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IT Release Manager

Job Title: IT Release Manager

Job Location: Waltham , MA, 02451

Duration: 12 months W2 contract


Description:

  • You will own the Release Management lifecycle which includes scheduling, coordinating and the management of releases across the enterprise for multiple applications across various portfolios.
  • The releases can be inclusive of application updates, operating system patches, security improvements, hardware upgrades, Projects and Programs. 
  • You will be responsible for implementing and managing release processes for code through development, test, and production environments.
  • The Release Manager Job function works collaboratively with all participants in software development projects and is supportive of developers and testers as they set up their build dev/test environments. 
  • This position also works with IT management to improve the software engineering processes and practices associated with continuously building, deploying, and updating software and environments. 
  • The Release Management responsibilities also include building the IT Release Calendar in working closely with different portfolios across IT and centralizing view of all releases.
  • Leads the effort of defining the IT strategic direction for release management tools for IT to ensure the process requirements of release management are built in.
  • The Release Manager will assist in managing projects and interdependencies to ensure milestone adherence to ensure the integrity of the release can be measured. 

Role and Responsibilities 
• Forward plan the release windows and cycles across enterprise programs. 
• Facilitate quarterly cross-enterprise release planning sessions. 
• Maintain the release schedule for all core services and ensure alignment across key partners and vendors 
• Negotiate, plan and manage all release activities 
• Participate in CAB meetings to discuss release scope and/or roadblocks 
• Manage risks and resolves issues that affect release scope, schedule and quality 
• Manage relationships and coordinate work between different teams in different locations 
• Work with release engineers to understand impacts of branches and code merges 
• Communicate all key project plans, commitments, and changes including requirements, QA plans, schedule, and scope changes 
• Conduct Release Readiness reviews, Milestone Reviews, and Business Go/No-Go reviews 
• Deliver weekly release reports 
• Communicate release details and schedules to Stakeholders as require. 
• Produce Deployment, Run Books and Implementation Plans 
• Develops scripts and automation tools used to build, integrate, and deploy software releases to various platforms 
Qualifications: 

  • Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science or related field 
  • 2-6 years of previous release and/or project management experience, (Solid understanding of project management principles preferred) 
  • 8-10 years of experience in information systems operations environment in systems analysis or development 
  • SAFe certified, minimum 2 years as either Release Train Engineer (RTE) or Solution Train Engineer (STE) 
  • Formal training in project management practices preferred. 
  • Advanced knowledge of software development lifecycle including agile 
  • Demonstrated ability to coordinate cross-functional work teams toward task completion 
  • Demonstrated effective leadership and analytical skills 
  • Advanced written and verbal communication skills are a must
     
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