits within the Product and Engineering department (P&E) and reports to the Head of Product Delivery.

In order to be successful in the role, you will need to be able to work with different stakeholders across the organisation to unblock issues, organise  and drive work within the team. This will make use of your strong organisational and motivational skills as well as clear and decisive decision making.

Day to day responsibilities 

Process and software delivery

  • Own the use of agile frameworks within the team, adapting methodologies to best suit the needs of the individual team and the business
  • Maintain team engagement with the process and the pillar
  • Identify inefficiencies in the software delivery process and suggest and agree  improvements with the team
  • Take responsibility for ensuring all agile ceremonies take place and leading them where appropriate (standup, refinement, sprint planning, retrospectives etc)
  • Elaboration of user stories
  • Resolve and remove blockers as they arise to allow the team to focus on delivery
  • Identify, assess and prioritise bugs and technical debt
  • Align your team's delivery plans with wider plans across P&E and UNiDAYS 
  • Ensure sprint/iteration commitments are met
  • Champion lean and agile best practice, supporting teams as we continually look to improve our delivery

Communication and Interaction

  • Work closely with the product manager to represent the business within the team, providing vision and context 
  • Represent the needs of the team within the broader Product & Engineering team, providing insight and conflict resolution where needed
  • Reporting to Product & Engineering leadership on sprint commitments, sprint and team performance and team health as defined by the Head of Delivery
  • Communicating the status of work to stakeholders and Product & Engineering leadership
  • Work with the other ADMs to share good practice and increase the effectiveness of agile within UNiDAYS

Prioritisation management

  • Ongoing prioritisation and refinement of backlogs using business value as a prioritisation tool
  • Provide backlog management, iteration planning and define iteration commitments

What we need from you

In order to be your best self in this role, you will have:

  • A coaching mentality
  • (Preferably) some previous experience as an agile delivery manager, scrum master or delivery manager
  • Experience of working in a high paced environment with frequent change
  • In-depth knowledge of lean and agile processes and principles, preferably across multiple methodologies
  • Energy, positivity and being an excellent communicator. You’re going to need to translate technical jargon into understandable language for the business 
  • Strong organisation and time management skills
  • Previous experience using issue tracking tools such as JIRA
  • Proven track record in delivering scalable and robust applications to business needs
  • An understanding of how to deliver value in multiple steps (aka ‘the agile car’)
  • Understanding of software development concepts
  • Experience of managing conflicting and demanding stakeholders

Perks

We've accomplished a lot since we started in 2011, but in many ways, this is just the beginning. This is the chance for you to get in on ground zero. An opportunity to make a difference within the business with global reach. We are the world’s largest Student Affinity Network, with over 22 million verified members in 115 markets including the US, UK, Germany, India, Canada and Australia. We work with 800 of the world’s biggest brands globally, taking their products and services into the hearts and minds of tomorrow’s professionals, delivering engagement, building affinity and sales. You’ll also be working for a Great Place to Work CertifiedTM company who have been recognised on the UK’s Best WorkplacesTM for Wellbeing 2022 list. To find out more about our workplace initiatives, see our UK exclusive case study with Great Place to Work and be sure to visit our profile for more information.

We offer a fast paced, fun & social working environment where you can truly make an impact. We believe that work should enhance and complement your life which is why we leave it up to you to decide where you work. You can choose to work from your assigned campus (either Nottingham or London) or from home, whatever works best for your individual needs. Your manager may request you attend team meet ups at your campus but other than that it is up to you! We work hard at UNiDAYS, but we also believe in fair compensation for hard work. That's why we're pleased to offer all employees full access to our comprehensive benefits package.

Our perks include:

  • 25 days holiday per year increasing with length of service, plus flexible bank holidays
  • Competitive salaries
  • 4pm finishes every Friday
  • Company bonus scheme
  • Company pension scheme
  • Company share option scheme
  • Private health insurance (Vitality)
  • Income protection policy
  • Life assurance policy
  • Employee Assistance Program
  • Enhanced parental leave pay
  • Core hours with flexibility around how/when you manage your time
  • Regular team building activities
  • The latest tech and hardware will be supplied from day one
  • Good Vibes Program: we know we’ve all had to adapt to new ways of working and UNiDAYS has always taken pride in the community we’ve created in the office but we’re just as committed to creating an innovative approach to fostering connections and improving engagement outside of the office! We want to boost your remote working experience so think virtual parties, pottery classes, wellness classes and guest speakers just to name a few!
  • Support for home working for all new team members. We will help assess your home set up and you can expense £150 towards any additional furniture you may need to be safe and comfortable when working from home

About our Product & Engineering team

The driving force behind this fantastic tech business are the talented Product and Engineering team, who work collaboratively to ensure that UNiDAYS stays one step ahead of the competition, with the ultimate goal of giving students the power to make every experience more valuable and rewarding.

The Product and Engineering teams at UNiDAYS are comprised of a bunch of passionate people who work in a fun, fast paced and social environment. Everyone is equal and encouraged to work with each other, whilst having the autonomy to solve problems in the best way they see fit.

The UNiDAYS tech team are passionate about the local Tech Community, hosting and sponsoring local meet ups and hack events. Career development is an important facet of the UNiDAYS tech experience.

Listen to the episode on The Diverse Podcast here: https://podcasts.apple.com/gb/podcast/47-how-to-build-your-dream-career-in-tech/id1515585546?i=1000587931714


We are an equal opportunity employer and value diversity at our company. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, colour, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status or disability status. 

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