For over 80 years, GfK has been a reliable and trusted insight partner for the world’s biggest companies and leading brands who make a difference in every consumer’s life - and we will continue to build on this. We connect data, science and innovative digital research solutions to provide answers for key business questions around consumers, markets, brands and media. With our headquarters in Germany and a presence in around 60 countries worldwide, you benefit from our global company with a diverse community of ~9,000 employees.
Harnessing the power of our workforce, the greatest asset we have is our people. As part of GfK, you can take your future into your own hands. We value talent, skills and responsibility and support your development within our international teams. We are proud of our heritage and our future: Currently we are in the latter stages of a transformational journey from a traditional market research company to a trusted provider of prescriptive data analytics powered by innovative technology. This is only possible with extraordinary people and this is why we are looking for YOU to help create our future. For our employees as well as for our clients we pursue one goal: Growth from Knowledge!
We are looking for an experienced Agile Coach to help manage our business by driving a real agile understanding from the top-down.
You will coach, mentor and guide our people to figure out the best solutions for their specific project challenges. You will analyze the organization's existing infrastructure and implement improvements to help streamline processes and create efficiencies. Ultimately, you will play a key role in the long-term strategy across the entire organization, helping our teams to deliver better products in a faster, more efficient manner.
Objectives of this Role
Work with project teams to analyze current systems and processes and design a strategy for the adoption of agile best practices
Guide teams to help them stay on track with agile techniques, fine-tuning approaches as needed to ensure the overall strategy is being met
Lead agile workshops for both development and functional teams, as well as key stakeholders
Promote and advocate a culture of continuous improvement, setting goals and milestones and being accountable for them
Drive cultural change by championing an agile mindset and ensure the organization is at the forefront of industry best practices
Facilitate learning and development through individual and team coaching
Coach senior management in agile practices to ensure adoption of best practices from top-down
Effectively communicate agile principles, scrum practices and overall operating model across the organization
Champion the use of metrics and other objective measures across teams
Undertake daily follow-ups with individual team members to ensure projects are on track and goals are being met
Keep an objective perspective on issues and troubleshoots by applying agile principles
Hold stand-up meetings with cross-functional teams to review project status
Support Product Owners and scrum teams in decision making to achieve objectives and goals for maximum client benefit
Support teams in determining the resource allocation to maintain agile practices and ensure smooth project delivery"
Liaison with other agile coaches to manage cross-team dependencies and maintain Program velocity
Ensure that task requirements and acceptance criteria are adequately defined prior to inclusion in active development sprints
Maintain team performance metrics such as Sprint velocity, burn-down rate etc.
Set up & management of JIRA projects/boards
Skills and Qualifications
2+ years of experience as an Agile Coach
Experience in Scrum, Kanban, and Scaled Agile Frameworks (SAFe)
Can showcase examples of implementing agile techniques in different cultures and environments
Experience in running agile projects of varying size and complexity
Strong leader, educator, and coach
An excellent communicator and motivator
Certifications expected (one of...)
We are an ethical and honest company that is wholly committed to its clients and employees. We are proud to be an inclusive workplace for all and are committed to equal opportunity in employment which focuses on all of our employees reaching their full potential. At GfK we work collaboratively with our colleagues but offer a flexible working approach, including dividing our time between office & remote working as well as the opportunity to flex our working hours around team core hours.
We offer an exciting work environment that brings people together. We encourage an entrepreneurial and innovative spirit. We make use of the latest digital technologies. We are looking for self-starters, who accept challenges and create solutions.
Can there be a better place to take center stage in the digital revolution? We are excited to get to know you!