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Sr. Director, Technical Agile Coach

Company: Travelers
Location: Jackson
Posted on: January 27, 2023

Job Description:

**Who Are We?**

Taking care of our customers, our communities and each other. That's the Travelers Promise. By honoring this commitment, we have maintained our reputation as one of the best property casualty insurers in the industry for over 160 years. Join us to discover a culture that is rooted in innovation and thrives on collaboration. Imagine loving what you do and where you do it.

**Job Category**

Technology

**Compensation Overview**

The annual base salary range provided for this position is a nationwide market range and represents a broad range of salaries for this role across the country. The actual salary for this position will be determined by a number of factors, including the scope, complexity and location of the role; the skills, education, training, credentials and experience of the candidate; and other conditions of employment. As part of our comprehensive compensation and benefits program, employees are also eligible for performance-based cash incentive awards.

**Salary Range**

$139,600.00 - $230,300.00

**Target Openings**

1

**What Is the Opportunity?**

Travelers is seeking a Sr. Dir, Technical Agile Coach to join our organization to help grow and transform our Agile landscape. The Technical Agile Coach will guide multiple teams on software craftsmanship as well as Agile principles and practices. They provide hands-on training and mentoring, helping the teams develop valuable skills that lead toward positive outcomes.

The Technical Agile Coach will teach, mentor, and advise across the organization and between team boundaries on software engineering practices, supporting teams in building skills and techniques to help them improve their work. They apply Lean and Agile processes, principles and practices across levels and lines of business and uses techniques that increase collaboration, improve flow, predictability, transparency, improve code quality, and promote a culture of experimentation and innovation at Travelers.

**What Will You Do?**

+ As a servant leader and change agent, coach individuals and teams across a large or complex business area to adopt Agile principles, values and practices while role modeling Travelers' leadership behaviors.

+ Advance the use of Agile development practices through a hands-on teaching approach to equip teams with Agile, product, DevOps, and advanced software development skills that support strategic outcomes

+ Guide and mentor teams to develop software craftsmanship and apply effective software engineering practices to enable agility; introducing and facilitating approaches and practices

+ Run workshops and training on Agile and software engineering topics, leveraging tool kits and internally developed content

+ Actively raise observed issues and remove impediments; resolve conflicts within and across teams. Anticipate challenges, identify risks, and recommend mitigations and solutions.

+ Continuously assess the Agile maturity and engineering practices of teams and individuals at all levels, educating and mentoring to address gaps.

+ Understand and support implementation of metrics to optimize delivery of KPIs and key results through the assessment of responsiveness, quality, productivity, and customer and business value.

+ Use coaching techniques that increase collaboration, transparency, and promote a culture of experimentation and innovation.

+ Contribute to internal and external Agile communities to stay abreast of challenges, leading practices, and emerging trends; utilize learnings in furthering the effective use of Agile and advanced software engineering practices at Travelers.

+ Perform other duties as assigned.

**What Will Our Ideal Candidate Have?**

Bachelor's degree preferred (Computer Science)

+ 5 years of Agile experience preferred

+ 5 years of software development experience preferred

+ 3 years of experience as a Technical Agile Coach preferred

+ 3 years of experience championing organizational change initiatives preferred

+ 4 years of experience implementing Agile principles and practices in different cultures and environments preferred

+ Agile Mindset: Embody Agile core values of openness, courage, respect, focus, and commitment. Infuse Agile principles, practices and methodologies to achieve team success.

+ Change Agent: Expert change leadership skills including the ability to create an inclusive environment, manage conflict and develop solutions to mitigate risk.

+ Coaching: Ability to utilize tailored coaching techniques to inspire individuals and teams to perform at a higher level.

+ Influence: Ability to influence behaviors of leaders at all levels and without traditional hierarchy. Servant Leadership: Foster an environment where individuals thrive as empowered and equal members of a team.

+ Communication: Ability to communicate thoughts, concepts, practices effectively at all levels, adjusting as needed to a target audience.

+ Collaboration: Expertise working with others in a cross-functional multi-team environment.

+ Continuous Improvement: Demonstrate a commitment to continually improve, share learning with others and encourage team development.

**What is a Must Have?**

+ 3 years of professional experience in Agile software development

+ 5 years of business and/or technology related experience

+ 2 years of experience as a coach

+ Deep knowledge in software development practices, including:

+ Extreme Programming (XP) experience

+ Knowledge of software design patterns and agile development approaches

+ Experience with test automation tools and frameworks

+ Experience with clean coding practices and refactoring code smells

+ DevOps experience

+ Good facilitation skills and the ability to present a topic in front of a group of people

+ Strong interpersonal and communication skills

**What Is in It for You?**

+ **Health Insurance:** Employees and their eligible family members - including spouses, domestic partners, and children - are eligible for coverage from the first day of employment.

+ **Retirement:** Travelers matches your 401(k) contributions dollar-for-dollar up to your first 5% of eligible pay, subject to an annual maximum. If you have student loan debt, you can enroll in the Paying it Forward Savings Program. When you make a payment toward your student loan, Travelers will make an annual contribution into your 401(k) account. You are also eligible for a Pension Plan that is 100% funded by Travelers.

+ **Paid Time Off:** Start your career at Travelers with a minimum of 20 days Paid Time Off annually, plus nine paid company Holidays.

+ **Wellness Program:** The Travelers wellness program is comprised of tools and resources that empower you to achieve your wellness goals. In addition, our Life Balance program provides access to professional counseling services, life coaching and other resources to support your daily life needs. Through Life Balance, you're eligible for five free counseling sessions with a licensed therapist.

+ **Volunteer Encouragement:** We have a deep commitment to the communities we serve and encourage our employees to get involved. Travelers has a Matching Gift and Volunteer Rewards program that enables you to give back to the charity of your choice.

**Employment Practices**

Travelers is an equal opportunity employer. We value the unique abilities and talents each individual brings to our organization and recognize that we benefit in numerous ways from our differences.

If you are a candidate and have specific questions regarding the physical requirements of this role, please send us an email (4-ESU@travelers.com) so we may assist you.

Travelers reserves the right to fill this position at a level above or below the level included in this posting.

To learn more about our comprehensive benefit programs please visit http://careers.travelers.com/life-at-travelers/benefits/ .

Keywords: Travelers, Jackson , Sr. Director, Technical Agile Coach, Executive , Jackson, Mississippi

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