SAFe Program Consultant / Release Train Engineer - Diagnostics IT Project Management Office

Switzerland, Aargau, Kaiseraugst

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SAFe Program Consultant / Release Train Engineer -  Diagnostics IT Project Management Office


Who we are 

Basel is the headquarters of the Roche Group and one of its most important centres of pharmaceutical research. Over 10,700 employees from over 100 countries come together at our Basel/Kaiseraugst site, which is one of Roche`s largest sites. Besides extensive development and training opportunities, we offer flexible working options, 18 weeks of maternity leave and 10 weeks of gender independent partnership leave. Our employees also benefit from multiple services on site such as child-care facilities, medical services, restaurants and cafeterias, as well as various employee events. Roche is an equal opportunity employer. We believe in the power of diversity and inclusion, and strive to identify and create opportunities that enable all people to bring their unique selves to Roche.

The Position

This position is for a strong Release Training Engineer (RTE) and SAFe Program Consultant (SPC) with a solid background in coaching and implementing Scaled Agile Framework (SAFe). 

As SPC, you will bring the capabilities of an Enterprise Agile Coach and guide Teams and Senior Leaders in adopting Lean-Agile practices. With your expertise, you will be a trusted partner to Teams and Leaders looking to adopt new ways of working.

As a Release Train Engineer you will be leading a team that is in transition from a traditional delivery model (Waterfall, Agile) to a more product-centric, scaled agile framework. You have a strong foundation in Agile methodologies to guide a transitional team as well as provide technical project management where needed to close skill gaps and phase out redundant processes. 

You will be part of the Diagnostics IT PMO Team which contains a pool of SPCs, RTEs, SMs, Project and Program Managers. The pool actively supports Scaled Agile transformation for Roche Informatics.

As part of the pool, you would be assigned to key initiatives where you will coach and influence all levels of the organization (C-Suite, Senior Business and Technology Leaders, Middle Management and Team) in adapting agile ways of working. You will facilitate Operational Value Stream and ART identification workshops, run PI planning exercises and organize teams around value delivery.

In addition, your responsibilities will include:

  • Facilitate ART ceremonies and coach the team to adopt Lean Agile principles.

  • Help the Product Owner/ Product Manager keep the product backlog in good shape and groomed/ready for sprint planning.

  • Work in delivering outcomes with agile methodologies across multiple domains (Commercial, R&D, Ops).

  • Resolves team impediments with the other Scrum Masters to increase the effectiveness of the product-centric delivery approach in the organization.

  • Assist with economic decision-making by facilitating feature and capability estimation by teams and the roll-up to Epics, where necessary.

  • Assist tracking the execution of features and capabilities

  • Articulate benefits by adopting agile vs waterfall traditional delivery approach.

  • Implement Agile scaling methods leveraging SAFe framework and contribute in sharing best practices.

  • Coaching and delivering training: Scrum Master, Product Owner, Agile essentials, Kanban, User Stories management, and Agile Leadership etc.

  • Facilitate various types of ceremonies/events (strategy, planning sessions, refinement, workshops, etc…).

  • DevOps practitioner to automate CI/CD, hands-on experience on JIRA, Mural, Miro etc.

  • Help manage other special initiatives as assigned within PMO.

Who you are

You’re someone who wants to influence your own development. You’re looking for a company where you have the opportunity to pursue your interests across functions and geographies. Where a job title is not considered the final definition of who you are, but the starting point.

You have a BS in Computer Science, engineering or equivalent degree and/or experience. Postgraduate qualifications at Master level are a plus. You will bring 12+ years experience in agile delivery and multi-year experience of helping organizations implementing Scaled Agile Practices. You have led large-scale SAFe transformation from concept to delivery. You exhibit servant leadership style and exemplify continuous improvement culture.

In addition, you bring the following capabilities and competencies:

  • Healthcare software background within a regulated environment, International teamwork or global functional experience is preferred.

  • Experience in collaborating with teams on a more complex project or program decisions across multiple areas, evaluating tradeoffs and providing options and recommendations to senior executives.

  • Experience with managing senior stakeholders and coaching senior leaders on Lean-Agile Principles.

  • Entrepreneurial mindset, intellectual curiosity and integrity.

  • Hands-on experience with Agile Governance, Contracting etc.

  • Ability to work flexible hours as needed and to facilitate virtual meetings for globally dispersed teams.

  • Expert level Agile certifications, e.g. SAFe-SPC, SAFe-RTE.

  • Fluency in English (written and spoken). German is a plus.

Desired Experience:

  • Experience with GxP relevant systems

  • Experience with deployment of cloud and SaaS solutions

  • Knowledge of Diagnostics business and/or Healthcare industry

This position requires international travel up to 25% of your time.

Location: Basel / Kaiseraugst 

Please apply until 6 January 2022.

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