Agile Coach -

Agile Coach

Penn Mutual |  Horsham, PA | Ops / PM

Job Description
Perks + Benefits
Company Culture Coverage

Position Overview

Here at Penn Mutual an agile coach is a passionate advocate of the Agile Mindset. By having a deep and profound understanding of agile values, principles and its many methods, the agile coach takes an evolutionary approach to helping individuals, teams, and larger organizational units think about, and influence how work gets done.  By recognizing organizations are systemic and interactive, the agile coach influences effective and nimble execution through both environmental and local actions.  With strong organizational acumen, the agile coach acts as a skilled collaborator, negotiator, and actor of influence and demonstrates a clear understanding of when each is appropriate.



  • Be an advocate and practitioner of agile values, principles, and methods including, but not limited to, SCRUM and Kanban
  • Create transparent, collaborative, fun, open, and trustful environments where teams can work effectively to deliver rapid and high quality output
  • Using cross-organizational relationships, relentlessly seek to remove organizational and team-level impediments to team execution.
  • Using a servant leadership approach, promote self-organization and cross-functionality within and across teams
  • Promote effective intra and inter-team collaboration
  • Assist teams in making appropriate and realistic commitments
  • Organize and facilitate effective team ceremonies
  • Work to minimize team distractions, identify and lead the impediment-solving process, and escalate risks/issues when necessary
  • Promote collaboration among Penn Mutual stakeholders and alignment across their objectives
  • Maintain an awareness of what is happening within the agile community both internally and externally and, where appropriate, experiment with introducing new practices to the organization
  • Utilize team data to inspire and influence team performance
  • Comply with all company and site policies and procedures
  • Successfully complete regulatory and job training requirements
  • Perform other duties as assigned


  • 5+ years relevant industry experience


Education/Professional Designations

  • BA/BS degree or equivalent experience
  • Certified SCRUM Master CSM or Product Owner CSPO (Desired)

Required Skills

  • Evangelist level knowledge of agile values, principles, and methods
  • Proven negotiation, influence and collaboration skills
  • Proven skills in creative facilitation and encouraged innovation
  • Demonstrated comfort with change, ambiguity, debate, conflict, playfulness, experimentation, and informed risk taking
  • Proven public speaking skills
  • Demonstrated ability to effectively communicate with both technical and business associates
  • Proven ability to make or facilitate effective decisions as they relate to a team’s delivery
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Health & Wellness Benefits
  • Dental
  • Disability Insurance
  • Health Insurance
  • Life Insurance
  • Onsite Gym
  • Vision
  • Wellness Programs
  • Remote Work
  • Work from Home
Parental Benefits
  • Family Medical Leave
  • Flexible Work Schedule
  • Generous Parental Leave
  • Mother Rooms
Perks & Discounts
  • Casual Dress
  • Company Outings
  • Special Discounts
Professional Development
  • Online Trainings
  • Tuition Reimbursement
Retirement & Stock Options Benefits
  • 401K
Vacation & Time Off Benefits
  • Generous PTO
  • Paid Holidays
  • Paid Sick Days

What might surprise people to learn about Penn Mutual?

Although we’re not known for being a tech company, we’ve actually been in the data biz for 172 years.

We’ve always embraced the use of cutting edge technology to bring our products to market. Currently we’re utilizing everything from big data technology like Cassandra and Spark to Blockchain and Machine Learning. We’re constantly exploring uses for new technology to creatively improve the user experience of our products and safeguard customer assets.


What are your company values?

First and foremost, we’re always connected to the ‘why’ behind what we do, which is to “help people protect with what they care most—their family.”

As a workplace, we value intellectual curiosity, integrity and collaboration. We’re also big on ethics and doing the right thing. As we often say, “there’s no right way of doing the wrong thing.”


What does Penn Mutual look for in prospective employees?

The technologists who are successful here are curious about the business. They’re not purely technical, they also genuinely care about the work and how they can improve people’s lives.

We’re looking for collaborators. People who are passionate and self-motivated, but willing to work together, share knowledge and bring new ideas to the table.


What kind of tech skills do you expect candidates to have?

We’re a heavy data shop, so we look for people with experience in Enterprise Services, API interfaces and asynchronous processing.

Developers ideally have the following experience under their belt:

  • Front-end developers: React, NodeJS, Elastic Search
  • Junior developers: Solid Java skills, basic and associated like Spring; XML experience; some experience with API (3-5 years)


How do you encourage growth and learning?

People own their own development and we encourage continuous learning. It’s informal, but there’s a lot of freedom for people to experiment. We support associates who want to attend trainings and conferences, or to get certified in new areas of technology.

We give our people the autonomy to try out and play with things. No one gets slapped down for anything.

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