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Head of Agile Delivery

Communications & Marketing

Location:  1 Guildhall Square
Salary:   £51,034 to £64,145 per annum
Full Time Fixed Term (until 31/07/2021)
Closing Date:  Saturday 01 February 2020
Interview Date:   See advert
Reference:  1223019CD

About the role 

This is a hugely exciting opportunity for a Head of Agile Delivery, who understands the opportunities to learn, grow and lead teams to make a difference and join our pioneering digital transformation programme, OneWeb, which is about to enter a new phase.  

You’ll be responsible for the delivery of key strategic objectives through a large agile multi-disciplinary team. We’re dedicated to developing a new user-centred information and support service for many of our users groups - from applying to a course, to finding research collaborations and much more. 

This programme is fast-paced and hugely ambitious. We need someone to be accountable for the overall planning, delivery, measurement and development of a complex multi-year programme. 

What you'll do 

  • Work alongside the Business Owner (Head of Digital) to lead and motivate multiple multi-disciplinary teams, helping them organise and plan their work, ensuring they make progress and create services that meet users’ needs.
  • Accountable for the phasing and delivery against overall programme vision.  
  • Ensure teams clearly communicate their approach, plans and learning. 
  • Provide information and structures that support effective governance. 
  • Identify the people, skills and resources that the teams need to deliver to the agreed goals. 
  • Identify, communicate and manage risks, issues, dependencies and blockers. 
  • Reporting back on progress of multiple projects to Programme Board and 10 Year Plan (Change Portfolio Office).   
  • Manage stakeholders to ensure good relations and effective communication. 
  • Actively lead and take full accountability for the deployment of Agile practice to the benefit of the University.
  • Lead in the Delivery Manager community, learning, sharing and applying skills and knowledge to improve.

What you'll have:

  • A significant track record of successfully delivering digital programmes and services, leading from initiation to delivery and support whilst planning, coordinating and motivating multi-site teams through the full product lifecycle. 
  • Excellent stakeholder management skills to be able to mediate and communicate with stakeholders at all levels (senior to executive) and between organisational, technical and departmental boundaries. 
  • Have an in-depth knowledge of agile methodologies and demonstrable experience of how they help deliver products and services at scale. 
  • Experience of flexibly managing and deploying people, teams, and other environmental factors to resolve and manage impediments, blockers and risks. 
  • Experience of providing support and constructive feedback as they move through the lifecycle phases. 
  • Be able to quickly get up to speed with product and university contexts, in order to create a positive environment for delivery.
  • Managing and mentoring team members, providing them with guidance, training and constructive feedback.

This is an exciting time for the University of Southampton and we would love you to join us! To read more about the project and its ethos, visit our blog

Interviews will be held during w/c 17 February 2020 

Application procedure:

You should submit your completed online application form at The application deadline will be midnight on the closing date stated above. If you need any assistance, please call Hannah Farrance (Recruitment Team) on +44 (0) 23 8059 2507. Please quote reference 1223019CD on all correspondence.

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We aim to be an equal opportunities employer and welcome applications from all sections of the community. Please note that applications from agencies will not be accepted unless indicated in the job advert.

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