Release Manager, Sr.

Los Angeles, CA 90045

Employment Type: Contract Job Category: Build Release Engineer Job Number: 19427

Sr.  Release Manager 

 RESPONSIBILITIES:
  • Work with Development, DevOps, Database, QA, Operations and PMO teams to set release schedules and environments in a dynamic fast-paced environment
  • Coordinate and plan complex service launches which involve migrating large numbers of users to new applications and services
  • Manage environment availability and release cadence
  • Work closely with Developers and Operations engineers to define and automate release and deployment processes
  • Assist tools development teams to prototype build and release automation tools
  • Identify and propagate best practices and processes for source control, continuous integration, automated testing, build automation, deployment, and release management
  • Contribute to establishing methods and metrics for tracking performance and making decisions
  • Monitor release KPIs and provide post-release reporting. Monitor actions for continuous improvement
  • Perform a key leadership role in the technology transformation and change leadership for the existing services and innovation of new capabilities to support business growth
  • Manage change control processes for changes to code and development environments
  • Ensure on-time and efficient delivery of high-quality releases
  • Proactively mitigate risks and remove obstacles
  • Communicate plans and status, and escalate issues as required 

Qualifications 
  • Strong familiarity with configuration management, continuous integration and continuous delivery systems
  • Previous experience managing software releases for a large, complex, always-on set of apps and services is strongly preferred
  • Strong proficiency with collaboration and agile tools (JIRA, Confluence, qTest, etc.)
  • BS or Master’ s Degree in Engineering, Computer Science or equivalent experience. MS in CS or IS preferred with emphasis in technical program management
  • 5+ years’ experience required project/program managing or leading the delivery of Software Releases and Deployments
  • Experience with Continuous Integration and continuous delivery pipelines
  • Experience with working with rapid, overlapping release cycles
  • Experience in defining process and procedures to manage the release cycle
  • History of driving a culture of automation in teams
  • Ability to be flexible and adapt to any given situation
  • Motivated, organized self-starter with the ability to solve routine or complicated problems effectively
  • Must work effectively and professionally with cross-functional groups across divisions, worldwide, as part of a team
  • Excellent organizational, communication (written & verbal) and interpersonal skills, with the ability to work with all levels of internal and external stakeholders
  • Must excel in conflict resolution, negotiation, and people management across Western cultures
  • Must exhibit meticulous attention to detail, and have the ability to make good, timely decisions
  • Ability to work under pressure and in high stress situations with a calm demeanor

PREFERRED SKILLS:
  • Knowledge of SAFe or similar “ scaled agile” methodologies
  • Experience with micro-service architectures and deployments
  • Experience deploying microservices to AWS
  • Familiarity with digital media software and networking technologies, especially those related to Sony’ s products, services, and devices is a plus
  • Prefer candidates with project / program management training or experience

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