Release Engineer

Position: Release Engineer (Job #24032)
Duration: 12 Months
Location: Federal Way, WA
Start Date: ASAP

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:
The following duties and responsibilities generally reflect the expectations of this position but are not intended to be all-inclusive.

Forward Plan the release windows and cycles across a portfolio.
Manage risks and resolves issues that affect release scope, schedule and quality.
Measure and monitor progress to ensure application releases are delivered on time and within budget, and that they meet or exceed expectations.
Coordinate release content and effort based on the service request backlog, pending service requests, third party applications, or operating system updates.
Communicate all key project plans, commitments, and changes including requirements, QA plans, schedule, and scope changes.
Manage relationships and coordinate work between different teams at different locations.
Conduct Release Readiness reviews, Milestone Reviews, and Business Go/No-Go reviews.
Organize and coordinate complex releases that comprise of cross-functional teams and a multitude of interrelated and independent application and/or infrastructure changes.
Ensure resource (people and technology) requirements in support of a release are met.
Ensure risk mitigation practices are in place (i.e. back out/contingency planning).
Provide on-going ritten and verbal release status updates to various levels of the organization.
Communicate release details and schedules to the Business as required.
Negotiate, plan and manage all release activities.
Maintains the release schedule for all core services and ensure alignment across key partners and vendors.
Continually work towards making improvements in the release process.
Lead and co-ordinate the Go-Live activities including the execution of the deployment Plans and checklists.
Participate in CAB meetings to discuss release scope and/or roadblocks.
Researches new software development and configuration management methodologies and technologies and analyzes their application to current configuration management needs.
Serve as an escalation point for all issues and questions associated with a specific release.
Ability to be flexible and use subject matter experts, circumstantial evidence and sound judgment to mitigate risks by adjusting releases and/or release management process requirements.
Uses post release reviews to improve and provide input into adjusting the release management process.
Support IT initiative to take work off the system (through elimination, automation, or move to self service).
Assist in updating and documenting key policies, processes, and procedures.
Identify areas for improvement and integration in key processes.

Minimum Qualification:
Education, licenses, certifications, and experience required to fulfill the essential duties, include computer skills as required.
High school diploma, GED, associate's degree, related certifications, or relevant related experience.
2+ years experience with software development.
3+ years experience as a Release Manager.
5-10 years of demonstrated relevant IT experience.
Formal training in project management practices preferred.
Advanced knowledge of software development lifecycle.
ITIL Foundations certification strongly desired.
ITIL Intermediate certification(s) preferred.
Basic data analysis and ITSM skills required

Andy Ballantyne
(949) 860-4709
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