Agile Delivery Manager

The National Archives

Apply before 11:55 pm on Monday 18th October 2021


Reference number





Senior Executive Officer

Contract type

Fixed Term

Length of employment

36 months

Business area

TNA - Research and Collections - Research and Academic Engagement

Type of role


Working pattern

Flexible working, Full-time, Job share, Part-time

Number of posts



Richmond upon Thames, London, TW9 4DU

About the job


Our Heritage, Our Stories: Linking and searching community-generated digital content to develop the people's national collection is a 3-year cutting-edge research project, part of the Arts and Humanities Research Councils’ programme Towards a National Collection: Opening UK Heritage to the World (TaNC). This is an exciting new project, which will be delivered by The National Archives as lead Independent Research Organisation and in collaboration with the Universities of Glasgow and Manchester.

Job description

Full job description attached (see below).


About the role:

As Agile Delivery Manager (ADM) you will be at the forefront of the project acting as lead technical contact and working with multi-disciplinary, creative teams who embrace challenge and seek opportunities to do things differently. This is an instrumental role in which you will be responsible for maintaining a strong agile culture, working iteratively to achieve effective delivery at pace, managing relationships within and across teams and communicating the product vision, plan and progress to stakeholders with both confidence and drive.

You will lead the collaborative planning process, prioritising work against team capacity and designing methods to promote an open and collaborative working environment in which the team and stakeholders have a strong situational awareness, with team co-ordination ensured.

Working closely with the Product Owner, you will take a continuous delivery approach to manage planning, forecasting and road mapping, creating metrics and contributing to writing user stories. You’ll be able to work autonomously within this learning culture, be a strong negotiator, influencer and mentor, building a dedicated and positive team.

About you:

We are an equal opportunities employer, welcoming applications from all sections of the community and from people of diverse ages, experience and backgrounds, including people with disabilities. We are keen to explore the widest possible pool of talent for all our roles.

An experienced, proactive and delivery focused expert, and strong advocate of Agile product delivery practices, you will be confident working with a range of agile methods, frameworks, methodologies and tools and able to understand the best solution in multiple situations. You will be user-focused, with demonstrable experience of delivering robust, secure and inclusive digital products that meet user needs as well as the quality expectations of the organisation.

Join us here in beautiful Kew, just 10 minutes’ walk from the Overground and Underground stations, and you can expect an excellent range of benefits, which includes an opportunity to join the Civil Service Pension Scheme along with flexible working, discounts with local businesses, wellbeing resources, an on-site gym, discounted rates in our on-site café, shop and staff bar.

This is a full time post. However, requests for part-time working, flexible working and job share will be considered, taking into account at all times the operational needs of the Department.

A combination of onsite and home working is available and applicants should be able to regularly travel to our Kew site.

How to apply:

To submit your application please click the 'Apply now' button on this page. You will be asked to write a personal statement and upload your CV. In your personal statement please explain, using examples, how you meet the essential criteria below. You may draw on knowledge, skills, abilities, experience gained from paid work, domestic responsibilities, education, leisure interests and voluntary activities. Please note selection for interview will largely be based on the information you provide in this section so please make full use of the 1250 word count.

Essential criteria:
1. A proactive, positive and delivery focused expert and strong advocate of Agile product delivery practices. You will have practical experience in a range of agile methods, frameworks, methodologies and tools, and understand which best to apply in a given situation.
2. User-focused, with proven experience of delivering robust, secure and inclusive digital products that meet user needs, technical requirements, legal or policy constraints and the quality expectations of the business.
3. Comfortable working in a continuous learning environment, dealing with ambiguity and change and balancing multiple priorities. Ability to work autonomously and know when to consult.
4. Skilled at building trust, reflecting, motivating and challenging the team, and innovating to create or tailor new ways of working.
5. Strong diplomacy and negotiation skills, allowing you to engage with team members, colleagues and senior stakeholders, build effective relationships and achieve buy-in collaboratively.
6. Experience of managing multi-disciplinary teams, with a proven ability to build a positive team culture, support teams in becoming self-organising and coaching and mentoring team members who are new to agile ways of working.
7. Experience of developing product roadmaps, structuring and tracking work, managing spend and communicating and forecasting progress and velocity.

Desirable criteria:
1. Experience working with Research Software Engineers or within a research environment.
2. Knowledge of collaborative tools such as Git, Jira and Slack.
3. Understanding of the digital landscape, with experience of relevant sectors, for example government, culture and heritage, information science, software engineering, and humanities/digital humanities.
4. Understanding or interest in AI, Linked Open Data, crowd sourcing or user experience (UX) design.


Generous benefits package, including pension, sports and social club facilities, onsite gym, discounted rates at our on-site cafe and opportunities for training and development.

Any move to The National Archives from another employer will mean you can no longer access childcare vouchers. This includes moves between government departments. You may however be eligible for other government schemes, including Tax-Free Childcare. Determine your eligibility at;

Things you need to know


Successful candidates must pass a disclosure and barring security check.
People working with government assets must complete basic personnel security standard checks.

Selection process details

Reasonable adjustments:
If a person with disabilities is put at a substantial disadvantage compared to a non-disabled person, we have a duty to make reasonable changes to our processes.
If you need a change to be made so that you can make your application, you should:
• Contact The National Archives via as soon as possible before the closing date to discuss your needs
• Complete the “Assistance required” section in the “Additional requirements” page of your application form to tell us what changes or help you might need further on in the recruitment process. For instance, you may need wheelchair access at interview, or if you’re deaf, a Language Service Professional

Feedback will only be provided if you attend an interview or assessment.

Nationality requirements

This job is broadly open to the following groups:

  • UK nationals
  • nationals of Commonwealth countries who have the right to work in the UK
  • nationals of the Republic of Ireland
  • nationals from the EU, EEA or Switzerland with settled or pre-settled status or who apply for either status by the deadline of the European Union Settlement Scheme (EUSS)
  • relevant EU, EEA, Swiss or Turkish nationals working in the Civil Service
  • relevant EU, EEA, Swiss or Turkish nationals who have built up the right to work in the Civil Service
  • certain family members of the relevant EU, EEA, Swiss or Turkish nationals
Further information on nationality requirements

Working for the Civil Service

The Civil Service Code sets out the standards of behaviour expected of civil servants.

We recruit by merit on the basis of fair and open competition, as outlined in the Civil Service Commission's recruitment principles.
The Civil Service embraces diversity and promotes equal opportunities. As such, we run a Disability Confident Scheme (DCS) for candidates with disabilities who meet the minimum selection criteria.

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Contact point for applicants

Job contact :
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Telephone :  02083925313
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Further information

If you feel your application has not been treated in accordance with the Recruitment Principles and you wish to make a complaint, in the first instance, you should contact The National Archives via email: If you are not satisfied with the response you receive from the Department, you can contact the Civil Service Commission at

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