Agile Project / Delivery Manager (DM)

Closing date for applications: 23/09/2021
Specialist role
Delivery manager
Summary of the work
The National Archives is looking for an experienced Agile Delivery Manager (or project manager with experience of delivering software products) to ensure the successful delivery of software products and services involving teams of in-house experts and external contractors according to the GDS Service standards following Agile practices.
Latest start date
Expected contract length
6 months (with the possibility of extension, up to 12 months in total)
No specific location, for example they can work remotely
Organisation the work is for
The National Archives
Maximum day rate
Early market engagement
Who the specialist will work with
You will work with different multi-disciplinary teams. For example:Transformation Engine: in-house product team (product manager, data engineer, user researcher, technical architect, developers) with access to users and other specialists as needed. You will manage agile delivery of software and processes.DiAGRAM and PRONOM: Software design and development (following Agile principles) will be undertaken by external suppliers working collaboratively with the Delivery Manager and an in-house Product Manager. Both Products require implementation of improvements to existing services: PRONOM is a live service, DiAGRAM is in private beta. You will manage the external contractors’ delivery to time, budget and quality.
What the specialist will work on
1. Deliver a rapid Alpha (and optional Beta) of our ‘Data Transformation Engine’ with an in-house team, according to GDS Service Standards and Agile principles.2. Oversee delivery of improvements to our ‘DiAGRAM’ and ‘PRONOM’ software products. Each is led by an in-house product manager, development work is contracted to external suppliers. PRONOM is moving from legacy technology to a modern, linked-data architecture. DiAGRAM’s user interface requires accessibility improvements.You will remove obstacles, track progress, facilitate meetings and help the teams organise themselves to ensure that objectives are met.
Address where the work will take place
Remote. Occasional visits to the site at Kew, West London, will be required. All expenses must be included in the quoted rate, expenses cannot be claimed separately.
Working arrangements
Working hours are Monday to Friday, between 8AM and 5PM.A full time, five-days-a-week working arrangement is preferred.We will consider a part-time arrangement of a minimum of four days a week, provided the contractor can offer flexibility on which days are worked.Regular communication will be by phone and video conference and via tools including MS Teams, email, Slack, Jira.
Security clearance
Baseline clearance will be required (BPSS)
Additional terms and conditions
How many specialists to evaluate
Cultural fit criteria
-Work as a team with our organisation, partners and contractors. -Share knowledge and experience with other team members. -Be transparent and collaborative when making decisions. -Have a no-blame culture and encourage people to learn from their mistakes. -Take ownership and responsibility for their work. -Excellent communication, willingness to adopt and contribute to improving TNA’s digital ways of working.
Assessment methods
Evaluation weighting
Technical competence 60% Cultural fit 20% Price 20%
Essential skills and experience
  • Extensive experience of delivering high quality software using an iterative Agile approach
  • Detailed knowledge and experience of using JIRA to plan and manage software development
  • Experience of delivering projects to the Government Service Standard, including examples of leading projects successfully through service assessments (Alpha, Beta, Live)
  • Experience of developing product roadmaps; excellent knowledge of how to create, manage and refine a product backlog of prioritised user stories; ability to structure, estimate and track delivery in Sprints
  • Experience of managing external contractors to ensure delivery of requirements at pace and achieve value for money
  • Strong experience of coaching and mentoring team members who are new to Agile ways of working
  • Excellent communication skills and the ability to present complex technical concepts to stakeholders in a compelling way
Nice-to-have skills and experience
  • Familiarity with working with software teams to develop ETL (extract, transform, load) tools and processes
  • An understanding of DROID and PRONOM and their use to support preservation planning activities
  • An awareness of the needs and challenges of digital preservation and digital archiving

Closing date for applications: 23/09/2021

Agile Project / Delivery Manager (DM)

Closing date for applications: 23/09/2021

Specialist role:

Delivery manager


No specific location, for example they can work remotely


The National Archives

Maximum day rate:


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