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Job Title: Release Manager
Location: Columbus, OH 

Job Summary

Heitmeyer Consulting is looking for an experienced Release Manager to assist our Banking partner.  This opportunity is a contract-to-hire role, with huge upside for growth within an excellent organization. 

Job Description

The Release Manager will own the Release Management lifecycle which includes scheduling, coordinating and the management of releases across the program for Infrastructure and multiple applications. The releases might comprise application and database changes, T&C changes for operating system patches, security improvements and hardware upgrades. The RM will also provide the expertise in tools and services to help the teams manage and deploy releases into production. The RM will be responsible for managing release processes for the progression of code in the development, test, and production environments. The RM will work collaboratively with all sub teams in the software development and Infrastructure projects.

  • The RM is also responsible for building and publishing the release calendar centralizing the view of all releases.
  • Lead the effort of defining the strategic direction for release management tools to ensure the process requirements of release management are built in. The RM will assist in managing projects interdependencies to ensure milestone adherence to ensure the integrity of the release can be measured.
  • Oversee release management of applications and Infrastructure to ensure no adverse impact to production services and ensure the technical integrity of the applications.
  • With minimal direction conduct, facilitate and lead the release coordination meetings and report risk and status to management.
    • Validating release notes are updated for all projects and summarized and communicated to the business.
    • Coordinate with the Test, Development and Service Management teams during a release.
    • Engage with projects in early phases to ensure alignment with the overall release calendar and corresponding freeze periods.
    • Conduct internal management reporting on release schedules and plans
    • Coordinate with Project & Program Managers to monitor and track project and release risks and issues.
    • Collaborate with QA Manager in ensuring proper Release Plans, Test Plans, and Acceptance Criteria are set.
  • Ensure implementations are traceable, secure and that only the correct, authorized and tested versions are installed in production environment.
  • Own the release calendar, produce detailed release plans, control release scope.
  • Responsible for defining, owning and reporting on relevant KPIs (Key Performance Indicators) to ensure that the leadership teams and stakeholders can accurately assess the health and performance of the applications portfolio Characteristic Duties and Responsibilities.
  • Be responsible and accountable for meeting the expectations of the business partners. 
  • Works across the T&C organization to ensure deliverables are completed within target timeframes and are consistently high-quality.
    • Conduct Release Readiness reviews, Milestone Reviews, and Go Live reviews
    • Working with project managers, technical leads and test leads to track status.
    • Manage risks and resolves issues that affect release scope, schedule and quality
    • Manage relationships and coordinate work between different teams
    • Negotiate, plan and manage all release activities

Required Skills

  • 3+ years of prior technical experience.
  • Minimum of 3 years experience as part of a core ITIL Incident, Problem, Change or Release.
  • Proficient in rolling out methodologies, processes, standards and/or policies.
  • Minimum of ITIL Foundations certification.
  • Proven track record of coordinating successful releases across functional boundaries.
  • Prior experience with methodologies, processes, standards and/or policies.
  • Self-confident, results-oriented, persuasive and influential.
  • Proficient in fostering collaboration across organizational boundaries.
  • High levels of communication, interpersonal skills, and of integrity/personal ethics are essential.
  • Ability to apply multiple solutions to business problems.
  • Ability to comprehend the functions and capabilities of new technologies.
  • Bachelor’s degree in computer science or other relevant area.

Heitmeyer Consulting is an equal opportunity employer and we encourage all qualified candidates to apply.  Qualified applicants will be considered without regard to minority status, gender, disability, veteran status or any other characteristic protected by law.

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