Agile Delivery Manager at Dept for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs, Remote, 4 Months, £Contract Rate

  • Contract Spy
  • Remote
  • Jan 08, 2021
up to 6 Months

Contract Description

Agile Delivery Manager (Inside IR35)

Are you an Agile Delivery Manager/Coach with experience of applying agile working within a non digital environment?   Are you passionate about driving projects forward to successful delivery?  If so we want to hear from you! 

Imagine having a talent that could benefit someone you’ve never met and solve problems you didn’t even know existed. Well, you do, and you can. And we’re here to help you do just that. At PSR we are the go-to place for talented contractors and temps for a rich variety of civil service jobs.

This is an exciting opportunity to join the Future Farming and Countryside Programme (FFCP) in Defra at a pivotal time for agricultural policy in England. We are building a range of new and improved products for our users over the next 4 years, including:

• Ways for farmers and land managers to get paid to produce public goods such as cleaner air, cleaner water, flood mitigation, carbon sequestration or reduction

• Ways to apply for and manage grants

• Animal health and welfare advice and support

• Environmental and land management advice and support

• Regulatory advice, support and enforcement

We have published some principles for how we are going to design and build these products and services. Our published principles, in the Agricultural Transition Plan, are that we will:

• Co-design policy with users

• Help farmers do the right things for their business and the environment

• Earn people’s trust in our systems and approach

• Make things as clear and simple as possible for farmers

• Make things fair and reasonable

• Make things work for those who have to use them

The Co-design team is responsible for facilitating across the programme and with our users to understand user needs and develop tools and frameworks that can help us to take a consistent approach to codesign. Users for FFCP are not just farmers. Users includes land managers, foresters, vets, agronomists, DEFRA inspectors, advisers and the operations teams that deliver our services  and many more people. Co-design means working with all of these groups in the right way, and at the right time.

These roles will help us shape the way that we engage users to design and develop our services and products – helping to develop insight and intelligence around problems and potential solutions. They will be critical in providing support across the programme to help design and shape workshops and different types of co-design activity – facilitating and coaching our product and project teams.

Successful candidates will report to our Head of Co-design and will have significant visibility and engagement with the entire programme team at all levels.

As Agile Delivery Manager you will: 

  • Oversee and manage a team of Agile Delivery Managers
  • Provide guidance, mentoring and training in agile delivery across the team
  • Manage one or more agile projects, typically to deliver a specific product or transformation via a multi-disciplinary, highly skilled digital team
  • Deliver projects and products using the appropriate agile project management methodology, learning  iterating frequently
  • Define project needs and feed these into the programme/portfolio process
  • Work with the Product Manager to define the roadmap for any given product and translate this into user stories
  • Lead the collaborative, dynamic planning process - prioritising the work that needs to be done against the capacity and capability of the team
  • Matrix-manage a multidisciplinary team
  • Ensure all products are built to an appropriate level of quality for the stage (alpha/beta/production)
  • Actively participate in the Delivery Manager community, sharing and re-applying skills and knowledge and bringing in best practice

You’ll have:

  • Experience within an agile coaching capacity  - applying agile working to a non digital environment
  • Experience within a project delivery environment
  • Experience supporting multiple teams
  • Agile practitioner certification or equivalent  


It would be great to also have:

  • Experience within Public Sector/Government