Release Manager

Location:

Staines

Job type:

Permanent

Overview

A new and exciting opportunity is now open for a Release Manager to join Centrica’s DTS Release and Infrastructure Management team.

This Release Manage role is strongly focussed on planning and orchestration.

You will have a strong planning background, the ability to operate in complex and challenging environments, and with excellent communication skills and the competence to liaise with stakeholders at different levels.

As a Release Manager, you will plan and manage release events for delivery of large or complex change, and infrastructure change including patching, upgrades, service continuity tests and fixes Deliver a smooth and seamless transition into production, minimising service risk for our business and customers.

        

The Role

As a Release Manager, you will be reporting into the Head of DTS Infrastructure & Release Management and your main responsibilities will be:

  • Manage the assessment, analysis, planning and design of release and infrastructure changes, ensuring effective integration across the estate
  • Engage project managers, technical teams and suppliers to create approach and integrated plans, building in durations, dependencies, impacts and required outages
  • Hold walk-throughs and ‘dress rehearsals’ where necessary to measure timings and validate the plans, book resources and raise changes
  • Manage go/no go criteria including test outcomes, execute plans through real-time orchestration of technical teams, manage checkpoints and ensure systems are fully restored for our customers
  • Communicate progress to stakeholders throughout the events through regular updates and hotline messages, ensure post-release support is in place and conduct post implementation reviews
  • Plan, coordinate and deliver infrastructure environments to meet projects’ non-functional requirements, ensuring configuration meets relevant security and operational standards
  • Ensure that changes are recorded, evaluated, authorised, prioritised, planned, tested, implemented, documented and reviewed effectively
  • Incorporate reversion points and other measures to manage risk and proactively address operational issues to restore services within SLA
  • Build effective relationships with virtual teams and other stakeholders, managing expectations and inspiring confidence in delivery
  • Define, apply and improve release and infrastructure management policies, procedures and governance, in line with industry best practice.

The Person

You will have experience in planning and have a great attention to detail, being able to plan down to very low level. Strong Orchestration experience is key for the role.

On top of your Planning experience you will also have the following background:

You will have the following background and experience:

  • Process-driven, structured and analytical approach
  • Strong negotiator and facilitator, with excellent communication skills
  • Ability to produce and manage detailed implementation plans
  • Ability to engage, build and sustain effective relationships
  • Ability to manage and motivate virtual teams
  • Flexible
  • Operational role in complex IT estate within a large organisation
  • Experience in Change, IT Infrastructure and Release Management disciplines
  • Strong commercial awareness and business knowledge
  • Use of Service-Now
  • ITILv3 Service Management Foundation qualified

The Company

Competitive salary and benefits.

Centrica plc, a FTSE 100 company, has operations in UK, North America and Europe. With 30+ million customer-product relationships, Centrica's vision is to become the leading integrated supplier of energy and related services for its chosen markets and maximise value to shareholders. Centrica's brand names include British Gas, Direct Energy (North America). At Centrica, our purpose is to help people today and secure energy for tomorrow.

PLEASE APPLY ONLINE by hitting the 'Apply' button. Please upload your cover letter and CV as one document.

Applications will ONLY be accepted via the ‘Apply’ button.

To request an update on this role, or if you have any problems uploading your CV please email paula.martin@centrica.com typing ‘Update required: Release Manager R9937435’ in the subject title.

Agencies: Centrica operate a preferred supplier arrangement, however if you wish to be considered at the next review session please submit a brief overview of your capability to PSL@centrica.com.

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