Master Agile Coach (Addison)

Discover Financial Services in Addison, IL

  • Industry: Information Technology - Project And Product Manager
  • Type: Full Time
position filled

At Discover, be part of a culture where diversity, teamwork and collaboration reign. Join a company that is just as employee-focused as it is on its customers and is consistently awarded for both. We're all about people, and our employees are why Discover is a great place to work. Be the reason we help millions of consumers build a brighter financial future and achieve yours along the way with a rewarding career.

The Agile Master Coach will help drive our organization to increasingly higher levels of performance by elevating the knowledge, understanding and application of Agile principles, practices and tools by executive business and technology leaders.

This role will report directly to the Discover Management Systems' (DMS) Master Coach and operate complimentary to other teams within the DMS Center of Excellence organization. The Discover Management System is how we lead & manage at Discover. Within DMS, we leverage lean and agile mindsets and practices to manage our work and lead our teams. Through DMS, we are striving to create a culture of continuous improvement within all areas of our organization.

The person serves as a champion for our DMS transformation and an expert coach as well as strategic thought partner in Agile principles and methodology. Specific responsibilities include:

Champion the executive learning strategy on Agile methodology for Discover's c-suite leadership providing a clear educational approach to develop the knowledge and skills necessary to be fully effective leaders, role models and coaches within the core practices of our new way of working, and to drive the maximum business impact from this transformation

Work with lean based colleagues to bring lean and agile concepts together for the executive team as we create one overall way of working at Discover with DMS

Challenge leaders to create a culture of continuous improvement and accountability to improve their KPIs, including growth, quality, speed, efficiency, productivity and customer satisfaction

Engage with executive leaders to provide expert coaching and perspective to supplement and enhance the activities of the DMS Center of Excellence community of coaches.

Advise Center of Excellence leaders in the planning and execution of transformation activities, including means to accelerate the cultural and behavioral change necessary to support core Agile practices


At a minimum, here's what we need from you:

Bachelor's degree required, majors in business or technology centric disciplines is preferred. MS or MBA additionally preferred.

5+ years leading Enterprise Agile Transformation with methods such as XP, Scrum, Lean, or Kanban and scaling Agile solutions such as SAFe, LeSS, Nexus, DaD, SoS

10+ years of Product Development and Agile Leadership experience

Hands-on experience applying Lean/Agile methodologies within software, infrastructure, hardware, and operational environments

If we had our say, we'd also look for:

Agile related certification, SAFe Program Consultant Certification

Lean Six Sigma experience

Industry recognition as a senior expert with a significant track record of coaching leaders and teams to significant improvement

Strong change management and influence skills; ability to negotiate and communicate across all levels of the organization.

Demonstrated ability to make courageous recommendations and decisions to drive significant organizational change.

Experience working with senior leadership of an organization required with excellent oral and written communication skills.

Associated topics: chief program officer, cpo, manage, manager, management, monitor, product manager, project manager, relationship manager, task

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