JOB DESCRIPTION

Advisor - Agile

Madison, WI   |   Full Time   |   $45 - $65 per hour

What kind of people do we want?

We are Change Navigators, Project Leaders, Process Experts and Continuous Improvement Champions. At our core, we are a team of humble, collaborative advisors who love solving problems and accomplishing ambitious goals.

 

We are looking for people who...

Collaborate. We openly and willingly share our ideas and knowledge. We work together, with our teammates and customers, to navigate complex business changes.

 

Ensure Accountability. Taking responsibility and owning up to commitments. Being answerable for your actions and the actions of those you lead. Being accountable makes you more visible and more open to criticism. On critical projects, it instills confidence in others when they know you have a vested interest in the positive outcome they are all striving towards.

 

Value Differences. It creates a work environment where people can, and want, to do their best. As the workforce is increasingly global, it has also become more diverse. The typical definition of diversity - race, ethnicity, culture – now includes perspectives, styles and thought. It opens the door to new ways of thinking and new opportunities for success.

 

Have Self-Awareness. The ability to clearly assess your own capabilities gives a foundation upon which to grow, develop and take on new challenges. Deploying yourself within life and work is greatly helped by really knowing your strengths, limitations and opportunities for growth. It allows us to bring our ‘best-selves’ to work.

 

Instill Trust. Trust lies at the heart of effective relationships. Whether in or out of workplace, trust generates feelings of goodwill. It enables successful and more productive outcomes. When there’s trust, things go more smoothly.

 

Additionally, we need people who live by these core competencies and have delivered results by being…

 

Solution Focused. [Collaborate, Ensure Accountability] Sifting through the various complexities that naturally occur with project teams and working with team members to deliver the best solution for a given opportunity.

 

Flexible. [Self-Awareness, Instill Trust] The ability to adapt to different roles and responsibilities while continuously adopting new skills. This flexibility results in successful solutions and translates into professional growth.

 

Emotionally Intelligent. [Self-Awareness, Value Differences] The ability to control identify and manage your emotions, as well as the emotions of others. You know how to handle sensitive situations with respect and empathy.

 

FarWell is an employee first organization.

Employee Experience (EX). EX is the foundation of our organization. Our EX mission is to grow an organizational culture that fosters Community, Career and Cause.  When this happens, we can make work meaningful. We achieve higher levels of fulfillment, and as a result, we create incredible experiences for our clients. To take care of our clients, we put our team members first.

 

Perks. FarWell pays 80% of your medical premiums and 90% of dental premiums for individuals. We include a 3% company contribution to your 401k, financial coach, Employee Assistance Program, and more.

 

What skills do you need?

Breadth + Depth. We are ideally looking for a "T-shaped” advisor – someone who has a broad interest and understanding of managing teams and business methods, but also has deep interest in a specialized area. However, being a FarWell advisor sometimes isn’t the only role we will ask you to play. We want someone who has their own big ideas, loves brainstorming sessions, and will participate in service innovation to drive our own internal improvement.

 

At this time, we need people who have a depth of knowledge as…

Agile Practitioners.  We are looking for an experienced agile practitioner (3 to 5+ years). Some of the frameworks that we regularly utilize are SAFe, LeSS, Scrum at Scale, Scrum, Kanban, etc. Our general approach is framework agnostic, choosing the best framework for the situation.

Executing + Advising.  Being able to lead an agile team and succeed in any environment – regardless of maturity level, managing a budget, deadlines & scope, knowing when to push back on requirements, mentoring other agile practitioners, holding yourself and others accountable, and providing meaningful feedback will all be very important parts of this role. Knowing an agile framework or two like the back of your hand will also come in very handy.

 

It would also be great if you have a breadth of experience across…

Project Management.  Having some experience formally managing the scope, budget and schedule of a project would be ideal. Additional experience with Stakeholder, Communication and Risk Management Plans would be helpful.

Change Management.  Having some awareness of the processes, tools and techniques needed to help manage the people side of change would be ideal. If you have done it, even better!

Continuous Improvement.  Having some awareness of Lean Six Sigma, Kaizen, or PDCA would make you a well-rounded advisor. Experience or certifications would be even better.

Business Consulting.  Have you created Journey Maps or Operational Playbooks? We could use some of that from time to time.

 

Required Education & Experience:

  • Bachelors or Masters in any field, or 3-5+ years of applicable experience

 

Required Knowledge, Skills & Abilities:

  • Holding yourself and other accountable to meet commitments.
  • Taking on new opportunities and tough challenges with a sense of urgency, high energy, and enthusiasm.
  • Building partnerships and working collaboratively with others to meet shared objectives.
  • Developing and delivering multi-mode communications that convey a clear understanding of the unique needs of different audiences.
  • Building strong customer relationships and delivering customer-centric solutions.
  • Making good and timely decisions that keep the organization moving forward.
  • Planning and prioritizing work to meet commitments aligned with organizational goals.
  • Securing and deploying resources effectively and efficiently.
  • Consistently achieving results, even under tough circumstances.
  • Anticipating and balancing the needs of multiple stakeholders.
  • Gaining the confidence and trust of others through honesty, integrity, and authenticity.
  • Intermediate to advanced computer and data analytics skills
  • Excellent knowledge of software systems and Microsoft Office products

 

Preferred Knowledge, Skills & Abilities:

  • Holding yourself and other accountable to meet commitments.
  • Taking on new opportunities and tough challenges with a sense of urgency, high energy, and enthusiasm.
  • Building partnerships and working collaboratively with others to meet shared objectives.
  • Developing and delivering multi-mode communications that convey a clear understanding of the unique needs of different audiences.
  • Building strong customer relationships and delivering customer-centric solutions.
  • Making good and timely decisions that keep the organization moving forward.
  • Planning and prioritizing work to meet commitments aligned with organizational goals.
  • Securing and deploying resources effectively and efficiently.
  • Consistently achieving results, even under tough circumstances.
  • Anticipating and balancing the needs of multiple stakeholders.
  • Gaining the confidence and trust of others through honesty, integrity, and authenticity.
  • Intermediate to advanced computer and data analytics skills
  • Excellent knowledge of software systems and Microsoft Office products

This job description describes the general nature and scope of responsibilities for this position.  Please note other duties and responsibilities may be assigned or removed at any time.

 

Travel Expectations:

Engagements are often performed at customer sites, which may be outside of Madison, or Wisconsin. Travel is frequent and required for this position.

 

Work Environment & Physical Demands:

Work is generally performed in an office environment and routinely requires employees to perform the following while carrying out the essential functions of this job:

  • Use standard office equipment (computer, phone, printer/photocopier, etc.)
  • Sit for long periods of time
  • Lift and/or move up to 10 pounds and occasionally lift and/or move up to 20 pounds
  • Travel occasionally to client sites and other locations for events, meetings, etc.

 

Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions of the position.