Senior Fellowship: Agile Coach
At CERN, the European Organization for Nuclear Research, physicists and engineers are probing the fundamental structure of the universe. Using the world's largest and most complex scientific instruments, they study the basic constituents of matter - fundamental particles that are made to collide together at close to the speed of light. The process gives physicists clues about how particles interact, and provides insights into the fundamental laws of nature. Find out more on http://home.cern.
Diversity has been an integral part of CERN's mission since its foundation and is an established value of the Organization.
As an Agile Coach you will join the Agile Practices section within the Business Computing (BC) group. Your mission will be to mentor teams and business partners about lean-agile practices in software development.
We are looking for a highly motivated person, passionate about business agility and influencing stakeholders outside the team to become part of our agile transformation program.
The group started its agile transformation in 2019 and since then has explored various agile methodologies and frameworks (e.g. Scrum, Kanban, SAFe). We have embarked on a transformation inspired by SAFe and now want to go deeper into the business agility fundamentals and lean portfolio management.
As agile coach, your main functions will be:
- Cooperate in driving the holistic agile transformation for the BC group & its business partners as a member of the Lean-Agile Center of Excellence;
- Help the teams and BC group to understand, and tailor agile frameworks to their context;
- Design a strategy for improving the collaboration & flow of information between business teams & software development teams;
- Work with business partners to get them onboard with BC group’s current processes & way of working;
- Work with the Lean-Agile Community of Practice to increase the knowledge of the Lean-Agile Practices and ensure the organization is at the forefront of the industry good practices;
- Promote an agile mindset and foster an environment for high-performing team dynamics, continuous flow, and relentless improvement;
- Coach and facilitate agile workshops for product teams, business representatives and other stakeholders on Lean-Agile practices and tools;
- Train teams and individuals in agile techniques and frameworks (Scrum, Kanban, Lean, SAFe...);
- You are a national of a CERN Member or Associate Member State;
- You have a PhD, or at least 4 years’ relevant experience since the completion of your Masters (or any equivalent diploma which gives access to doctoral programmes) in Computer Science, Organizational Psychology, or in a similar relevant course, with a maximum limit of 10 years’ experience.
Essential skills and experience
- Excellent communication, facilitation, and organisational skills;
- Fluent in English (written and spoken).
Desired skills and experience (not required but would be advantageous)
- Agile certification;
- SAFe relevant experience.
Please note that CERN Staff members are not eligible to apply for a Fellowship.
CERN would very much like to benefit from your expertise, commitment and passion. In return, we offer:
- An employment contract for between 6 months (minimum) up to 24 months, with a possible extension up to 36 months.
- A stipend ranging from 7, 201 to 8,178 Swiss Francs per month (net of tax).
- Coverage by CERN’s comprehensive health scheme (for yourself, your spouse and children), and membership of the CERN Pension Fund.
- Depending on your individual circumstances: an installation grant, family, child and infant allowances as well as travel expenses to and from Geneva.
- 2.5 days of paid leave per month.
Your future Life @CERN
This is how you can apply:
Please provide the following documents to complete your application:
- A CV;
- A scanned PDF of your most recent relevant qualification;
We recommend to add two recent letters of recommendation, giving an overview of your academic and/or professional achievements. You can upload these letters at the time of application if you have them to hand. You will also be provided with a link as soon as you have submitted your application to forward to your referees to upload their letters confidentially. Please note this must be done before the closing date.
All applications should reach us no later than 27 January 2022.