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Title:  Engineering Release Manager

Location:  USA - North Carolina - Research Triangle Park
Requisition ID:  5281

Job Summary

Release Manager (Program management)

As a Netapp Release Manager you will lead, coordinate, plan, communicate and manage the releases of the ONTAP operating system. You will lead and coordinate across functional teams dedicated to driving the release process, plans and execution. You will be responsible for identifying and assessing risks and driving Release mitigation plans during all stages of planning, development, QA, and support. This is a challenging position which requires you to work in a flexible and nimble environment. Your engineering, management and communication skills must be excellent along with your ability to create relationships within the organization and ability to influence others.

Essential Functions:
• Provide a leadership role to the release team of professionals from Engineering, Test,  Marketing, Operations, Finance and Global Services functions, to drive all pertinent process  and  operations related to the release life cycle.
• Work with the management team to identify release level risks and mitigation plans
• Provide input and process for innovation of tools, metrics, and analysis for release management, risk identification and engineering planning enablement.
• Work with members of executive staff, product management, and NGS(Support) to plan and communicate releases to align with business objectives
• Keep management informed of key issues and changes which may impact expected results.
• Analyze problems and drive solutions involving multiple elements of program planning.
• Ensure that projects adhere to the company processes and initiate process improvements as needed.

Understanding of software life cycles and planning challenges are essential.
• Excellent oral and written communication skills are essential.
• Excellent analytical, problem-solving, negotiation, and organizational skills are required.
• Excellent knowledge of product lifecycle, tools, processes, and operations planning.
• Ability to provide leadership in a team environment to meet aggressive goals and re-defined metrics requirements.
• Ability to multi-task and manage different projects simultaneously.
• Demonstrated experience working with hardware and software development engineers on complex projects.
• Strong understanding of engineering process, principles and practices.
• Release Management training or demonstrated experience.
• Ability to work on complex issues where analysis situations or data requires an in-depth evaluation of variable factors.
• Ability to develop long-range project plans and schedules to complete complex projects.

Job Requirements

Responsibility and Interaction:
• The tasks this individual is responsible for are often unstructured, have wide implications and there are multiple outcomes.
This individual will apply broad expertise or unique technical/industry knowledge in solving problems that are unique and extremely complex given time, budget and resource constraints.
• Demonstrate leadership and vision in determining and driving strategy decisions.


• This individual must work effectively with Staff to Vice President level employees within the function, across functions and with external parties.
• Limited supervision is provided, as this individual can operate, drive results, and set priorities independently.
• The ideal candidate will be a proactive contributor and subject matter expert.
• To be successful, this individual must demonstrate favorable results through leadership, organization, effective communication and influencing multiple individuals and groups.
• Often acts as mentor or facilitator.



Education & Experience:
- A minimum of 5 years of experience is required. 6 to 8 years of experience is preferred.
• Experience as a Software Development or QA manager is essential, preferably as part of either an enterprise level software system or Cloud technology association.
• Release Management / Program management experience is required.
• A Bachelor of Science Degree in Engineering or Computer Science, or equivalent experience is required.
• Demonstrated ability to have completed multiple, complex projects.
• Operating systems basic knowledge is desirable
• Demonstrated ability to collaborate effectively in a cross-functional environment
• Proactive, driven to excel at getting things done on time
• Ability to perform engineering tradeoff. Pragmatic. Do the right thing.
• Outstanding and approachable team player. Self-starter. "Can do, will do"
• Excellent interpersonal, written and verbal communications skills. Able to articulate architectural and design decisions
• Experience with Excel, MSProject, PowerPoint, Web Services/Web Based tools required.

Equal Opportunity Employer Minorities/Women/Vets/Disabled.

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