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22 September 2016

Role Overview:
Release Manager wanted for fantastic studio based in the North West. The role will also be responsible for generating strategy, reporting, proposals, budgetary control, goal setting and regular (internal) customer engagement.
The role will require travel to California around once a quarter and Tokyo approximately twice a year.

You must have more than 4 years in QA/Test management capacity.

- Overall management and leadership of the European and American Release Management teams
- Advocate broader Engineering/WWS QA services with studio stakeholders where necessary
- Maintain a rolling 3 year strategic plan, anticipating and reacting to changes in the technology, business, internal and external environments
- Monitors overall work processes and standard procedures to ensure team performance is to company and industry standards. Stays knowledgeable of program and project delivery and important emerging delivery risks and timeframe changes to mitigate impacts to overall release schedule execution
- Develop and maintain an appropriate organisational structure capable of supporting all customers, technologies, and business strategies through the appropriate use of quality standards and cost controls
- Develop and implement comprehensive release strategies to ensure adequate quality standards, communication, risk assessment, processes and controls are met within the organisation
- Collaborate with WWS, support groups, Format QA and Operations during the Software Development Lifecycle in order to provide an outstanding level of service and support
- Provide technical, tactical, strategic, individual and team leadership and planning to the Release Management Team
- Develop and support staff through ongoing training programs, quarterly reviews, talent mapping, coaching, differentiated planning, conference/seminar attendance, succession management etc
- Managing risks, and issues related to the new or changed service and take corrective action

Technical Qualifications:
- Subject matter expertise in console content Release Management discipline within a large enterprise with understanding of PC and mobile release processes across key platforms
- Knowledge of SIE internal and off the shelf Release Management tools and methodologies supporting 100+ production deliveries a year
- Technical project management experience in a dynamic high-technology environment
- ITIL Prince 2 (or equivalent), Agile and/or Six Sigma experience desired
- Strong Microsoft Office Skills: Visio, Project, Outlook, Word, PowerPoint and Excel

- Proven skills leading teams and building a culture that both motivates the team and provides value to the business
- Ability to excel in ambiguous business situations by adapting plans and approach
- Demonstrated knowledge and experience in delivering projects in a fast paced environment

Required Experience / Education:
- At least 4 years of leadership experience in a software development organisation
- Bachelor?s degree or equivalent
- Relevant experience in the gaming industry or software development company
- Experience of working and leading internationally an advantage

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