IT Release Manager

Location: Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Date Posted: 08-07-2018
On behalf of our client, Affinity Staffing is seeking for an IT Release Manager for an outstanding career opportunity and company.  

Are you entrepreneurial? Do you push the limits and draw on the talent of your peers? Do you think differently, look for the possibilities?  Do you like to be creative, collaborative and be rewarded for those talents?  That's who we are looking for. Don't wait to contact us to find out more.

The Release Manager is responsible for managing, planning, scheduling and controlling software builds through different stages and environments; while ensuring that the new and/or enhanced IT services do not impact the integrity of existing services
What You'll Do:
  • Plan, review, execute and oversee application releases delivered through the SDLC including projects, maintenance and emergencies
  • Negotiate, plan and manage all aspects of the end to end release process
  • Manage risk and resolve issues that affect release scope, schedule and quality
  • Develop common strategies for release governance
  • Establish consistent release management processes.
  • Track an organization-wide release calendar.
  • Participate in CAB meetings to discuss release scope and/or roadblocks. Negotiate, plan and manage all release activities
  • Oversee and manage the software release management process, ensuring deliverables from the development group. 
  • Provide direction to the development and DevOps group on best practices and procedures around production code releases and release management. 
  • Manage and maintain release phase gates and ensure on time delivery through the release phases leading to production
  • Ensure that software problems are effectively managed to resolution including risk mitigation strategy and release contingency plans.
  • Ensure all changes related to a release have been properly identified, documented and tracked.
  • Manage conflicting releases and ensure no impacts across the organization with outside vendor changes
  • Coordinate and manage releases ensuring no conflicts between external and internal system releases
  • Vendor communications
 What You'll Need:
  • 5+ years of IT Release Management experience required
  • 5+ years of experience working as a Systems or Business Analyst
  • Banking background experience (Financial, not insurance or wealth management related)
  • Card Processing environment background
  • Analytical and critical thinking skills; agile problem-solving abilities
  • Excellent organization and technical writing skills
  • ITIL Certifications
  • Banking background experience (Financial, not insurance or wealth management related)
  • Technical solutions design experience.
  • Experience with the SDLC (Software development lifecycle)
  • Experience working with remote teams, partners and vendors in a positive and collaborative manner; while ensuring that the business and technical requirements are being met.
  • Excellent time management and organization skills
  • Experience with releases in an agile and waterfall environment
  • Good knowledge of applicable data privacy practices and laws.
  • Strong leadership and interpersonal communication skills
  • Excellent written, verbal and diagramming skills
  • Ability to write technical documentation and create management reports and metrics
  • Experience working with and/or designing systems to integrate with TSYS
  • Experience working with campaign management systems, Smart Card Management System, Loyalty systems
  • Experience with Financial/Banking security (encryption, PCI, etc.)
About Affinity Staffing: 
Affinity Staffing is a full service Information Technology agency that takes a unique approach to recruiting. We believe recruiting is about creating long term relationships that foster a mutually beneficial partnership - an affinity. Bringing a new style of recruiting founded on four core principles – Transparency – Flexibility – Efficiency – Agility.
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