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Lean Agile Portfolio Lead


Durham, NC, South United States, USA



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Plant & Soil Sciences, Seed & Biotechnology

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Researcher/Research & Development

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Full Time

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Syngenta is a global leader in agriculture; rooted in science and dedicated to bringing plant potential to life. Each of our 28,000 employees in more than 90 countries work together to solve one of humanity’s most pressing challenges: growing more food with fewer resources. A diverse workforce and an inclusive workplace environment are enablers of our ambition to be the most collaborative and trusted team in agriculture. Our employees reflect the diversity of our customers, the markets where we operate and the communities which we serve. No matter what your position, you will have a vital role in safely feeding the world and taking care of our planet. Join us and help shape the future of agriculture.


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In service of Syngenta’s organizational strategy to scale Seeds R&D to become an innovation powerhouse, we are intentionally and aggressively investing in data and analytics capabilities necessary to build a leadership position in Decision Science. The primary responsibility of the Lean Agile Portfolio Lead role will be driving Agile portfolio management practices within our Decision Science Enabling Technologies DSET portfolio and positioning lean portfolio practices with the larger R&D portfolio processes.

DSET drives agile development and implementation of a full suite of highly scalable and integrated technologies for the R&D enterprise, including IT, data, analytics, and digital technologies for data capture and automation. You will be the global portfolio voice in a team implementing lean-agile portfolio principles, process & practices including championing a culture of continuous improvement and flow of value. Practices should be in line with scaled agile best practice frameworks.

The Lean Agile Portfolio Lead oversees the effectiveness of the DSET portfolio against the business strategy and digital roadmap. The role works jointly with senior leadership on the overall strategy and objectives within the assigned portfolio.



  • Align the DSET with global portfolio standards and processes in alignment with SD Head of Portfolio & Transformation
  • Maintain the portfolio roadmap as an effective tool to communicate the larger picture to the rest of the enterprise, and identify possible interdependencies with other workstreams
  • Bring experience and ‘what good looks like’ to the portfolio team by implementing Scaled Agile best practices within DSET Portfolio with the Transformation team
  • Facilitate Program Increment PI Planning, including logistics and technical preparation
  • Implement best practice rhythms and cadences utilizing techniques such as Program Increments and PI planning events, Agile Release Trains, System Demos etc.
  • Implement the appropriate governance to support the execution and value capture of the portfolio, drive resource optimization
  • Assist with portfolio optimization by facilitating feature and capability estimation by teams and the roll-up to Epics, where necessary Coach leaders, teams, and Scrum Masters in Lean-Agile practices and mindsets
  • Drive the development of an aligned core team; coordinate across functional portfolio teams to drive one unified approach
  • Track and mitigate critical and portfolio-wide risks and issues and escalation to the appropriate leadership; monitor overall risk profile of project portfolio
  • Support in the development of lean business cases through MVPs, business outcome hypotheses, agile forecasting, and estimating
  • Support teams to define OKRs and KPIs and utilize these as a mechanism for defining epics/enablers to be prioritized as part of the portfolio practices


  • Bachelor’s degree, Agile Lean Portfolio Management certification
  • 5+ years of experience in working on large-scale, complex, global change/transformation portfolios, preferably in an agile capacity, or in other project management roles
  • Ability to independently direct and execute program activities
  • Strong knowledge of communication practices and techniques
  • Able to deliver under pressure while working through ambiguous projects
  • Successful experience in implementing multi-year Scaled Agile and Lean Portfolio Management initiatives in large enterprises
  • Experience with a bi-model delivery environment i.e. both waterfall and agile methodologies, and understanding how to operate agile portfolios within this environment
  • Experienced in bridging the gap between technical and business stakeholders, driving both with a relentless focus on end-customer value
  • Ability to work in diverse multi-cultural, matrix corporate cultures at a global scale Ability to independently direct and execute program activities

Preferred Requirements

  • Project management training or certifications
  • SAFe SPC and/or Implementing SAFe certification
  • Other agile or project management certifications are a plus e.g. RTE, Product Owner, Scrum Master, DevOps etc.
  • Experience managing the integration of complex, data-driven products to support technical transformation
  • Experience identifying risk and developing appropriate mitigation strategies.
  • Passion for using data and automation to solve real-world problems
  • Organized, deadline-driven multi-tasker
  • Able to deliver under pressure while working through ambiguous projects


Critical Leadership capabilities

  • Sets ambitious strategic goals: Develops clear strategies and sets aligned objectives for individuals and teams and prioritizes actions and ensures appropriate support and resource
  • Communicates inspirationally: Gains commitment stakeholders in a compelling way and helps us see how our objectives are aligned to the company strategy and add value
  • Steps beyond comfort zones: Provides support for individuals and teams to work at their creative edge and manages risk and is able to work with uncertainty. Also able to make tough decisions.

What We Offer:

    Full Benefit Package Medical, Dental & Vision that starts the same day you do 401k plan with company match, Profit Sharing & Retirement Savings Contribution Open Vacation Policy with a minimum of 15 days of vacation and up to 30 days with manager approval, 9 Paid Holidays Maternity and Paternity Leave, Education Assistance, Wellness Programs, Corporate Discounts among others A culture that promotes work/life balance, celebrates diversity, and offers numerous family-oriented events throughout the year

Syngenta is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate in recruitment, hiring, training, promotion or any other employment practices for reasons of race, color, religion, gender, national origin, age, sexual orientation, marital or veteran status, disability, or any other legally protected status.


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Job Post Date: 03/10/22
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