9 hours
2018-08-212018-09-19

Consulting Director, Agile Strategy and Practice

Prudential
Roseland, NJ
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    455938
Position Title: Consulting Director, Agile Strategy and Practice
Job Code: 455938
Job Location: New Jersey-Roseland
Description:

Prudential’s Individual Solutions Group (ISG) is on a journey to transform its technology landscape from older, custom built applications to newer, packaged, cutting edge software. The person filling this role will be responsible for providing leadership and to be a part of an innovative organization within Annuities and Life Technology Group.  This team is responsible for enabling a climate that helps the organization remove barriers between ideas and business outcomes by embodying Agile Principles and values and utilizing Agile frameworks and practices.

 

The successful candidate will partner with senior leaders across Prudential, providing thought leadership and recommending solutions to enhance business outcomes through modeling Agile values, principles and practices.  

 

This individual will collaborate with key stakeholders in leading a multi-year effort to increase Agile adoption and champion a climate of continuous improvement across the Individual Solutions group.  He/she will also be expected to lead the development of new Agile capabilities, mentor others and be a key contributor to building a successful and sustainable practice. 

 

We are transforming the way we engage our work, our talent and our many constituents of Life Insurance and Annuities businesses through the adoption of Agile. As outcomes, we seek to continuously improve the service experience of our existing 20 million customers, provide preference-based access and engagement with new customers, retain and attract top talent to create a diverse, engaged and fulfilled workforce as well as maintain our top-tier, rock solid marketplace reputation. We care about the new and innovative. We care about our customers and their families. We care about our distributors. We care about our talent. 

 

Job Responsibilities: 

 

Responsible for the delivery of the organizations Agile practices evolution and improvement and strategic change initiatives that are focused on enhancing organizational agility to drive sustainable growth.

  • Lead initiatives that are part of establishing a comprehensive Agile practice focused on enhancing organizational agility to drive sustainable growth.

  • Establish strategic and tactical plans in support of multi-year Agile transformation initiative.

  • Works towards and ensures seamless execution of Agile practice improvement and related change management activities across the IT organization by efficiently using communication planning, organizational readiness and stakeholder analyses.

  • Provides coaching and guidance to the leadership and management team on their role and expectations in emerging climate.

  • Leverage business value delivery and initiative objectives (i.e., Epics and Features (KPIs)) to inform/influence decision making within the team and with other stakeholders.

  • Serve as an extension of the Agile Practice Excellence Leadership team, acting as a liaison, embracing lean leadership to improve team collaboration and performance across the organization.

  • Provides insights and guidance on emerging best practices, processes and control frameworks.

  • Partner with Technology areas, including, Development, QA and Production Management to drive process improvements for faster value delivery and improved quality and stability.

  • Acts as a change agent to implement and manage best practices across the organization. Solves unique and complex problems that have a broad impact on the business.

  • Develop talent across the Agile Practice Excellence team to build practice competency and capacity, while driving employee engagement and job satisfaction

       


 

  • Passion for optimizing/transforming how organizations deliver products more effectively.
  • Expert knowledge of the business implications of an Agile Transformation and proven experience taking a pragmatic, framework agnostic approach to developing Agile solutions for large organizations.
  • Experience extending Agile beyond IT into the business to enable an Agile/Lean development/delivery process.

  • Ability to collaborate, communicate, plan and effect change at Senior Leadership, Portfolio, Program and Team levels.

  • Strong emotional intelligence, excellent interpersonal skills and ability to act judiciously and empathetically.

  • Experience working successfully with virtual/global team(s), effectively adapting to local operating models and culture.

  • Demonstrates passion and strong aptitude for developing people.

  • In-depth knowledge and background with Lean- Agile methods, practices and scaling frameworks (e.g. Scrum at Scale, SAFe, etc.) including all roles, processes and practices within each framework.

  • Knowledge of the Software Development Lifecycle (SDLC) and methodologies.

  • Working knowledge of DevOps, Continuous Integration, Test Driven Development and Architecture practices.

  • Experience partnering with consulting vendors.

  • 8-10 years Business domain and/or technical experience and process management.

  • 5 years Agile experience as Agile Coach and 3 years of experience leading large-scale Agile transformations

  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience required

  • Financial Services experience including familiarity with regulatory controls related to software delivery a plus.

  • Certifications including Leading SAFe, SAFe Program Consultant (SPCs), Certified Scrum Professional (CSP), IC Agile Certified Professional a plus

  • Wants to be part of a team, sees a larger purpose in work and life.

  • Travel required (approx. 25%)


Prudential is a multinational financial services leader with operations in the United States, Asia, Europe, and Latin America. Leveraging its heritage of life insurance and asset management expertise, Prudential is focused on helping individual and institutional customers grow and protect their wealth. The company's well-known Rock symbol is an icon of strength, stability, expertise and innovation that has stood the test of time. Prudential's businesses offer a variety of products and services, including life insurance, annuities, retirement-related services, mutual funds, asset management, and real estate services.

We recognize that our strength and success are directly linked to the quality and skills of our diverse associates. We are proud to be a place where talented people who want to make a difference can grow as professionals, leaders, and as individuals. Visit www.prudential.com to learn more about our values, our history and our brand.

Prudential is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, genetics, disability, age, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

Note that this posting is intended for individual applicants. Search firms or agencies should email Staffing at staffingagencies@prudential.com for more information about doing business with Prudential.
Job Function: Technology
Schedule: Full-time

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