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Agile Coach

  • Application Deadline: Aug. 21, 2022
  • Uppsala
  • Application Deadline: Aug. 21, 2022
  • Uppsala

Uppsala Monitoring Centre (UMC) is recruiting an agile coach to join our Services and Solutions department.

If you want to advance medicines safety globally by creating fit-for-purpose solutions, then this is the right job for you. Together with your colleagues, you will help develop and maintain systems and solutions that will provide people with safer medicines and better quality of life.

The agile coach acts as a servant leader in the organisation and guides our autonomous, self-organising, empowered, and continuously improving product teams. You will assist them by actively reflecting on behaviour and continuously attempting to improve our most important asset - our people, and our way of working. This can be achieved by using our Big Room Planning events, sprint reviews, retrospectives, workshops, ‘scrum of scrums’, feedback, reflection, education, book clubs, and other tools. Continuous improvement of the development process is the focus, so as to deliver outstanding products as fast as possible while incorporating innovation, inspiration, and integrity.

As the agile coach you have a central role in UMC’s strategy and execution alignment. You are a skilled facilitator, who is not afraid to take the lead, and make UMC work towards our common goals and objectives.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Facilitate our planning events for our product teams
  • Work with product management, and other stakeholders to help ensure strategy and execution alignment
  • Foster annual calendars and release roadmaps
  • Facilitate demos, sprint reviews and structured retrospectives
  • Increase transparency; track and improve progress
  • Facilitate sync meetings such as ‘scrum of scrums’
  • Act selectively as scrum master and support our product owners


  • Agile coach
  • Release Train Engineer (RTE)
  • Scrum master
  • Project manager

Work with great people

Salvador Alvarado
Pharmacovigilance Officer
"Working at UMC has given me a fantastic opportunity to make a difference in patients’ lives, by contributing to strengthening the role of medicines safety in many countries world-wide."
Pinelopi Lundquist
Head of WHO Collaborating Centre
"It’s always been important to me to contribute to the safer use of medicines, and I get to do just that in my job. Most days, I leave the office feeling like I’ve contributed to something important"
Elsa Rådahl
System Developer
"I really enjoy the variation in my work, and learning more about the different aspects of the development process and infrastructure."
Shachi Bista
Data Scientist
"The environment at UMC is very open and accepting, and there are extremely smart and dedicated people here who are always working on challenging problems."
Elki Sollenbring
Senior Pharmacovigilance Education Specialist
"I love exploring how to deliver training, like self-paced online or instructor-led distance courses. There’s so much we can do at UMC to reach people across the globe!"
Tommy Dzus
WHODrug Terminology Specialist
"My job is great because I get to use my pharmaceutical knowledge to help make the use of medicines safer across the world."

Skills & Requirements

Preferred skills:

  • Relevant previous experience acting as an agile coach or RTE
  • Relevant education and IT working experience
  • Knowledge of software development
  • Acting experience of managing projects or software delivery teams with agile approach
  • Relentless improvement mindset for competent, high performing agile teams
  • Positive interpersonal and communication skills with a servant leader mindset

UMC is working for a better world! In our role as a WHO Collaborating Centre, we provide training, guidance, and support to members of the WHO Programme for International Drug Monitoring. We also manage VigiBase, WHO’s database of reported potential side effects of medicinal products – the largest database of its kind in the world.

We will offer you a creative, challenging, fun, and collaborative environment where your ideas will be valued. We take great pride in our work as well as our processes, and we constantly learn and improve. We build tools so that others can create and sustain patient safety, with state-of-the-art ways of working.

This is a full-time position (37 hours/week) that comes with flexible hours and hybrid working possibilities, with the office located in the heart of Uppsala, Sweden. The position may be filled before the close of applications, please apply as soon as possible!

Great Place to Work

  • Real-world impact – Working for the greater good

  • Learning organisation – Skilled and curious staff

  • Flexible work hours – Allows us to be at our best

About the company

Uppsala Monitoring Centre (UMC) is a centre for international service and scientific research in the field of pharmacovigilance. We are the WHO Collaborating Centre for International Drug Monitoring, and manage the technical and operational aspects of the WHO Programme for International Drug Monitoring since 1978.

As an independent, non-profit foundation, we support the World Health Organization, regulatory authorities, and other stakeholders who share our vision of advancing medicines safety. Through research and development of new scientific methods, we explore the benefits and harms of medicines for patients, and offer products and services used by health authorities and the pharmaceutical industry worldwide.

UMC follows the collective agreements between the Swedish Agency for Government Employers and Saco-S and ST. Union representatives are Malin Zaar (Saco-S) and Jessica Avasol (ST), +46 (0)18-65 60 60.

Jonas Rylander | Contact Person

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