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Digital Release Manager

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Aquent's Fortune500 client in Florham Park, NJ is looking for a Digital Release Manager for the duration of a 6-month contract (40/hrs, 5 days, onsite) with potential to extend beyond.

Overview:
You will own the Release Management lifecycle which includes scheduling, coordinating and the management of releases across Enterprise Digital for multiple applications across various lines of business. The releases can be inclusive of application updates, operating system patches, security improvements, hardware upgrades, Projects and Production Support fixes. You will run deployments for releases into Production.

You will be responsible for implementing and managing release processes for Enterprise Digital. This includes hosting calls with Development to manage HPSM tickets, working with the Business to prioritize production support issues, engaging QA in order to slot fixes into a release. The Release Manager Job function works collaboratively with all participants in software development projects and is supportive of developers and testers as they set up their build dev/test environments. This position also works with IT management to improve the software engineering processes and practices associated with continuously building, deploying, and updating applications and environments.

The Release Management responsibilities also include adhering to the IT Digital Enterprise Release Calendar in working closely with the IT release managers from different portfolios across IT and centralizing view of all in flight releases. Leads the effort of defining the IT strategic direction for release management tools for IT to ensure the process requirements of release management are built in. The Release Manager will assist in managing projects and interdependencies to ensure milestone adherence to ensure the integrity of the release can be measured.

Role and Responsibilities
- Forward Plan the release windows and cycles across the Enterprise
- Manage risks and resolves issues that affect release scope, schedule and quality
- Measure and monitor progress to ensure releases are delivered on time, 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 in different locations
- Conduct Release Readiness reviews, Milestone Reviews, Deployment/Back Out Plan and Business Go/No-Go reviews
- Create RFCs/eRFC (Request for Change)
- Produce Deployment, Back Out and Implementation Plans
- Weekly Release Reporting
- Communicate release details and schedules to the Business as required
- Negotiate, plan and manage all release activities
- Work with Build Manager to understand impacts of branches and code merges
- 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 during Maintenance Windows (11pm – 6am, Friday - Saturday)
- Participate in CAB meetings to discuss release scope and/or roadblocks
- Maintains a release repository and manages key information such as Release Trackers, HPSM Ticket Tracking, IQ/OQ Plans, Release Check List

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