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Release Manager

Direct Hire
Redtech is helping our client with a direct hire search for a Release Manager.

Release Manager #5877
Location – Issaquah, WA (Seattle)  (Relocation assistance available for eligible new hires located over 50 miles from the Hub location of hire and they move to within 50 miles of the hub location)
Schedule - Hybrid - 25% on site, so typically 1 day per week. May require more onsite time until settled in.
Background check - requires successful completion
US Citizen or Green card holder required - no 3rd party candidates

Compensation Ranges:  Target for this role is level 2 – anticipated starting salary is $110,000 - $120,000
Level 2 - $95,000 - $125,000
Level 3 - $115,000 - $145,000

Benefits Offering based on eligibility
We offer a comprehensive package of benefits including paid time off, health benefits — medical/dental/vision/hearing aid/pharmacy/behavioral health/employee assistance, health care reimbursement account, dependent care assistance plan, commuter benefits, short-term disability and long-term disability insurance, AD&D insurance, life insurance, 401(k), stock purchase plan, financial wellness program, to eligible employees. 
Release Manager

The eCommerce Release Manager is responsible for the release lifecycle. This includes the planning, scheduling, coordinating and overall management of the software build process through the different stages within CLIENTs delivery lifecycle. Release Managers are responsible for creating detailed integrated release plans across several products and dependencies, for improving the software build process, and for optimizing the release pipeline. Release Managers build and maintain relationships with stakeholders, team members and peers and are responsible for communicating release expectations and statuses across value streams, program stakeholders and impacted users

  • Facilitates integrated release planning sessions in conjunction with teams and product team members (e.g., Product Managers, Delivery Managers) to align on release objectives, identify dependencies across product teams and value streams, define milestones, and provide automated deployments and set configurations.
  • Creates deployment plans and accompanying checklists to ensure dependencies are identified and managed.
  • Creates and manages the Request For Change (RFC) end to end process.
  • Creates and maintains the change management calendar in conjunction with IT change management standards.
  • Communicates release milestones and activity progress to all program stakeholders and team members.
  • Creates and maintains the integrated project delivery plan across all impacted products (within and across value streams).
  • Facilitates the documentation of rollback strategies, hypercare support, and handoffs to production support teams.
  • Builds operational readiness plan (e.g., run books, call trees with escalations, etc.) to ensure broader teams are prepared for deployment.
  • Develops and maintains formal release records to track release content.
  • Coordinates the release/deployment of the QA build to support User Acceptance Testing (UAT) activities as part of release schedule.
  • Collaborates with program stakeholders to obtain final sign-off to release a build.
  • Communicates release impediments and collaborates with teams to define mitigation strategies.
  • Supports/serves multiple teams and Product Managers to drive release goals and outcomes.
  • Coordinates the execution of all code deployments to production environments using appropriate tools and tracking mechanisms.
  • Coordinates the resolution of portfolio-related production issues due to build and deployment errors with the support of environment and tooling teams.
  • Provides teams and program stakeholders with coaching on organizational release management practices and disciplines.
  • Assembles and leads multiple cross-functional teams to support IT application releases of varying sizes, including building and maintaining release distribution lists.
  • Defines and manages release readiness activities and success criteria in conjunction with program stakeholders.
  • Builds and maintains relationships with stakeholders, team members and peers.
  • Identifies automation tools to automate build and release pipelines to improve the speed and reliability of the release process.
  • Ensures version control for added traceability and reliability of code to track code evolutions.
  • Facilitates post-release retrospectives.
  • Excellent interpersonal and diplomatic skills as well as a positive attitude.
  • Strong communication skills, both verbal and written.
  • Strong organizational and planning skills, with experience building and executing tactical plans.
  • Ability to negotiate timelines and deliverables with a strong sense of urgency.
  • Strong process knowledge of System Development Life Cycles; Waterfall and Agile.
  • Flexible, must be able to change priorities quickly, focus on new ones without distraction, able to deal with conflict and work under pressure to meet deliverable dates/timelines.
  • 24x7x365 operations including evening, weekend, and holiday work required during release cycles.
  • 5+ years’ experience in IT; BA/BS degree in computer science or related technical field is preferred.
  • Familiarity with eCommerce.
  • Knowledge of Websphere Commerce, Order Management, Cloud or On-Premise Data Center Infrastructure
  • Project Management Certification (PMP) or related experience.
  • Certified Scrum Master.