Release Manager
Designeers Midwest - Glen Allen, VA

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Release Manager

In this role you will work with a global team to define and implement a series of applications to support a broad technology strategy across multiple programs. You will develop outstanding applications across a family of platforms and technologies delivery capability to markets across the globe leveraging proven and emerging technologies including browser-based, mobile and large format interfaces deployed via the cloud. If you enjoy building amazing applications this is the place for you.

Essential Responsibilities:
The Release Manager is responsible for defining and governing the software application release process. The Release Manager also acts as a process improvement champion and change agent for clients internally/externally. The Release Manager shall work with Application Development & Support teams, Technical Operations and Product Managers to construct and manage an overall release management schedule. They are responsible for creating and managing release management process and calendar, which consists of major/minor application releases, service packs, scope negotiation, scheduling, and tracking.

- Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Science, Electrical Engineering or related computer field
- 7+ years of experience developing software for complex systems or computerized products
- Manage scope & schedule for application releases and readiness of software release implementations through the lifecycle environments (i.e. QA, UAT, Staging, Production)
- Coordinate, communicate and govern application release schedules & milestones
- Coordinates all cross application dependencies and downstream impacts and facilitates remediation to release issues & risks
- Design and implement efficient release procedures that complies with company’s Quality Management System for a dynamic application portfolio
- Ensures application releases are traceable, auditable and that only authorized and verified/validated versions are deployed
- Documents release implementation and roll-back plans
- Manages and coordinates application deployments and post-release activities
- Coordinates with configuration management to ensure that environments are setup, configured to support upcoming release activities
- Coordinate with IT and business teams to prioritize enhancements and defects into releases
- Coordinates with application and business teams to prioritize enhancements and defects into releases; defines service pack components and ensures backward compatibility requirements are met

Desired Characteristics:
- 4+ years of experience in Release and Configuration management roles
- Full software development life cycle development experience
- Previous experience as a programmer is desirable
- Experience in cloud-based deployments
- Requires 3-5 years of work experience in the field or in a related area with proven enterprise level experience in a software configuration management role
- Bachelor’s degree in Business, Computer Science, or other field demonstrating technical expertise is preferred
- Must be able to occasionally work off-hours to support production releases
- Demonstrated ability to read and write code in .NET or Java
- Communicate effectively within your immediate team, with the broader software team, and cross-functionally
- Work cross functionally with other business departments to align activities and deliverables
- Drive world-class quality in the development and support of products
- Strong problem solving abilities
- Able to work under minimal supervision
- High energy, results driven person with strong interpersonal skills
- Excellent communication skills and the ability to interface with more senior co-workers and leadership with confidence and clarity
- Able to work well with global teams, including time-zone flexibility