Job Description :
Position: Release Management Consultant
Location: Sun Prairie, WI
Duration: 6 Months
Could be three years. We are finalizing a proposition for three years

You will be responsible for planning, managing and governing releases of all EO Services that deliver changes on your assigned release train and have the authority and responsibility to help guide the value streams to meet business goals.
You will be responsible for the release governing authority ensuring the most critical governance elements of quality particularly security, regulation and compliance have been appropriately addressed throughout the release lifecycle.
You with have the authority and responsibility to foster and improve release frequency, quality and content volumes whilst enabling all teams to increase their financial delivery efficiency.
Candidate Characteristics
The successful candidate will be a motivated and highly capable release specialist and an agent of change who can drive consensus between the various stakeholder groups and help drive forward our technical delivery capabilities within their release train.
Key leadership characteristics:
Coaching teams to collaborate
Creating an environment of mutual influence
Encourage and support the personal development of each individual and team
Defining work in terms of objectives rather than deadline
Being invested in the work programs overall performance
Asking the team for answers
Encouraging and enabling the team to self-organise and hit their stride
Helping other fix problems rather than fixing them

Primary Responsibilities
Ensuring the organisations release framework and governance is understood and followed
Manage and optimise the flow of value delivered through the release train
Establish and communicate the annual calendars for delivery on the release train
Communication release status to external stakeholders
Ensuring that releases are scoped appropriately balancing delivery requirements and the capacity of the delivery teams
Ensuring that release content commitments are met or exceeded and maximising the candidate / discretionary content that is delivered with any un-utilised capacity
Ensuring that appropriate deployment / distribution plans are in-place
Coordinating with Service Owners, Project Managers and Maintenance Managers on internal and external communications
Validating that all release content meets relevant quality and governance criteria
Running the Inspect and Adapt improvement program to relentlessly drive improvements across the full release delivery lifecycle.
Providing final authorisation for the implementation or activation of content into production
Managing the day-to-day release schedule, including daily progress stand-up, defect resolution, risks and issues
Managing the identification, escalation, verification and resolution of clashes, conflicts, issues and risks
Escalating to the Executive Release Control Board any unresolvable clashes, conflicts, issues and risks
Ensuring the release stays on track, capturing, recording and addressing all release issues
Generating and publishing weekly progress reports for the wider organisation
Working closely with the Environment Management team to schedule environment usage to meet demands of forward schedule of release
Capturing business requirements to enable the definition and documentation of the release policy and to align with the release schedule
Capturing and monitoring key performance indicator data to support performance management of the release function and team members
Capturing success stories and value add delivered by the release function
Publishing key performance indicators, success stories and value add delivered to the wider organisation

Essential Skills and Experience
Experience of successfully effecting enterprise organisational change
Experience of IT change management
Extensive experience of delivery change within different Software Development Lifecycles and Methodologies
Extensive experience of IT Quality Management and software and infrastructure testing practises
Project Management experience
Strong Stakeholder management
IT Governance experience or background
Understanding of Business Analysis
Knowledge of Atlassian, Service Now, Microsoft, HP IBM and Hudson application lifecycle, service management and continuous delivery toolsets

Education and Qualification
SCRUM Master, PMI PMP, SAFe Program Consultant or similar delivery management qualifications
TQM, Six Sigma or other appropriate quality management qualification
ITIL Foundation or Higher
This role requires individuals of graduate calibre