General information

Job Title
Principal Agile Lead
Ref #
Friday, July 1, 2022
United Kingdom
Business area
Product Development
Electrical and Controls - Software
Position level
F - Principal / Senior
Working time
Full Time
Contract type
Working pattern
9am - 6pm Monday to Friday

Description & Requirements


No restraints. No limitations. We don’t simply push boundaries. We completely rethink them. McLaren Automotive exists to create breath-taking performance road cars.

With innovation at the core of all we do, every challenge starts with the same question. How can we do it better? This restless spirit runs right through McLaren Automotive. And the search for perfection is evident in everything we do.

Purpose of Role

The Principal Agile Lead will work across the Electronic Systems & Controls department to enhance & refine the implementation of agile principles & tools.   The primary objective of this key strategic role is to evolve ES&C into high performing agile teams, delivering multiple projects & features concurrently, with functionality which both meets customer requirements & is ‘right first time’ into platform releases.

Principal Accountabilities
  • Complete a Gap Analysis of the current state in McLaren Automotive versus Agile best practice  & recommend opportunities to improve.  Create the vision for agile development within a very lean  & highly technical automotive product development team.
  • Create & deliver training in Agile principles & methodologies for all stakeholders & agile teams.
  • Lead and coach agile team members to develop in their roles, helping to embed Agile behaviours & ways of working into the culture of ES&C.
  • Facilitate key Agile ceremonies including Sprint Planning, Daily Scrums & Retrospectives, helping to create great team dynamics as well as effective delivery.
  • Enable teams to successfully self-organise and work with ES&C Vehicle Line Integration Managers and other stakeholders to ensure priorities are clear & attainable goals are set and delivered.
  • Work with senior stakeholders to define appropriate metrics to assess progress & efficiency of software development.
  • Work together with the Principal Engineer Software Development Processes & Tools to explore opportunities for Agile Transformation across the McLaren Automotive business.
Knowledge, Skills and Experience

Experience of agile delivery in a CE/CI/CD environment, having applied Agile/XP/Scrum practices, ideally in an automotive business.


Essential Functional / Technical Skills

  • Knowledge of advanced enterprise Agile methods (E.g. DevOps, Scaled Agile (SAFe, Scrum of Scrums, Kanban), Agile tools such as Jira, Trello, Kanban Chi)
  • Significant experience of facilitating all scrum ceremonies
  • Experience with the effective use of JIRA & Confluence
  • Ideally been part of an agile transformation in a business, with an understanding of how to manage the change - ensuring full team engagement & continued effectiveness throughout.
  • Experienced in generating the metrics needed to monitor & improve efficiency & output & using data to drive decisions.
  • Used to working at all levels & across all functions in the business
  • Ideally experience of working with distributed teams (outsourced & internal UK/Spain)
  • Agile practitioner certification an advantage (PSM, CSM, etc.)
Personal Attributes
  • Able to show leadership in addressing any cultural changes required; motivate teams in Agile ways of working & to coach teams to be self organising & constant velocity.
  • Able to identify & manage all stakeholders in the agile process, securing management support where required.
  • Collaborative, working effectively across teams & departments to deliver on time & to quality.
  • Long term view on enhancing customer value by enabling robust delivery of innovative features
  • Self-motivated, proactive in anticipating & addressing potential problems
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.  Ability to communicate with individuals from both technical and non-technical backgrounds and present content in a meaningful, clear and concise way
  • Flexible attitude to working hours/ business trips