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DIRECTOR, RELEASE MANAGEMENT / AGILE PROGRAM MANAGEMENT.Bookmark This
Eisai Co. Ltd
Posted: June 28 2016
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DescriptionThe Director may directly oversee certain projects and operational (ops) activities, while supervising Release Managers who manage the others. He/she must be able to identify issues proactively, resolve escalated conflicts, and work across the organization to ensure smooth execution of his/her area’s project and ops activities.
This position is responsible for working with Product Management, Engineering, and Technical leadership to facilitate the adoption and execution of software products throughout the company's Multi platform group.
The Director must understand the company's service groups and brand digital groups from a strategic, functional, and technical perspective, in order to provide an integrated full-service solution to the end consumer.
ResponsibilitiesResponsible for the successful delivery and timeliness of projects and ops in the V&M and User Platform studios
Leverage Scrum and other Agile approaches to facilitate cross-team delivery and empower teams
Work with Product and Engineering management to reveal and manage dependencies
Directly manage and mentor release management staff and conduct/contribute to performance evaluations, where appropriate
Collaborate with MTS Multiplatform Portfolio Lead to create and propagate processes for tracking delivery across multiple projects and services
Account for the accuracy of sizing and scope of individual projects or programs
Ensure change control and risk mitigation processes are established and overseen
Communicate project and ops information to MTS Multiplatform Portfolio Lead, executive management, directors, and other key personnel
Coordinate participation of different technology and business groups in roadmap planning, requirements gathering, specifications, design, development and deployment of key projects and ops
Collaborate with MTS Multiplatform Portfolio Lead in setting up framework for cross- team communication, coordination of integration among components, and provide related governance
Manage projects and interdependencies to ensure milestone adherence and integrity of the release
Work closely with Release Managers, Program Managers, and Project Managers to coordinate releases across multiple technology teams, from inception to delivery to consumer
Coordinate release content and effort based on a request backlog and roadmap
Plan and enforce strict, regular release cycles/integration windows for both the MTS Multiplatform and Viacom brand teams
Collaborate with Release Managers to manage resource capacity of component team(s)
Ensure all release communications and release notes are standardized and communicated
Work with IT management to improve the software engineering processes associated with continuously building, deploying, and updating software
Ability to manage multiple initiatives concurrently
Act as broker between MTS Multiplatform and Viacom brand teams
Work independently with MTS and Viacom brand technology groups under guidance from Program Management leadership
Review and approve staff, contract, and freelancer timesheets (when applicable)
Frequently interact with a diverse group of executives, managers, technology, and business sponsors
May mentor release management staff outside the V&M and User Platform studios
Bachelor’s degree or equivalent, minimum.
At least 1-10 years of experience in release and/or program/project management
Advanced knowledge of Scrum and other Agile frameworks and software engineering practices, as well as traditional project management approaches Working in a media technology environment as a Program/Release Manager
Producing advanced reports in Excel and other reporting tools
Ability to create and deliver executive-level summary reports and presentations
Ability to understand technologies applicable to assigned product or service area and facilitate resolution of technical needs as they arise
Comfortable leading business and technology in vetting technical optionsThe drive and determination to personally see things through to completion
Ability to create trust, and to motivate
Having assembled and led great teams (with direct reports)
Working with and managing cross functional resources and vendors
Strong leadership skills
Superb written and verbal communications, presentation skills, and meeting facilitation skills
Mentoring release/project/program management staff
Working with software developers, technical and business management, department heads, product developers and QA specialists (includes local and distributed teams)