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About the job
Release Management, Live Environments, Go Live, Implementation, Business Readiness, Cutover, Communications
We are currently seeking an Interim Release Manager to join an exciting programme of work, based in Newcastle upon Tyne.
The role is supporting a organisation wide system replacement implementation and will focus on planning project deliverable, ensuring activities are coordinated for the release phases.
You will have demonstrable experience around planning and managing the rehearsals and live implementation of the release. Ensure acceptance of the release and smooth handover into live service. Leading the Business Readiness workstreams and directly engaging with the communities wholl be undergoing the changes.
What you will bring
Extensive release / project management experience.
Excellent planning, management and collaboration skills, and the ability to work with PMs and delivery leads across the project.
Excellent stakeholder management skills, and the ability to build relationships with senior stakeholders and programme team members.
Understanding of live operations (business and IT) and the enhanced support arrangements required for a major implementation.
Strong focus and sound decisionmaking.
Extensive experience of the IT and change delivery lifecycle.
Excellent communication, motivation and organisation skills.
What you will do
Produce plans setting out the release implementation activities (readiness checkpoints, decision points, rehearsals, release communications etc), and the releasecritical project activities and milestones that need to be monitored in the weeks leading up to the release.
Define and implement the necessary governance to manage progress against the release implementation plan (release implementation meetings, reporting etc).
Work with PMs and delivery leads across the programme (functional / technical delivery, testing, operations, business readiness) to ensure a clear and common understanding of the critical activities for the release, and ensure workstreams plans are consistent and aligned with the release implementation plan and approach.
Define and manage the release acceptance approach, including release acceptance criteria, readiness assessments.
Define and gain approval of the low level release cutover plan, setting out the detailed activities (business and technical) required to implement the release.
Define the management arrangements required to control the implementation of the release, including the processes, roles and responsibilities for decisionmaking, communications and escalation during the implementation period.
Plan and manage appropriate rehearsals of the live cutover activities.
Manage the cutover activities in line with the detailed cutover plan.
Liaise with live service areas to ensure the smooth transition from the programme team to live operations.
Coordinate postgo live activities to monitor the success of the implementation, and work with project and live service personnel to address any issues that arise.
Coordinate release activities across programme workstreams, stakeholders and external 3rd parties where required.
Identify and manage risks and issues that threaten the delivery or integrity of the release, in line with programme RAID processes.